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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

Preview: Eliot Elisofon, Gitterman Gallery, New York, New York

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 14, 2015 at 7:25 pm

Taking us out of the heart of winter blues, Gitterman Gallery will be exhibiting New York’s Eliot Elisofon, who rose from meager means to become one of LIFE Magazine’s preeminent photographers during the periodical’s heyday.

After attending Fordham University, Elisofon opened a commercial photography studio with a childhood friend in 1935, making photographs for advertising and fashion. Elisofon pursued his personal work on the side and studied the work of photographers he admired. Early in his career, Elisofon made it his mission to “point his camera at things that needed attention.” He initially turned his camera to the neighborhood he grew up in, often creating abstract compositions. He joined the Photo League in 1936, eventually becoming its president. In 1937 he met the photographer and filmmaker Willard Van Dyke who introduced him to Harper’s Bazaar art director Alexey Brodovitch, who in turn introduced him to Beaumont Newhall, the curator of photography at MoMA and Tom Maloney, the editor of U.S. Camera. His New York street work was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Museum of Art and the Julien Levy Gallery. In 1938 his series Playgrounds of Manhattan was exhibited at the New School; for Elisofon the series was a way to bring attention to playground conditions for children in poor neighborhoods. Elisofon befriended and photographed many artists of the period, including Chaim Gross, Isamu Noguchi and David Smith, and his studio across from the Museum of Modern Art served as a gathering place for artists.

Elisofon’s first assignments for LIFE magazine appeared in 1937, Tin Type Photographer and Jewish New Year, and in 1941 his image of General Patton was the first color cover of LIFE. Patton was intrigued by Elisofon’s desire to get as close to the action as possible and nicknamed him “Hellsapopin.” In 1942 Elisofon talked his way into a French Moroccan concentration camp, Sidi El Agachei. The camp held a diverse group of people unfit for labor, including Central European Jews, Spanish Republicans, foreign members of the French Foreign Legion as well as Italian and French women who had relations with members of the German Armistice Commission. Despite Elisofon’s persistence and protests, French and American authorities ensured that the images were never published. His other photographs of the North African Campaign during WWII became an exhibition titled The Tunisian Triumph, which opened in June of 1943 at MoMA and traveled to 20 cities in the United States.

Over the years, Elisofon travelled to six continents, covering an estimated 2,000,000 miles. His work appeared in LIFE for almost 30 years and 19 books of his work were published during his lifetime. He made 11 trips to Africa, photographing, making films and collecting art and donated his extensive collection of African art and photographic archive of over 80,000 images to what became the National Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. In 2013 the museum celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives and art collection with the exhibition Africa Re-Viewed: The Photographic Legacy of Eliot Elisofon.

Elisofon’s works will be ready for viewing February 4th and remain available until April 18th, 2015.

For More Information: Gitterman Gallery

Favorites: “Best of the Best” Emerging Fine Art Photographers of 2014

In Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 5, 2015 at 12:11 pm

Snaking Wind

“Snaking Wind”  Richard Sherman

Of over 550 articles in our archives the most popular are the annual lists of photographers we choose as the “Best of the Best” for each year. The interest in this group of evolving artists, at different stages in their careers, always exceeds our expectations. … but provides us encouragement to put together “the list” yet again for 2014.

The contributors to this website viewed thousands of fine art images and prints, attended dozens of galleries, museums and fairs throughout the year. To distill all that activity into a single brief list is obviously a difficult (but enjoyable) task and should foster days of discussion by visitors to BWGallerist.

So with that said, here is the the 2014 “Best of the Best” list in no particular order:

Our congratulations go out to these talented artists. See you next year for the 2015  “Best of the Best” Emerging Fine Art Photographers.

Preview: Classic Photographs, Los Angeles, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 30, 2014 at 1:49 pm
Il tuffatore (The Diver), Nino Migliori,1951

Il tuffatore (The Diver), Nino Migliori,1951

Photographers looking to escape the winter cold this January should venture to L.A. for the 5th annual Classic Photographs get together.

Classic Photographs Los Angeles began in 2010 when a small group of gallery owners and photography dealers, looking for an alternative to over-sized art fairs, organized an intimate photography show at the Michael Dawson Gallery on Larchmont Boulevard in Los Angeles. Intending to continue and improve this yearly event, three of the original participants, Michael Dawson, Amanda Doenitz and Richard Moore formed Classic Photographs LLC and successfully expanded the size and scope of the show, while  preserving the emphasis on quality of work and expertise of exhibitors. 

With 27 different galleries taking part, those who make the trip will be kept well occupied. Classic Photographs LA takes place on January 17th and 18th, 2015.

For More Information: Classic Photographs

Preview: Staff Picks IV, Howard Greenburg Gallery, New York, NY

In Black and White Photography, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on December 29, 2014 at 1:45 pm


Manhattan Through a Window, 1930s, Walker Evans

Manhattan Through a Window, 1930s, Walker Evans

For the fourth year now, Howard Greenburg Gallery’s staff has put their minds together in order to curate a distinct exhibition unlike any found during the rest of the year. Each staff member faced the tall task of choosing five photographs from an inventory of 30,000. Now, the results of their work are ready for the public’s eye.

An eclectic group of images chosen by the entire gallery staff, includes an array of both well-known and unknown works by:
Bruce Davidson, Walker Evans, Louis Faurer, William Gedney, Bedrich Grunzweig, Dave Heath, Consuelo Kanaga, James Karales, Saul Leiter, Leon Levenstein, Joel Meyerowitz, Marvin Newman, Ruth Orkin, W. Eugene Smith, Iwao Yamawaki, Weegee, as well as many others.
Our gallery’s staff is comprised of seventeen unique individuals with a wide range of experience in photography; however, we all share a specialized bond in our unwavering appreciation of the medium. While some members of the staff selected images based on a theme or a specific aesthetic, others selected randomly, both approaches give the viewer insight as to the similarities and differences in how we all see and what moves us.
The gallery opened the exhibit on December 11th and will make it available to view until January 24th.
For More Information: Howard Greenberg Gallery

Preview: Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, Michael Kenna, Robert Mann Gallery, New York City

In Black and White Photography, Gallerist, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 9, 2014 at 6:09 pm
Ten Balloons, Albuqurque, New Mexico, 1993

Ten Balloons, Albuqurque, New Mexico, 1993

Drawing inspiration from Dr. Seuss, Michael Kenna’s aptly named new exhibit features the globetrotter’s works from a variety of his travels.

From China to France to New Zealand, Michael Kenna has sought out the earth’s splendid and sublime. In his intimate portraits of place, the artist’s keen sense of light, form, and balance transcend the “where” and “what” and invite us into moments of permeating tranquility, commanding grandeur, or effervescent whimsy. Robert Mann Gallery is pleased to announce Oh, The Places You’ll Go!, an exploration of the wonderful wide world captured by Michael Kenna’s prodigious lens.
Coinciding with the release of his new monograph, France, the exhibition will feature a number of recent photographs spanning the breadth of the nation’s iconic and lesser-known sites. The Louvre glows luminescent and majestic across the Seine, a disconnected dock in Nice floats hauntingly from its foggy moor, and a filigree of vines envelop an old country home. New snowscapes from Kenna’s classic Japan series inhabit a spare abstraction as dotted snowtracks, slim fence poles, and sloping hillsides irrupt the smooth white canvas. And closer to home, a bevy of hot-air balloons float buoyantly in the New Mexico sky, sailing off to a new adventure.

Michael Kenna is one of the most widely exhibited and beloved photographers working today. Recent retrospectives of his work include those at the the Tacoma Art Museum, 2012; Moscow Museum of Modern Art, 2011; Palazzo Magnani Museum in Reggio Emilia, Italy, 2010; and Bibliothèque Nationale de France in 2009. Kenna’s photographs are included in many public collections including the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Shanghai Art Museum; the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; the Museum of Decorative Arts, Prague; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Born in Widnes, England in 1953, Kenna currently lives and works in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Fans of Kenna, explorers of the world and anyone visiting New York for the holidays will have until January 31st to the exhibit a look. It officially opens Thursday, December 11th, at 6 pm, where Kenna will be signing books.


Fore More Information: Robert Mann Gallery

Notable: Lucien Clergue, Master Photographer, Passes Away at 80

In Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 8, 2014 at 2:09 pm
by Robert Durand, 2001

by Robert Durand, 2001

In the middle of this past November, Lucien Clergue lost his battle to cancer. The art world, particularly photography, felt a small chill. Photos developed a little longer and Digital Cameras spawned glitches. With the passing of Clergue, photography has lost a titan of its craft. Starting with the courage to photograph the artist and celebrity Picasso in 1955, his bravery never wavered as he garnished a world renowned bibliography.

Mr. Clergue was born on Aug. 14, 1934, the only child of parents who divorced when he was 6. Sent to live with relatives in a remote area of France when World War II broke out, he returned during the German occupation to find his neighborhood reduced to rubble and his mother surviving by running a shop that sold food to prostitutes. He became the delivery boy.

Mr. Clergue, who published 75 books, was something of a purist, refusing assignments from Vogue and other fashion magazines to concentrate on art photography. He worked in black and white almost exclusively. His early work embraced Provençal characters, including Gypsies and saltimbanques, the region’s traveling acrobats and harlequins, who were among Picasso’s early subjects as well. His photos of the flamenco guitarist Manitas de Plata, who died this month, helped bring his work to the attention of a global audience.

Clergue is survived by his wife, Yolande, and two daughters, Anne and Olivia.

For More Information on Clergue, check out Paul Vitello’s tribute.

Preview: Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters, Sandro Miller, Catherine Edelman Gallery,

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 1, 2014 at 12:42 pm
Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother, Sandro Miller, 2014

Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother, Sandro Miller, 2014

John Malkovich is a good friend and collaborator. An incredibly versatile actor, the dynamics of Malkovich’s range is as vast as he is open minded when considering a role. For Sandro Miller, this meant a willing participant for his latest project, paying tribute to those who inspired him most.

At the age of sixteen, upon seeing the work of Irving Penn, Sandro Miller knew he wanted to become a photographer. Mostly self-taught, Sandro relied on books published by many of the great artists canonized in photographic history.  Through their pictures, he learned the art of composition, lighting and portraiture. More than 30 years later, with clients ranging from Forbes, GQ and Esquire, to American Express, Coca-Cola and BMW, Sandro has secured his place as one of the top advertising photographers worldwide.

His success in the commercial world allows him to continue his personal projects, which has included working in Cuba, photographing American blues musicians, various dance troupes, and extended endeavors with John Malkovich, his long time friend and collaborator. Sandro first met Malkovich in the late 1990s, while working on a job for Steppenwolf Theater. More than 16 years later, Sandro and John are still collaborating, which can be seen in their latest project, Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters.

If you live in Chicago or planning on going there during the holiday season, take some time to check out Miller’s unique tribute. The exhibit will officially come to a close January 31st.

For More Information: Catherine Edelman Gallery

Preview: George Platt Lynes, Wessel + O’Connor Fine Art, Lambertville, NJ

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on November 29, 2014 at 4:35 pm
Ted Starkowski (arms up), 1954, George Platt Lynes

Ted Starkowski (arms up), 1954, George Platt Lynes

This past weekend, Wessel + O’Connor Fine Art gallery opened their newest exhibition, covering the works of George Platt Lynes. Over two dozen primarily male nudes are being featured, reaching back as far as 1941.

A New Jersey native, Lynes formation as an artist is rooted from his time in Paris. There, friends such as Gertrude Stein and Glenway Wescott opened his eyes to a new world, which he embraced and never looked back. Photography was never in his original plans, but once his work was exhibited it was inevitable for him to view it as a career.

Lynes may have only produced photographs for less than three decades yet he amassed quite the resume over the time. His fashion exploits including working for Bergdorf Goodman and Saks Fifth Avenue. Magazines such as Town & Country and Vogue gave him commissions while George Balanchine’s New York City Ballet had him document the dance company.

Outside of his commissioned work, Lynes’ work in capturing the male nude was perhaps his most extensive and celebrated. Yet the Red Scare of the fifties and homophobia led him to carry out his work privately and, eventually, led to the destruction of much of the results. The Kinsey institute was one of the primary preservers of what people are able to see today. Lynes passed away from lung cancer in 1955, at the age of 48.

Wessel + O’Connor will be hosting the Lynes exhibition until January 11th.

For More Information: Wessel + O’Connor Fine Art


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