Mystery in Miami – A Leica Masterclass with Maggie Steber – Dec. 4-8

Jul 24, 2018  By Richard Rejino

Join world-renowned photojournalist, editor and instructor Maggie Steber on a nighttime search for photographic mystery in the streets of Miami.

After dusk, Miami changes into a film set, simultaneously dark and mysterious, bright and sensuous, against which any number of dramas are played out in the night.
Miami, where people come to make a new name or lose an old identity, to seek fame and fortune or to hide out from it, the rich party the night away in clubs, while the homeless look for a safe place to sleep…we find the perfect setting for NOIR MIAMI.

The city will serve as a backdrop as each photographer creates an essay based upon the  theme of “Mystery.”

We will review Maggie’s own projects that explore the darker side of film noir, as well as, the work of other photographers that have used this genre to build bodies of work uniquely their own.


  • The elusive nature of ideas
  • Finding inspiration in film noir and pulp fiction
  • Building a photographic narrative
  • Editing and sequencing
  • The importance of “Secret Gardens”

Scheduled to coincide with the Miami Street Photography Festival and Art Basel, we will take advantage of the crowded streets and venture out to shoot at night. Over the course of four days, you will experience a mix of lectures, class assignments and daily critiques, designed to push you to consider new ways of looking at your photography.

Each photographer will be asked to interpret the concept of “Mystery in his or her own way, resulting in a final presentation on Saturday night.
Final projects are presented during the Miami Street Photography Festival.

Our small class size will allow for individual guidance. However, students are expected to have a basic understanding of their camera functions and operation.
This is not a “how to” or technically focused program. Photographers who are ready for honest feedback with an interest in discovering new ways to tell stories will get the most from this experience.
Laptops will be needed on the final day of the workshop. Students should be be conversant with their hardware and software to facilitate downloading and review of photos.

On the first day of the workshop, students are asked to bring 10 of your best photographs in a digital format for review with Maggie. This can be a project or simply a collection of your best photographs.
Owning a Leica is never a requirement to attend one of our workshops. We will have a selection of cameras available for your use.

Enrollment is limited to only 12 participants.

Click here for more information.

All Images ©Maggie Steber

VenueMiami, FL
StartsTue Dec 4 2018
EndsSat Dec 8 2018

Richard Rejino
Richard is the Executive Director of LHSA - The International Leica Society and a part-time professional photographer. He is also a classically trained pianist, writer and published author. His book, "What Music Means to Me" is available from Hal Leonard Corporation.

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