Posts Tagged ‘Black and White Photography’

Preview: Crusade For Art Readying For 2015 Crusade Engagement Grant

In Black and White Photography on March 13, 2015 at 9:49 pm


Do you love art and photography? Do you have an idea to spread the love of art to the community? If the answer’s yes, then the Crusade Engagement Grant might be worth looking into.

In September we announced the 2014 winner of the $10,000 Crusade Engagement Grant. The selection committee chose Matthew Conboy’s idea to create newborn collectors in Pittsburgh for its “off the charts creativity”. The grant funds the distribution of photographs from local photographers to every baby born in specific Pittsburgh-area hospitals in 2015. The program, now called Start With Art, is in full swing, with January baby’s receiving this photograph by Aaron Blum.

Crusade for Art is a 501c3 non-profit organization whose mission is to engage new communities with art by developing a network of inspired new arts advocates and to support artists with strategies to connect to those advocates and turn them into collectors.

The application process will begin in March, so there’s still time for planning. If you or someone you know has a great idea that would qualify, this equates to a very real opportunity.

For More Information: Crusade For Art

Preview: Six Bay Area Photographers, Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery on March 11, 2015 at 9:46 pm


Angel Wings, Ruth Bernhard, 1943

Angel Wings, Ruth Bernhard, 1943

Scott Nichols has always done well with celebrating the West Coast’s history and contributions towards film. They’ve a plethora of work from Group f.64 and are always on the lookout for the next great artist. It comes as no surprise, then, that their next exhibition will juxtapose the old and new epochs of Bay Area Photography.

From the earlier generation, the gallery will be displaying works by the famed Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, and Ruth Bernhard. Judy Dater, Mona Kuhn and Monica Denevan will represent the modern guard. In addition, Nichols will be introducing the work of Niniane Kelley, another Bay Area native who is rising on the scene.

The exhibit will open on March 5th and conclude May 2nd.

For More Information: Scott Nichols Gallery

Preview: Kelly Fitzgerald Photography Auction

In Auction, Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on February 25, 2015 at 7:42 pm



As time passes, life presents a multitude of challenges and opportunities. For our friend, photographer Kelly Fitzgerald, new opportunities are whisking him away to the Philadelphia area this April. Any move can be difficult, but when you factor in multiple thousands of miles between you and the destination, the brain starts to churn.

In an effort to make room for new and upcoming works, Kelly Fitzgerald is holding an auction sale for his fine art photographic collections. He has a large inventory of limited edition silver gelatin fiber base prints available as well as museum quality framed photographic prints.

If you have ever wanted to become a collector of his work, this is a great opportunity to begin. His photographs have been in numerous exhibits throughout the United States and Europe. Fitzgerald’s work has also won several awards including The Golden Light Award and the IPA Lucie Award. His work can be found in many corporate and private collections across the United States.

If you would like to request a catalog or are interested in purchasing an original fine art photographic print, please contact Kelly directly at or call (760) 670-6616 during normal business hours (9:00am to 5:00pm PST).

To view more of his work please visit:

For More Information: Kelly Fitzgerald

Preview: It’s a Long Way to Tipperary, Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PA

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on February 16, 2015 at 11:31 am
Virage, Edward Dimsdale, Autumn 2000

Virage, Edward Dimsdale, Autumn 2000

Anyone in the Philadelphia area should step away from winter and pay their respects to Gallery 339’s final show in Philadelphia.

It’s a Long Way to Tipperary is the last show for Gallery 339 in Philadelphia.  The gallery has been a remarkable adventure, and we are happy with what we have been able to accomplish over the last ten years.  We had wanted to bring great photography to the city, and take the extraordinary work of Philadelphia photographers to other places.  And through the tremendous effort of staff, artists and other supporters, many wonderful pictures have come to Philadelphia, and remarkable photographs from here have gone out to collectors around the world.  With this last show, we want to sum up the gallery in an appropriate way, which is not simply a look back.  We are pleased therefore to present some of the best-remembered images from past exhibitions alongside compelling new projects.  We have been very fortunate to work with an exceptional group of photographers since we opened, and it is a privilege to exhibit their art one more time. 

With over 30 photographers on display, photophiles are sure to find someone’s work they enjoy. Unfortunately, the show only runs through the end of February, so anyone wanting to visit will need to do so soon.

For More Information: Gallery 339

On Site: “Looking Back”, Selected Artists , Red Filter Gallery, Lambertville, NJ

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on February 10, 2015 at 3:21 pm


“Looking Back” does just that …  look back over the past several years with some lovely prints from past artists. Also on view are  some new images from Forrest Old’s series “Trouble in Spring Lake”.

This is the last exhibit in the current Gallery location where dozens of exhibitions, with work by over 50 photographers, have been presented. The Gallery was able to donate sales proceeds to multiple charity and arts organizations over the years, thanks to its loyal clientele and patrons. The Red Filter Gallery continues in its next incarnation via its expanded Website to be launched this Spring. The mission of supporting the best in contemporary fine art photography will not change.

Now through March 8.

For more information: Red Filter Gallery

Preview: The Thomas Walther Photo Collection, Museum of Modern Art, NYC

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on February 7, 2015 at 2:58 pm
Willi Ruge (German, 1882–1961). Seconds before Landing

Willi Ruge (German, 1882–1961). Seconds before Landing

In case you’ve been out of the loop, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City is currently hosting the Thomas Walther Collection of Photography. Bursting with some of the greatest photographers to walk the planet, this a quintessential example of the power of photography.

The creative possibilities explored through photography were never richer or more varied than in the years between the First and Second World Wars, when photographers approached figuration, abstraction, and architecture with unmatched imaginative fervor. This vital moment is dramatically captured in the more than 300 photographs that constitute the Thomas Walther Collection at The Museum of Modern Art. This remarkable group of objects is presented together for the first time to coincide with the culmination of the Thomas Walther Collection Project—a four-year collaboration between the Museum’s curatorial and conservation staff, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which has transformed our understanding of the medium’s material history from this era. Made on the street and in the studio, intended for avant-garde exhibitions or the printed page, these objects provide unique insight into the radical intentions of their creators.

The Museum acquired more than 300 photographs from Thomas Walther’s private collection in 2001. Featuring iconic works by such towering figures as Berenice Abbott, Karl Blossfeldt, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Claude Cahun, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Florence Henri, André Kertész, Germaine Krull, El Lissitzky, Lucia Moholy, László Moholy-Nagy, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Maurice Tabard Umbo, and Edward Weston, along with lesser-known treasures by more than 100 other practitioners, this exhibition presents the exhilarating story of this key moment in photography’s history, allowing both experts and those less familiar with the medium to understand these photographs in new ways.

Charter a helicopter if you must, because this is one exhibit any enthusiast of photography should go to see. Fortunately, the exhibit will run until April 19th, so there’s no excuse to miss it.

For More Information: Museum of Modern Art

Preview: Three Routines, John Gossage, Art Institute Chicago, Illinois

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on February 3, 2015 at 12:32 am
John Gossage. Untitled, 1982/89, printed 2003/06. Gift of Michael Abrams and Sandra Stewart.

John Gossage. Untitled, 1982/89, printed 2003/06. Gift of Michael Abrams and Sandra Stewart.

Throughout his career, John Gossage has enjoyed the enigmatic, forgotten and forbidden. This has included the destitute areas of Berlin in the 1980s and areas deemed hazardous by the Environmental Protection Agency. Now his work will come completely out of the limelight thanks to the Art Institute Chicago.

The first museum survey of American photographer John Gossage’s career ever mounted, this “retrospective in a room” brings together several decades’ worth of work
to show three distinct ways, or routines, in which the artist has approached photography.

One routine concentrates on his intensely productive time in Berlin in the 1980s; on display are two dozen images from the nearly 600 that make up his Berlin series, which the Art Institute is fortunate to own in its entirety. The second routine comes from Gossage’s recent year spent traveling the United States on a prestigious Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, making portraits of art students and capturing views in smaller towns and cities, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Rochester, Minnesota. The third offers a “medley” of images from across his career, which he began in his teenage years as a student of Lisette Model, Alexey Brodovich, and Bruce Davidson. In addition to highlighting the various photographic methods Gossage has used throughout his career, the exhibition includes a reading table with a selection of the artist’s publications, showcasing his talents as a consummate printer and an ingenious book artist.

The exhibit is now open until May 3rd, leaving more than enough time to plan a trip to Chicago.

For More Information: Art Institute Chicago

Notable: The Horses of San Marco, Juliet R. Harrison, First Folio of 2015

In Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 29, 2015 at 11:03 am
Image courtesy of Juliet R. Harrison

Image courtesy of Juliet R. Harrison

2015 is upon us and our friend Juliet R. Harrison is showing no signs of slowing down. She has recently released another folio of photos, titled The Horses of San Marco. Limited to only 15 copies, the folio is comprised of eight signed 81/2″x11″ prints on archival cotton rag paper. Harrison’s work has long been entwined with the  equestrian world , and these follow suit. The Horses of San Marco are a quartet of bronze horses pulling a carriage in front of the San Marco Basilica in Venice Italy.

In addition to working on my own imagery and running the Equis Art Gallery (which is heading into its second year) I will be teaching a class in the Lifetime Learning Institute of Bard Collage. The class is called Horses of the Hudson Valley and is designed to introduce students to some of the wonderful equine oriented businesses and locations that operate in the mid-Hudson Valley. I am really looking forward to sharing some of the places I have been fortunate enough to find and explore so close to home.

I am energized to begin this new year and would love to hear from everyone if you have plans to visit. I would be thrilled to show you around the gallery and visit with my friends and fans.

These will only be available for special order while supplies last. Each folio is offered at a price of $220.00.

For More Information: Juliet R. Harrison Photography

Preview: Tony Hertz, Chris Kovacs & Harold Ross, Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 25, 2015 at 12:17 pm
Vessel, Chris Kovacs, part of the Divergent Lands series

Vessel, Chris Kovacs, part of the Divergent Lands series

Susan Spiritus is bringing in the New Year with the help of Tony Hertz, Chris Kovacs and Harold Ross. All are newcomers to the gallery. The trio brings a combination of technique, enigma and eye for the natural landscape that is sure to inspire the viewers.

  • Tony Hertz has 37 years of professional photography experience during which he has photographed selected U.S. Presidents, the Queen of England, Pope Paul, celebrities, musicians, famous sports figures and covered major news and community events. Some of the major magazines and newspapers his general work has been published in: Time Magazine, Los Angeles Times, New York Times Magazine, USA Today, National Geographic WORLD, Sunset Magazine, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle and the Christian Science Monitor. He’s also worked with major industrial and advertising clients ranging from the Cotton Board, Chevron and Zenith Watches. Tony divides his time shooting in the field, editing images and working as an adjunct photography instructor teaching traditional darkroom photography and digital photography in the Cuesta College Fine Arts Department in San Luis Obispo, CA.
  • The Divergent Lands series is inspired by Chris Kovacs’ love of science in combination with his passion for photography. Chris is intrigued by the possibility of multiple or parallel universes and when combined with his unique vision the results are often mysterious and dreamlike.  For his day job, Chris Kovacs is the publisher of two well respected on-line photography magazines, Adore Noir (black and white work only) and Adore Chroma, which features only works in color. For many years, Chris Kovacs was only known from his publishing successes, but … it was time that the public see and learn to view him as an accomplished photographer!
  • For 25 years, Harold Ross has been experimenting with the specialized technique of light painting which has given him the ability to show subjects in a different light, so that the viewers can appreciate them in an unexpected way. The process of light painting requires that light is meticulously applied to each image and requires that the photographer work in a completely dark studio while opening the camera for an expended period of time while he paints light on to the image. This ultimately reveals greater shapes, textures and colors.  Harold Ross says that he is basically sculpting the image with light.

For More Information: Susan Spiritus Gallery

Notable: Viva Viva, Michael Benari, Limited Edition Now Available

In Black and White Photography, Books, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 19, 2015 at 10:26 am
Image Courtesy of Michael Benari/

Image Courtesy of Michael Benari/

For the majority of current America, Cuba has become an enigma. The great red scare in the south has  dissolved, and left a country searching for its soul. Now, with news of diplomatic relations potentially being restored between the US and Cuba, interest with our island neighbor is peaking. But for Michael Benari, curiosity and opportunity rediscovered Cuba a little ahead of schedule …

In March 2014, a photographer-friend and I traveled to Havana, Cuba to see for ourselves how life goes on here and what surprises await us. It was our first visit and it did not disappoint. One is immediately struck by the want, the crumbling buildings, the dilapidated cars and at the same time by the defiant resolve to survive and find joy and pleasure despite it all. The people are full of talent, soul,and character, but just locked out of a chance to blossom and shine.

As usual, I was shooting in black and white, and for the first time regretted notalso shooting in color. The colors are so rich and varied.I produced a body of work I called Viva Viva, to celebrate the life-spirit on this isolated island. The portfolio is a set of 36 silver-gelatin prints and the book is a limited edition of 200, numbered and signed.

Books and prints can be purchased by contacting Michael Benari at

For More Information: Michael Benari


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