Posts Tagged ‘Black and White Photography’

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

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


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