Miguel Cristal was born in Placetas Las Villas, Cuba. In 1960, he fled Fidel Castro’s regime and moved to New York City to start a new ife. After graduating from City College of New York with a degree in Electrical Engineering, he moved to Miami, Florida, where he established and directed a successful engineering firm for over 43 years. Since retiring, Mr. Cristal has immersed himself in his greatest passion, photography. Through his lens, Mr. Cristal aims to capture cityscapes and urban life in its most colorful moments. His photographs have been shown in numerous galleries in the Miami Design District/Wynwood area, Larchmont, New York, and the Enjoy Museum of Art in Beijing, China.
Ruth Raskin is a fine-art photographer who specializes in black-and-white film-based photography. In 2018, she began producing chemigrams, which use the traditional papers and chemicals of black-and-white photography to produce unique, “cameraless” images. Raskin studied at the International Center of Photography and the Center for the Arts at Westchester Community College. She has exhibited at several galleries in the New York metropolitan area. Among her awards was “First Place in Photography” at the 2011 Armonk Outdoor Art show. She is a member of Soho Photo Gallery, The Mamaroneck Artists Guild, The Ground Glass, The Greenwich Art Society, The New Rochelle Art Association and The Carriage Barn Arts Center.
Meet the artists
Rita Baunok is a Hungarian-born American photographer based in South Salem, New York. Baunok, who holds an MFA in Photography (University of Hartford), has been working on long term projects for the past fifteen years. Much of this time was focused on series of visual documentation of stories, relationships and ideas about people and places. Baunok’s work is mainly black and white, printed as gelatin-silver, platinum and transfer on aluminum.
Patrick J. Cicalo is an American born photographer who works in the contemplative surrealistic style and has more recently taken up the chemigram, an alternative camera-less & lens-less photographic process. He is a founding partner of The Red Circle PhotoArts Collective and an exhibiting member of the Soho Photo Gallery in NYC. He is also he current president of The Ground Glass photography group established in 1975 and based in the Metro NY/Westchester County area.