In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 27, 2014 at 12:47 pm
Liz Deschenes, Untitled (zoetrope) #1 and Untitled (zoetrope) #2, 2013
At a time of endless morphing of photographic imagery thanks to the digital revolution, it is timely to take into account exactly “What is a photograph?”
Organized by ICP Curator Carol Squiers, What Is a Photograph? will explore the intense creative experimentation in photography that has occurred since the 1970s. Conceptual art introduced photography into contemporary art making, using the medium in ways that challenged it artistically, intellectually, and technically and broadened the notion of what a photograph could be in art. A new generation of artists began an equally rigorous but more aesthetically adventurous analysis, which probed photography itself—from the role of light, color, composition, to materiality and the subject.What Is a Photograph? brings together these artists, who reinvented photography.
JANUARY 31–MAY 4, 2014
For more information: International Center for Photography
In Article, Black and White Photography, Photographer on January 24, 2014 at 12:06 pm
“When capturing a moment, it’s just like a reaction. Like a cowboy for good or bad reasons – shoot! But of course you should have an idea why you take a photograph, you have to be motivated.”
Burri by Edmond Terakopian
René Burri, like many of his Magnum Photo colleagues, had a penchant apt timing and exclusive access to some of the world’s most prominent figures. Burri was capturing famous people before he even knew just how important they might be. His very first photo was of Winston Churchill in 1946. Burri’s father, a chef and amateur photographer, told him that an important person was coming to Zurich. Unaware of whom this might be, Burri took his father’s camera and acquiesced the wish for photographs of the Lion of Britain. Such grand beginnings held no foreshadowing for the Swiss 13 year-old, whose shyness and rigid cultural upbringing left him with little expectation of a future with a camera. Read the rest of this entry »
In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Photographer on January 14, 2014 at 10:33 am
The exhibition looks at the first photography in India and its commercial followers, with a superb selection of negatives and vintage prints, shown for the first time in Europe.
The first part of the show will be dedicated to the original wax negatives by Alexander Greenlaw; unique shots of the South-Indian Vijayanagara site, taken around 1855-1856. Around the same period, Scottish doctor John Murray was based near Agra with his regiment of the British East India Company. Murray’s predilection for the photographic medium resulted in an astonishing series of photos of the Taj Mahal; the first ever made of the iconic Mughal monument. The third part will show how commercial photography took over from the first pioneers. Publications and postcards start to spread photos of India’s architectural monuments, landscapes and cities.
Now through 9/14/14
More information: Royal Museum
In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on January 10, 2014 at 10:34 am
The newest exhibit at the Red Filter Fine Art Gallery features the work of Roberto Quezada-Dardon and asks the question: “What Happens When We Die?” His visual commentary on this subject provides discussion points for viewers to draw their own conclusions, while simultaneously exhibiting his talent for capturing decisive moments in a diverse range of lighting.
“Most of what I know about light I learned designing the lighting for [Phantasm]. We took six months to shoot it and the director and producer were as obsessed with source lighting as I was. So we did it over and over until it was exactly what we wanted. It’s the film I’m most proud of and it was my first. The 35 years since then have simply built on the lessons from that movie.”
- Roberto Quezada-Dardon
Roberto’s interest in photography began in high school, with Life, Look and National Geographic Magazines. Born in Guatemala, and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, a suburb of Los Angeles, California, he attended UCLA Film School after brief periods at East Los Angeles College and Santa Clara University studying philosophy and theology.
As a filmmaker for 25 years his focus on over forty-five movies was on lighting and camera work for directors that included Don Coscarelli, Agnes Varda, and Quentin Tarantino. For the past 8 years Quezada-Dardon has lived in Upper Bucks County and made his living as a photographer and photographic consultant.
In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on January 8, 2014 at 4:41 pm
Woman With Beads, 1948
Here is a photographer of historic note:
“In exploring the various photographic processes themselves, and here lies infinite possibility to control, to liberate, to create visual sensation. Drawing with light, solarization, photograms or other direct impressions on positive or negative material, etc. Indeed with the exploring of these means, photography achieves an independent existence with no need of material from without, providing in itself an endless source of inspiration.”
- Herbert Matter, Arts & Architecture Magazine, 1944
Born in Engleberg, Switzerland in 1907, Herbert Matter studied painting before moving to Paris where he studied with Fernand Léger, who became a lifelong friend. Matter worked in both Paris and Switzerland as a graphic designer before travelling to the United States in 1935 to photograph a dance troupe where he eventually settled in New york City. Working as a freelance photographers, his work was featured on magazine covers and he began meeting and befriending other local artists such as Alexander Calder, Arthur B. Charles, John Cage, and more. He worked as a design and advertising consultant before working at Yale as a professor of photography and graphic design. He received numerous awards: a Guggenheim Fellowship for Photography in 1980, the Honorary Royal Designer for Industry in England in 1982, and a gold medal from the American Institute of Graphic Arts in 1983. Stanford University acquired the Herbert Matter archive in 2005.
January 22 – March 22, 2014
For more information: Gitterman Gallery
In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photographer on January 7, 2014 at 2:41 pm
Red Filter Gallery is sponsoring a month long exhibition at Twenty-Two Gallery in Philadelphia. Featured artists are Claire Seidl and Mark Fields.
Their work represents an evolution in Black and White technique and should not be missed.
For directions: Twenty-Two Gallery
More in formation: Red Filter Gallery
In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 2, 2014 at 4:53 pm
“En passant,” a work inspired by great humanist photographers and begun in 2006 explores the concept of daily looking for the human being in the crowd. Somewhere between the tradition of street photographer and contemporary photographer, Liger’s works offer poignant portraits amidst the daily chaos.
For more information: L’Oeil de la Photographie
In Article, Black and White Photography, Photographer on December 30, 2013 at 6:10 pm
Horst P Horst, by Michael Somoroff, 1980
Horst Paul Albert Bohrmann, better known as Horst P Horst, captured and exemplified the world’s beauty when many of his contemporaries sought out its dire underbelly. Using a keen eye aided by a love of architecture, art, literature and nature, Horst’s fashion photography graced magazines such as Vogue and exhibitions around the world. Modern fashion barons like Donna Karan have continued to credit works such as the mystically erotic “Mainbacher Corset” as inspiration for new clothing lines, while contemporary photographers continue to strive to meet his high standards.
Dubbed “photography’s alchemist” by Vogue, Horst’s beginning can be credited to said magazine in 1931. He built on this initial success by holding his first exhibition in 1932 at Paris’s La Plume D’or. A review of the exhibition by The New Yorker’s Janet Flanner garnered him international acclaim, to which Horst used to his advantage. In addition to future fashion shoots, he became the portrait photographer of choice for a number of public figures, be it figurative Hollywood royalty – like Bette Davis – or literal aristocracy – Princess Marina of Greece and Denmark. Read the rest of this entry »
In Article, Black and White Photography, Photographer on December 26, 2013 at 6:05 pm
Robert Capa, by Ruth Orkin
Robert Capa, born Endre Friedmann in Hungary, was a fearless individual. Or a touch crazy. Or, most likely, a bit of both. It is always difficult to tell such things when one dies before their time. Needless to say, the “Shark” led a productive career that many photographers would be proud to call their own in twice the time frame.
Upon taking on his life’s craft at the age of 20 (1933), Capa was drawn to the world of photojournalism due to his original love of writing. Ergo, many of his photos were related to where journalists were needed the most at this time: war-torn plains, beaches and hills. It started with Spain’s Civil War (1936-39) and moved to the Chinese city of Wuhan in 1938, where the Japanese invasion was being resisted. Aided by his partner Gerda Taro, Capa produced some of the most memorable images from these conflicts, the most famous of which is arguably “Fallen Soldier (1936).” Upon the conclusion of his work, Capa fled Europe to New York City to avoid rising storm of Nazism. His new home, about to be drawn into World War II, had multiple publications aware of his prior success. Capa’s enlistment made him the only Allies photographer who was from Axis territory. Fortunately, McCarthyism had not yet taken a hold of the U.S. – Capa was very left wing and had a history with Marxist groups. Capa’s contribution to documenting the war effort was extremely prolific, especially on D-Day; the eleven photographs that survived Omaha Beach for publication enlightened the world to the gravity of war in action like few photographs before. After the war, General Dwight Eisenhower gave Capa the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Read the rest of this entry »
In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm
Iman, Paris, 1990
Roxanne Lowit’s beginnings in fashion photography lead her to become a premier photographer of the rich and famous. One of only a few photographers allowed to photograph behind the scenes, she elevated the snapshot to an art form in both black and white and color. Her “non-judgmental empathy,” and ability to remain a visual confidant, letting her subjects act naturally rather than posing them, helped her amass an archive of over 200,000 negatives and color slides from fashion events in Paris, New York, Milan and London. This mini retrospective will include over 40 vintage and modern black and white works and over 20 large-scale color photographs.
December 12, 2013 – January 18, 2014
For more information: Steven Kasher Gallery