The Photographic Journal

Faces at Basel

Essay 8 • Dec 18th 2013

ART BASEL MIAMI 2013
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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.

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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.

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GILBERT TREJO
(Hollywood, CA)

A membership card to the cool kids club.

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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…

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JAMES SINKEVICH & KRISTINA HOUT
(Pittsburgh, PA)

We’re looking to find cool art (local).

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

I want to find something amazing.

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CHELSEA ST. JOHN + RUSSEL STEVENS
(Miami, FL)

A new outlook at life and a break from reality.

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KEITH CHARLES
(The ATL)

Just want to find a good time.

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MARTIM LUCENA
(Portugal)

I’m looking for a good time.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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CHRIS FERNANDEZ
(Miami, FL)

Looking for old friends and alcohol.

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CRISTOBAL VALECILLOS
(Born in Venezuela, living in Los Angeles.)

I’m simply looking for inspiration.

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PHILLIP
(Miami, FL)

Searching for color and inspiration.

Agustin Sanchez

In addition to serving as Creative Direction & Founder of The Photographic Journal, Agustin is a design director, photographer, musician & husband living and working in Miami. He’s been a visual artist for over ten years, playing with pixels & type.

Happily married, he spends his days with his wife, his beautiful daughter, and two Boston Terriers.

For more visit:
Agustin-Sanchez.com