Posts Tagged ‘Black and White Photography’

Notable: Mitch Dobrowner, The Prophecies of William Blake, 21st Editions, Re-Release

In Black and White Photography, Books on October 29, 2014 at 11:13 am
Image Courtesy of Mitch Dobrowner and 21st Editions

Image Courtesy of Mitch Dobrowner and 21st Editions

21st Editions, purveyors of fine art photography books like few others, have a new card up their sleeve with the recent release of Mitch Dobrowner’s The Prophecies of William Blake.

Mitch Dobrowner has catapulted his way to great recognition and success in these past few years with both daring and finesse.

Winning the Sony World Photography Awards’ Photographer of the Year (from more than 100,000 entrants) gained Dobrowner attention from press around the world.

Having been sold out for some time, this copy (#26) of The Prophecies of William Blake, with an introduction by John Wood, is newly available for purchase.

While 21st Editions’s books are always a little bit of an investment, but never a regretful purchase. If you’re wanting one of these handcrafted beauties, contact Pam or Steve at 508-398-3000.

For More Information: 21st Editions

Preview: Ian Ruhter “Silver & Light”, Fahey Klein Gallery,LA

In Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on October 21, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Ian Ruhter Exhibition


A new exhibit for Ian Ruhter:

Ian Ruhter had been working as a successful commercial and sports photographer when he first discovered the wet plate collodion process.The nineteenth century photographic process involves pouring a liquid mixture of iodides, bromides, and a solution called collodion over a glass or aluminum plate. The plate is then bathed in silver nitrate, making it light-sensitive. The plate must then be quickly exposed and developed in just a few minutes, before the collodion dries and loses sensitivity. The process is expensive, laborious, and extremely unpredictable. Temperature and moisture affect the chemicals greatly and can entirely alter the developing process, ruining a wet plate. But the results of this labor intensive process are undeniable– a completely unique and incredibly detailed image, with rich layers of silver suspended in emulsion producing a three dimensional effect. Because the process is produced and controlled entirely by hand, each plate is inherently unique, with the chemicals’ process leaving irregular and impossible to reproduce beautiful ghostly shadows, halos, and ripples in each plate.

Now through November 29.

For more information:Fahey/Klein Gallery



Notable: Eadweard Muybridge Panorama, Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on October 16, 2014 at 10:56 am
San Francisco Panorama, Eadweard Muybridge

San Francisco Panorama, Eadweard Muybridge

The adage is that things used to be made better. There are multiple pieces of evidence, however,  they didn’t always recognize how good was the quality. Case in point, this great find:

This San Francisco Panorama photograph by Eadweard Muybridge hung in the Crocker Land Company offices at 560 Market Street for decades. Recently it was rediscovered by a collector who recognized its value as one of the rare Muybridge panoramic views of San Francisco measuring over seven feet long and housed in a handsome period wooden frame.

11 mounted prints, 1877. Printed & mounted by TE Hecht circa 1895, from Muybridge’s original negatives.

Frame: 19-1/2” x 97-3/8”
Mount: 11-7/8” x 89-7/8”

It’s not that often a photo with size this staggering, let alone the provenance, appears on the scene. Add to the fact that it so beautifully portrays one of America’s most admired cities, any fan of photography within a stone’s throw of the Golden Gate should give it a look.

For More Information: Scott Nichols Gallery

Preview: Ernest Cole, Photographer, Grey Art Gallery, New York University

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photographer on October 2, 2014 at 10:42 am
Earnest boy squats on haunches and strains to follow lesson in heat of packed classroom. 1967, Ernest Cole

Earnest boy squats on haunches and strains to follow lesson in heat of packed classroom. 1967, Ernest Cole

Periods of strife and conflict are in large part tragic, but for a fortunate few they can present opportunity and success. For Ernest Cole, becoming one of the first black photojournalists in the history of South Africa meant that it was his eyes that would share his people’s plight with the rest of the world. Unfortunately, Cole’s work has remained largely unknown to most of the world until recently, long after his death in 1990. The exhibit at Grey Art Gallery will be one of the first substantial opportunities for Americans to view his work.

Ernest Cole: Photographer features over 100 rare black-and-white gelatin silver prints from Cole’s remarkable archive. While many of the photo-graphs expose segregation, destitution, and violence, others depict intimate moments of children at play, mothers smiling, couples dancing, and friends joking. Cole was arrested and fled South Africa in 1966, never to return. This is the first major solo museum show of his striking images, which are illuminated by incisive captions from his book House of Bondage (1967). Organized by the Hasselblad Foundation in Gothenburg, Sweden, the exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

Now open, the exhibit will be available for viewing until December 6.

For More Information: Grey Art Gallery


Preview: Masters of Photography, Lumiere Gallery, Atlanta Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on September 25, 2014 at 11:25 am
Mendenhall Glacier, 1973, Brett Weston

Mendenhall Glacier, 1973, Brett Weston

Every gallery, at one time or another, seeks to put on a true showstopper of an exhibition. Compiling the finest of what they have available in their collection, Lumiere is currently exhibiting their “masters”.

These prints from the cameras of twenty different photographers include iconic images from the artists’ larger bodies of work. From California to New York … from Paris to Uzbekistan … they span a spectrum of themes: including urban structures, traditional landscape, portraiture, abstractions and social commentary.

The exhibition was also curated to underscore the importance of relationships and collaborations. Edward Weston with his sons, Brett and Cole – as well as Wynn Bullock; Ansel Adams with Al Weber and Pirkle Jones; and Jones with Dorothea Lange.

The artists: Berenice Abbott, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Alexander Rodchenko, Dorothea Lange, Georgi Zelma, Boris Ignatovich, Bill Brandt, Al Weber, Imogen Cunningham, Brett Weston, Tom Neff, Margaret Bourke-White, Andre Kertesz, Aaron Siskind, Arnold Newman, Pirkle Jones, Paul Strand, Edouard Baldus and Wynn Bullock have left a legacy that will inspire us for years.

There is also an online gallery available, so if travel plans to Atlanta are not in the works, take a look on Lumiere’s website.

Fore More Information: Lumiere Gallery

Notable: VASA Connections Project – Online Portfolio Review

In Black and White Photography, Photographer on September 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm
A sample of VASA's international field of judges

A sample of VASA’s international field of judges

As a creator of just about anything, presenting it to a respected contemporary in one form or another is inevitably a crucial step in validation and growth. Social media have provided unprecedented outlets of greater convenience; in the VASA Connection’s project, photographers have their own tool for growth.

Vasa Project

The VASA Project in an online media studies workshop connecting individuals and communities on a global scale who have interest in media studies, photography, digital media arts, and sound.

To meet its vision, the VASA Project supports online media-related workshops; gallery talks by artist, critics, historians, and theoreticians; curated exhibitions; an e-bookstore; “Transmedia” the VASA Project blog, and other media-related blog projects and discussion groups.

The VASA Project is based upon the union of two familiar environments: the traditional workshop model and networked digital media technology.

Utilizing Connections, aspiring artists have the opportunity to be given an online portfolio by respected members of the photography community. The beauty, of course, is that there is no limitation on whom will give the review since VASA is a global network. The service isn’t free, but it is still cheaper than it would be to meet most of these fair people in person.

For more information on VASA and the Connection’s project: VASA 

Notable: Deadline Approaches for Fellowship 15 International Photography Competition, Silver Eye Center of Photography

In Article, Black and White Photography, Contest on September 19, 2014 at 3:15 pm



Special note: We are please to post item 400 for your viewing pleasure. Check out the archives today at BWGallerist!!

Cameramen and women eager to get their competitive juices flowing have one month left to enter Fellowship 15, Silver Eye Center’s competition to recognize promising photographers from Pennsylvania to the far corners of the Earth. While the fee for non-members of the center is $65 dollars, the potential rewards should be worth it for those who believe they have the goods.


  • One (1) International Award Winner receives a solo exhibition at Silver Eye opening late-January 2015; $3,000 cash prize; an online gallery on Silver Eye’s website (with link to artist website); and media outreach and promotion.
  • One (1) Keystone Award Winner, reserved for a Pennsylvania artist, receives a spotlight exhibition in late-January 2015; $1,000 cash prize; an online gallery on Silver Eye’s website (with link to artist website); and media outreach and promotion.
  • Five (5) Juror’s Commendation Winners will be named on Silver Eye’s website and press releases.




Allison Grant is a curator, artist, writer, and teacher based in Chicago, IL. Since 2008, she has worked at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, where she is an assistant curator. Grant holds an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Media Studies. She currently teaches as an Adjunct Faculty member in the Photography and Art & Design departments at Columbia College Chicago.



Again, the deadline to enter is October 13th, plenty of time to get everything ready – except maybe for you procrastinators out there.

To enter, check out the following link: Silver Eye Fellowship 15

Preview: Sonic, Hedi Slimane, Fondation Pierre Bergé, Yves Saint Laurent, Paris, France

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery on September 18, 2014 at 3:11 pm
Frances Bean Cobain (Daughter of Kurt Cobain), Hedi Slimane

Frances Bean Cobain (Daughter of Kurt Cobain), Hedi Slimane

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has gained a lot of lines on his face over the course of his career, lines that tell stories much like the way Richard’s guitar recalls with every note that is strummed. Of course, Richards is just one of many music stalwarts who have left an imprint over the course of the past sixty years. As a music fan, designer for Saint Laurent and photographer, Hedi Slimane is in a unique position to convey Rock n Roll’s history through the camera lens. Often capricious and unpredictable, Slimane’s prickly-ness only adds to his photography’s dynamic, appropriately running parallel to his preferred music’s own nature.

The Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent will present an exhibition of photographs by Hedi Slimane entitled “Sonic” from September 2014.

Studio portraits will be taken from 15 years of musical archives, amongst which are black and white prints exhibited for the first time, including portrayals of heroic rock figures, from Lou Reed to Brian Wilson, from Amy Winehouse to Keith Richards.

The project will be completed with a video installation, juxtaposing the musical cycles of London (2003-2007) and California (2007-2014) in a documentary style, painting an alternative portrait of two generations of performers and their fans.

Sonic will open later this September on the 18th. Fortunately for those who may not be in Paris anytime soon, the exhibit will be on view until January ’15.

For More Information: Fondation Pierre Bergé

Preview: Women – Seeing and Being Seen, Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA

In Black and White Photography, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on September 16, 2014 at 11:13 am
Untitled: 26061208 ,Niniane Kelly, 2012

Untitled: 26061208, Niniane Kelly, 2012

The female form has been perhaps the most ubiquitously discussed concept of human anatomy. At the very least, it has provided the muse for many an artist and photographer, not to mention Scott Nichols Gallery’s latest exhibition.

The exhibition’s nearly 60 photographs of women ranging from circa 1870s to the present explore the myriad ways in which female, and male, photographers view women and how women choose to be seen. It includes the work of Ansel Adams, Kiichi Asano, Ruth Bernhard, Anne Brigman, Wynn Bullock, Imogen Cunningham, Judy Dater, Margo Davis, Monica Denevan, Mona Kuhn, Dorothea Lange, An-My Lê, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Linda McCartney, Annette Lemieux, Barbara Morgan, Hiroshi Osaka, Paul Strand, Brett Weston and Edward Weston, among others.

A complementary show in the smaller gallery features Dorothea Lange and the work of several of her contemporaries including Ansel Adams, represented by his documentation of women belonging to the group of 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry interned in camps during World War II.

The subject of women for a photo exhibition can be rife with stereotypes and predictable patterns. Here the tropes of women in the nude and in nature, as well as fashion photography are juxtaposed with humorous images such as Roger Minnick’s tourist at Inspiration Point, Yosemite, and Annette Lemieux’s spooky, sobering Apparition. Edward Weston’s Erica, Point Lobos is a less familiar representation of his work: his granddaughter on a beach the year before he stopped photographing. The women photographers of Group f/64 represented may be seen to replace the appropriation of certain of these tropes with ownership of an alternative way of “seeing and being seen.”

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Preview: “And Here We Are …”, Red Filter Gallery, Lambertville, N. J.

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on September 9, 2014 at 1:50 pm


With two very different approaches to monochromatic photography, the photographs of Kelli Abdoney and Sandy Alpert are on display at Red Filter Gallery in Lambertville NJ.

Caithness and Sutherland Landscapes

“I find the landscapes of Caithness and Sutherland quite extraordinary. There is an overwhelming energy in the rugged battered coastlines and a powerful sense of history and prehistory that saturates the land. The 180-degree horizon, which cradles an abundance of weather from dawn to dusk, the sprawling landscapes that have sustained man and the clarity of it’s light are only but a few of Caithness and Sutherland’s physical qualities.”  -  Kelli Abdoney

The Vertical Expression of Horizontal Desire

“For three minutes, the dancers of the tango allow the music to transport them into another world; one of their own creation.  Imagined moments … the stud, the seductress, the prostitute, the cuckold seeking retribution with the much-younger woman who delights in his touch.  I watch these fictionalized characters come to life in their faces, in their bodies as they succumb to the seductive rapture of the syncopated rhythms.”  -  Sandy Alpert

Both artists have exhibited in multiple venues both domestically and internationally and have placed their works in collections spanning a broad area of interest.

Now through November 2

For more information: Red Filter Gallery


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