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On Site: “Coney Island” – Bruce Gilden, Amador Gallery, NYC

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on July 10, 2010 at 12:04 pm

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Bruce Gilden from “Coney Island”

It is blazing hot … why not go to the beach or better yet “Coney Island”?

Now through August 20 you can witness  decades of characters and personalities found at the world famous Coney Island. Magnum alumnus Bruce Gilden documented multiple generations of park goers with an “in your face” style that yielded great pictures (and striking prints).

From an art perspective, Gilden uses body parts, the photo edges and exposure grain … all to interesting effect. His composition is intuitive and not formulaic.

Sitting on the outskirts of the five boroughs, the world famous pleasure beach of Coney Island has been the summer destination for New Yorkers since its heyday in the 1890s. Towards the end of the 1960s, one year after he first picked up a camera, Bruce Gilden took the subway train through Brooklyn to capture the sunbathers, the weekenders, the sideshow booths and the Cyclone rollercoaster … Gilden’s ability to eke out the characters and eccentricities give the beach and its surrounding neighborhood a humorous view of daily life from the sixties through until the late 1980s.

These pictures maintain a profound anonymity in portraying what looks like a virtual “sub-culture”. A good example is one picture of bodies on a blanket that slowly reveals four figures … only with concentrated viewing. Great photography.

For more information: Amador Gallery

On Site: Ryuji Miyamoto –“Kobe”, Amador Gallery, NYC

In Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on March 31, 2010 at 10:00 am

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Ryuji Miyamoto from series “Kobe”

With the images of Haiti and Chile fresh in our minds, one would think looking at earthquake photos in Japan would have less impact. In the case of this exhibit by Ryujii Miyamoto, it is the opposite. Our recent experience informs the viewer as to the destructive power that has been photographed.

Then there is the “how” of the photography … it is quite impressive in its use of a wide tonal range of black and white composition. The repeated image capture of a particular “pancake” effect of structural failure underlines the vulnerability of even “modern” buildings.

5:46 am, January 17, 1995. An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 originating from a point twenty kilometers below Awajishima Island in southern Hyogo Prefecture struck the city of Kobe and its vicinity. The quake’s velocity measured 818 gals in the north-south direction, 617 gals east-west, and 332 gals vertically. It shook the earth for a mere 15 seconds, enough to kill 5,000 people and destroy more than 100,000 homes and other structures. In the aftermath of the quake, the city caught fire, laying waste to an area of 1,043,000 square meters.

Recent quakes have delivered more power and misery but these photographs provide an artistic memory of modern devastation.

Now through May 8, at Amador Gallery on the upper east side, NYC.

For more information: Amador Gallery

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