Miami New Times' Mastermind Awards honors the city's most inspiring creatives. This year, we received more than 100 submissions, which our staff narrowed to an elite group of 30. We'll be profiling those honorable mentions, and eventually the finalists, in the weeks to come. This year's three Mastermind Award winners will be announced February 27 at Artopia, our annual soiree celebrating Miami culture. For tickets and more information, visit the website.
|Courtesy of Alejandro Santiago|
Alejandro Santiago's career has come a long way since his first job as a photographer with 311 as a fresh-faced 18 year old. He's had numerous accolades for his skill with a lens, including being named Lomographic Ambassador for Miami in 2000. His work has been printed in various magazines including Photo District News, The Globe & Mail, Now Magazine, and (yours truly) The Miami New Times, among others. And, he's been awarded Adorama's Best Shot of 2012 for his photo, "Crossing Queen's Quay".
Santiago, who studied digital design at Parson School of Design in New York, has a knack for capturing the realness of life, presenting you with images that are all at once intense, potent and elegant. His shots have an incredibly organic feel. They're spontaneous and yet characterized by an excellent sense for composition.
Nowadays, Santiago splits his times between Miami and Toronto, where his partner lives. While he may presently be freezing under several feet of snow and ice, his recent work has been focused on warmer climates, studying his Cuban roots with a array of portraits and street photography that can be found on his blog, Oyecuba. More »