Reporting Vanessa Borge
MIAMI (CBS Miami) – If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a new photo exhibit might be worth 25,000.
And the new “I Witness” exhibit at Bernice Steinbaum’s gallery may leave you searching for all 25,000 of those words.
“I Witness” displays the work of 25 photojournalists who have captured turning points in history through a camera lens.
“These artists slash documentarians have one chance to get the photo amongst chaos and war,” Steinbaum said.
The walls are masked by faces of sadness, pain, and joy.
“These artists deal with truths,” Steinbaum said. “We don’t want to see the truth, it’s too painful for us.”
One photo shows a man who was left with nothing after the catastrophic 1992 Hurricane Andrew.
“The only clothes he has are those he is carrying or those he is wearing,” Steinbaum said.
The LA Riots were captured in one single frame.
“This is a young man who steals a bottle of whiskey and he can’t even wait to go out the door and chooses to go through the door,” Steinbaum said.
Also on display is the 12-year-old Pulitzer Prize winning photo of Elian Gonzalez taken by Alan Diaz.
An entire wall is dedicated to water, or more importantly, the lack of it.
“It is our humanity that I hope to show here and I hope people would think about this and maybe make a difference,” Steinbaum said.
Carl Juste, a photojournalist from CBS4 news partner The Miami Herald spent a year putting this project together as producer and curator.
The “I Witness” exhibition runs through April 4
The exhibit runs Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at The Bernice Steinbaum Gallery, 3550 N. Miami Ave., Miami
For more information: www.bernicesteinbaumgallery.com or 305-573-2700