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Top Photography Galleries In Miami

Ever since the first photograph of a person was created by French inventor Louis Daguerre on a Paris street in 1838, photographers have sought to capture candid, posed or staged moments in time. Some merely document and duplicate reality, but still more create a unique vision that juxtaposes the artist's reality with our own. Ansel Adams, one of the most gifted photographers of our time, once said, "You don't take a photograph, you make it." If your eye is hungry for visual interpretations, urban and contemporary or abstract and surreal, Miami is home to several outstanding galleries.
Clyde Butcher
Clyde Butcher, Via Escencia 3, 2002.

The Center for Visual Communication
Wynwood Art District
541 NW 27th St
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 571-1415

Price: $10 donation
Hours: Tues to Fri - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Located in the heart of the Wynwood Arts District, the CVC has been the heartbeat of Miami's kinetic artistic community for over a decade. The center provides gallery space for an eclectic mix of photography from such local staples as Miami photographer Clyde Butcher and his candid Cuba and Florida everglades snapshots, to Robert Rauschenberg and many others. The CVC also partners with such venues as the Arscht Performing Arts Center and the Miami Science Museum, to name a few.

Related: South Florida's Best Art Shows

Luis Lazo
An exhibit of works by Luis Lazo will be on view at the Dina Mitrani Gallery through May 25, 2012. (credit: Luis Lazo)

Dina Mitrani Gallery
2620 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 486-7248

Price: Usually free, Some admission charged for certain exhibits
Hours: Tues to Fri - 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

One of the few galleries in Miami dedicated strictly to the photographic arts, Dina Mitrani has over 20 years experience in the art world, much of it culled in the twin-global melting pots of New York and Miami. Her gallery provides a diverse visual pulse of established and emerging artists, but also strives to be the core for collaboration and communication among artists, patrons, curators and institutions dedicated to the advancement of the medium.

Miami Art Museum
(credit: Miami Art Museum/Facebook)

Miami Art Museum
101 W Flagler St
Miami, FL 33130
(305) 375-3000

Price: Adults - $8, Seniors - $4, Children under 12, MAM members and students with I.D. - Free, Combo ticket to History Miami and MAM - $10
Hours: Tues to Fri - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat and Sun - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Formerly the Center for Fine Arts, MAM is located in the cultural brew pot of downtown Miami and prides itself on its exhibition and collection of works from the Western hemisphere. In addition to showings of art, sculpture and photography from the Atlantic Rim (the Americas, Europe and Africa), the gallery spotlights photographic collection works by Maria-Magdalena Campos-Pons, Lorna Simpson, Rineke Dijkstra and Dara Friedman.

Margulies Collection at the Warehouse

The Marguiles Collection at the Warehouse
591 NW 27th St
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 576-1051

Price: Adults - $10, Miami-Dade County students with valid I.D. - free
Hours: Wed to Sat - 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Collection open November through April

A centerpiece of Miami's revitalized Wynwood Art District, this gallery provides a visual smorgasbord of exhibitions and permanent displays of photography, sculpture, video and painting. Open six months each year, the gallery uses the time it is closed to reinstall additional centerpieces of contemporary and classic expression. Current photography exhibited includes works by Mary Ellen Mark, John Baldessari, Jonathan Monk and Ed Ruscha.

Dorsch Gallery
(credit: Dorsch Gallery/Facebook)

Dorsch Gallery
151 NW 24th St
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 576-1278

Price: Varies depending on exhibit
Hours: Tues to Sat - 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

One of the very first gallery spaces to start the revitalization of the Wynwood neighborhood in 2000, Dorsch Gallery keeps a hand on the creative pulse of everything in Miami's artistic community. This 3,600-square-foot space provides exhibitions, permanent displays, lectures and workshops on a variety of disciplines from photography to art and sculpture. One of the most recently acclaimed, phographic exhibitions on display was by Magnus Sigurdarson, inspired by the occupy movement.

Related: Best Art Galleries In Miami

Glenn Osrin is a journalist and seasoned consumer products sales professional living in Miami, Florida. A new vegan, his most recent assignment is writing about the benefits of a plant-based diet and lifestyle while learning about the Miami vegan community. His work can be found at


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