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Dates:  1946, 25 May -
Born:  US, FL, Miami
Active:  US
Contemporary American photographer. 
Artist statement: 
A Wandering Eye
I have always been fascinated by the still photograph and the unique relationship it has to the continuous flow of life and time. Nothing else transforms a life experience into a virtual memory that can be held in your hands and shared with others. The details of a moment are lost in time, until the tangible information of a photograph can remain as its only evidence.
On my visual odyssey, I photograph to remember the moments I’ve seen that had some special significance to me. Sometimes the serendipity of life presents you with a private scene, something that is only for you to see. The photograph verifies to me that … yes, I was there… yes, I did see that and it was not some figment of my imagination. I get supreme enjoyment from looking at the intimate details of life, a wandering eye that is never satiated, always looking for something….hoping that I will be aware enough to recognize the moment when it presents itself.
Interpreting the parallel view of my eye and the camera, has been a way of expanding my visual observation and awareness, converting the things I’ve seen into symbols of sight. I photograph the simultaneous realities that coexist within my line of sight, the intersection of light and time, people and the space around them. From my perspective, life itself is the canvas and I am just a framer of its singular moments.
Edward Yanowitz (April 24, 2007)

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Edward Yanowitz was born May 25,1946 in Miami, Fl., raised in Nassau, Bahamas and Miami Beach, Fl. He has been a photographer since 1967, working in the Fine Art, Social Documentary and Commercial fields. In1972, he received a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Photography, from The San Francisco Art Institute. He has taught photography at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fl., Barry University, Miami Shores, Fl., Miami-Dade College, Kendall Campus, and The New World School of the Arts located in Miami Fl. He is presently coordinates the photography program at American InterContinental University, School of Design, South Florida.
From 1973 until 1990, he was the managing director of William’s Overseas Ltd., a family corporation, est. 1926, located in Nassau, Bahamas. During that period Mr. Yanowitz gave workshops, exhibited, and was invited by Bahamas Ministry of Education and Culture to be a member of the National Arts and Crafts committee where he organized the national photography exhibition for the independence of the Bahamas, on July 10,1973
Four of his photographs were selected by John Szarkowski for the collection of The Museum of Modern Art, in New York City in 1974. Six photographs were chosen by the government of the Bahamas for a series of 1979 Christmas definitive postage stamps with an official first day cover, this was the first time photographs or a local theme had ever been utilized. In 1992, Mr. Yanowitz was retained as expert witness, documentary photographer and coordinator of photography for the defense, in the William Kennedy Smith vs. the State of Florida trial.
He has produced documentary and commercial assignments for the Oakland Redevelopment Agency, The San Francisco Chronicle, Rolling Stone Book of Days, Decca Records, The Nassau Guardian and Nassau Tribune Newspapers, Cable Beach Hotels, Bank Leu of Belgium, British-American Trust Corporation, and The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism. He is a member of the Society of Photographic Educators and is a retired P.A.D.I underwater photography instructor. His photographs have been in numerous exhibitions and are held in corporate and private collections both nationally and internationally.
1972 Master of Fine Arts Degree, Photography, The San Francisco Art Institute
1968 Undergraduate Studies: Photography and Graphics, University of the Americas, Mexico, D.F.
1964-66 Art and Graphics University of Miami
1960-64 Windsor Mountain School, Lenox, Mass. An education in humanity
2001 Faculty Exhibition, New World School of the Arts, Miami, Florida
2001 Faculty Exhibition, Miami-Dade College, Kendall Campus
1997 Individual Exhibition Virginia Intermont College,Photography Gallery, Bristol. VA
1996 Faculty Exhibition, University of Miami Art Department, New Gallery, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida
1995 Art Against Aids, Miami Center, Miami, Florida. Group show
1994 Maryland Federation of Art, Baltimore, Maryland. Group show (Juried by, Phillip Brookman, Photography curator, Corcoran gallery of Art)
1994 Faculty Exhibition, University of Miami Art Department
1994 Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, Florida
1993 South Florida Artist Series winning portfolio “Bahama Passage”
1993 Photogroup Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida (Juried by Wanda Texon, Curator of Photography, Bass Museum of Art, Miami Beach, Florida)
1993 Instituto Chileno Norteamericano de Cultura, Santiago, Chile
1993 Photographs from the Faculty at the University of Miami
1993 Photowork 93”, New Gallery, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Fl (Juried by Steven Yates, New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts
1992 Faculty Exhibition, University of Miami Art Department, Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, Florida
1992 “Photowork 92”, The New Gallery, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL (Juried by Merry Forresta, National Museum of American Art, Washington)
1991 Individual Exhibition “Singular Moments”, , Books and Books Inc., Coral Gables, Florida
1991 “A Lifetime of Reading”, Honorable Mention, Juried Photography Exhibition, Miami Bookfair International, Miami, Florida
1990 “Fifty Years of Photography in Miami”, Miami-Dade Public Library
1986 Individual Exhibition, Bank Leu, Belgium (Bahamas Branch), Nassau
1984 “Photo-Miami”, South Dade regional library, Miami, Florida
1982 Individual Exhibition, The New Gallery, Coral Gables, Florida
1981 Faculty Exhibition , University of Miami Art Department, Lowe Art Museum, Coral Gables, Florida
1981 “Carifesta 81”, Bridgetown, Barbados W.I. Bahamas cultural exchange
1979 Individual Exhibition, Matinee Gallery, Nassau, Bahamas
1979 Bahamas Philatelic Society, Exhibition, Bahamas General Post-Office (Six Photographs selected for the 1979 Christmas Definitive Stamps of the Bahamas, with official first day cover. This is the first time photographs or a local theme (Junkanoo) had been used.)
1978 “JUNKANOO” Bahamas National Archive Exhibition, Sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Culture
1977 “Bahamian Art Today” Marlborough Art Gallery, Nassau, Bahamas
1973 Bahamas Independence, 10 july 1973, National Arts committee, Coordinator and Exhibitor of the National photography exhibit celebrating Independence from England
1972 The San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, California  
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