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Preview – Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance and the Camera, Tate Modern, UK

In Art Museum, Article, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photographer on May 31, 2010 at 6:28 pm


Weegee, “Palace Theater”

A major exhibit in London at the Tate Modern, now through October 3, with over 250 works addressing the classic theme for photography: Voyeurism.

Exposed offers a fascinating look at pictures made on the sly, without the explicit permission of the people depicted. With photographs from the late nineteenth century to present day, the pictures present a shocking, illuminating and witty perspective on iconic and taboo subjects.

Beginning with the idea of the ‘unseen photographer’, Exposed presents 250 works by celebrated artists and photographers including Brassaï’s erotic Secret Paris of the 1930s images; Weegee’s iconic photograph of Marilyn Monroe; and Nick Ut’s reportage image of children escaping napalm attacks in the Vietnam War. Sex and celebrity is an important part of the exhibition, presenting photographs of Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, Paris Hilton on her way to prison and the assassination of JFK. Other renowned photographers represented in the show include Guy Bourdin, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Philip Lorca DiCorcia, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, Lee Miller, Helmut Newton and Man Ray.

For more information: Tate Modern

For an excellent review: FT ARTS

Preview: Cheryle St.Onge and Joni Sternbach: Photographs, Kenise Barnes Fine Art, Larchmont

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on May 29, 2010 at 9:05 am


Joni Sternbach


Cheryle St. Onge

Beginning July 5 through July 24 at KBFA Gallery, is an interesting exhibit by published photographer Joni Sternbach and by an accomplished emerging artist Cheryle St. Onge.

In a decades old sub-culture of surfers, photography, has always played a key role in recording moments of exhilaration and contemplation. Sternbach’s work, which has appeared along side some of the best outdoor work in surfer magazines, transcends the genre into fine art with her surfer portrait series. The golden tones of her alternative process prints lend them a certain beautiful mystery.

The St. Onge photographs are intimate and draw the viewer in with selective focus and the drama of Black and White. Reminds us of the delicate insect photographs of Margaret Bourke-White.

Joni Sternbach’s large format wooden camera and portable darkroom create a sensation on beaches on both the East and West Coasts. The historic process of collodion photography finds unlikely but graceful footing in the contemporary arena of surf culture. The resulting portrait is a stunning and almost mythic depiction of man and nature, history and the cult of surfing. Sternbach’s most recent series, SurfLand received wide spread critical attention.

St. Onge cites making pictures with a view camera, as the pivotal point where she discovered her passion. Her art is intensely observant and deeply respectful of the natural world, focusing on a detail, a tadpole, an eel or gosling and expanding that to encompass one’s entire horizon.

Two talents in one visit … a trip worth making …

For more information:KBFA

Preview: Michael Kenna photographs at Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photographer on May 28, 2010 at 8:16 am


Michael Kenna, Huangshan Mountains, Study 8, Anhui, China

Now through July 10, one of our favorites, Michael Kenna is showing a mix of his work that looks like another winner for fine art enthusiasts. Opening reception is June 3, at 5:30 pm.

The Stephen Wirtz Gallery is located in the 49 Geary Street building which has floors of great galleries to visit when you make the trip for the Michael Kenna exhibit. Make a day of it this Memorial Day weekend and enjoy …

Also note Michael is giving a lecture:

Friday, June 4, 2010
San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall 800 Chestnut Street San Francisco, Ca (at Jones Street)
7:30 pm

For more information: Stephen Wirtz Gallery

On Site: “Coming of Spring” Photographs, Alan Klotz Gallery, NYC

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on May 26, 2010 at 10:49 am

Paul Caponigro, Stone & Tree

Josef Sudek, From the Magic Garden

Now, through June 28, at the Alan Klotz Gallery in Chelsea is a Spring offering of  color and black and white prints by a number of modern masters.

Among the Black and White prints, find images by Morgan, Sudek, Caponigro, Paulson, Lincoln and Sander. Two interesting photos by Ansel Adams of a waterfall and orchard are quite nice. The Adams and Archer “Zone System” is well implemented in these prints.

A number of the prints in the exhibit would not be considered “vintage” because of the number of years between negative and print dates … but prices reflect that point and the quality is there in the artifact.

The 511 building, where the Alan Klotz Gallery resides, has a number of art galleries on multiple floors, so plan time to browse awhile when you visit.

For more information: Allan Klotz

On Site: Joseph Szabo, “Jones Beach”, Gitterman Gallery, NYC

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on May 25, 2010 at 10:21 am


Joseph Szabo, Lifeguard’s Dream

The time is now for you to see the famous series of Jones Beach photographs by Joseph Szabo. In photo-journalistic style, he wandered through the many years of summer moments shared by all teenagers at similar beaches, capturing views that still resonate beyond the Long Island backdrop.

The tones, contrasts and wonderful compositions … all serve up little stories reported through a knowing stranger’s eye. Also included in the show are some fascinating Rolling Stones concert pictures … no Exile On Main Street here.

Szabo’s photographs of teenagers have gained a cult-like following over the years and have influenced a number of fashion photographers and filmmakers. Szabo is a master at eliciting universal feelings and moods.  In each body of work, he successfully conveys in his photographs what is difficult to express in words: the particular mix of posturing and insecurity found at the beach, the excitement of seeing your favorite band play a packed stadium.

In the summer of 1978 Szabo joined two students on a road trip to Philadelphia to see the Rolling Stones play JFK Stadium.  Surrounded by 90,000 fans, Szabo spent the day photographing the crowd’s excitement.  The energy of the vast crowd is palpable in this series, but what is most moving are the quiet moments Szabo captures of individuals and couples captivated by the music.  

These classic prints will capture your imagination … and if you are a collector, make sure you bring your checkbook.

Now through June 12: Gitterman Gallery



Preview: Philippe Halsman “Jump”, Laurence Miller, NYC

In Article, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery on May 24, 2010 at 8:06 am


Dali Atomicus, Philippe Halsman

Still time to catch a quirky exhibit of well done photographs of the “famous” personalities from the mid-twentieth century all caught, well, jumping … by Life photographer Philippe Halsman.

The photos are well staged, beautifully structured portraits of the rich and notable doing a madcap stunt for the camera and thus bringing down the social barrier between personage and viewer.

Philippe Halsman, with an unsurpassed 101 LIFE magazine covers to his credit, had the bold and unconventional idea back in the 1950’s to ask the famous and prominent people he was commissioned to photograph for the likes of LIFE, LOOK and the Saturday Evening Post, once the formal sessions were over, to jump!  The results were amazing, as each subject interpreted this bizarre request in their own unique way, often defying their typical public image.

Just from a technical standpoint of being able to examine contact sheets, the exhibit is worth a visit.

Now through May 28: Laurence Miller

Today’s Times article on the exhibit: NY Times

On Site: Alex Guofeng Cao, Stux Gallery, NYC

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photographer on May 23, 2010 at 11:05 am



We have mixed feelings about the current exhibit at Stux Gallery. These large (108 x 144)  Black and White images are in fact made up of thousands of smaller images that have a recognized connection with the larger image. In the case of Andy Warhol the building block is an image of Mao whom Warhol silk screened in his own work.

The effect is curious and first reminiscent of Chuck Close by way of other artists and satirists who have made images from many smaller images. But Cao has a deeper meaning intended …

These finely produced photographic mosaics, inspired by Cao’s interest in similarly pieced
works from Greek and Roman antiquity, leverage the new technical possibilities of digital images, making the pixel itself a new, self-conscious carrier of meaning itself, and not merely a structural support for its expression. Cao takes this a step farther, replacing some of the thousands of embedded images in each work with other pictures (requiring closer investigation in order to find them), casting deeper reflection on the historical or cultural field of meaning already generated by the two primary interwoven images.

Certainly and interesting approach leveraging current technology. We’ll leave it to you if he succeeds …

Through May 29: Stux Gallery

On Site: IN THE ZONE, A Century Of Black & White Photos, Henry Gregg Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery on May 21, 2010 at 10:16 am


Turay Balazs

While at the NY Photo Festival in DUMBO, we visited the Henry Gregg Gallery where the Director Henry Reed guided us through the current exhibit “In The Zone”.

HGG’s new show deftly mingles iconic photographs by Robert Frank, Gordon Parks and Russian avantgardist Aleksandr Rodchenko with sepia-tone masterworks by Georgi Zelma (1906-84), the pioneering
Russian photojournalist of the "Eastern Front" school alongside dramatic contemporary Roman cityscapes
with crackled surfaces by Balazs Turay. and classic Americana views through the lens of Jim Megargee,professor, author, master printer and documentarian.

One “find” from this visit was the work of Turay, an artist Henry Reed reviewed at ICP when working a portfolio invitational critique position. The work is very strong and has a very atmospheric feel to it. Great use of grain and texture in promoting that sensibility.

The other classic artists represented are additional reasons to visit this particular exhibition. Great prints with excellent execution.

Now through June 27: Henry Gregg Gallery

Emerging Artist: Amy Burchenal at NY Photo Festival

In Art Fair, Black and White Photography, Photographer on May 20, 2010 at 8:03 am



Amy Burchenal

While at Powerhouse Arena during the NY Photo Fest, we met Amy Burchenal who was in between portfolio reviews. She was kind enough to share her portfolio of striking Black and White images. Through the use of shadows, contrast and a subtle tonality, she achieves a very nice photographic style.

She says she goes to portfolio reviews for critique and personal growth in her photography. She does not seek gallery representation through the reviewer network but would like to have representation in the future.

I work primarily with cameras that belonged to my grandfather from the 1950’s and do all my own printing.  Hopefully there will be chemicals and paper available for a while so I can continue to do what I love, the computer just isn’t the same as working in the darkroom!

The strong work speaks for its self and you can sample it at: Amy Burchenal

On Site: Lucien Clergue at Throckmorton Fine Art, NYC

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photographer on May 19, 2010 at 10:39 am


Lucien Clergue “Nu Zebre”

Beautiful nudes and Pablo Picasso … an interesting mix of subject matter but one that Picasso would approve of, no doubt.

The nude images are excellent, with the figure studies defined by blind shadows that curve over the subjects like animal stripes and in other photos, water highlights that sparkle.

Pictures of Clergue’s friend Picasso focus on the intensity of the artist in repeated unique image captures. An artist’s discussion at Throckmorton’s revealed the longstanding relationship between Clergue and Picasso.

Clergue is inventive, a master of composition and of the use of light and shadow. The resulting images look effortless and natural; they are clean, sensuous yet pure, and attain a quiet, understated elegance. Jean Cocteau described Clergue as "a poet with a camera." Pablo Picasso proclaimed Clergue "the Monet of the camera."

This is a masterful exhibit and well executed. Now, through July 3.

For more information: Throckmorton Fine Art