a male dancer in mid-air

Dance in 35 | Talk with Omar Z. Robles

a male dancer in mid-air

Featuring: Omar Robles

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Sunday, September 15 | 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Location: Leica Pavilion


Join renowned photographer Omar Z Robles on an exploration of his most recent series with a 35mm analogue approach, utilizing the Leica M6 rangefinder camera. Learn how challenging yourself can help you take the most advantage of your equipment, and fine tune the most important of your tools, that piece behind your viewfinder.


Omar Z Robles is an NYC based photographer. Born and raised in Puerto Rico. His interest in story telling began with one man: Marcel Marceau. The legendary mime actor taught him how to interpret the world through subtle but riveting movements. Those movements that he acquired as a student in Paris, he employs today in his photo series of ballet dancers.

But before juxtaposing the clean lines of dancers against rugged city landscapes, Robles was shooting celebrities, athletes, artists, politicians and city dwellers for The Chicago Tribune’s Hoy, Metro San Juan, Latino Leaders and for his own street photography portfolio.

In New York City, he transformed the aesthetic of his street photography by substituting the New Yorker with the New York dancer. Robles directed the dancers to tell stories with their bodies as he had learned from Marceau. The results were an army of miniature stories as told by the gentle flow of the dancers’ bodies. These stories were later passed on by local and international media. (Mashable, Instagram’s Blog, The Phoblographer, The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, Design Taxi and Harpers Bazaar).