Jorge Pérez is a standout in our skyline. Seth Browarnik, a standout in our nightlife. Makes sense that the real estate tycoon and celebrity photographer, respectively, would one day collaborate.
Browarnik, the lensman behind World Red Eye, is mounting a second edition of his Cultural Exchange Series Thursday evening at El Tucán. “The Next Genesis of Miami Real Estate” will be conducted with the help of Emmy winning rakontur filmmaker Alfred Spellman (Cocaine Cowboys, The U), and be a bit of a family affair. On the panel are local moguls who are passing on their knowledge to a new generation of power brokers: Related Group’s Pérez and his son Jon Paul Pérez; Dezer Development’s Michael Dezer and son Gil Dezer; and Crescent Heights’ Russell Galbut and nephew Keith Menin, of Menin Hospitality.
We spoke to Browarnik before the event, which is not open to the public but will be live streamed on WorldRedEye.com starting at 7:45 p.m.
How did this project come about?
Pernod Ricard, the parent company of Perrier-Jouët, asked me to create something that would make an impact on many generations. The World Red Eye Cultural Exchanges Series is a series of four talks; the first was a discussion of nightlife at the Pérez Art Museum Miami last October. My relationships with these people are what have made it all possible.
Where do you think Miami real estate is headed?
Though I’m not a professional in this industry, I can tell you that I think it is amazing how Miami now offers neighborhoods that have different experiences and vibes: South Beach, Design District, Wynwood, Midtown and Little River, to name a few. Plus the revival of Calle Ocho, Little Haiti and Coconut Grove all play a vital role in the cultural changes taking place.
We have to ask: Out of all the celebrities you shoot, who’s been a favorite subject lately?
Of all? I’d have to say Zaha Hadid [who died unexpectedly in March]. I had been shooting her for about a decade. The fact that she decided to make Miami the home of her first high-rise in the Western Hemisphere says a lot about where the trend in real estate, architecture and design is headed. She will be missed. That said, there is nothing better than photographing people who believe in our city like David Beckham, DJ Khaled, Gabrielle Union, Christian Slater, Rick Ross and Puff Daddy.