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Profiles in Black&White: Michael Kenna

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 18, 2014 at 9:35 am

I gravitate towards places where humans have been and are no more, to the edge of man’s influence, where the elements are taking over or covering man’s traces.”

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For many artists, there are junctures in life that pull them towards more grounded aspirations. Or, in Michael Kenna’s case, more spiritual. Fortunately for lovers his work, Kenna shifted course  from priesthood to art school at 17 and has now photographed for over 40 years. Born in 1953 in Lancashire, England, Kenna’s education included stops at St. Joseph’s College, Banbury School of Art and London College of Printing. While originally a commercial photographer, his repertoire evolved and expanded after moving to the United States. One of his earliest jobs in the United States was working as Ruth Bernard’s printer while residing in San Francisco. Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: Wish You Were Here: Jeffrey Wolin – Photographs and Text,

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 17, 2014 at 7:06 am

 

Jeffrey Wolin (American, b. 1951). Kevin With Scars, Pigeon Hill, 2013. Inkjet print with ink applied. Courtesy of the artist. ©Jeffrey Wolin

Jeffrey Wolin (American, b. 1951). Kevin With Scars, Pigeon Hill, 2013. Inkjet print with ink applied. Courtesy of the artist. ©Jeffrey Wolin

Eastman House’s travel lecture series continues to bring photographers to the masses, this time with Jeffrey Wolin. The museum’s lecture will be followed by a book signing.

Through image and text, Jeffrey Wolin links person and place with the passage of time. Often focusing his lens on individuals who have experienced hardship, he creates portraits that are distinctly honest and human. He will discuss his recent work, including the series Pigeon Hill Portraits: Then and Now, named for a low-income area of his hometown of Bloomington, Indiana. A graduate of RIT, Wolin is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He is represented by June Bateman Fine Art in New York and Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago.

This one night only event is Thursday, March 20th at 6:00pm. 

For More Information: George Eastman House

Preview: “There and Back”, Fields & Old, Red Filter Gallery, Lambertville, NJ

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 12, 2014 at 1:48 pm

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The Red Filter Fine Art Photography Gallery is hosting a new exhibition:

MARK FIELDS’ art and photography has been exhibited in over 30 art galleries and art institutions including Benjamin Mangel Gallery, The Print Center, Nexus Gallery, Walt Whitman Center for the Arts, University City Science Center Gallery, The Main Line Art Center, Villanova University, Philadelphia Art Alliance, St. Joseph’s University, West Chester University, The University of Pennsylvania, Red Filter Gallery, Lambertville and LGTripp Gallery in Philadelphia.

The displayed work is from his Sonata series. “In some images, human figures seem to be either entering or emerging from darkness.  While technically achieving a matter of fact reality, they are both psychologically and literally believable although we know they could not have been captured “straight”.  Working at times on a pixel level, I wanted them to have emotional resonance and that required my technique be of a high and convincing level so that one’s “fantasy” is not disturbed.”

Also appearing in the exhibit, Red Filter Gallery owner Forrest Old will be showing samples from ongoing personal projects. “The work has taken place over the years and the exhibition reflects my interest in industrial subjects.” The focus of the work is art and abstraction in engineered structures.

Both photographers recently appeared in a joint exhibit at Philadelphia’s Twenty-Two Gallery in January.

March 15 – May 4

For more Information: Red Filter Gallery

Tina Modotti

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm

“I cannot, as you (Edward Weston) once proposed to me – ‘solve the problem of life by losing myself in the problem of art’… in my case, life is always struggling to predominate and art naturally suffers.”

-Tina Modotti

Portrait of Tina Modotti by Edward Weston, 1924

Portrait of Tina Modotti by Edward Weston, 1924

Like many artists Tina Modotti, born in August of 1896, had talents that were vast and varied. An immigrant born in Italy, Modotti’s first explored the world of acting, partaking in plays, operas and silent films such as The Tiger’s Coat. This exposed her to California’s bohemian scene, a scene that included Mexico’s future Fine Arts education head Ricardo Gómez Robelo and photographer Edward Weston. After moving down to Mexico in 1921, Modotti had a ubiquitous relationship with Weston. She was his model, assistant and lover while he mentored her in the art of photography.

Stylistically, Modotti’s career tends to be split into two different eras. The first era shares many of Weston’s sensibilities and subject matter. Modotti’s Easter Lilly and Bud, for instance, parallels Weston’s use of contrast and anatomical exploration of nature. As Modotti became more experienced, along with taking an interest in political activism in Mexico, she became a photojournalist, documenting and participating in Mexico’s potential revolution. As the photographer of choice during the Mexican mural movement, Rita Arias Jirasek – author of Women Artists of Modern Mexico – alleged that Modotti had the first revolutionary photography exhibition in the country, a solo retrospective at the National Library in 1929. The photography itself explored architectural interiors, urban landscapes and numerous portraits of the proletariat.

Easter Lilly and Bud

Easter Lilly and Bud

Unfortunately for Modotti, her role as a political dissident antagonized the Mexican government. Revolutionaries were being targeted throughout Latin America to keep current regimes in power. When Mexican President Pascual Ortiz Rubio was subject to an assassination attempt, an anti-communist propaganda campaign depicted Modotti as the culprit. Within a year of this event, despite her innocence, Modotti was expelled from her adopted homeland to Rotterdam. Political refuge from Mexico and the growing movement of fascism in Europe hindered the rest of Modotti’s photography career. While she was eventually able to sneak back in to Mexico under a pseudonym in 1939, heart failure claimer her two years. She was 45.

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Notable: Recent Aquisitions by Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, California

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 6, 2014 at 4:56 pm
One of Joseph Bellows recent acquisitions: The Grand Tetons, Wyoming, from Sequence 15 1959, by Minor White

One of Joseph Bellows recent acquisitions: The Grand Tetons, Wyoming, from Sequence 15 1959, by Minor White

For an art gallery – photography or otherwise – reaching 15 years of its doors being open, as Joseph Bellows Gallery accomplished last year, is cause for celebration. Just don’t count on them to be lulled into an overt state of contentment. The gallery recently announced the acquisition of works by several notable photographers, including Minor White, Imogen Cunningham, Andre Kertesz, Harry Callahan and Edward Weston; all of whom have been profiled here in recent months. 

Joseph Bellows Gallery was established in 1998. The Gallery features rotating exhibitions of both historic and contemporary works drawn from the gallery’s collection, with a special emphasis on American work. Joseph Bellows is a member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), and served on the Board of Directors from 2005 until 2012.

Joseph Bellows Gallery actively seeks to purchase single photographs or entire collections. Please call or email the gallery to submit your information and a member of our staff will contact you shortly. In order to expedite the process, please provide as much information about the item(s) as possible. We are also happy to assist in making arrangements for gallery staff to view the items.

We welcome all offers and inquiries.

Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 5pm, and Saturday by appointment or chance.

For More Information: Joseph Bellows Gallery

Preview: Peter Lindbergh: Photographs, Fahey/Klein Galler, Los Angeles California

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 5, 2014 at 11:41 am
Kristen McMenamy, Le Touqet, France, 2009. By Peter Lindbergh

Kristen McMenamy, Le Touqet, France, 2009. By Peter Lindbergh

Photophiles inhabiting or visiting the City of Angels in the near future will soon be able to absorb the glamourous noire of Peter Lindbergh. Sometimes mysterious, oftentimes celebrity and always dramatic, visitors will be privy to an excerpt of Lindbergh’s vast portfolio. 

The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present a selection of photographs from photographer and filmmaker Peter Lindbergh’s expansive and influential career. Lindbergh’s work helped define the contemporary era of fashion and portrait photography. Having captured the most notable figures in the industry—Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Tatjana Patitz, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Kate Moss, Amber Valletta, Kristen McMenamy, Gisele Bundchen, and Cara Delevingne— Lindbergh’s indelible photographs go beyond the iconography of the “supermodel”. With a seductively intimate style and approach, Peter Lindbergh’s portraits reveal an inner truth to his subjects…

 The exhibit continues through April 19th

For More Information: Fahey/Klein Gallery

Preview: Berenice Abbott and Charles Marville: The City In Transition, Howard Greene Gallery, New York City

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 3, 2014 at 11:36 am

New York City 1930s, Berenice Abbot (left) and Paris 1860s, Charles Marville (right)

New York City 1930s, Berenice Abbot (left) and Paris 1860s, Charles Marville (right)

Photography is often a medium to document our world, so that we might reflect and analyze in an effort to better understand it. It comes as little surprise, consequently, that since the camera arose simultaneously with industry and urbanization, photographers have kept close tabs on their homes of steel, cement, bright lights and smog. The exhibit will juxtapose New York and Paris, each through one of its noted photographers.

Inspired by Eugène Atget, whom she had met in Paris shortly before he died, Abbott had been struck by what she described as the “unadorned realism” of his photographs.  Every Wednesday she documented the social, commercial, and architectural aspects of New York City. From an Esso gas station to the Lyric Theater to the elevated Second and Third Avenue train lines, Abbott focused her lens on all aspects of the city including busy commercial streets, row houses, parks, docks, and bridges in all five boroughs – a project that would stand as the centerpiece of her career.

As official photographer for the city of Paris, Marville recorded the disappearance of the Old Paris and also focused on the creation of the new city, an urban vision that dominates Paris even today. From 1865 to 1869, his subjects ranged from a spectacularly elaborate wrought iron gate at Parc Monceau to a gas lamp suspended from an arcade at the Louvre to a street lamp and view at Gare de l’Ouest in Montparnasse.

 The exhibit will run through April 11.

For More Information: Howard Greenberg Gallery

Preview: Natural Abstractions, Lee Backer, Soho Photo Gallery, New York, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on February 21, 2014 at 10:02 pm
Mirrored Dunes, Lee Backer

Mirrored Dunes, Lee Backer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee Backer’s latest project exploring nature will soon be on display in New York City. The New Jersey native has been photographing for over 40 years, now fully committed to his craft after retiring from working in Information Technology. 

These images, taken in Death Valley and the White Mountains of California, explore the varied rhythms created by light and shadow. I found these rhythms in both landscapes and close-ups: the textures and undulating forms of sand dunes, the stripes woven into the clay hills, mosaic patterns in rock walls, and ripples of grain in ancient Bristlecone Pines. The photographs are printed in black and white to emphasize the shapes, patterns, and textures.

Opening Reception is March 4th, from 6-8pm. The exhibition will run from March 5th-March 29th.

For more information on Lee Backer: www.LeeBacker.com

For more information on Soho Photo Gallery: www.sohophoto.com

Preview: Vivian Maier, “Out Of The Shadows”, Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco

In Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on February 10, 2014 at 8:16 am

Vivian Maier, Wilmette, Illinois, 1968

The public exposure continues for this recently discover star who went unnoticed for decades …

Brought to public attention after her death, Vivian Maier’s riveting street photographs sent shockwaves around the photographic world when first shown in 2009. Born in New York, in 1926, and raised in the United States and France, Maier photographed extensively in America and Europe during her private artistic career that spanned over four decades.  She left behind over 100,000 negatives, slides and prints as well as hundreds of undeveloped rolls of film. Her work has been shown internationally in solo exhibitions and museum shows to high critical acclaim.

 

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Preview: What is a Photograph? ICP, NYC

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 27, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Liz Deschenes, Untitled (zoetrope) #1 and Untitled (zoetrope) #2, 2013

At a time of endless morphing of photographic imagery thanks to the digital revolution, it is timely to take into account exactly “What is a photograph?”

Organized by ICP Curator Carol Squiers, What Is a Photograph? will explore the intense creative experimentation in photography that has occurred since the 1970s. Conceptual art introduced photography into contemporary art making, using the medium in ways that challenged it artistically, intellectually, and technically and broadened the notion of what a photograph could be in art. A new generation of artists began an equally rigorous but more aesthetically adventurous analysis, which probed photography itself—from the role of light, color, composition, to materiality and the subject.What Is a Photograph? brings together these artists, who reinvented photography.

JANUARY 31–MAY 4, 2014

For more information: International Center for Photography

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