Posts Tagged ‘Black and White Photography’

Notable: Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin Photography

In Black and White Photography, Photographer on December 22, 2015 at 4:25 pm


Photographer Ann Ginsburgh Hofkin recently shared with us the debut of her new website. Bequeathed with her beautiful works in both black & white and color, Hofkin’s portfolio is worth a viewing to any that haven’t taken a chance to look at her work.

Ann studied philosophy, mathematics, and music at Mount Holyoke College and earned a master’s degree from Bryn Mawr College. In 2001, she was among several individuals selected to participate in a cultural exchange to work with artists in Israel. Ginsburgh Hofkin has had eight solo exhibitions of her photography in Israel, as well as one-person shows at other venues such as the Mount Holyoke College Art Museum in South Hadley, Massachusetts; A.I.R. Gallery in New York City; Weill Art Gallery at the 92nd Street Y in New York City; Sande Webster Gallery in Philadelphia; and Nina Bliese Gallery in Minneapolis. She was named a finalist for the Adi Prize for Jewish Expression in Art and Design and was featured in its exhibition at the Israel Museum in 2005.

Hofkin’s Artist Statement:

When I fell in love with photography, I embarked on a wonderful journey of discovery. Photographs are distillations of perception and experience, and they frequently make use of metaphor. Imagination and reality operate together. It is this union that directs my work. What we know-or what we think we know-will most likely evolve over time in much the same fashion that a kaleidoscope shifts its design when the eyepiece is rotated. Colors and shapes may change, positions of pieces may vary, but the same essential rudiments are there all the time. And, since each of us has a series of “holes” in our respective existences, we seek to fill these in our own way. How we do so is one thing that makes each of us an individual. My photographs of dramatic cloud formations, sinuous bodies of water, voluptuous land formations, or sensuous trees and foliage articulate my appreciation for the mystery inherent in our world.

Check it out for yourself:

Preview: I Found Ansel Adams in a Parking Lot, Joseph Jurson

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 17, 2015 at 11:19 am
Yosemite Mountain Sheer #2, Joseph Jurson

Yosemite Mountain Side #2, Joseph Jurson

Ansel Adams has been an inspiration to many. His nature photography has been beloved for nearly a century now and is one of the handful of photographers the average laymen might be familiar with. In fact, it’s safe to go as far as saying that  if someone was shown a coniferous black and white with a mountaintop, most would first guess it was done by Adams.

Thus such an indomitable standard has been set. But for photographer Joseph Jurson, Adams served as inspiration for one of his latest projects.

National Parks are a favorite destination of mine because they are more than just rocks, rivers, and trees to me.  I see art in the inspirational vistas of these national treasures.

On one trip to Yosemite, I started my journey with a visit to the Ansel Adams Gallery, spent time viewing some of Ansel Adams original photographs and picked up the book Yosemite * Ansel Adams as a memento of my visit.

Using the book as my visual guide, I drove around Yosemite and had a most interesting revelation about Ansel Adams.  He did much of his photography of Yosemite from the scenic turn-offs and parking lots.  What a pragmatic genius.  Why carry a heavy 8 x 10 camera into the woods for miles, when an unobstructed vista is visible from the parking lot?

The more I learn about the man, the more I like him.

Jurson’s more than happy to assist anyone interested in his work, so it’s encouraged to pay him a visit on his website or contact him through his e-mail,

For More Information: Joseph Jurson

Preview: The Edge of Night, Lee Backer, Soho Photo Gallery, NYC, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 16, 2015 at 6:08 pm
Under the Manhattan Bridge

Under the Manhattan Bridge, Lee Backer

Photographer Lee Backer will be exhibiting some of his latest works for the first time to the public; one exception was accepted in a juried competition earlier this year.

This series of color photographs follow the collection’s namesake in theme – they were all taken at twilight as New York’s various landscapes transition from the bustle of the day to its luminescent eve.

The exhibit will be at the Soho Photo Gallery in New York City.

I have been photographing since 1969. My main interest has been landscapes, both natural and man-made.

My passion for natural landscapes began as a boy in rural northwest New Jersey. Exploring the woods, fields, and streams near my home, I found that certain places—a pine forest, a rock cliff, a rushing brook—beckoned me back. Three elements of the landscape—trees, rocks, and water—are recurrent subjects of my photographs.

After college, I moved to New York city and soon began exploring all of its urban diversity. I find the urban landscape just as seductive as the pastoral landscapes of my youth.

Since my retirement from a career in technology, I have dedicated myself full-time to photography. My wife, Joan, and I now divide our time between New York City and the Berkshires in western Massachusetts.

In addition to the photos being exhibited, 50 images that summate the Edge of Night series have been turned into a book. There will be copies available at the opening reception at Soho Photo, Tuesday, January 5th, from 6-8 pm. 

For More Information: Lee Backer

Notable: Juliet Harrison 2015 Nominee for Black & White Spider Awards

In Black and White Photography, Gallerist, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 14, 2015 at 7:55 am


Bath 2, image courtesy of Juliet R Harrison

Bath 2, image courtesy of Juliet R Harrison


This year, our friend Juliet Harrison was one of a handful of nominees to be recognized for the 10th annual Black & White Spider Awards. She was recognized in the Abstract category for her photo, Bath 2. The Spider awards receives thousands of international submissions and is one of the most watched award ceremonies for black & white photography.

Harrison has long been a photographer of the equine and unsurprisingly her muse for her photograph was just that. What’s refreshing is just how effective Harrison was in obscuring the nature of the horse at first glance, forcing the eyes to explore and thus consider the abstraction.

In addition to the well deserved nominee, the upstate New Yorker has published the first part of her article/memoir, On The Trial to My First Horse, in Catskill Horse Magazine. Part two will follow in January.

For More Information: Juliet R. Harrison


Preview: Rita Bernstein, Holiday Show & Art Sale, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 7, 2015 at 11:45 am
Sliding Pond, Rita Bernstein

Sliding Pond, Rita Bernstein

Rita Bernstein will be amongst colleagues and other alumni for the holiday festivities of The Center for Emerging Visual Artists.

The mission of The Center for Emerging Visual Artists is to coordinate a strong regional support system for visual artists, to advance the careers of professional artists in the region, to promote relationships between artists and the communities in which they live, and to increase access to and promote interest and understanding of visual art among citizens of the community.

About Rita Bernstein:

I began to make art in earnest after leaving a rewarding career as a civil rights lawyer. I had, at that time, two young children to whom I was tethered and, in my first body of work, I explored the sorrows as well as the sweetness of family life, and the ambivalence that shadows intimate relationships.       My subjects were often young people, though it was never my intention to examine childhood specifically.  Rather, I was interested more broadly in the complexities of the human psyche and I found the uninhibited behavior of children to be a rich source of clues to the personal and social dramas with which we also struggle as adults.

As I continued as an artist, I was increasingly inspired by materials and process and I began to make mixed media works on handmade paper. These works are less representational than my several earlier series, but they share a similar undertow of tension and mystery, and a preoccupation with the imperfect, the messy, the raw, and the vulnerable.

The show and sale is now open to the public until January 15th, 2016, Monday – Friday, 11am-5pm.

For More Information: The Center for Emerging Visual Artists

For More Information: Rita Bernstein




Notable: Kelly Fitzgerald Holiday Giveaway

In Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 5, 2015 at 4:44 pm


Has the cold got you down? If you’re a fan of Kelly Fitzgerald, chances are you have a beautiful ocean print to taken you out of the perpetual gray.

Ocean print or not, Fitzgerald has put together some holiday festivities for his fans in the form of a three week giveaway. Time’s running out, but there’s still time to catch at least two of the giveaways before December 19th.

I am having a Customer Appreciation Giveaway! I will be giving away FREE prints to three lucky winners! For 3 weeks, starting Saturday, Nov. 28th, I will be doing a weekly giveaway to thank my customers. Winners will be announced Saturday, December 19th, 2015. I Appreciate You!

How to enter the free giveaway:

1. Take a cell phone picture of your Kelly Fitzgerald print and share it on Facebook.

2. Like, Comment and Share post on your Facebook wall.

Random drawing will be held on Saturday, December 19th 2015. Three(3) Facebook fans will be selected at random to win the prints and winners will be announced on my Facebook wall. Includes free shipping & handling.  Offer valid worldwide. Must be a former customer to qualify for contest.

About Print:  A 5″ H x 7″ W – Open Edition Fine Art Type C Archival Print Mounted & Matted to 8″ H x 10″ W size. All materials are acid-free and archival. Protected in an archival museum quality clear plastic resealable sleeve. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. Frame not included.

For More Information: Kelly Fitzgerald

Preview: Everglades and Unnamed Road, Jungjin Lee, Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photographer on November 24, 2015 at 6:23 pm
Unnamed Road 060, Jungjin Lee, 2011

Unnamed Road 060, Jungjin Lee, 2011

Howard Greenberg Gallery has brought in artist Jungjin Lee for the holidays. On display will be not one but two different photo sets by the Korean.

Jungjin Lee’s photography is imbued with elemental vastness and wonder. A former assistant of Robert Frank, she creates meditative landscapes with a unique interplay between image and material, capturing moments in time that are uniquely her own. Using a multilayered process that integrates elements of painting, Lee’s photographs exude a materiality not often found in photography. She aims to find “a fundamental essence of things being captured through my intuition, the inner state of my mind, beyond my thinking.”

Lee was one of twelve renowned photographers who traveled to Israel and the West Bank between 2009 and 2013 to create work for This Place, a major traveling exhibition initiated by Frederic Brenner, which will be exhibited at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach from October 15, 2015 – January 17, 2016 and the Brooklyn Museum from February 12 – June 5, 2016.

Of her work in Israel and the West Bank, Lee has said, “What I am searching for in my photographs is something about life. It’s about the solitary state of being human. Life changes on the surface, like an ocean. You have the constant movement of water on the surface, but deep down, at the core there is no movement.”

Unnamed Road/Everglades will be exhibited through December 12, 2015.

For More Information: Howard Greenberg Gallery

Preview: Trees of Burgundy, Wayne Gudmundson, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on November 16, 2015 at 10:26 pm
Saizy, France #9, Wayne Gudmundson, 2014

Saizy, France #9, Wayne Gudmundson, 2014

Joseph Bellows gallery will host the fall appropriate exhibition of Wayne Gudmundson, Trees of Burgundy.

In the exhibition Trees of Burgundy, Gudmundson depicts the beauty of theFrench countryside through observing the tree-lined roads within Saizy, a small farming community in the Burgundy region of France. In his eloquently organized photographs, he shows the viewer how these trees interact with, and in some measure create the landscape to which they belong; a richly layered landscape that suggests the possibility of narrative, real or imagined.

Wayne Gudmundson is a highly regarded photographer whose work has beenwritten about by such luminaries in the field as Robert Adams, Ben Lifson, and Frank Gohlke. His photographs have been featured in numerous books including his 2007 monograph, A Considered View: The Photographs of Wayne Gudmundson. Gudmundson’s photographs are in several prominent collections, including: the Museum of Modern Art, Center for Creative Photography, Plains Art Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Simultaneously running counterpoint to Gudmunson’s solo show is a similarly themed group show called Regarding Trees. This show surveys exemplary arboreal works of both the vintage and contemporary. 

Trees Of Burgundy will be on display until December 23rd.

For More Information: Joseph Bellows Gallery

Preview: Roger Mayne, Gitterman Gallery, New York, NY

In Black and White Photography, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on November 9, 2015 at 12:01 pm
Glasgow, 1958, Roger Mayne

Glasgow, 1958, Roger Mayne

Last year, the world lost a very talented photographer in Roger Mayne. Fortunately, Mayne’s photographs will continue to sustain his legacy for years to come. Gitterman Gallery will be part of that legacy this November 18th.

Roger Mayne first became interested in photography while studying chemistry at Balliol College, Oxford University from 1947-51. In 1953 he developed an interest in the St. Ives School, which embraced the abstract avant-garde movement, and became friendly with the painters Terry Frost, Patrick Heron and Roger Hilton. Mayne was an early proponent of photography as art and consciously printed with high contrast and favored tight graphic compositions to emphasize the formal qualities in his work and have a dialogue with the painting of the time.

Mayne’s photographs evoke a particular moment in post-war Britain when hardships brought on by the war and rationing were still present. Mayne’s photographs reflect the positive community life in the streets that would soon be coming to an end with the rebuilding and modernization of many working class neighborhoods. His images of these communities and the people: teddy boys, jiving girls and kids playing in the street, preserve the spirit of these neighborhoods. By 1959 Mayne’s images were so indicative of this period that Vogue used them to illustrate teenage styles. Colin MacInnes used one of his images on the cover of Absolute Beginners, a novel told in the first person by a teenage freelance photographer living in West London that commented on the youth culture of the time.

After living through nine decades, the United Kingdom native produced a multitude of B&W works regarding Britain’s streets and its working class. The public will be able to view until January 23rd.

For More Information: Gitterman Gallery

Preview: Sea Treasures, Andrea Baldeck, Twenty-Two Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on November 6, 2015 at 3:30 pm
"Nautilus Quartet," Andrea Baldeck

“Nautilus Quartet,” Andrea Baldeck

The depths of the ocean are proprietors for great beauties of math, science and poetry. As such, photographers such as Edward Weston have long been entranced with what the might find. Andrea Baldeck is one of the latest to find a nautical muse.

“From the delight of a serendipitous find on the beach to the abstract beauty of a sculptural object, sea treasures have appealed to the eye and imagination since antiquity.  Shells can serve as currency, seduce as adornment, symbolize concepts (in mathematics) and signify faith (the scallop of St. James).
Marine creatures feature in architectural ornament, on fabrics, paper and porcelain.  They speak to us of familiar experiences walking the tide line, and stir our imagination with hidden worlds of the deeps.  Undersea riches, brought to light, dazzle with their diversity of form and size, texture and patterns.
Artists and naturalists, intrigued by these forms, offer these objects to our gaze as forms for both study and reflection in images where art and science often overlap. The series Sea Treasures explores that shared territory.  Black and white still life arrangements use the fall of light and a subtle palette of grays to highlight the shapes and contours of shells, bones and carapaces.  Combined with vintage texts of design and zoology, the result is an interplay of two and three dimensions intended to engage the eye, stimulate thought, and renew our sense of wonder at the natural world.”

– Andrea Baldeck

Twenty-Two Gallery’s latest exhibition will be opening with a reception on Friday, November 13th, from 6-9 PM. Philadelphians and its visitors will only have a short opportunity to catch Baldeck’s work, however, because the exhibit will conclude December 6th.

For More Information: Twenty-Two Gallery


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