Thursday, June 11, 2009

Iris Rising: Miami Heart Gallery Opening

Museum-Quality Exhibit of Photographs
Taken by World-Renowned Iris PhotoCollective Photojournalists Open at The Freedom Tower in Miami,Florida

André Chung

MIAMI, FL – June 12, 2009 – For the second consecutive year, The Children’s Trust is spearheading an initiative promoting the adoption of foster children in Miami-Dade County called the The Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery. This groundbreaking work in Miami-Dade County seeks adoptive parents for 58 children, and the museum-quality exhibit features portraits of those available for adoption, photographed by some of the world’s top photographers. Based on a national model of other Heart Galleries in cities across the United States, the Miami Heart Gallery captures the unique personality of the children through portraits taken at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Amelia Earhart Park. The photographs will be on exhibit to the public from Saturday, June 13 through Sunday, July 12 at The Freedom Tower, located at 600 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132. The exhibition will be open Tuesdays thru Fridays, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. and on Saturdays, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and will subsequently travel to different venues throughout Miami-Dade County.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais

The Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery includes a cell-phone-accessible audio component and is complimented by a comprehensive web site,, which highlights the children’s portraits; videos of each child with information about their hobbies, goals and dreams; as well as a video about the making of the exhibit. Photos of the new children being featured will be posted on the Web site in conjunction with the relaunch of the exhibit. Anyone interested in learning more about adopting a foster child should call The Children’s Trust Helpline at 211 or visit

Carl Juste

Iris PhotoCollective photojournalists ( are proud to participate in the Miami Heart Gallery project and hope that we can convey each child's essence, individuality and beauty.


  1. The photographs are beautiful and anyone should go and see the exhibit whether they plan to adopt or not!

  2. Looks like you successfully conveyed the children's essence, individuality and beauty.
    Wishing the children find a place they can call

  3. Carl Juste founder of the iris collective
    is doing a most selfless deed everyone should lend a hand by supporting the cause.

  4. An upmost beautiful project. I commend the photographers and volunteers who have shared their time with these children, and I hope it helps in their adoption.

  5. I have never met another photographer such as Mr. Carl Juste. He does not take pictures because he wants to make pretty pictures, but because he has something he wants the world to know. As Mr Juste said himself he does not take pictures to give a voice, as he cannot give sight he cannot give a voice but he can promote ideas and thoughts that are otherwise obscure to man through his photos. You, Mr. Juste, you are pprofound and selfless and humble, continue the work that you do with these children and all around the world.