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)
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
In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on February 21, 2014 at 10:02 pm
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
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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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
In Article, Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 15, 2014 at 3:48 pm
Of over 450 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 2013.
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 2013 “Best of the Best” list in no particular order:
We thank these artists for their continued progress and integrity of their work.
In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on January 10, 2014 at 10:34 am
The newest exhibit at the Red Filter Fine Art Gallery features the work of Roberto Quezada-Dardon and asks the question: “What Happens When We Die?” His visual commentary on this subject provides discussion points for viewers to draw their own conclusions, while simultaneously exhibiting his talent for capturing decisive moments in a diverse range of lighting.
“Most of what I know about light I learned designing the lighting for [Phantasm]. We took six months to shoot it and the director and producer were as obsessed with source lighting as I was. So we did it over and over until it was exactly what we wanted. It’s the film I’m most proud of and it was my first. The 35 years since then have simply built on the lessons from that movie.”
– Roberto Quezada-Dardon
Roberto’s interest in photography began in high school, with Life, Look and National Geographic Magazines. Born in Guatemala, and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles, California, he attended UCLA Film School after brief periods at East Los Angeles College and Santa Clara University studying philosophy and theology.
As a filmmaker for 25 years his focus on over forty-five movies was on lighting and camera work for directors that included Don Coscarelli, Agnes Varda, and Quentin Tarantino. For the past 8 years Quezada-Dardon has lived in Upper Bucks County and made his living as a photographer and photographic consultant.
In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on January 8, 2014 at 4:41 pm
Woman With Beads, 1948
Here is a photographer of historic note:
“In exploring the various photographic processes themselves, and here lies infinite possibility to control, to liberate, to create visual sensation. Drawing with light, solarization, photograms or other direct impressions on positive or negative material, etc. Indeed with the exploring of these means, photography achieves an independent existence with no need of material from without, providing in itself an endless source of inspiration.”
- Herbert Matter, Arts & Architecture Magazine, 1944
Born in Engleberg, Switzerland in 1907, Herbert Matter studied painting before moving to Paris where he studied with Fernand Léger, who became a lifelong friend. Matter worked in both Paris and Switzerland as a graphic designer before travelling to the United States in 1935 to photograph a dance troupe where he eventually settled in New york City. Working as a freelance photographers, his work was featured on magazine covers and he began meeting and befriending other local artists such as Alexander Calder, Arthur B. Charles, John Cage, and more. He worked as a design and advertising consultant before working at Yale as a professor of photography and graphic design. He received numerous awards: a Guggenheim Fellowship for Photography in 1980, the Honorary Royal Designer for Industry in England in 1982, and a gold medal from the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1983. Stanford University acquired the Herbert Matter archive in 2005.
January 22 – March 22, 2014
For more information: Gitterman Gallery
In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 2, 2014 at 4:53 pm
“En passant,” a work inspired by great humanist photographers and begun in 2006 explores the concept of daily looking for the human being in the crowd. Somewhere between the tradition of street photographer and contemporary photographer, Liger’s works offer poignant portraits amidst the daily chaos.
For more information: L’Oeil de la Photographie
In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm
Iman, Paris, 1990
Roxanne Lowit’s beginnings in fashion photography lead her to become a premier photographer of the rich and famous. One of only a few photographers allowed to photograph behind the scenes, she elevated the snapshot to an art form in both black and white and color. Her “non-judgmental empathy,” and ability to remain a visual confidant, letting her subjects act naturally rather than posing them, helped her amass an archive of over 200,000 negatives and color slides from fashion events in Paris, New York, Milan and London. This mini retrospective will include over 40 vintage and modern black and white works and over 20 large-scale color photographs.
December 12, 2013 – January 18, 2014
For more information: Steven Kasher Gallery
In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 23, 2013 at 12:49 pm
In this first ever exhibit of Fitzgerald’s work, his revelation of his models as demi-gods is obvious. Muscular young men as elegant nudes or masculine bravados; in cowboy hats, leaning against cars, playing cards and smoking fill each frame of his work. Fitzgerald began this endeavor to capture the visage of local Brooklyn boys during a time where they flirt between innocence and experience; boyhood and manhood. This exhibition will include 35 portraits and nudes in both black and white and color and coincides with the release of his book by the same title.
December 12, 2013 – January 18, 2014
For more information: Steven Kasher Gallery