Thursday, 15 November 2012

Photographer Alex Smailes Exhibits A Decade of Work

This is an exhibit I'm looking forward to.
In November 2011 I got to interview photographer Alex Smailes
about his ideas about the term 'The Caribbean Aesthetic'.
This November he is exhibiting in Trinidad and Tobago after a decade
of photographing the region along with a publication launch.

Be there for the launch next Thursday!

Thursday 22nd November 2012, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


Thursday 6th December 2012, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

37 Fitt Street, Woodbrook, Port of Spain

RSVP 740 7597 /


In 2002, after working extensively as a photojournalist in the Middle East, the South Pacific, South Asia, the Caucasus and the Balkans, Alex Smailes moved to Trinidad and Tobago. This exhibition celebrates the 10th anniversary of that move and what Smailes has observed and documented throughout the region since. Images from some of Alex's better-known series - from gangs in Port of Spain, to Aristide's last days in Haiti are on display here. Also present are some of the traditions and snatched, everyday moments that, while uniquely Caribbean, resonate with universal themes. This collection of images is characterised by Smailes' intense interest in understanding and capturing his adopted region, and also by his sensitive eye, which finds beauty not only where expected but also in the mundane or disturbing, all of which mix together to create a striking visual picture of a complex region.
Twice-nominated finalist for the Amnesty International Media Awards for coverage inside Trinidad’s jails in 2001 and for Haiti’s secret modern-day slave-trade for 'Colors' 2003 magazine
To continue testing the boundaries of creativity and imagination via innovative photography. A digital revolution is changing the Caribbean...let's capture that essence!
Company Overview
After a book deal with Macmillan and a move to Trinidad in 2002, Alex spent 2 years producing 'Trinidad & Tobago'; published in 2004 and depicting the culture and glory of the nation.

Utilizing an immaculate talent in visual communications, with over a decade of experience to his name, Alex has forged an identity, infamously known as ‘the fixer’. He has consistently tackled and succeeded on a vast array of multi-tiered, multi-partied and complex branding projects. He balances layers of creative genius and practical problem solving in the constant progression and evolution of the world...

In 1996, whilst studying for his Communications BA at Falmouth Art School in UK, Alex Smailes was hand-picked to join a small team of filmmakers, explorers and marine biologists for an documentary film expedition underneath the oil platforms of the Arabian Gulf.

From 1997 to 2002 he continued to work in areas of conflict throughout the world, and his work during that time has been recognised by

Amnesty International and Colours magazine.

Alex has worked for many of the World’s press including BBC, Geographical Magazine, Independent, Sunday Times, New York Times, Corbis and Reuters.

In 2004, he published Trinidad and Tobago (MacMillan). He became a director of Abovegroup in 2005, but has continued to cover Caribbean socio-political issues.

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