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! An Introduction

     In the fall of 2012 with Art Basel Miami Beach quickly approaching I decided to ensconce myself in the street art scene of Wynwood to tell the story. An area once known as “El Barrio” and now gentrified into the Wynwood Art District, every year in late November artists from around the world descend on the streets of Wynwood to remake the facade of almost every building, overhead door and nook or cranny where paint could be applied.

     This blog will be a central resource for this project. My goal for the project is to create a collaborative environment. This space on the inter-webs can be a meeting point to talk about your work, what is inspiring you in Miami or the world.  The project will contain many elements. Here's a partial list, a book, poster, hand made journals, stickers, hand printed photographs, workshops, symposiums, exhibitions and artist talks. Sign up for the newsletter to keep informed. 

 Noah Nothing made this image of me during Art Basel Miami Beach 2012. Marmer art work in the back ground. This Polaroid camera was used to create one of a kind photographs that I incorporate into my personal journals. More on that later!

 

AK FOTO

AK FOTO

This project was made entirely in an analogue fashion. I chose to work with a 35mm rangefinder and one lens, a 35mm f/2. Here is a pile of film from the project waiting for development. 

 

35mm film from IIMB!

35mm film from IIMB!

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IIMB,

AK