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    This week at the Leica Store

    Join the Leica Lounge on Thursday, February 12, 2015 with portrait photographer Omar Cruz. Omar will be sharing the stories behind some of his photographs, discussing his relationship with the camera and showing a collection of final prints.

    Leica Lounge is a lecture series hosted by Leica Store Miami which features presentations by local members of the photography community. Held monthly, these free events are designed to create and inspire the local photography community through sharing images and exchanging ideas.

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    The Leica Lounge is kindly sponsored by Brooklyn Brewery. Participants will be able to sample some of their amazing craft beers during the event. Brooklyn Brewery is one of the largest craft breweries in the United States, producing a portfolio of traditional and experimental beers sure to impress any beer drinker.About Omar:

    Omar Cruz is considered one of the most important portrait photographers among celebrities. He has worked with household names including President Obama, Gloria Estefan, Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera, Celia Cruz, Marc Anthony, Pitbull, Eva Longoria, Juanes, Shakira, Zoe Saldana, Sofia Vergara and Thalia, to name just a few. In his commercial work brands like Got Milk, T-Mobile, Absolut Vodka and Pepsi trust his vision. (Photo credit: Thalia)
    Says Cruz, “Photography is not only a medium I use to express my vision, it’s been the center of my life. Everything to me is a possible photograph. I am constantly meeting amazing people who become my subjects; the world is my location and my everyday feeds my vision.”

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    Omar was born in New York and raised in Puerto Rico. He started to experiment early on with light and shadows and eventually mastered that intuitive vision which makes every picture far more than a good composition. His career came up through the ranks during the 90s in Miami, with the boom of Latin music that allowed him to travel the world with his art.

    His images have been featured in magazines such as Time, Vanity Fair, Vogue, GQ, People Magazine and People En Español to name a few. His photography accomplishes classic tones, sophisticated points of view, and a film treatment. Every piece of his work involves the viewer in such a way it brings them closer to his subject’s essence.