Posts Tagged ‘Black and White Photography’

Preview: Scott Nichols New Acquisitions, San Francisco, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on May 18, 2015 at 4:45 pm
Truman Capote, 1947, Henri Cartier-Bresson

Truman Capote, 1947, Henri Cartier-Bresson

Scott Nichols Gallery continues to be one of the best photography galleries on the West Coast, but they’re not resting on their laurels. In addition to acquiring new works by Group f/64 luminaries such as Edward Weston and Ansel Adams, the gallery has acquired works by Minor White, Ruth Bernhard , Wynn Bullock, George Tice, Paul Caponigro, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and many more. Check out some of the acquire works below.


Scot's Thistle, 1958, Paul Caponigro

Scot’s Thistle, 1958, Paul Caponigro

Navigation without Numbers, 1957, Wynn Bullock

Navigation without Numbers, 1957, Wynn Bullock



Still Life, 1932, Ansel Adams

Still Life, 1932, Ansel Adams

Bird Lime and Surf, Point Lobos, CA, 1951, Minor White

Bird Lime and Surf, Point Lobos, CA, 1951, Minor White

For More Information: Scott Nichols Gallery

Notable: Monochrome Conversion by Ming Thein

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photographer, Software on May 8, 2015 at 8:38 pm


A scene with obvious contrast is simple enough to convert from color to black-and-white.

Ming Thein

Digital Photo Pro has their B&W issue on the stands now. You will find articles on dedicated monochrome cameras, subject matter suitable for B&W, photographer profiles and techniques. One article that caught our eye was one on monochrome conversion by Ming Thein.

However, it’s fairly easy to see that whilst there are benefits to shooting monochrome-only, you actually can convert a color RAW file into a monochrome one and lower the perceived amount of noise—though not to as low a level as a monochrome-only camera. If you have a poor interpolation method, then the luminance values can be affected, too—once again, increasing the perception of pixel-level image noise in a color image. Bottom line: Monochrome-only will give you, yes, lower noise, and, yes, better detail.


For more information: Digital Photo Pro

Preview: 2015 Photo Review Photography Competition

In Black and White Photography, Contest, Photographer on May 6, 2015 at 10:26 am
Issue 31:1, Cover Photo by Paul Cava

Issue 31:1, Cover Photo by Paul Cava

For those who believe they might have the right stuff, the Photo Review Photography Competition is up and running once more. This year, New York gallerist Laurence Miller will be on the jury.

The Photo Review, a highly acclaimed critical journal of photography, enables thousands of people across the country to see the accepted work in our 2015 Competition print issue and on our website. Thus, entrants will be able to easily share their accepted work and they will have a tangible benefit from the competition.

Also, the prize-winning photographers will be chosen for an exhibition at the photography gallery of The University of the Arts, Philadelphia. And we are excited to offer a special opportunity this year: Mr. Miller will select one photographer for inclusion in the summer group show at his gallery.

Awards include an Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera kit with 12-50mm lens and FL-LM2 electronic flash; SilverFast Ai Studio 8, SilverFast HDR Studio, SilverFast SE Plus 8, from LaserSoft Imaging; a 24″x50′ roll of Museo Silver Rag; a 20″x24″ silver gelatin fiber print from Digital Silver Imaging; a ToughTech Duo hard drive from CRU; numerous camera bags from ThinkTank Photo; an Alpine Labs Michron time-lapse device; and flash drives from USB Memory Direct. In addition, William Earle Williams, the Audrey A. and John L. Dusseau Professor in Humanities; Professor of Fine Arts and Curator of Photography, at Haverford College, will select an image for a$500 purchase prize for inclusion in the Haverford College Photography Collection, one of the largest and most comprehensive college photography collections in the United States.

An entry fee of $35 for up to three prints or images and $8 for each additional image entitles all entrants to a copy of the full-color catalogue. In addition, all entrants will be able to subscribe to The Photo Review for $36, a 20% discount. (Higher rates apply for non-US subscribers.)

Appearances in the Photo Review have provided high levels of exposure for artists in the past, so those that are looking to break out should considering submitting. Entries must be in by June 15.

For More Information: 2015 Competition Page

On Site: “Street Stories” by Edward Vatza, Red Filter Gallery

In Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on May 1, 2015 at 10:33 pm

Chico by Ed Vatza

Ed Vatza has made it an ongoing passion project to photograph personalities found on the streets of  urban locales. In his exhibition at the Red Filter Gallery, Vatza portrays the variety of “Street Stories” embedded in the faces of these varied personages.

“Chico” (NYC) – Chico is originally from Puerto Rico but has been in NYC for several years. He said he has been on streets for several months. He was very willing to be photographed and spoke of an artist who stopped one day to sketch him.

Get to know these wonderful portraits May 1 through May 31 at: Red Filter Gallery

Also view his exhibition at the Michener Museum, Doylestown, Pa. through July 5: Vatza at the Michener

Preview: Jessica Somers Big Summer, Multiple Venues

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits on April 30, 2015 at 10:45 am
Image Courtesy of Jessica Somers

Image Courtesy of Jessica Somers

Jessica Somers has been hard at work to bring her unique, striking and beautiful blend of photography and encaustic to the masses. Consequently it’s no surprise that Somers has put together a blend events to keep her busy.

  • Opening this Saturday May 2nd is the first solo exhibit for my new series Meditations on Being a Phoenix. This body of work has been in progress over the last 2 years and has taken many incarnations before reaching its final form as large pigment prints under encaustic wax and oil. The opening reception is from 5-7pm this Saturday at Gallery 136 1/2. The show runs until May 30th.
  • Opening on June 6th at the Margaret L. Macdonough Gallery is the three person invitational exhibition Through A Glass Refracted. This show is a special one for me, I get to exhibit a selection of the Meditations on Being a Phoenix photographs alongside works by my two closest friends from college, artists Paula Robins and Adam Lein. This show takes place during the Alumni Reunion weekend at Albertus Magnus College. There will be an opening reception from 2:30-5pm on June 6th, please RSVP here if you plan to attend.
  • On May 23rd I will be conducting an Encaustic Play Day Workshop at PhotoSynthesis in Manchester, CT. This is a great opportunity to learn some of the less technical and more serendipitous features of using encaustic wax, pigments and oil on the surface of a photograph. More information on this workshop can be foundhere.In addition to teaching Alternative Photographic Processes at Lesley University College of Art and Design I will be conducting a class in Alternative Processes at Central Connecticut State University which made a comeback as a course offering last Fall, this is a no prerequisite class and can also be audited. To get a feel for what happens in this course please take a look at the video I created with my husband, videographer Mike Zych.

For More Information: Jessica Somers

Preview: Fireflies, William Larson, Gitterman Gallery, New York, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on April 21, 2015 at 1:56 pm
Untitled by William Larson

Untitled by William Larson

In today’s world of bluetooth, touch screens and virtualization machines, it’s hard to believe how short a time ago that people were fumbling around with any digital technology. Heck, a dozen years ago 5 megapixel cameras were state of the art.

Of course this has never stopped the art community from stepping up and seeing what they could do, no matter what medium was introduced. For William Larson, the sixties presented one such tool in an early fax-machine. The results were the Fireflies series, digital artworks shot between 1969 and 1978. 

Larson used a Graphic Sciences DEX 1 Teleprinter, a sophisticated early fax machine, which converted pictures, text and sound into digitally-generated audio signals. These signals were transmitted over a telephone line and a stylus burned the image onto a special carbon-based paper, creating a unique “electronic drawing.”  He was able to manipulate these images by altering the voltage of the output during the printing process, by moving the stylus during printing and by sending multiple transmissions to the same page, electronically layering images, text and visual representations of sound.

Larson conducted the technology to produce an almost random juxtaposition of dissimilar images. The symbolic, or poetic, potential of the juxtaposition references “the imperfect operations of memory or dreams.”

With Fireflies, Larson sought to move beyond the traditional notion of what a photograph can be. He was interested in representing the fluidity of time with a static work of art. He stated: “I started to work and think of photography as a system of production, supporting a bias toward the additive possibilities of the medium, and less the subtractive, descriptive, or literal.”

Commencing on April 29th, the exhibit will be available for viewing until July 2nd. 

For More Information: Gitterman Gallery

Preview: Invisible City/Night Walk 1983-1989, Ken Schles, Noorderlicht Photogallery, Groningen, Netherlands

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on April 6, 2015 at 2:50 pm
Image by Ken Schles

Image by Ken Schles

While New York is one of the most celebrated cities in the world, it hasn’t always been such a wonderful place to visit. Ken Schles was there to document some of its saltier days during the 1980s.

This spring the Noorderlicht Photogallery digs deep into a mythic time in New York’s Lower East Side. Ken Schles’ images from the 1980s are a gritty, penetrating portrayal of a city racked with violence, when crime rates were high and drug addicts and artists ruled his downtown world. An explosive but creative cocktail yielding an intoxicating brew of light, darkness and desire.

The exhibition of 100 black and white photographs coincides with the publication of a new Steidl monograph, Night Walk (2014), a companion to Schles’s underground cult classic Invisible City (1988). Recently reprinted by Steidl, Invisible City is considered alongside Brassaï’s Paris de Nuit and Ed van der Elksen’s Love On The Left Bank to be one of the great depictions of the nocturnal bohemian experience of the 20th century.

Anyone lucky enough to be in the Netherlands on Friday, April 3rd, will be able to attend the opening night, where Schles himself will introduce the exhibit. It will be available for viewing until June 7th.

For More Information: Noorderlicht Photogallery

Preview: We Shall Overcome: Documenting the Road to Freedom, Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 30, 2015 at 2:49 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. and Group Entering Montgomery, 1965, Steve Shapiro

Martin Luther King Jr. and Group Entering Montgomery, 1965, Steve Shapiro

Fahey/Klein Gallery opened their latest exhibition, We Shall Overcome, on Thursday, March 26th. The Civil Rights Movement was one of the most profound eras of the past century, indelibly impacting every facet of our culture. It was also one of the first times that visual media was so viably accessible to the masses.

The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming exhibition, We Shall Overcome: Documenting the Road to Freedom. The exhibition follows the moving journey of four acclaimed documentary photographers, Danny Lyon, Steve Schapiro, Flip Schulke, and Stephen Somerstein, as they each capture the Civil Rights movement in the American South in the 1960’s. The exhibition focuses specifically on the historic 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to demand free-and-clear voting rights for African Americans. These powerful photographs capture the heroes of the Civil Rights movement–Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and James Baldwin–but also the countless grass-roots organizers and anonymous marchers who risked everything to trudge a long, dusty, and violent path to equality.

We Shall Over Come: Documenting the Role to Freedom, will be available for viewing through May 2nd.

For More Information: Fahey/Klein Gallery

Preview: Alan Klotz Gallery Teases New Additions and Prepares for AIPAD Show

In Black and White Photography, Gallerist, Photo Print Collector on March 18, 2015 at 11:22 am
Houses on Incline, Virginia City, Nevada, Wright Morris

Houses on Incline, Virginia City, Nevada, Wright Morris

For scientists, the old adage is publish or perish. For galleries, it’s about constantly acquiring new works. Alan Klotz Gallery is doing exactly that, acquiring a variety of new works from formidable photographers the world over. This includes works by Harry Callahan, Lennart Nilsson, Wright Morris, Gyorgy Kepes and Carl Van Vechten.

When not burrowing into our nests to stay warm, we are out acquiring new inventory…It’s our way of dispelling winter, and welcoming spring… new acquisitions by photographers [include]Berenice Abbott, Fratelli ALINARI, Paul CAPONIGRO, Eugene DESALIGNAC, Alfred EISENSTAEDT, Kipton KUMLER, Ken REGAN, Elliot ROSS, Sebastiao SALGADO, Auguste SALZMANN, Ralph STEINER, Josef SUDEK, and Roman VISHNIAC can be viewed here.

In addition to their new acquisitions, Alan Klotz is readying themselves yet again for the Association of International Photography Art Dealers New York show. Now in its 35th year, the AIPAD show will feature 89 exhibitors from multiple countries and all over the United States. This year’s show takes place from April 16th to April 19th.

For More Information: Alan Klotz Gallerya, AIPAD New York

Preview: New York, Bevan Davies, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery on March 16, 2015 at 9:48 pm
Bond Street, Facing North, New York, 1976, Bevan Davies

Bond Street, Facing North, New York, 1976, Bevan Davies

Buildings have always lent themselves well to black and white photography. The deliberate contours and lines of structures are wonderfully contrasted, while the geometry of an architect’s work is full celebrated. New York, of course, is a mecca for urban development and therefore a perfect place for Bevan Davies to explore and document.

Bevan Davies studied photography with Bruce Davidson, at the University of Chicago in early 1960’s and benefitted greatly through mentoring from Diane Arbus later in that decade. After working the street in both daylight and evening hours, photographing people at odds with society, with a hand camera, Davies changed his working methodology to describing the physical environs of the street: the building facades, alleys and streets with a tripod mounted view camera.

This change in subject and approach resulted in Davies most celebrated work. Created in 1975/76, Bevan Davies’ architectural photographs situated themselves wholly within the dictum laid forth by William Jenkins, as “New Topographics”. In fact, Davies writes of his approach as, “an effort being made to let the camera almost see by itself”. This notion was carried further by the late photographer, Lewis Baltz, who in 1976, referred to Davies’ photographs as, “rigorously contemporary, while acknowledging a use of the camera which dates from the inception of the medium”. The New York facades, taken in the early morning hours and devoid of people, describe spaces defined by light and shadow. They depict a specific time and place, as seen by the window dressings and signage, as well as portray a formal grace among the building’s details that are included within Davies’ camera frame. New York is the first comprehensive exhibition of Davies’ photographs in over two decades.

Opening March 14th, the public will be able to view the exhibit at Joseph bellows until May 9th.

For More Information: Joseph Bellows Gallery


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