Earlier this summer, we informed our readers about Atlanta Celebrates Photography’s (ACP) portfolio review and annual review. Now we are bringing the news of ACP’s digital guide being launched by the foundation. While the Decatur Book Festival has now passed (August 30th and 31st), ACP has a ton still in store for the rest of the year. Read the rest of this entry »
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Photography is often mitigated to a documentary vehicle in the minds of the average person. Fortunately in the world of art and photofiles, people such as Ray K. Metzker are around to continually push the boundaries of what people can expect from the camera.
Esteemed as a photographer, Ray Metzker’s creative practice was nevertheless unbounded by the conventional borders of the medium. Metzker sought out methods that allowed him access to the full potential of photography as an art form. He continually explored the medium’s untapped possibilities; at various times embracing the roll of film as a single picture, using the prints as building blocks for composite works, and even setting aside the camera to explore the expressive potential of the developing process itself.
Nowhere is his spirit of creative curiosity more evident than in the unique, non-editioned works that he crafted at every stage in his career. These one of a kind pieces are the focus of our new exhibition, many of them shown here for the first time.
A broad range of techniques and sensibilities are on display in this group of pictures. Even in some of the earliest pictures, dating from 1957, objects have been dissolved past the point of recognition leaving form and light as the subject. The world that comes back into focus later in the exhibition is often the natural one, as in his photograms from the 1990s where ghosts of leaves are traced onto the paper itself. Towards the end of the show’s chronology there are light-drawn “landscapes” where wind whipped clouds and darkened horizons rise up not out of a camera’s aperture but from light and the darkroom’s chemicals alone. There is an elemental quality to these later works: they seem to be striving to depict an essence more than an image.
Some of the most revealing works included are the pieces that employ only cut and folded paper. Metzker was always a very material photographer, as his darkroom manipulations attest, and in these works it is as if concerns of photographic exposure have fallen away and he is directly arranging light and shade in this most tactile of ways.
Opening this week on September 4th, people will have until October 25th to catch this unique exhibit.
For More Information: Ray K. Metzker
Adding to their already busy schedule this fall, SoHo Photo Gallery is displaying 12 new works from Ruth Formanek. Utilizing landscape photographs as the base, Formanek has twisted them in a near Rorschach-ian manner, resulting in surreal and striking final products.
“A photo of a landscape may or may not look like its original. The landscape can’t be changed but its image can be converted to whatever you choose. The landscapes in this show of 12 digital color photographs-mostly of Utah’s rocky mountains and Florida’s lakes-playfully and sometimes whimsically express something suggested by their original shape or color. The original image becomes a means to an unknown end, sometimes with unconscious themes.”
Ruth Formanek has been a keen observer of nature and human behavior since childhood. She is Professor emerita at Hofstra University, where she taught developmental psychology for over 30 years, wrote/edited professional books and two books of her photographs. She has had solo shows at Soho Photo Gallery, participated in group shows at libraries, the Manhattan Borough President’s Office, and many other other locations. Ruth has received awards from Johns Hopkins (first place in Documentary competition), U. S. Park Service, Jamaica Bay Nature Center (second place), and others.
With an opening reception on September 4th, 6-8pm, Formanek’s works will be part of seven solo shows as part of Soho Photo’s fall opener. New Yorkers and visitors will have until October 3rd to check out the exhibit.
For More Information: Soho Photo
Our friend Wendy Paton has a MAJOR exhibition at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pa. With over 60 works on display this is an opportunity to view the work of a major contemporary artist.
An award winning fine art photographer, Wendy Paton was in the throes of a successful, ground breaking career training and driving Standardbred race horses in New York, when in 1981, her interest in photography emerged.She studied at the International Center of Photography in New York, learned the intricacies of night photography from Michael Kenna, and darkroom printing techniques from her mentor and collaborator, master printer Chuck Kelton.
Consisting of two bodies of work,NUIT BLANCHE comprises a premiere selection of Paton’s Visages de Nuit, complemented by a collection of her latest series,Reclaiming Dignity, in an installation of seventy of the artist’s gelatin silver prints.
VISAGES DE NUIT is a collection of 51 black and white candid night portraits, shot over a six-year period from 2006-2012 in various international cities. Paton created this series of nocturnal images, exploring the mystery of the night and bringing the viewer into her subject’s nighttime world. Their dark, gritty characteristics purposely convey Paton’s interpretation of the surreal quality of life at night, and what is hiding behind what we normally view as reality.
RECLAIMING DIGNITY is a portfolio of Paton’s vision of “abstract portraits,” faces and bodies of neglected cars, once coveted for their style, beauty, speed and grace. Left unattended and ignored for years, then a chance to once again be admired and coveted; an opportunity to “reclaim their dignity.”
Now through December 7.
For more information: Wendy Paton
For any aspiring politician, working at the United Nations at the age of 20 would likely be a dream scenario. Turns out it’s a pretty good start for photographers as well. Conner, who spent 13 years under the UN’s umbrella, absorbed a multitude of cultures during her stay, particularly China, which she has now visited annually for 30 years. The culmination of these efforts is her latest book, Beijing: Contemporary and Imperial, shot in sprawling 7×17 panorama format.
“What I am trying to reveal through photography in a deliberate yet subtle way is a sense of history. I would like my photographs to describe my relationship between the tangible and the imagined, between fact and fiction. I’m a born traveler and adventurer, and an obsessive collector and observer of landscape, attempting to twist what the camera faithfully describes into something of fiction.”
“The extended sweep of the panorama allows me to draw on multiple levels, much as cinema does, and to take something of the immediate present, and layer that with something from a few centuries before. The large format camera can draw the particular in minute detail. Like adjectives in a sentence, they allow the viewer to look closer, engaging them in the little world contained by the frame.”
The Yale MFA grad and Guggenheim fellowship winner has exhibited her work in galleries and museums all over the country, and now the Gitterman Gallery is pleased to be added to the list as part of releasing Conner’s latest book. Opening reception will be on September 10th, from 6-8 pm, while the exhibit will conclude November 15th.
For More Information: Gitterman Gallery
After a successful Kickstarter campaign from earlier this year, Robert Shults is happily taking his new book, Superlative Light, on tour before its official release this fall. The book is sure to be a hit for any fan of photography, science and science fiction.
“In a cavernous complex buried three stories beneath the University of Texas, there resides an almost inconveivable piece of technology which inolves some of the most extreme conditions ever encountered by mankind.
It is called the Texas Petawatt and, at the time of these photos, it produced the most powerful laser pulse anywhere is the world.
At its peak output, this massive device releases an unparalleld luminous force which constitutes the brightest light known to exist in the entire universe.
With this ambitious work of of science at its foundation, The Superlative Light follows an original work of science fiction written by mathematician and author Rudy Rucker. The combination of words and photography has been rounded into what is indelibly an auspicious work of art.
For those interested in taking a peek at The Superlative Light before its publication, Shults will be stopping in at least four different locations for events: on August 30 and 31st, Atlanta, for the Decatur Book Festival; September 20th, New York City for Photoville; September 25th, Chicago, for Filter Photo Festival. Capping the tour will be the book release party on October 31st in Hillsborough, NC, at the Daylight Community Arts Center.
For More Information: Robert Shults
Sometimes things look disconnected or not quite right. For most, the natural inclination is to seek out symmetry leave items that are anything but to feel jarring or disorienting. For Nick Shotwell, this is the world he seeks and thrives within his work.
Nick Shotwell graduated Keystone College in 2011 with an associate’s degree in fine arts. His work frequently bounces back and forth from leather sculptures to analog photography. He often describes the work he creates as a projection of himself- “Wild and Wounded”.
Excerpt from Artist’s Statement:
They are purely imperfect portraits, offering a character and a mood, and I want the viewer to step forward and offer his or her own story. I don’t want them to simply view my work and move on, nor do I like the idea of forcing a narrative upon them. I would like to include the viewer, and ask them to put forth their own story, I want to collaborate. I want to connect with them. Nothing could make me happier than to turn the radioactive results of my disconnection into an opportunity to connect with others.
For anyone around northeast Pennsylvania, Camera Work Gallery will be hosting Shotwell’s exhibit until the first of September.
For More Information: Camera Work Gallery
Closing in on nearly 40 years of being open for business, Susan Spiritus and her gallery have worked with numerous stalwarts and mainstays in the photography world. One photographer that has been near and dear to the gallery’s heart since inception is New Jersey native George Tice, the very first artist that Spiritus signed to her business.
GEORGE TICE, a tenth generation New Jerseyan, was born in Newark in 1938. He began photographing in 1953, when he joined a local camera club. Fields of Peace 1970, Paterson 1972, and George Tice: Urban Landscapes 2002 are among his most celebrated books. His photographs are included in over 80 public collections worldwide, and his numerous exhibitions include one-man shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art 1972, The National Museum of Photography, Film, & Television, England ’90-’91, and The International Center of Photography 2002. He has been awarded fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bradford Fellowship England, and the New Jersey State Council of the Arts.
To this day, Spiritus continues to celebrate Tice’s work, enabling those interested to acquire a variety of pictures Tice has taken from long spanning career.
For More Information: George Tice
Preview: Tres Visiones, Manuel Carrillo, Manueal Alvarez Bravo, Luis Gonzalez Palma, Scheinbaum & Russek Gallery, Santa Fe, New MexicoIn Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on July 24, 2014 at 10:45 am
With its close proximity to Latin America, it would be tragic to see Santa Fe photography galleries skirt the vast artistic and cultural offerings of its native and local peoples. Fortunately this is not the case for Scheinbaum & Russek; they are hosting three talented photographers whose careers properly represent Mexican artistry for the duration of the summer.
This is the case in our upcoming exhibition Tres Visiones. The three photographers, Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902 – 2002), Manuel Carrillo (1906 – 1989) and Luis González Palma (B. 1957) have used their camera to interpret, document, reveal and reflect on their cultures with a high photographic aesthetic that results in compelling and sensitive results.
Scheinbaum and Russek Ltd. have worked with all three of these artists for many years. In recent years we have collaborated with Verve Gallery of Photography in presenting the works of Manuel Carrillo. We have amassed a group exhibition that contains their most well known and sought after imagery and rare works that have been seldom exhibited. We are proud to be sharing these works with our Santa Fe community.
Fans of any of the artists should be keen to check out the exhibit, as many photos that have rarely been on display to the public will be available. The show will conclude on September 9th.
For More Information: Scheinbaum & Russek Gallery
Whether it be the caste system of India, the serfdoms of Medieval yesteryear or the 99% vs. the 1% occupy movement, the disparity between the wealthy and downtrodden has always sparked controversy, concern and wide ranging debates. Back in 1984, Jim Goldberg released Rich and Poor, a portrayal of the American dream in San Francisco featuring both sides of the financial spectrum. An eight year endeavor, when it was finally released to the public, it was met with critical acclaim; notably it was featured as part of the “Three Americans” exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. Random House initially published the title a year later. Read the rest of this entry »