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Preview: Rose Mandel, A Sense of Abstraction, Deborah Bell Photographs

In Exhibits, Gallery on November 13, 2017 at 11:00 am

Rose Mandel, William Theophilus Brown,The Errand of the Eye, plate 26, ca. 1953, vintage gelatin silver contact print on original mount, Image via Deborah Bell Photographs

Deborah Bell Photographs will soon kick off their exhibition Rose Mandel: A Sense of Abstraction with a reception on Tuesday, November 14 from 6-8pm. The solo exhibition will feature rare and unique works by American photographer Rose Mandel produced during her prolific career.

Deborah Bell Photographs is honored to present the first solo exhibition in a New York gallery of work by the American photographer Rose Mandel (1910-2002). Comprising some 30 rare, and often unique, vintage prints from her archive, the exhibition will feature portraits, close-up abstracted views of nature, and dynamic seascapes made between 1946 and 1972. The exhibition’s title, A Sense of Abstraction, refers to the primary visual and psychological currents of Mandel’s work: symbolism, surrealism and abstract expressionism. Although Mandel’s photographs were published and exhibited in her lifetime, and her work received renewed appreciation in the 1990s, she rarely sold her prints.

Mandel is closely associated with the well-established modernist tradition in Northern California photography as represented by Edward Weston, Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham, yet her nature studies and abstract landscapes also belong to the broader American landscape tradition exemplified by Minor White, Walter Chappell, Harry Callahan, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, and others who explored complex symbolic meanings in their images of the natural world.

The exhibition will run November 15, 2017 through January 13, 2018 with a reception on November 14. Gallery hours for the exhibition are Tuesday-Saturday 11-6. For further information contact Deborah Bell Photographs.

Notable: Oliver Klink, 2nd Place- Merit of Excellence in the Professional Silhouette Category, 12th Annual Black & White Spider Awards

In Black and White Photography, Photographer on November 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

Oliver Klink, Ancient Farming, Piezography Ink, 2015 (Image via Oliver Klink, Copyrighted ©)

We are happy to announce that our friend Oliver Klink has won 2nd Place-Merit of Excellence for “Ancient Farming” in the Professional Silhouette Category during the 12th Annual Black & White Spider Awards. The Spider Awards is an annual international award competition honoring the best amateur and professional images in black and white photography. Klink’s “Ancient Farming” was creating using the digital printing process Piezography. The image was photographed in China in 2015 and is a part of Klink’s larger body of work titled “Consequences”.

Consequences:

The transition from a pre-modern or traditional to a modern society is frequently described as modernization. Modernization has had the consequences of diminishing the relevance of old world customs, rituals, familial and social relationships.

“Consequences” addresses the current threats to natural and cultural diversity, sites where modernity, tradition, and wild lands collide. It is an elegy for what is vanishing and a celebration of those cultures on the fringe of modern society resilient enough to maintain their vibrance.

As we drift toward a blandly amorphous, generic world, as cultures disappear and life becomes more uniform, we as a people and a species, and Earth itself, are deeply impoverished. The images take the viewer on a roller coaster ride of aesthetic of disappearance, with hope that the fading traditions are not permanent and irreversible.

-Oliver Klink

Congratulations again to our friend for his achievement. For more information on Oliver Klink and his work, please visit Oliver Klink Photography

Notable: Patterns and Shadows, Call for Entries into Juried Show, New York Center for Photographic Art

In Contest on November 2, 2017 at 11:00 am

Image via New York Center for Photographic Arts

The New York Center for Photographic Arts is calling for entries into their international juried show Patterns and Shadows. They are looking for amateur and professional photographers alike to submit images produced using any medium, style or process.

PATTERNS and SHADOWS:

There is a striking photograph of a camel caravan taken from above.  At first glance you see dark animals and riders in the bright sunset the color of sand.  On closer inspection you see tiny well-lit camels and riders with the strength of the image in the tall dark shadows cast in the setting sun. In the same vein, dusk casts shadows on a flight of stairs creating a canvas of black and white stripes.  Just as powerful are shots where the impact of the image is derived from patterns in the composition such as the tile pattern on the Sydney Opera House, rows of theater chairs etc. Interesting interpretations of your own shadow are welcome as well.  Be creative – send us your best.

EXHIBITION AND AWARDS:
Grand Prize: One photographer will receive $750.  The image will be part of the New York gallery show, the NYC4PA Online Gallery and the call catalog. It will be featured on the home page of NYC4PA website.                                                                    

·       First Prizes: 3 photographers will each receive $300. Their images will be exhibited in the New York Gallery show, the NYC4PA Online Gallery and in the call catalog.

·       Second Prizes: 3 photographers will each receive $250. Their images will be exhibited in the New York Gallery show, the NYC4PA Online Gallery and in the call catalog.

·       Third Prizes: 3 photographers will each receive $200. Their images will be exhibited in the New York Gallery show, the NYC4PA Online Gallery and in the call catalog.

·       Jurors’ Selections: 15 additional images will be exhibited in the New York Gallery show, the NYC4PA Online Gallery and in the call catalog.

·       Honorable Mention: 20 additional images will be exhibited in the Online Gallery and listed in the call catalog.

*All Prize Winners, Juror Selections and Honorable Mentions will receive an NYC4PA certificate.

For those interested in submitting work for the competition, entries are needed by November 12, 2017. The show will be exhibited at the Jadite Gallery in New York from April 3rd to April 14th, 2018.

For More Information: New York Center for Photographic Arts