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
In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on December 12, 2013 at 8:44 pm
Gd Trianon (Escalier), 1905 by Eugene Atget
The early 20th century, Frenchman Eugene Atget, set out to photograph the world beyond his home. In thirty years he had amassed a collection of Parisian architecture ranging from broad views to detail shots. Documenting architecture through the process of albumen prints, Atget’s work was lauded by surreal and modern artists of his day and his work is still revered to date.
Marc Riboud, another French photographer, has taken this documentary process even further – pressing beyond the boundaries of Paris and even beyond France to India and China. Documenting more of the country’s dramatic changes and rapid development than any other non-native photographer, Riboud’s focus shifted from people to the Huang Shan mountains and their mists which have inspired artists and poets alike for millennia.
November 22, 2013 – February 15, 2014
For more information: L. Parker Stephenson Photographs
In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on December 11, 2013 at 8:59 pm
Community Organizer, Detroit, 1968 by Enrico Natali
Enrico Natali was born in 1933 in Utica, New York, but during the 1960s Natali was in Detroit, photographing images that still resonate emotionally today. These images are the precursors to the racial conflict and political upheaval that swept the country and contributed to Detroit’s modern reputation. The innocence captured in these tender portraits is a haunting look into an astounding period of calm before the storm.
November 2 – December 21, 2014
For more information: Joseph Bellows Gallery
In Camera, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 2, 2013 at 8:35 pm
DNA Entwined by Christopher Kennedy
Christopher Kennedy coined the term Photo Luminism for his work, which is created in-camera using depth of field, motion and different types of lights to create unique abstract images. Experimenting with every aspect of his digital camera to produce these images, which often take multiple shots to accomplish the desired effect, Kennedy prints his final images on brushed aluminum.
A sampling of Christopher Kennedy’s work can be viewed at the Red Filter Gallery in Lambertville, NJ.
For more information: The Midweek Wire
In Black and White Photography, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on November 26, 2013 at 6:45 pm
Cabbage Leaf by Edward Weston, 1931
For collectors and galleries, recent acquisitions are what help set and identify the standards of a collection. Alan Klotz Gallery has some great recent acquisitions that they’ve announced, including work by the following:
Ansel Adams, Eugene Atget, Bill Brandt, Julia Margaret Cameron, Robert Capa, Robert Demachy, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Dave Heath, Lewis W. Hine, Gertrude Käsebier, David ‘Chim’ Seymour, W. Eugene Smith, Josef Sudek, Eva Watson-Schutze, Edward Weston, and Minor White.
For more information: Alan Klotz Gallery