women_new_tribe_web.jpgMIAMI — The Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) hosted an opening reception Aug. 10 for Women of a New Tribe, a photographic celebration of the black American woman recently installed in Miami International Airport’s North Terminal near Gate D-26.  Seventeen MDAD employees now join other women from across the country in the exhibition, which made its Florida debut at MIA.

Women of a New Tribe was created by North Carolina photographer Jerry Taliaferro to “honor the physical and spiritual beauty of the black American woman, emphasizing her soulfulness — her spirit of hope, compassion, love and nobility,” said Miami-Dade Aviation Department Fine Arts and Cultural Affairs Director Yolanda Sánchez. Taliaferro presents his subjects in the dramatic, high-glamour style reminiscent of Hollywood photography from the 1930s and 1940s, and the photographs explore themes such as tribal beauty, portraiture and family relationships.

The exhibit premiered in Charlotte, N.C. in 2002 at the African American Cultural Center, and travels throughout the United States, with each community including photos of local women who have demonstrated a strong record of professionalism, community service and volunteer work.

Photo courtesy of MDAM