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September 22 @ 7:00 pm
In-Person | The Precipice: An Evening with Tony Chirinos
Books & Books and Miami Book Fair present…
AN EVENING WITH TONY CHIRINOS
Thursday, September 22, 7 PM ET | In Person – Coral Gables
Books & Books is thrilled to present an in-person evening with Tony Chirinos to discuss his book, The Precipice.
***Please note: This event will take place at the Books & Books in Coral Gables at 265 Aragon Ave. Tickets are FREE and books will be available for purchase at the event.
About the Book:
The Precipice is the summation of nearly two decades spent working as a biomedical photographer in Miami. Chirinos threads the needle between the sometimes delicate, often brutal world of surgical intervention. The book is separated into three main bodies: surgical photographs of living subjects; vibrant typologies of exquisitely photographed tools; and the journey to the afterlife. The Precipice draws back the curtain to a world which most of us never see, where human fragility and resilience coexist in an uneasy equilibrium.
Featuring essays by Michelle Otero and Eugenie Shinkle, and a poem by Claudia Isidron, The Precipice is simultaneously lyrical and bleak, a celebration of life and an unflinching observation of what follows.
The book is available in a trade edition, in a Swiss-bound hardcover, and a more affordable “student edition”, without a cover and enclosed in a printed manila envelope. There is also a poster, at 650x920mm, featuring Chirinos’s photographs of surgical implements.
About the Author:
I am a Miami-based photographer that explores the themes of death and the vulnerability of life.
My goal as an artist is to produce work that engages the viewer aesthetically and intellectually, that also moves beyond mere entertainment to something, which asks the viewer to think critically. I consider myself a documentary-style photographer, one that uses the visual language to create a photographic narrative. I strive in making sure that each photograph I make can stand by itself, with as much dynamic range, intellectual understanding and beauty as the entire photographic project. I had the good fortune to receive a Master of Fine Arts from Columbia University in New York (2003). Beforehand I was trained as a Bio-medical photographer at Miami Children’s Hospital (1985), later in 1989 I created the Medical photography department at Baptist Health Systems until my departure in 2001. During those years I learned to produce the finest quality documentary photographs of the medical world which I later used as my artwork for some of my photographic projects. I am a Fellow of the South Florida Cultural Consortium (2010) and the recipient of Center’s Excellence in Teaching Award (2019). This summer, I applied and was awarded the William Talbott Hillman Foundation grant (2021) to financially assists in the printing production of my first monograph The Precipice (Late 2021). Currently, I am a tenured professor of photography at Miami Dade College and been teaching since (2003).
My work has been exhibited and or featured at, A NEW NOTHING, Vol. 3, Editing, sequencing and writing by S*an D. Henry-Smith, Sleeper Studio summer (2021); Atlanta Photography Group, Portfolio (2021); The Print Swap, Foley Gallery, NYC, (2020); “The Qualities of Light” at the Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona, (2020); Mercer County Community College – The JKC Gallery (2018); NY Art Book Fair, Printed Matter’s at Moma PS1, Conveyor Editions(2018); III Bronx Latin American Art Biennial (2012); Candela Books + Gallery (2012); FLINT magazine (2017); Photo-eye, Photographer’s Showcase (2013); Museé Magazine; The Leroy Neiman Gallery in New York, NY (2002); Hunter College/Time Square Gallery (2002); Centro Colombo Americano in Bogotá, Colombia (1997); Der Greif A Process 2.0 –Krakow Photomonth Festival, Krakow Poland (2016); Self Portrait: Silver Eye at 30, Silver Eye for Photography (2009); Newspace Center for Photography, Oregon (2011); The Center for Fine Art Photography; SRO Photo Gallery at Texas Tech University (2010); UNO St. Claude Gallery (2011); Photo Center NW (2010); The Center for Photography at Woodstock (2010); Martin and Pat Fine Center for the Arts in Miami Florida (2013); Art Miami, South Beach (2006); and Ism-Gallery, Wynwood Art District Downtown Miami Florida (2009) among others.
My project, “Farewell” was feature in Humble Arts Foundation (2017), AINT-BAD no. 14 (2019) and +KGP on Death (2019). I have participated in several portfolio reviews; the New York Times Portfolio review, FOTO Fest, Atlanta Celebrates Photography and Review Santa Fe. My first monograph titled The Precipice was released late 2021 with Gnomic Books. I have been very fortunate that some of my work has been collected by Center for Creative Photography at the University of Arizona; James Kerney Campus Gallery at Mercer County Community College; Candela Collection – Candela Books + Gallery, Richmond Virginia; Museum of Art and Design at Miami Dade College; CPW – The Center of Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, New York; Light Work, Syracuse, New York; Photographic Center Northwest, Seattle, Washington; Enfoco, New York, New York and Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York to name a few.
All these accolades make me humble that people and institutions are interested in my work and what I stand for as a photographer. I hope to continue in making work that challenges my viewers to think critically about the visual world that I attempt to capture.