Hard Hats for Haiti and Jordan Michael Zuniga’s charitable work shine at ‘Haiti Art Expo 2011’ during Art Basel week

MIAMI – Hard Hats for Haiti and renowned Miami photographer Jordan Michael Zuniga, showcased a collection of limited edition photographs at Haiti Art Expo 2011 at the Moore Building on Saturday, December 3rd during Art Basel week. Zuniga’s ‘Haiti: Hope in Progress’ is part of his support to the Hard Hats for Haiti campaign, a the catalyst for the Pan American Development Foundation’s plan to rebuild homes, revitalize neighborhoods, and create jobs.
Haiti Art Expo 2011 is a pledge from South Florida’s cultural community and Haiti advocates who are making a positive impact in the lives of the Haitian people. On its second year, co-hosts Michael Caponni, Jeff Feldman and Rachel Moscoso Denis presented an exhibition which demonstrated the visionary power of Haitian visual art that has continued to command international attention. Jordan’s “Haiti: Hope in Progress” limited edition photography series were the highlight of the evening, reflecting PADF’s work in Haiti through vibrant and soulful images.
“Thanks to Haiti Art Expo 2011 and Mr. Zuniga we had the invaluable opportunity to spread the word about our work in Haiti, with a direct impact in the lives of hundreds of thousands of Haitians” said Paul Fisher, Director of Corporate Partnerships for PADF.
At this event, more than 500 art lovers, collectors, Haiti government officials, local personalities, and other guests showed their support to PADF’s Hard Hats for Haiti while enjoying Jordan’s photography and the colorful world class exhibit of Haitian art presented by art collector and curator Michele Frisch. Special guests included Mr. Ralph Latortue, Honorary Consul General of Haiti; Anedie Azael, Miss Haiti 2011; and Dee Adames, Bravo TV’s “Shear Genius” winner and celebrity stylist.
Alongside Zuniga’s images was a new collection of exclusive, high-end bags and clutches designed by Haitian-born Françoise Elizée. Crafted with her signature lizard, crocodile and python skins, Elizée seeks to re-define the luxury fashion industry through her limited edition designs handcrafted and made in durable materials, with bold and fashion forward colors.
Sales from the exhibit as well as Zuniga’s photographs and Elizee’s handbags, will directly benefit the Hard Hats for Haiti campaign, which has already received a commitment of over $50M from institutions such as the World Bank, the American Red Cross, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, and Caterpillar.
With a career spanning more than fifteen years Zuniga has an extensive portfolio, with the diversity in his work fuelling his pursuit of photographing subjects that provoke the emotions of his audience. Today Jordan is found at his successful Red1 Studios, where he works with an array of clients while also shooting his own personal projects and editorials. Recently Jordan has expanded his brand and scope of work to include philanthropy. He is currently involved with PETA, PADF and The Miami Heart Gallery to name just a few.

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