event · April 15

Thursday Night Photo Talk w/ Pete Brook and Sofia Valiente

Photographer Sofia Valiente has wasted no time parsing the stories of Southern Florida. Valiente (30) exploded onto the scene in 2015 with Miracle Village, a halting photo-study of a community of registered sex offenders near Pahokee, Florida. The book of the work was published by Fabrica (the creativity-hub of Benetton in Treviso, Italy) following Valiente's year-long artist residency there. Then came the World Press Photo first place in stories. Onward, Valiente set about her second major project Foreverglades, about the past and present of Belle Glade, a small agricultural town that was once at the forefront of the development of South Florida. In the book of the same title, Valiente weaves her own pictures between the words of a mid-century regional historian. The unorthodox tome excavates the pioneer origins and the diversity of the Belle Glade workforces and residents. Currently working on the third part of a Florida Trilogy, Valiente has no time for the cheap gags and sometimes cruel cliches aimed at Floridians. There's too much going on, too much humanity; there's the constructed landscape, the fifth generations, the seasonal ebb and remaking of nature, the juke joints, the farming, the cane, the stories. Join Valiente, one of the United States' most exacting and insightful photographers, in conversation with Pete Brook.


  • Thursday, April 15, 2021 @ 7:00 pm


Philadelphia Photo Arts Center
1400 N. American Street #103
Philadelphia, PA 19122 US