The New York–based artist and activist took the new Leica CL—a compact, lightweight camera packed with cutting-edge technology—for a spin during Art Basel Miami Beach. Here, she shares her photo diary from the unforgettable week.
“Miami 2017: I chatted myself hoarse. Sweat poured. I got one marriage proposal. I harassed a chef for key lime pie. I showed work for the first time at the main fair. I meditated in the sun for a whole five minutes. I learned that my spirit animal is called Francis and the Lights. I spoke a lot about feminism and masculinity. I said the word ‘penis’ into a microphone at Pulse Art Fair. I had some truly incredible conversations and belly laughs. I used a lot of hand sanitizer, as I shook more hands than ever. I saw some incredible work by artists I knew, and artists I didn’t. Hank Willis Thomas gave me some advice. José Parlá told me stories. I felt very small standing next to Mark Bradford. One night, I only had a Snickers bar for dinner. Little of this could be actually photographed, but here’s all that could!” —Zoë Buckman