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November 25, 2022 @ 11:00 am
In-Person: Alessandro Sarno
Books & Books presents…
with a meet-and-greet signing for
Miami: Contemporary Visions from a Tropical Jungleland
Friday, November 25, 11 AM | Books & Books, Bal Harbour Shops
Books & Books is excited to present Photographer Alessandro Sarno with his latest book Miami: Contemporary Visions from a Tropical Jungleland for a meet-and-greet signing.
*Please note: This event will take place at Books & Books, Bal Harbour Shops, and is FREE to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
About the Book:
Sarno’s Jungleland is an intoxicating addition to his publications and is a collection of tropical visions, poetry, and QR-accessible audio recordings from HistoryMiami Museum’s oral history project, Miami Stories, making it a full-spectrum experience of first-person narratives about the city’s past, present and future.
What began as a collection of photographs taken over the course of 15 years has become a love letter to Miami by the Italian-born artist to his adoptive home where readers are invited to delve deep into the city’s unassuming corners, meet the characters who call the city home and explore the images that reflect Sarno’s personal relationship with the city. “I have loved Miami way before I stepped on its soil for the first time in 1993”, says Sarno. “I fell in love watching Miami Vice. The water, the bridges, the causeways, the Ferraris, the architecture, the neon lights, the bodegas, the groves—I loved everything. To me, it was an exotic tropical jungle land. Today I feel exactly the same way.”
Drawing inspiration from his solo travels, with his camera as his only companion, the self-professed ‘Lonesome Photographer’ captures a unique timelessness in his painterly, dreamlike images while his eye sees the present as if it were already the past.
Through this looking glass of photography, Sarno has captured influential moments in time including the establishment of Little Bahamas; the allure of Miami Beach’s beginnings; the reinvigoration of Cervecería La Tropical, the Historic Hampton House; the Seaquarium’s orca, Lolita; the work of activist Golden Eagle; the incredible underwater world beneath the city’s urban development and many more.
About the Photographer:
Celebrated photographer, Alessandro Sarno, has built a global following with his collection of coffee table books and photographic guides of the Bahamas, including Junkanoo: The Spirit of a People, Blue and Beyond, Catch Da Cat, Eleuthera: The Garden of Freedom, Exumas: The Kingdom of Blue, Cat Island: Diamonds and Rust, Exuma Cays: Land & Sea Park and White Bull on the Highway. Now, the Italian-born artist focuses his lens upon his adoptive home bringing the stories of Miami to life in an intoxicating collection of tropical visions, poetry, and first-hand accounts in his newest book, Miami: Contemporary Visions from a Tropical Jungleland by publisher Giusto Libri. Sarno, whose work has most recently been featured in Condé Nast Traveler, Venice, Guy Harvey Magazine and The Frank and on exhibition at The Betsy hotel in South Beach, draws inspiration on his solo travels, with camera as his only companion. The self-professed ‘Lonesome Photographer’ captures a unique timelessness in his painterly, dreamlike images while his eye tends to see the present as if it were already the past.
For more information, please visit:
Thelonesomephotographer.com | @thelonesomephotographer
“Miami has always been a tale of (more than) two cities: haves and have nots, natives and immigrants, past and future, paradise and swamp. That dichotomy, tribalism, and allure are captured vividly, vibrantly, and occasionally, tragically by Alessandro’s penetrating eye” notes Cocaine Cowboys filmmaker, Billy Corben.