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Faces at Basel


For me personally, Art Basel is the most culturally relevant event that happens in Miami. It pushes all of Miami’s apparent stereotypes – of bronzed bodies, fruity drinks, colorful art deco buildings, and repetitive electronic music – to the wayside, pushing the city to new heights of creative culture.

Originally centered in Miami’s South Beach, the event has spread its influence over the last couple years, overflowing into the surrounding neighborhoods of Coconut Grove, Downtown, Midtown, and Wynwood. Typified by giant white tents lined with paintings, installations, photographs, and art – the events have created a subculture of concerts, brand events, parties, street art, and food trucks. Over a five day span its massive crowds churn locals and tourists together, creating a pu pu platter of ethnicity, language, and experience coursing through Miami’s veins.

Over a three day period, I took photos of the folks I thought were interesting. I didn’t seek to capture the event itself, but the attendees that seemed genuinely excited to be there. I asked them who they were, where they were from, and what they were looking for at Art Basel 2013.

Originally published on The Photographic Journal
http://thephotographicjournal.com/essays/faces-at-basel/

Ian Witlen

Ian Witlen

BRENDAN JAMES [NYC, but living in Miami] I’m looking for awesome creative fashion types while at Basel, and to see my friends from NYC…

BRENDAN JAMES
[NYC, but living in Miami]

I’m looking for awesome creative fashion types while at Basel, and to see my friends from NYC…

ABAN SONIA [Pakistan, Miami, Los Angeles] I’m hoping to see old friends, create new memories, and find infinite inspiration. This is my hometown, so I look forward to this all year long. Always En Route.

ABAN SONIA
[Pakistan, Miami, Los Angeles]

I’m hoping to see old friends, create new memories, and find infinite inspiration. This is my hometown, so I look forward to this all year long. Always En Route.

PATRICK GUZELEWSKI [Brooklyn, NYC] I’m looking for inspiration, beauty, and a new perspective.

PATRICK GUZELEWSKI
[Brooklyn, NYC]

I’m looking for inspiration, beauty, and a new perspective.

GILBERT TREJO [Hollywood, CA] A membership card to the cool kids club.

GILBERT TREJO
[Hollywood, CA]

A membership card to the cool kids club.

ASHLEY BILON (WITH AN UNNAMED FRIEND) [North Miami Beach] I want to find something amazing.

ASHLEY BILON (WITH AN UNNAMED FRIEND)
[North Miami Beach]

I want to find something amazing.

KEITH CHARLES [The ATL] Just want to find a good time.

KEITH CHARLES
[The ATL]

Just want to find a good time.

CHELSEA ST. JOHN + RUSSEL STEVENS [Miami, FL] A new outlook at life and a break from reality.

CHELSEA ST. JOHN + RUSSEL STEVENS
[Miami, FL]

A new outlook at life and a break from reality.

MARTIM LUCENA [Portugal] I’m looking for a good time.

MARTIM LUCENA
[Portugal]

I’m looking for a good time.

IAN CHRISTIE [NYC and Miami] I’m with Peter Tunney’s gallery. I bought a one way ticket this year and am just wowed by the incredible amount of human energy, expression and spirit. There's nowhere else like it. It’s my happy place!

IAN CHRISTIE
[NYC and Miami]

I’m with Peter Tunney’s gallery. I bought a one way ticket this year and am just wowed by the incredible amount of human energy, expression and spirit. There's nowhere else like it. It’s my happy place!

THE DOWW [Carol City, FL] My art on murals, but that’ll come. Also to meet my peers & idols of art. I heart@Adamdare. He’s my favorite bunny artist.

THE DOWW
[Carol City, FL]

My art on murals, but that’ll come. Also to meet my peers & idols of art. I heart@Adamdare. He’s my favorite bunny artist.

PIERRE [Haiti] First of all, the Art Basel is very fun. I see people take pictures and try to do different things that I've never seen.

PIERRE
[Haiti]

First of all, the Art Basel is very fun. I see people take pictures and try to do different things that I've never seen.

TRACY CRISTAL [Miami, FL] An influx of talented artists, color, mixing + mingling and networking. I am in LEBO’s Art Basel show, at the Dorissa Building, presenting new work by the magic city all-stars. It’s my largest show to date and it rocked seeing people enjoy my photography. Exciting times.

TRACY CRISTAL
[Miami, FL]

An influx of talented artists, color, mixing + mingling and networking. I am in LEBO’s Art Basel show, at the Dorissa Building, presenting new work by the magic city all-stars. It’s my largest show to date and it rocked seeing people enjoy my photography. Exciting times.

NETTY DEL [Miami, FL] As a local fashion blogger, I’m here to see creativity, beauty, art, and what people are wearing.

NETTY DEL
[Miami, FL]

As a local fashion blogger, I’m here to see creativity, beauty, art, and what people are wearing.

CHRIS FERNANDEZ [Miami, FL] Looking for old friends and alcohol.

CHRIS FERNANDEZ
[Miami, FL]

Looking for old friends and alcohol.

CRISTOBAL VALECILLOS [Born in Venezuela, living in Los Angeles.] I’m simply looking for inspiration. Artist's Website

CRISTOBAL VALECILLOS
[Born in Venezuela, living in Los Angeles.]

I’m simply looking for inspiration. Artist's Website

PHILLIP [Miami, FL] Searching for color and inspiration.

PHILLIP
[Miami, FL]

Searching for color and inspiration.


Miami, FL 2013

Photographer: Agustin Sanchez

FujiFilm X-E1
VSCO Film 04 

Polaroid SLR 680
Impossible Color 600 r1