MYSTERY IN MIAMI: A Leica Masterclass with Maggie Steber | Dec 4-8, 2018


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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.


Tuesday: 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Wednesday: 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Thursday: 3:00am – 6:00pm

Friday: 3:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday: 10:00am – 12:00pm

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.

All Images ©Maggie Steber

Maggie Steber is a documentary photographer known for her humanistic stories of people and cultures. She is a National Geographic Woman of Vision and has worked in 66 countries, producing cultural stories as well as significant work on Haiti, Native Americans, and the sciences of sleep and memory loss.

She has photographed for 30 years in Haiti. Aperture published her monograph entitled DANCING ON FIRE: Photographs from Haiti. She also published work on her mother’s dementia in Rite of Passage which was also made onto a multimedia project for MediaStorm.

Steber’s photographs are included in many private and public collections including the Library of Congress. She was Assistant Managing Editor for Photography and Features at The Miami Herald from 1999-2003 and has served as judge on many competition and grant panels including the Pulitzer Prize Committee for Photography for 2015, World Press Photo, the Alexia Grant, the Alicia Patterson Grant, Pictures of the Year, and the Getty-Instagram Grant.

She regularly teaches workshops throughout the world including at the World Press Photo Master Classes in Amsterdam, the Foundry Workshop and the Bursa Photo Festival in Turkey.


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