Notable: The Horses of San Marco, Juliet R. Harrison, First Folio of 2015

In Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 29, 2015 at 11:03 am
Image courtesy of Juliet R. Harrison

Image courtesy of Juliet R. Harrison

2015 is upon us and our friend Juliet R. Harrison is showing no signs of slowing down. She has recently released another folio of photos, titled The Horses of San Marco. Limited to only 15 copies, the folio is comprised of eight signed 81/2″x11″ prints on archival cotton rag paper. Harrison’s work has long been entwined with the  equestrian world , and these follow suit. The Horses of San Marco are a quartet of bronze horses pulling a carriage in front of the San Marco Basilica in Venice Italy.

In addition to working on my own imagery and running the Equis Art Gallery (which is heading into its second year) I will be teaching a class in the Lifetime Learning Institute of Bard Collage. The class is called Horses of the Hudson Valley and is designed to introduce students to some of the wonderful equine oriented businesses and locations that operate in the mid-Hudson Valley. I am really looking forward to sharing some of the places I have been fortunate enough to find and explore so close to home.

I am energized to begin this new year and would love to hear from everyone if you have plans to visit. I would be thrilled to show you around the gallery and visit with my friends and fans.

These will only be available for special order while supplies last. Each folio is offered at a price of $220.00.

For More Information: Juliet R. Harrison Photography

Preview: Tony Hertz, Chris Kovacs & Harold Ross, Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 25, 2015 at 12:17 pm
Vessel, Chris Kovacs, part of the Divergent Lands series

Vessel, Chris Kovacs, part of the Divergent Lands series

Susan Spiritus is bringing in the New Year with the help of Tony Hertz, Chris Kovacs and Harold Ross. All are newcomers to the gallery. The trio brings a combination of technique, enigma and eye for the natural landscape that is sure to inspire the viewers.

  • Tony Hertz has 37 years of professional photography experience during which he has photographed selected U.S. Presidents, the Queen of England, Pope Paul, celebrities, musicians, famous sports figures and covered major news and community events. Some of the major magazines and newspapers his general work has been published in: Time Magazine, Los Angeles Times, New York Times Magazine, USA Today, National Geographic WORLD, Sunset Magazine, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and the Christian Science Monitor. He’s also worked with major industrial and advertising clients ranging from the Cotton Board, Chevron and Zenith Watches. Tony divides his time shooting in the field, editing images and working as an adjunct photography instructor teaching traditional darkroom photography and digital photography in the Cuesta College Fine Arts Department in San Luis Obispo, CA.
  • The Divergent Lands series is inspired by Chris Kovacs’ love of science in combination with his passion for photography. Chris is intrigued by the possibility of multiple or parallel universes and when combined with his unique vision the results are often mysterious and dreamlike.  For his day job, Chris Kovacs is the publisher of two well respected on-line photography magazines, Adore Noir (black and white work only) and Adore Chroma, which features only works in color. For many years, Chris Kovacs was only known from his publishing successes, but … it was time that the public see and learn to view him as an accomplished photographer!
  • For 25 years, Harold Ross has been experimenting with the specialized technique of light painting which has given him the ability to show subjects in a different light, so that the viewers can appreciate them in an unexpected way. The process of light painting requires that light is meticulously applied to each image and requires that the photographer work in a completely dark studio while opening the camera for an expended period of time while he paints light on to the image. This ultimately reveals greater shapes, textures and colors.  Harold Ross says that he is basically sculpting the image with light.

For More Information: Susan Spiritus Gallery

Notable: Viva Viva, Michael Benari, Limited Edition Now Available

In Black and White Photography, Books, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 19, 2015 at 10:26 am
Image Courtesy of Michael Benari/

Image Courtesy of Michael Benari/

For the majority of current America, Cuba has become an enigma. The great red scare in the south has  dissolved, and left a country searching for its soul. Now, with news of diplomatic relations potentially being restored between the US and Cuba, interest with our island neighbor is peaking. But for Michael Benari, curiosity and opportunity rediscovered Cuba a little ahead of schedule …

In March 2014, a photographer-friend and I traveled to Havana, Cuba to see for ourselves how life goes on here and what surprises await us. It was our first visit and it did not disappoint. One is immediately struck by the want, the crumbling buildings, the dilapidated cars and at the same time by the defiant resolve to survive and find joy and pleasure despite it all. The people are full of talent, soul,and character, but just locked out of a chance to blossom and shine.

As usual, I was shooting in black and white, and for the first time regretted notalso shooting in color. The colors are so rich and varied.I produced a body of work I called Viva Viva, to celebrate the life-spirit on this isolated island. The portfolio is a set of 36 silver-gelatin prints and the book is a limited edition of 200, numbered and signed.

Books and prints can be purchased by contacting Michael Benari at

For More Information: Michael Benari


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