Miami’s Celebrity Photographer, Manny Hernandez, Reveals Captivating Stories Behind Iconic Shots

Miami’s Celebrity Photographer, Manny Hernandez, Reveals Captivating Stories Behind Iconic Shots

Celebrity photographer Manny Hernandez, renowned for capturing the famous and infamous, provides an exclusive look into his upcoming book, “Candids Miami 2,” set to launch on November 19.

In a candid conversation with, Hernandez shares the remarkable stories behind some of his most iconic shots.

O.J. Simpson’s Mariachi Serenade:

Tabloid Headlines and Unforgettable Image:

The June 13, 2000 edition of the National Enquirer featured a headline warning of O.J. Simpson attacking his lover, accompanied by a none-too-subtle reference to the infamous 1994 Nicole Brown Simpson murder.

Hernandez reminisces about the comical image of O.J. and girlfriend Christie Prody goofing around in a sombrero, revealing the extraordinary story behind the shot.

Chaotic Encounter:

Hernandez recounts the chaotic encounter with O.J. Simpson at Caffe Abbracci in Miami.

Spotting a mariachi band nearby, he orchestrated the meeting between O.J. and the musicians, resulting in a spontaneous and unconventional photoshoot.

The images captured the playful side of O.J. Simpson.

Decades of Showbiz Photography:

From J.Lo to Donald Trump:

Hernandez, known for chronicling the stars in Miami’s vibrant nightlife, has photographed a myriad of celebrities, including J.Lo, Charlie Sheen, Dennis Hopper, Donald Trump, and seven U.S. presidents.

His collection features diverse figures like Monica Lewinsky, Margaret Thatcher, and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

Encounters with Rising Stars:

Hernandez shares stories of photographing rising stars, including a young Christina Aguilera and a pre-global fame Shakira.

He reminisces about efforts to capture the elusive Prince, who preferred performing in near-darkness.

Photography Journey and Mentorship:

Early Days and Latin Music Scene:

Raised in Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood, Hernandez discovered photography in college and started capturing exclusive shots for the Miami Herald.

He tapped into Miami’s Latin music scene, photographing stars like Selena, Gloria Estefan, and Celia Cruz.

Encounters with Eddie Murphy and Trump:

Hernandez reflects on encounters with Eddie Murphy at Miami events, capturing the excitement of being close to a world-renowned star.

He also shares insights into photographing Donald Trump during the mogul’s prominence in New York, highlighting Trump’s larger-than-life presence.

Mentorship Under Ron Galella:

Spending time in New York, Hernandez honed his skills under the mentorship of showbiz photographer Ron Galella.

CANDIDS Miami 2, launching this weekend, is dedicated to Galella, known as the ‘Godfather’ of paparazzi.

Balancing Artistry and Respect:

While Hernandez has worked for prestigious outlets like Getty and the New York Times, he emphasizes the careful line between being obnoxious and respectful in his approach.

He values capturing unique, candid moments and believes there’s an artistry to his work.

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