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Preview: Scott Nichols New Acquisitions, San Francisco, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on May 18, 2015 at 4:45 pm
Truman Capote, 1947, Henri Cartier-Bresson

Truman Capote, 1947, Henri Cartier-Bresson

Scott Nichols Gallery continues to be one of the best photography galleries on the West Coast, but they’re not resting on their laurels. In addition to acquiring new works by Group f/64 luminaries such as Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, the gallery has acquired works by Minor White, Ruth Bernhard , Wynn Bullock, George Tice, Paul Caponigro, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and many more. Check out some of the acquire works below.

 

Scot's Thistle, 1958, Paul Caponigro

Scot’s Thistle, 1958, Paul Caponigro

Navigation without Numbers, 1957, Wynn Bullock

Navigation without Numbers, 1957, Wynn Bullock

 

 

Still Life, 1932, Ansel Adams

Still Life, 1932, Ansel Adams

Bird Lime and Surf, Point Lobos, CA, 1951, Minor White

Bird Lime and Surf, Point Lobos, CA, 1951, Minor White

For More Information: Scott Nichols Gallery

Preview: Portraits From the 1960s and 1970s, Gerard Petrus Fieret, Deborah Bell Photographs, New York, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on May 15, 2015 at 2:44 pm

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Dutch innovator and eccentric Gerard Petrus Fieret hasn’t had many opportunities to have his work displayed since his passing in 2009. In fact, he has only been exhibited once since. Now, make that twice.

Fieret was born in 1924 in The Hague, Holland, where he died in 2009. A legendary figure in his city, where he fed the pigeons daily and played panpipes in the cafes, he was widely renowned for his fresh, innovative, informal portraits and alluring nude studies, all dating from the 1960s and 1970s. Fieret’s vintage gelatin silver prints are liberally appointed with his copyright stamps and signed in a celebratory flourish of penmanship. One of Fieret’s trademarks, besides the copyright stamps and swath-like signatures overlaying his imagery, is the very personal relationship he had with his subjects: they were almost always in motion, always animated, and always free to be themselves. The robust energy and private narrative of each of Fieret’s pictures make his work as fresh and relevant today as it was forty and fifty years ago. Fieret’s main subjects were women and selfportraits, in which he explored chiaroscuro lighting and experimented with printing and cropping of his images. In an attempt to protect his work, which he feared would be appropriated by imitators (even Picasso), he stamped and signed his prints to graphic perfection, rendering each one unique. Working freely in the 1960s and 1970s, when the market for photography was almost nonexistent, Fieret rarely made duplicates of any one image. His quest was “art for art’s sake,” and the darkroom was an exciting part of his adventure with photography.

The exhibit is open now with plenty of opportunity to be seen, concluding July 31st. 

Deborah Bell Photographs is located 16 East 71st St., Suite 1D, New York, New York, 10021

Notable: Monochrome Conversion by Ming Thein

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photographer, Software on May 8, 2015 at 8:38 pm

 

A scene with obvious contrast is simple enough to convert from color to black-and-white.

Ming Thein

Digital Photo Pro has their B&W issue on the stands now. You will find articles on dedicated monochrome cameras, subject matter suitable for B&W, photographer profiles and techniques. One article that caught our eye was one on monochrome conversion by Ming Thein.

However, it’s fairly easy to see that whilst there are benefits to shooting monochrome-only, you actually can convert a color RAW file into a monochrome one and lower the perceived amount of noise—though not to as low a level as a monochrome-only camera. If you have a poor interpolation method, then the luminance values can be affected, too—once again, increasing the perception of pixel-level image noise in a color image. Bottom line: Monochrome-only will give you, yes, lower noise, and, yes, better detail.

 

For more information: Digital Photo Pro

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