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Profiles in Black & White: Josef Koudelka

In Article, Black and White Photography on November 13, 2013 at 12:17 pm

            “I don’t like captions. I prefer people to look at my pictures and invent their own stories.”

                                                                                                -Josef Koudelka

Koudelka at Bill Jay's Cabin, Bill Jay, 1985

Koudelka at Bill Jay’s Cabin, Bill Jay, 1985

            Josef Koudelka celebrated his 75th birthday earliest this year. Born during the advent of World War II in Czechoslovakia, Koudelka’s age and initial location exposed him to some of the most drastic conditions to be found in western civilization. Fortunately for fans of photography, his camera has rarely left his side.

            Initially, Koudelka explored the world of photography with a 6 x 6 Bakelite camera, his family and nearby surroundings being his first subjects. His pragmatic side led him to an engineering degree from the Czech Technical University in Prague. The same year he graduated, 1961, he staged his first exhibition. After 6 years of employment primarily as an aeronautical engineer, Koudelka decided to commit to his love of photography permanently.

            Koudelka’s nomadic tendencies fall in line with one of his most common subject: gypsies, or the Romani of Eastern Europe. This enduring fascination has led to a vast array of photographs that often push beyond their anthropological tangents and percolate highly dramatic narratives of humanity. Aiding this dramatic sentiment is the darker hair, complexion, and black and white garb that is favored by the Romani, acerbically contrasting their oft-muted gray backdrop. The results are works that often display desolation, despair and alienation. Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: Allen Frame, “Dialogue with Bolaño” at Gitterman Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Books, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on November 12, 2013 at 7:37 pm


Santiago and Paola, Mexico City, 2002

Roberto Bolaño, considered by many to be the most important Latin American writer of his generation.  Bolaño thought of himself as a poet initially, and his first novels weren’t published until the 1990s. “The Savage Detectives,” won the Romulo Gallegos Prize for best Spanish-language novel of the year in 1999.  Bolaño died in 2003 at the age of fifty and his work has been translated steadily into English and other languages since then, creating widespread international acclaim. Bolaño’s publisher, New Directions has used nine of Allen Frame’s photographs as Bolaño book covers.

Frame’s photographs convey a deeply felt, but also carefully restrained sense of intimacy; desire and alienation; a noir-like menace that fits Bolaño’s work perfectly. Both color and black and white photographs will be on display paired with the literary work of Bolaño for this special exhibition.


November 7, 2013 – January 11, 2014

For more information: Gitterman Gallery

Preview: Galina Kurlat at Peveto Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery on November 11, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Inherent Traits 22
Inherent Traits 22 by Galina Kurlat

Inherent Traits is a unique project by rising photographer Galina Kurlat in which she set out to photograph herself a hundred times over the course of a year, compiling slight variations in gesture, expression and posture in Ambrotypes (wet collodion glass plates) and prints.

Ambrotypes were introduced in the 1850’s, and involves coating a glass plate with collodion, then sensitizing it by dipping it into a bath of silver nitrate. While the plate is still wet it is placed in the camera and the photograph is created. The exposed plate is then quickly developed, fixed, and dried in order to create the Ambrotype, a positive image on a sheet of glass.

Because self portraiture is often physically and emotionally uncomfortable, the Ambrotype’s quick process tends to produce a more honest approach to this often deceptive practice.


November 7 – December 7, 2013


For more information: Peveto Gallery

Notable: Photo Review Benefit Auction

In Auction, Black and White Photography, Books, Camera, Photo Print Collector on November 9, 2013 at 6:09 pm


Ashes by John Paul Caponigro, 1994

On Saturday, November 9 at 7 PM, The Photo Review will hold its 2013 Benefit Auction at the University of the Arts, Hamilton Hall, Broad and Pine Streets in Philadelphia.

The event will feature an international slate of photographers as well as a host of Philadelphia artists. Beginning and experienced collectors alike will have the opportunity to bid on work by historic masters as well as contemporary photo stars and featured local luminaries.

In addition, a broad range of 19th-century and vernacular photographs is up for bid.

A silent auction, concurrent with the live auction, will feature photography equipment, restaurant meals, museum memberships, theater tickets, books, etc.

Lodima Archival Materials has provided matting for Photo Review auction items.

A preview will be held on Friday, November 8 from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturday, November 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., just prior to the auction, or you can preview a catalogue of items in the auction and silent auction at the link below.

For more information: The Photo Review

Profiles in Black & White: László Moholy-Nagy

In Article, Black and White Photography on November 7, 2013 at 10:59 am

“The reality of our century is technology: the invention, construction and maintenance of machines. To be a user of machines is to be of the spirit of this century. Machines have replaced the transcendental spiritualism of past eras.”

-László Moholy-Nagy

Moholy-Nagy, by Lucia Moholy

Moholy-Nagy, by Lucia Moholy

In all likelihood, László Moholy-Nagy was probably born about fifty years too early. Few contemporaries showed as much desire to innovate and explore what art had to offer and he would have surely loved to see what new technology could enable. He also may have been on Earth for longer than his 51 years with access to modern medicine.

The Hungarian’s greatest influence was from the Constructivism movement, a philosophy that rejected autonomous art, favored the inclusion of social purposes and often used geometric abstractions (often mechanical) and acute spatial structure. The movement was prevalent in Communist activism during the 1920s-onward and also influenced many modern designers, including Bauhaus school, where Moholy-Nagy was a professor at both in Berlin and at the New Bauhaus in Chicago. Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: “Down South”,Brian Lav,Red Filter Gallery,Lambertville, NJ

In Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on November 5, 2013 at 2:21 pm


White House, SC by Brian Lav

Renowned photographer Brian Lav will have an exhibition of his work in a show entitled,"Down South",  beginning November 7th and running through January 5th. The exhibition  is open to the public each afternoon, Friday through Sunday.

"Down South" breaks the Red Filter Gallery’s tradition of black and white photography by including  color work from Brian Lav. Long known for his brilliant monochrome work, gallery owner, Forrest Old states, “Brian’s work encompasses a broad evolution of style with substance. His new ventures into color work are exciting and worth experiencing by the viewing public."

"Down South" includes documentary images from a summer 2013 "voyage" through America’s great South Land. Over 4,000 miles on the journey provided Brian, and now the Red Filter Gallery audience, a keen insight into current conditions in this remarkable part of The United States.   

Brian Lav teaches photography at Parsons the New School for Design; an institution he has taught at since 1974. He has been photographing and teaching since 1969, and earned Parsons’ Distinguished Teaching Award in 1988. He has had over forty one man and group exhibits of his work and is represented in many permanent collections including The International Center for Photography, The Rochester Institute of Technology, The New Jersey State Museum, The Newark Museum, and The Museum of Art and History in Fribourg, Switzerland. Brian Lav is recognized as a prominent contemporary photographer, a master printer, and an exceptional educator.

At the same time as the  "Down South"  exhibition, the Red Filter Gallery offers an extended viewing of "The Hudson River: An Inspiration" by Joseph Squillante in upstairs Gallery II.

For more information: Red Filter Gallery

Profiles in Black & White: August Sander

In Article, Black and White Photography on November 5, 2013 at 10:58 am

In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.”

                                                                        -August Sander

Self Portrait, 1925

Self Portrait, 1925

Like Edward Steichen and others, documentary and portrait photographer August Sander was fortunate to be born at the time of photography’s ascendence. As such, he would go on to become one of Germany’s most notable men behind the lens.

Sander was the son of a carpenter in the Herdorf mining industry. It was in the mines where he was first exposed to his future love, working as an assistant to a company photographer. Noticing his burgeoning interest, Sander’s uncle would buy his first equipment and set up his first dark room. This led to spending his three-year military stint as a photography assistant wandering across Germany. From here he garnered a job at a studio in Linz, where he ascended to partner and eventually its sole proprietor in 1904. After five years in Linz, Sander moved on to Cologne, his primary home for the rest of his life. Read the rest of this entry »

Preview: “Rightsizing Narrative,” by Meg Madison

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on October 28, 2013 at 3:35 pm

The Mark on the Wall

In “Rightsizing Narrative,” Meg Madison uses black and white photographs to explore the difficulty of identifying and differentiating between layers of past memory. Her work is presented in diptychs of documentary shots and composed scenes to elicit imagined relationships.

October 10 – November 30, 2013

For more information: Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts

Preview: Janet Russek and Nevada Wier at Verve Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on October 27, 2013 at 2:30 pm


Orchid, 2001 by Janet Russek

Janet Russek and Nevada Wier are photographers from Santa Fe, New Mexico whose work is held in high esteem – Russek’s work is permanently held in several museum collections including the New Mexico Museum of Santa Fe and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and Wier has been published by National Geographic as well as Travel Channel and Northwest Airlines.

Russek’s exhibit, The Tenuous Stem, and Wier’s exhibit, Invisible Light: The World in Infrared, display two different skill sets and styles of talented and prolific professionals.

September 27 – November 2, 2013

For more information: Verve Gallery

Olympus InVision Photo Festival, Banana Factory & SteelStacks, Bethlehem, Pa

In Art Fair, Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on October 25, 2013 at 1:49 pm


Multiple venues for viewing photography throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Worth a visit this Fall …

Nov. 1-3, 2013

For more information: InVision