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Notable: Juliet Harrison Nominated for Black & White Spider Awards

In Photographer on October 18, 2017 at 11:00 am
Crown of Bones by Juliet Harrison

Crown of Bones

Here at BW Gallerist, we’re always happy when we can share great news regarding goods friends who are even better photographers. In this case, our friend Juliet Harrison has been nominated in the Professional Still Life category of the 2017 B & W Spider Awards.

I am very pleased to announce that these two images have received Nominations in the Professional Still Life category of the 2017 Black & White Spider Awards. This well respected International competition has entrants and juror from all parts of the world and industry. “Crown of Bones” was also awarded an Honorable Mention. I am so proud of this body of work and the recognition that it is getting. As studio shot cell phone images, they are such a complete departure from my equine work. It reminds me that as an artist, we always have to let ourselves take risks. To let the work evolve where it needs to go. I have been sensing that after nearly a year of producing these Still / Life images, there is a shift again in my future. One direction will be to let some of these Still /Life ideas become actual sculpture. And another may be to take my film cameras out again in to the world and see what comes from that.

Congratulations Juliet! For those who enjoy her work, head over to her website to learn more.

For More Information: Juliet Harrison Photography

Preview: Eternal Light, Kenro Izu, Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC

In Gallery on October 16, 2017 at 11:00 am
eternal light photograph by kenro izu

Eternal Light 40 # 4, Allahabad, India, 2013

Photographer Kenro Izu has been a busy individual. Unafraid of travelling the world for inspiration, Izu has compiled both a book and photographs from a recent trip to India, both of which Howard Greenberg Gallery are eager to exhibit.

Two holy cities, Varanasi and Allahabad, inspired New York-based Kenro Izu, who has traveled to India frequently since his first visit 20 years ago. With a name that means “city of light,” Varanasi is considered the spiritual capital of India, a destination for pilgrimages and, for Hindus, the final destination for those who wish to be cremated along the Ganges. Allahabad is the holy city where three rivers meet. The confluence point of the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the Saraswati rivers – called Triveni Sangam – is sacred, and bathing there is said to flush away all of one’s sins.

Kenro Izu (b. 1949) was born in Osaka, Japan.
During his studies at Nippon University’s college of art, Izu visited New York in 1970 to study photography, and subsequently decided to stay and work. In 1979, Izu made his first trip to Egypt, which inspired him to begin his series Sacred Places, an exploration that is still in progress. He has traveled to Egypt, Syria, Jordan, England, Scotland, Mexico, France and Easter Island. More recently, he has focused on Buddhist and Hindu monuments in South East Asia: Cambodia, Burma, Indonesia, Vietnam and, most recently Bhutan and India. He has published several books of his work including: Sacred PlacesKenro Izu Still Life, and Passage to Angkor.

The exhibit will open on October 26th and run until the crest of holiday season – December 9th, 2017.

For More Information: Howard Greenberg Gallery

Preview: Stars, Cosmic Art from 1900 until Today, Thierry Cohen and Others, Lentos Kunstmeseum, Linz, Austria

In Black and White Photography on October 9, 2017 at 11:00 am
Starry sky and fountain scene by thierry cohen

Image by Thierry Cohen

Perhaps most recently best known for his “Darkened Cities” series of photographs, Thierry Cohen has been chosen as part of a special exhibit at the Lentos Kuntsmuseum in Linz, Austria.

The endless expanse of the night sky, the shimmering stars close at hand! There is no longer the dark night, the electric light has conquered her. Buildings, squares and streets are brightly lit at night. The lights of the big cities have displaced the starry sky; In the meantime, one-third of the world’s population has lost sight of the Milky Way, of shooting stars and luminous comets.

The diverse and cross-media exhibition gives an insight into the relation of man to the starry sky, which is the subject of research, of romanticism, of destiny, but also of threat scenarios. Dreaming, humorous, poetic, but also ironic, the artists of the 20th and 21st century are exploring the relationship of man to the infinity of the starry sky and are exploring the sparkle of the stars and their present loss.

For those interested in visiting the exhibit, Cohen’s work is joined by several talented artist, including Max Ernst, Philippe Gerlach, Meret Oppenheim, Iv Toshain, Roman Scheidl, and many many more. There’s plenty of time to plan your trip, as the exhibit won’t conclude until January 14th, 2018.

For More Information: Lentos Kunstmueseum

Preview: Birds of Glory, Hope Kahn, Colorida Gallery, Lisbon, Portugal

In Photographer on October 8, 2017 at 11:00 am

Birds of Glory, Hope Kahn

One of our friends, Hope Kahn, has shared some very fun news – her latest work, Birds of Glory, will be part of a new exhibition at Colorida Gallery in Lisbon, Portugal.

Hope has been utilizing and exploring alternative photography with a concentration on pinhole and plastic cameras.  Her focus has been on the figure in the landscape, utilizing human and birds as her subjects.

Her work can be found in many public and private collections including Glaxo Smith Kline, Kerner & Kerner, The Rittenhouse Hotel, Sterling Drug Company, Price Waterhouse, Hoyle Morris & Kerr Attorneys, The Logan Hotel, and Numerous Private Collections. 

She has been published National Aperture Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Lorel Marketing, Pace Advertising and a book cover with Russoli Books NYC, “Cosmos” has recently been acquired for the collection of FOTOTROPIA.

For those who may be in the beautiful country of Portugal this October, Kahn’s work will be visible from October 14th to November 14th.

For More Information: Hope Kahn

Preview: Oliver Klink, Juried Pacific Art League Exhibit, Palo Alto, CA

In Black and White Photography on October 5, 2017 at 11:00 am

Fresh from exhibition with Red Filter Gallery, our friend Oliver Klink will be part of a Juried Pacific Art League exhibit in October. Klink’s “Outlasting my Dwelling” was the participating photograph.

The Yi are the poorest Chinese minority living in the remote mountains of the Sichuan province. They strive to survive, to support each other and to protect their culture from modernization. Education, perceived as a disruption, is a path to a “better life”, but offered only to the eldest two children. The large number of younger children simply take care of their siblings. Their future, bleak at best, can rapidly take a turn for the worst.
Are their stories and situations unique? They may or may not be, but they are real. Spending time traveling thru their land, you are on an emotional roller coaster, ranging from rejection, to resentment, to intrusion. The acceptance seldom felt, reminds us that changes in life are hard to accept, that the understanding of each other’s genuine feelings takes time and should prevail over commercial cynicism.

Do their struggles invite us to remember our past, to draw parallels to the changes of our modern society? History repeats, but is forgotten until visible in front of our eyes and soul. I felt I travelled thru time and found a piece of my own history. I cared about the people I photographed, perhaps anticipating what would be next for them.

Photofiles will have until October 26th to see Klink’s and others’ photographs in Palo Alto.
For More Information: Pacific Art League

Preview: Transforming Space, Tomiko Jones, Multiple Galleries

In Photographer on October 3, 2017 at 11:00 am

From Hatsubon, archival pigment print, by Tomiko Jones

Ever since Tomiko Jones began pursuing a career in photography, her passion, creativity, and productivity have been relentless. This fall will be no exception for her, as the young asian photographer has several events lined up for the rest of the year.

At the Mendocino College Art Gallery in Ukiah, California, Jones has a solo exhibition running until October 20th.

This solo exhibition brings several bodies of completed work together: my CIIS residency work Hatsubon, platinotypes and porcelain boats from Rattlesnake Lake, a selection from the ongoing series, A Place to Rest, which shows for the first time, and work from my summer residency at the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Continuing my stay in Anderson Valley in Northern California, this exhibition coincides with my first semester teaching photography at Mendocino College.


Offering, by Tomiko Jones

Meanwhile, on October 12th, Jones will be a part of the CPW awards in NYC, where the Center for Photography at Woodstock will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. Jones will have a silver gelatin print, “Offering”, up for auction, which was created while she was in residency in Woodstock. 

After the leaves have changed color and departed from their branches, Jones will continue her busy schedule with the Tahoe CoLab in November. Four of her photographs from Hatsubon will be on display as part of the Society for Photographic Education’s West Chapter Conference.

For More Information: Tomiko Jones

Preview: Herb Ritts Photographs, Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

In Gallery on October 2, 2017 at 11:00 am
Alek Wek Herb Ritts

Alek Wek, L.A., 1998, by Herb Ritts

During his brief stay on this planet, few created photography as bold and memorable as Herb Ritts. The Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles has an exciting opportunity for fans of Ritts’ work, with rare and never before seen photographers from editorial sessions for Paris Vogue.

When Herb Ritts accepted the assignment to shoot Corps Et Âmes for Paris Vogue, he was well into his career with long-term contracts at both American Vogue and Vanity Fair. High-profile advertising campaigns, commercials, and music videos had become the norm for Ritts, with each session becoming an event unto itself.  Ritts made a deliberate attempt with this shoot to return to the core basics upon which he established his career.
Under contract with Conde Nast, Ritts required permission from the American Vogue editor-in-chief, to shoot for another magazine, even one under the Conde Nast moniker.  With this blessing, Ritts accepted the assignment and set out to create a photo session that would adhere to the more modest budget typical of a European Vogue shoot.
Corps Et Âmes features San Francisco Ballet dancers, Lorena Feijoo, Yuri Possokhov, Pierre-François Vilanoba and Pauli Magierek, photographed only on the roof of his studio in Los Angeles, where Ritts relied on natural light as his key lighting source. In a return to simplicity, Ritts would pare back to an intimate crew of just a couple of assistants. Ritts would work with rotating walls to control and maximize the use of sunlight and how it would fall on the subjects.  Backgrounds draped with solid black fabric allowed Ritts to accent the contours of each dancer, giving Ritts the opportunity to revisit his long-standing admiration for the shape and form of the human body.
For those who are captivated by bold and iconic photography, visit Fahey/Klein Gallery by October 28th.
For More Information: Fahey/Klein Gallery

Preview: The Rhythm of Old New York, Herman Leonard, Robert Mann Gallery, NYC

In Gallery on October 1, 2017 at 5:00 pm
Herman Leonard photograph of saxaphonist

Image by Herman Leonard, via Robert Mann Gallery

It wasn’t that long ago that New York was a place personified by its grit, grime, and grooves. New York’s Jazz scene may not conjure up the same universal electricity that it once had, but its legacy still remains one of the greatest in American music. Herman Leonard captured that legacy with his photos, and Robert Mann has them on display.

New York City in the fall. The scorching summer heat fades, leaves start changing to buttery yellows and burgundy reds, and the sound of a saxophone player in a Central Park archway sounds like a romantic lullaby taking us back to another time, an older New York. In this sense, the photographs of Herman Leonard are a twofold experience as well, giving viewers an intimate encounter with some of rhythm and blues greats, while conjuring the intense sensation of sound and atmosphere. Robert Mann Gallery is pleased to present Herman Leonard: The Rhythm of Old New York, a symphonic collection of the artist’s iconic images of New York jazz that capture, in velvet tones and poetic compositions, the coolest cats in town.

Considered one of the most prominent jazz photographers, Herman Leonard was born the son of Romanian immigrants in Allentown, Pennsylvania. After witnessing an image being developed in his brother’s darkroom at the young age of nine, Leonard became enthralled with the magic of photography. In 1947, he graduated from Ohio University with bachelor of fine arts in photography, after which he spent a year as an apprentice tomaster Canadian portrait photographer, Yousuf Karsh. Later assignments would take him to East Asia, where in the 1950s he served as Marlon Brando’s personal photographer, and Paris, where he worked as a correspondent for Playboy and Time magazines.

Lovers of Jazz and NYC photography will have a real treat on their hands at Robert Mann until October 14th.

For More Information: Robert Mann

On site: "Meet Me In My Dreams", Photography by Mary Anne Mitchell, Red Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on October 1, 2017 at 8:00 am

Rorschach Girls by Mary Anne Mitchell

Rorchach Girls, Mary Anne Mitchell

Inspired by poetry, the images in this exhibition draw the viewer in to another world experience.

This series is inspired by my poem ‘Meet Me in My Dreams”.  The images are created using wet plate collodion. I scan and enlarge them to enhance the organic qualities of the medium. The work speaks to family, memory, and the ethereal passage of time.

The setting for many of the images is a fairytale landscape. My use of the young people celebrates the  universal feeling of limitless potential that most people experience in their youth.The ghostlike figures are reflections of the later years when beauty and youth begin to fade.  They suggest the feeling that one is beginning to disappear and yet still present and interacting in the scene.

Now through October 31.

To view the exhibition: Mary Anne Mitchell

Preview: Water Memory, Adam Katseff, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA

In Gallery on September 15, 2017 at 11:00 am

River XI, 2014, Adam Katseff

With incredibly beautiful, simple, and eerie landscapes, there are few who capture the essence better than Adam Katseff. Robert Koch Gallery has the photographers skill on full scale in their latest solo exhibition.

Adam Katseff’s large-scale reductive landscapes, while being minimalist in approach, on closer inspection present the viewer with rich and exceptional detail. Drawn to the Western landscape, Katseff began photographing the landscape at night using a large format 8 x 10 camera. His series Dark Landscapes (2012 – present) and Rivers and Falls (2014 – present) feature iconic locations, which also captivated and inspired influential artists such as Ansel Adams, Carleton Watkins, Albert Bierstadt, Timothy O’Sullivan, and William Henry Jackson. This is no coincidence, as Katseff conceptually set off to recapture these specific locations with the aim of reinterpreting the landscape. Of the chiaroscurist nature of the work Katseff remarks, “The subjects of my recent work are at the same time familiar and elusive. The outline of the image is easy to see, and as with memory our imagination must supply the rest. This is the goal of my current series, to present the viewer with a partial landscape and invite them to compose the rest themselves. In this way the images become at once universal and deeply personal; an exploration of the line between physical space and our psychological relationship to it. Each viewer must invest their own experience, their own subconscious into the work to make it whole, and each comes away with an impression based partly in reality, and partly of their own creation.”


Now open, photography and landscape fans will have a wonderful reason to visit San Francisco until October 28th.

For More Information: Koch Gallery