I'm In Miami Bitch - The Disappearing Street Art of Wynwood

I'M IN MIAMI BITCH! The Project, An Explanation.

By Andrew Kaufman aka AK FOTO

     Photography is the most permanent longest lasting proof of street art. There is no way to preserve street art except to photograph it before it fades, is toyed with, buffed or written over. Street art, by its very nature is a fluid art form, constantly evolving because of the landscape, materials, politics, weather etc.  

      It is through photography that street art can be conveyed to the world. Images of the artists and their works are reproduced and disseminated through books, magazines and the internet. 

I'M IN MIAMI BITCH! A design perspective

     It has been a busy week here at the AK FOTO studio. The website launched http://www.ImInMiamiBitch.Net and the public got it's first look at IIMB! Here is an image of the prototype. 

 

IIMB! The prototype.

IIMB! The prototype.

     But before this was possible there were many months of editing, adjusting, proofing and correcting. Here is a pile of the color xeroxes from a the project in progress.  

IIMB! design in progress. 

IIMB! design in progress. 

     Each version above represents many, many hours of design, sketching, working, re-working and evolution to the project. I spent time looking at the pages, making sketches, notes and brainstorming ideas about the look of the project. My journals are filled with the images and ideas from the project. This book is my black book. It is where my ideas have a chance to percolate. I am continually inspired by the work I see populating Miami's streets. 

     In the coming weeks I will have a series of Q & A's with the artists involved in the project. So stay tuned!

IIMB!

AK