Carl Juste, award winning photojournalist for the Miami Herald and founder of Iris Collective, a coalition of photographers, writers and cultural activists.
Based on his ongoing, iterative project, The Big Picture, Carl Juste, along with his collaborators, developed a multi-faceted photo-documentary project for The Power of Art. Carl Juste is a award-winning photojournalist for the Miami Herald and founder of Iris Collective, a coalition of photographers, writers and cultural activists
Juste and his team led a workshop exploring the use of photojournalism as a form of self-expression and exploring ideas around healing, resiliency, bearing witness and capturing history. Participants are creating their own images and are telling their own stories that will become part of a catalog and a public presentation. The workshop took place in 4 sessions during the summer of 2019.
As part of the workshop, Juste andC.W. Griffin, also an award-winning photo-journalist, are capturing images and stories of the community focusing on documenting resiliency and healing through the eyes and stories of specific workshop participants.
Carl Philippe Juste
Under the threat of persecution, Haitian-born Carl–Philippe Juste, and his politically active family, were forced to flee their homeland in 1965. Settling in Miami’s Haitian community, Juste flourished academically and attended the University of Miami.
He vigorously pursued photojournalism and, since 1991, has worked as a photojournalist for The Miami Herald. Juste has covered many international and national stories for the Herald, including assignments in Haiti, Cuba, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.
In addition, he has worked on various documentary projects for the museum, History Miami, including At the Crossroads: Afro-Cuban Orisha Arts in Miami (2001), South American Musical Traditions in Miami (2002), and Haitian Community Arts: Images by Iris Photo Collective (2006-2007), all were funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Juste has been a guest lecturer for various national organizations and universities. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, National Headliners, and POYi. His work has been exhibited in various prestigious institutions and galleries in Cuba, Dominican Republic and The United States.
In 2016, he won a prestigious Knight Arts Challenge grant to complete Havana/Haiti: Two Cultures, One Community, a book and exhibit of photographs and essays about Cubans and Haitians, to prove once and for all that Haitians and Cubans have more in common than most people understand.
As part of his ongoing independent work, in 1998, Juste co-founded Iris Photo Collective. Iris’ photographers, writers and culture activists create work that explores and documents the lives of people of color throughout the world with the goal of empowerment for all.
C.W. Griffin, a photographer working in Miami has taught at the University of Miami for 12 years and has been a staff photographer at the Miami Herald for the past 28 years. He is the recipient of numerous awards and while serving the military he was the first African-American photographer to be named Military Photographer of the Year for all branches of the military.
His works have appeared in numerous publications such as National Geographic, Smithsonian and Time. His works appear in many volumes of the coveted ‘Day in a Life’ series which features the top 100 photojournalists in the world, and his photos have been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, The Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Historical Museum of Miami.
George Fishman produces radio stories and links edited audio commentaries to QR codes for galleries, artists and institutions. He received a fine arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He designed and created commissioned artworks for 20 years, while also writing, editing and presenting at conferences and serving on arts boards.
In 2009 he began recording interviews with arts professionals, which led to writing assignments for the Miami Herald and other outlets. He hosted a weekly podcast called the Mosaic of Art in 2010-11, interviewing artists, curators, webmasters, dealers, coaches, and publishers about their creative process.
Jenny Babot Romney
Jenny Babot Romney is a graphic designer and media specialist. Jenny’s work combines empathy for the consumer experience with unique and memorable visuals. Her professional experience includes nearly 20 years at the Miami Herald as Presentations Manager subsequent to 10 years as Media Director for Royal Crown Cola Company.
Jenny has also studied photography with award-winning photojournalists and fellow Herald staffers Carl Juste and C.W. Griffin. She is currently the principal photographer at Fotojenica, LLC.