Thanks for joining us for this special issue of Street Photography Magazine, featuring the Miami Street Photography Festival winners and finalists.
If you haven’t heard of MSPF, here’s the low-down:
“The MSPF is an international photography festival showcasing the best of contemporary Street Photography viewed through the eyes of emerging photographers in this genre. The goal of the Festival is to establish a global platform for learning through exhibitions, workshops, lectures and other events.
”This Festival is a collaborative effort to advance the work of photographers who pay attention to everyday life in order to capture the world around us.” – About MSPF
We love these ideals that the MSPF embodies. Street photographers are truly an observant bunch with the singular ability to see the fascinating in the ordinary. As you review the images from the finalists this year, notice how they have captured beauty, humor, emotion and humanity in all things ordinary.
But the MSPF is much more than just a street photography contest. The finalist’s work are put on display in a special exhibit in the HistoryMiami Museum. The MSPF also includes quite a few exciting workshops and several street photography lectures some of which are given by guest artists. The 2016 MSPF guest artists included Matt Stuart, Lauren Welles, and Chris Suspect. There was also quite a line up for the 2016 MSPF judges, including a couple of the guest artists along with Ania Klosek, Jesse Marlow and Gus Powell.
While most of our issues include much more written content than you will find in this special issue of SPM, we do hope the finalists’ images found within will be a source of inspiration to you. Colors, contrasts, abstract images, offbeat scenes, humanity at its best and at its worst – these are all themes you’ll find in the MSPF finalist shots. Just like last year, we’ve divided the finalists’ images into five separate groups or categories. These groups were not determined by the MSPF nor by the artists, but rather by the editors here at SPM (per our own “artistic vision”) in an attempt to present this issue to our readers in an organized fashion.
So take your time and drink them in – pondering what makes these images so iconic. Who knows? Maybe the next time you hit the streets you will find yourself seeing the world through new eyes.
Special thanks to Juan Jose Reyes and Veronica Valle for making this issue of SPM possible- the festival’s founder and its director of operations, respectively.
Staff and Contributors
Contributors This Issue:
- Miami Street Photography Festival winners and finalists
- Juan Jose Reyes – MSPF Founder
- Veronica Valle – MSPF Managing Director
Cover Image: © Copyright Issaret Chalermsopone
- Bob Patterson – Editor
- Ashley Hunsberger – Assistant Editor
- Matt Fuller – Audio Production
All images in this issue are the property of the respective photographer and cannot be reproduced without the express consent of the copyright holder.