2018 Spotlight Speakers
Patrick Farrell is a Pulitzer-prize winning American photojournalist. His images from a brutal hurricane season in Haiti won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography. The Pulitzer Prize jurors described his package of 19 black-and-white photographs as "provocative, impeccably composed images of despair after Hurricane Ike and other lethal storms caused a humanitarian disaster in Haiti." Titled A People in Despair: Haiti's Year Without Mercy, the photos ranged from the flooded streets of Gonaives and the aftermath of a storm-related school collapse in Port-au-Prince to the deadly toll on the rural town of Cabaret, where young children drowned in rushing floodwaters. More than 800 Haitians died and more than 1 million were left homeless by the series of storms.
His other awards include:
- 1989: Southern Photographer of the Year, Southern Short Course
- 1992: Region 6 Newspaper Photographer of the Year, National Press Photographers Association
- 1992: Best In Show and Best Portfolio, Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar
- 1993: Region 6 Newspaper Photographer of the Year, National Press Photographers Association
- 1993: Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, awarded to the staff of the Miami Herald
- 1993: Southern Photographer of the Year, Southern Short Course
- 2008: Feature Photography Award for best feature photography published in any medium on an international theme, Overseas Press Club
- 2008: First Place, Newspaper, Spot News, Pictures of the Year International
- 2008: First Place, Newspaper, News Picture Story, Pictures of the Year International
- 2009: Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography, Miami Herald
- 2009: National Headliner Award, First Place, Photo Essay
Jorge de la Torriente is a passionate fine art photographer focused on creating minimal and modern works. His work has been collected by individual collectors worldwide, featured in corporate collections and exclusively featured in several hotels as the artist in partnership. As the co-founder of De La Gallery, along with his partner Jeff Rodriguez, they have worked together to build their gallery from the ground up in Key West, Florida since 2013.
Jorge has been the recipient of many international awards, including most recently the title of 2018 “Hasselblad Master” for his work in aerial photography.
His style is heavily influenced by his former career as an architect. Having graduated from Cornell University, one of the leading architecture and design programs in the United States, his work continues to be affected by his minimalist and modern roots.
Bridges Aderhold is a photographer of his generation. Exploring South Florida in the 90’s, he lived with a camera in his hand. Assisting influential photographers he discovered nature through the photo lens, honing his eye to natural and enhanced lighting. Wanting to develop his lighting and photography skills, Aderhold headed West at the age of 19 to follow in the footsteps of America’s greatest landscape photography pioneers.
On arrival to San Francisco he set out to study various lighting and reflecting techniques in response to the natural landscape and weather patterns. California sunsets were the answer to Florida’s sunrise. To balance his research he enlisted in freelance studio jobs of fashion and product photography developing his craft of conceptual lighting. In due course, he disregarded fundamental photography ideas, whilst preferring instead to provoke his mind whilst pushing the camera’s inner workings to the limits.
Over the years California’s variation of coastal and inland valleys supplemented by distinct microclimates fulfilled the necessary components of discovery for Aderhold to embrace the know-how of early America’s iconic photographers.
Leaving the West Coast to return to South Florida, Aderhold developed GAB, a photography studio and gallery in Wynwood. From 2009 to 2016, GAB studio was host studio for many emerging and known designers. All the while, the gallery served as the home to Aderhold’s Eye Project — capturing the essence of each of his 12,000 subject’s personas, simply through their eyes.
In the last year Bridges Aderhold has traveled the globe shooting eyes and landscapes inspired by his newfound destiny.
"Photographing the eyes of people eliminates preconceived notions of any individual and gives each person the human condition of honesty. This project has allowed me to connect with people from all over the world."
Tom Hambright is a 30-year historian with the Monroe County Public Libraries. He has served on the board of directors for the Old Island Restoration Foundation, the Key West Maritime Historical Society, and the Key West Art & Historical Society, and is well-known in the community for his encyclopedic knowledge of local lore and Florida history. He is excited to be presenting "The History of Key West Photography: 1880-1980" during the KWPF.
Rob O'Neal has been living in Key West since 1996 and has been a full-time photojournalist with the Key West Citizen newspaper since 1997. He shoots regularly for the Associated Press with freelance assignments from Havana to Grand Bahama. "After moving here from Ohio, I quickly fell in love with the Florida Keys. It's easy to do."
Mark Hedden is a photographer, writer, and semi-professional birdwatcher. He has lived in Key West for more than 25 years and may no longer be employable in the real world.
He is currently the Executive Director of the Florida Keys Audubon Society.
His work tends to focus on nightscapes, wildlife documentation, and street photography. He did shoot a wedding once and has almost recovered.
His photos have appeared in the Miami Herald, Roads & Kingdoms, Solares Hill, Birder’s World, BirdWatching Magazine, Birding, the Bone Island Sun, on the website of WLRN, and other places. His work has also been included in a number of group shows as well as two solo shows, most recently “Nocturnal” at the Studios of Key West in May of 2017.
He was recently awarded a Knight Arts Challenge grant for a project called On The Hook, which will document Key West’s live aboard boat community.
Photo credit Gesi Shilling.
Jeane LaRance writes, "My brother gave me my first camera when I was nine or ten years of age, he bought it in Europe. I don’t remember much about the camera itself it was the pictures that I couldn’t get enough of—and that still holds true. My life is all about photography. In the beginning it was black and white film, I loved being in the darkroom nothing could compare to it and even though I swore I’d never go digital, I rarely shoot film anymore.
For several years I was an event shooter in Santa Fe, NM, covering all Native events and even though my images were published in magazines across the country it still left me wanting. One day I received a call asking me to cover the Disney Summer Films Workshops; that work set me up for doing stills for filmmakers on movie sets. The Disney Summer Films Workshop became my summer gig for the next five years. That same summer I went to Haiti for the first time and my world changed. I found something that would hold my interest and keep me returning time after time no matter what. I was photographing people who had never been photographed before and I loved it! Eventually I started teaching documentary photography to high school students in LaVallée, Haiti and I am now planning to teach older students so they will have visual documentation of their life events for future generations.
I know one thing for sure—I love making photographs—no matter if they are moving or still."