Photography lovers will have a last chance to view “La Femme... en Noir et Blanc,” Henry Perez's internationally recognized photography exhibit, when it is shown for the final time this Thursday at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden.
Nearly 200 people showed up for the July 25 kickoff reception for the exhibit, which prompted Perez to hold a final showing before the exhibit is taken down on Thursday night. The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m.
“The exhibit was very well received, but I received so many requests afterwards from people who had missed it because they were out of town or had gone away for the weekend that I decided to offer a final viewing of the entire collection," he said.
Perez has received global attention for this exhibit, which features the photographs of 50 women in various surroundings. They span a wide representation of age, ethnicity, occupation and passions. Perez photographed them in black-and-white, without retouching, to show all women are naturally beautiful.
The women photographed were drawn from a loosely formed social group known as Perez’s “wives.” The term denotes no marital or legal status, but instead is a way of describing the informal group of nearly 100 of Perez’s female acquaintances. They adopted the term to express their mutual affection for the popular and widely liked photographer, as well as for each other.
The kickoff event featured refreshments, entertainment, a silent auction to benefit the Sabrina Cohen Foundation, and even a surprise actual marriage proposal between two guests. It received widespread publicity, and was a successful event for the garden, said Executive Director Cindy Brown. "We were thrilled to host the unveiling of this great collection of photographs. Supporting our local artists is essential to our mission," she added.
This time, guests should not expect refreshments, entertainment, or a marriage proposal, for that matter, but they will have the opportunity to view the entire 128-photograph collection, which will be projected on a large screen. In addition, there will be the final opportunity to view the 20 large printed photographs drawn from the collection on the walls of the venue. All of the printed photographs are for sale, and orders will be taken for other individual prints in the collection, as well as coffee table books of it.
The exhibit garnered national and international attention for Perez, including write ups in "Southern Living," "ARTINFO," the prestigious art visual media site, as well as coverage in Spain and South America.