In 1988, Mary Kent started doing P.R. photography for the
largest salsa music management firm in the world. Through
her work, she came in contact with many salsa superstars.
Her access to the Salsa Festivals and performances placed
her in the heartbeat of salsa and provided the perfect
spectacle for her photographic eye. The colorful images and
her passion for salsa became the driving force behind her
salsa book project.
Completely bilingual in English and Spanish, Mary has
translated two feature films and has done extensive editing
and translating of art critiques and writings. Her informal
yet informative articles on fellow photographers have been
published in the Advertising Photographers of America
Newsletter. Her articles on Latin music have been published
in Latin Beat Magazine, Descarga, Ultimate Audio, and New
York Latino. Her photographs have been published in Time,
Vista Magazine, New York Latino, Latin Beat, San Francisco
Chronicle, El Diario La Prensa, Mas Magazine and other
newspapers. One of her photos was chosen for Latin Jazz: The
Perfect Combination/La CombinaciÃ³n Perfecta, published by
Chronicle Books in association with the Smithsonian Institute.
A twelve year stint in Venezuela renewed her passion for
Latin America and its cultural heritage. During the
seventies, Mary worked in the Education Department at the
Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas for three years and
later headed the Audiovisual Department in the same Museum.
In 1991, Mary took up graphic design and computer imaging.
Mary was born in the Caribbean coastal city of Barranquilla,
Colombia. She also speaks Portuguese and French and earned a
B.A. in French at Florida International University in Miami.
Mary lives in Orlando, Florida.
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Books:Salsa Talks, September 2005