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Preview: Robert Bechtle, Gladstone 64, NYC

In Gallery on March 19, 2018 at 10:33 am

Image via Gladstone 64

For many photographers, the drawings of artists part of the photorealism movement can be equally as captivating as images captured through the lens of a camera. Gladstone 64 is now exhibiting one of the movements pioneers, Robert Bechtle, to start the spring.

 An early pioneer of the Photorealist movement, Bechtle has worked for nearly 60 years visualizing a characteristically American setting through depictions of friends, family and streetscapes in his native San Francisco Bay Area. This exhibition focuses on Bechtle’s charcoal drawings that illustrate the residential streets of Alameda, and pays special attention to those which complement light and shadow, architecture and automobile with distinct photographic precision. In this latest body of works, Bechtle demonstrates his deeply attuned and uncanny personal approach to documenting contemporary American culture with extraordinary accuracy.

Created in 2016 and 2017, Bechtle’s new series of drawings captures an indiscernibly timeless view of northern Californian suburban life. Composed with sharp attention to detail, modest visual clues shed light on the contrasting soft and delicate quality of these charcoal drawings while new vantage points offer equally distinct shifts to the far right or left of these frameworks. Alameda, the recurring city in these works and in Bechtle’s oeuvre altogether, is alluded to through his inclusion of small bungalow homes and globe-topped streetlamps, which originated in this particular municipality in the early 20th-century. Bechtle spent many of his early years in Alameda, and he captures this community and landscape through incisive, square-format drawings that glimpse more deeply into the banal and the all too often overlooked. By illustrating multiple perspectives of this city through monochromatic drawings, Bechtle quietly shapes the pauses and shadows that find or leave us and displays how photography, memory and personal history influence these meticulous compositions.

Often inspired by his own photographs, Bechtle’s intimate drawings demonstrate his astute and cinematographic vision, through each work’s methodically framed compositions and through his unequivocal attention to capturing divergent forms of natural light. Bechtle’s drawings appear like stills from a noir film, quietly examining forlorn, desolate sidewalks and vacant cars that line unidentified streets. This psychological dramaticism is reiterated through sharp and exacting image crops, which force the viewer into a condensed and eerie narrative showing no evidence of who or what might occupy the space outside these scenes he presents. Bechtle is also able to masterfully recreate morning, afternoon and evening light, heightening the palpable realism he captures in these constructed narratives, providing a glimpse into his ever explorative eye.

The exhibition will be available until April 21st, 2018.

For More Information: Gladstone 64

Preview: 20th Annual Krappy Kamera Award Winners, Exhibited by Soho Photo, NYC, NY

In Gallery on March 6, 2018 at 10:59 am

For 20 years know, the International Krappy Kamera Competition has instilled a certain joie de vivre for the beauty of photography made with, you guessed it, a cheap camera. Further reinforcing the fact that it is more the person behind the lens than the lens itself, the Krappy Kamera Competition has spawned incredible photos on an annual basis. And just like years before, Soho Photo Gallery is happy to exhibit the award winners.

The gallery is proud to present its annual Krappy Kamera Exhibition, including the winners of the 2018 International Competition, and exhibits by Soho Photo Gallery artists, photographer Jean Miele and former winners of previous Krappy Kamera Competitions. The Competition originated at Soho Photo Gallery in 1998 and is one of the high points of the year.
Sandra Carrion, the competition’s juror, created Krappy Kamera. She is a former president of Soho Photo Gallery and a founding member of fotofoto gallery in Huntington, Long Island. Carrion is also the co-founder of Image Factory Experimental Photography Workshops.
“It has always been interesting to me that so many photographers are lugging their toy, plastic and homemade cameras with them to exotic lands. This year was no different. Images from many parts of the world were represented in a variety of treatments. From literal to experimental these artists breathed new life into everyday imagery from around the globe.”
The exhibit opens today, March 6th with a reception from 6pm-8pm, but the official exhibits dates are March 7th through March 31st.
For More Information: Krappy Kamera at Soho Photo

On Site: “Grace and Grit – Boxing at Shuler’s Gym”, Photographs by Jano Cohen, Red Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery on March 1, 2018 at 1:08 pm


While boxing as a sport and art has receded from popular view, these events still taking place in local urban settings continue to provide a place for character building. Jano Cohen captures those special moments in a series that has a timeless, special quality about it.

The gym is a safe place for people of all ages to learn physical skills in a well-loved sport. In the gym I am documenting the evolution of the training of a boxer from childhood. Trainers keep in the game by passing on their knowledge.  I am observing how the gym operates as a community center and the intimate relationships between trainers and boxers.

Now through March 31.

To view the exhibition: Red Filter Gallery

Notable: Peter Fetterman Gallery, New Acquisitions

In Gallerist on February 26, 2018 at 11:30 am

Andrew Kent, David Bowie, Thin White Duke, 1976, Gelatin Silver print. Image via Peter Fetterman Gallery

Henri Cartier-Bresson, Behind the Gare St. Lazare, Paris, 1932, Gelatin Silver print. Image via Peter Fetterman Gallery

Steve McCurry, Woman in Hand Baori Stepwell, India, 2016, Digital C-print on Fuji Crystal paper. Image via Peter Fetterman Gallery

Peter Fetterman Gallery, home to one of the world’s greatest collections of fine art photography, has recently announced some exciting new acquisitions that you will want to check out. Among the newly acquired works are photographs by artists including Henri Cartier-Bresson, André Kertész, Berenice Abbott, Steve McCurry, Andrew Kent, Herb Snitzer, and Sheila Metzner. 

For more information and to view the gallery’s full collection visit Peter Fetterman Gallery

Preview: Matthew Rolston, Hollywood Royale: Out of the School of Los Angeles, Fahey/Klein Gallery

In Exhibits, Gallery on February 26, 2018 at 11:30 am

Matthew Rolston, Cyndi Lauper, Headdress, Los Angeles, 1986. ©MRPI. Image via Fahey/Klein Gallery.

Fahey/Klein Gallery will be opening a new exhibit next month, Hollywood Royale: Out of the School of Los Angeles, showcasing the work of renowned Hollywood photographer Matthew Rolston. Rolston is most known for his portraits of celebrity culture. 

One of a handful of artists to emerge from Andy Warhol’s celebrity-focused Interview magazine, Rolston is a well-established icon of Hollywood photography. His latest exhibition and publication, Hollywood Royale: Out of the School of Los Angeles is a retrospective of his 1980s photography and presents a stunning array of portraits that beautifully capture the breadth of that decade’s iconic talent, from Michael Jackson to Madonna, from Cyndi Lauper to Prince.

Alongside such luminaries as Herb Ritts and Greg Gorman, Rolston was a member of an influential group of photographers (among them, Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz, and Steven Meisel) who came from the 1980s magazine scene. Rolston helped define the era’s take on celebrity image-making, ‘gender bending,’ and much more. The photographs in this collection recall the glamour of old Hollywood with postmodern irony, helping to point the way towards the cult of fame with which we live today.

Released in conjunction with this exhibition, Hollywood Royale: Out of the School of Los Angeles is also available as a lavish 262-page book, produced by teNeues and available for purchase through the gallery for $125.

The exhibition will be open March 1- April 21, 2018 with an opening reception Thursday, March 1, 7-9pm. For more information, visit Fahey/Klein Gallery.

Preview: Mark Fields, Photographic Souvenirs in Black and White

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery on February 18, 2018 at 11:00 am

Mark Fields, Altar, Image via Mark Fields and Jed Williams Gallery

We are proud to announce the upcoming solo show of friend and photographer Mark Fields at Jed Williams Gallery in Philadelphia this March. The exhibit “Photographic Souvenirs in Black and White” will showcase many unique and beautiful works by Mr. Fields.

This exhibit arrives on the heels JWG’s showing of collage artist and photographer Donnas Schaeffer, whose exuberant use of collage and bright color is followed by the elegant and stirring black and white photographs of Mark Fields, a major and acclaimed photographic talent. Mark Fields creates a symphony of black, white, grey and all the nuances in between. His images have a romantic, slightly surreal feel, transforming and recombining various elements such as flowers, landscapes and musical instruments.

The exhibit will be on view to the public March 3-17, 2018 at Jed Williams Gallery with an opening reception March 3 from 5-7pm. For more information, please visit Jed Williams Gallery

Notable: 9 New Jersey Photographers, Stockton University Art Gallery

In Exhibits, Gallery on February 18, 2018 at 11:00 am

The Stockton University Art Gallery is currently showing an exhibition that you will want to check out. “9 New Jersey Photographers” is a unique show curated by the renowned Stephen Perloff, founder and editor of The Photo Review and editor of The Photograph Collector. The exhibit features the works of 9 photographers: Barbara BeirneTerry BoddieSandra C. DavisMichael FroioChuck Kelton,Wendy PatonAlison RossiterHelen M. StummerHoward F. Zoubek

The “9 New Jersey Photographers,” exhibit reflects the diversity of image-making among photographic artists today.
Curator Stephen Perloff is the founder and editor of The Photo Review, a critical journal of international scope publishing since 1976, and editor of The Photograph Collector, the leading source of information on the photography art market.

Artists Alison Rossiter and Chuck Kelton create photographs without the use of a camera. Rossiter collects decades-expired photographic paper—the oldest dating to 1900—which she develops in her darkroom, coaxing out of each sheet the gorgeous composition of lights and shades it holds within. Her intimate compositions often resemble moody landscapes or Abstract Expressionist paintings. Kelton creates chemograms and photograms inside the darkroom; transforming light, chemistry and paper into abstract landscapes.

Barbara Beirne’s photographs have been widely exhibited and two nationwide tours of her work have been sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). She is credited as the photographer for five children’s books.

Terry Boddie’s work as a photographer and multi-disciplinary artist explores the historical and contemporary aspects of memory, migration and globalization.

Enjoying adventure and discovery, Sandra C. Davis seeks out historic architecture and gardens, turning her lens to the spiritual and symbolic icons. Her recent work continues to focus on memories, history and symbolism to create narratives that explore the distorted memories of personal histories as well as legends, myths, fairytales, fictions.

Through exploring both building and place within the American landscape, Michael Froio’s work reveals an era where industry, wealth and power impacted the land. His work examines the remarkable architecture and engineering projects as well as the remains of a post-industrialized nation in the back lots, wooded areas, and small towns throughout the Northeast region.

Wendy Paton is best known for her dramatic black and white candid, nocturnal portraits, where she works with film and printing in a traditional darkroom setting.

Landscape photographer, Howard F. Zoubek’s finely detailed black and white silver prints capture both the spirit and fact of the natural order.

As a socially concerned documentary photographer, Helen Stummer captures images of the dignity, elegance and suffering of people who are trying to survive on nothing. Her 2017 book “Risking Life & Lens- A Photographers Memoir” will be on sale in the Stockton University Campus Center book store during the spring 2018 semester.

The exhibit will be on view to the public through March 28, 2018. A meet-and-greet reception with the artists will be held on March 6 from 5-6:30pm followed by a conversation with curator Steven Perloff. For more information, please contact Stockton University Art Gallery

Preview: Michael Marks, Solo Show in Lisbon, Portugal

In Exhibits, Gallery on February 13, 2018 at 11:00 am

Image via Colorida Gallery and Michael Marks.

We are excited to announce the upcoming solo photography show of our friend Michael Marks at Colorida Gallery in Lisbon, Portugal. The show will include ten works, selected by Marks, of ordinary people going about their lives in situ. Marks is a self-taught amateur photographer who has been producing black and white photographs and prints for over 45 years. 

The show will take place at Colorida Gallery February 17- March 2, 2018. For more information please visit Colorida Gallery or Michael Marks Photography

Preview: Robert Mapplethorpe, Curated by Roe Ethridge, Gladstone Gallery, NYC

In Gallery on February 12, 2018 at 11:00 am

Robert Mapplethorpe

In the second half of the 20th Century, there were few artists, photographers or otherwise, who made cast as controversial and memorable a figure as Robert Mapplethorpe. With the help of artist Roe Ethridge, Gladstone Gallery will be showing gallery-goers exactly why this March.

This marks the gallery’s first solo presentation as the New York representative of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation. Barbara Gladstone showed his work once before when she published the seminal Flowers portfolio in the early 1980s. Ethridge brings his own perspective as a contemporary artist who works in the same genres of portraiture and still life that are touchstones of Mapplethorpe’s well-known oeuvre. Drawn from the extensive archive of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation, Ethridge has selected both iconic images-including self-portraits, flowers, and scenes of frank sexual provocation-and those exhibited for the first time to evoke his own experience of understanding the breadth of Mapplethorpe’s mastery of process and composition. This show offers a compelling new look at Mapplethorpe’s distinctive practice: rather than focusing on a specific time or subject, it explores less familiar images and themes that highlight the innovation of his work, still astonishing almost three decades after his death.

Ethridge’s take on a figure who has loomed large since he began studying the medium, highlights Mapplethorpe’s focus on classical and baroque, intimate and public, and restraint and licentiousness. Ethridge states – “Mapplethorpe didn’t make pictures of daily life; his daily life was making pictures.” He approached the body of work with an eye to contextualizing iconic poses and erotically-charged compositions of Mapplethorpe’s friends, lovers, and the world around him within a larger scope of his aesthetic interests and perceptive vision. Precisely posed photographs of his lover, Milton Moore, are accompanied by more candid portraits of Moore’s niece and nephew-a nod to the intimate familiarity Mapplethorpe shared with many of his subjects. Ethridge’s presentation reveals mannerist expressions, unexpected subjects, and humorous moments: Patti Smith’s entranced gaze with prophetic vision, the televisual appeal of actress Morgan Fairchild, and the shock of Baby Larry, all encompass Mapplethorpe’s incisive eye for beauty and perversity.

The exclusive Mapplethorpe display opens to visitors publicly on March 3rd and concludes April 14th, 2018.

For More Information: Gladstone Gallery

Borders, Dreams & Beauty, 6 Solo Shows, Soho Photo Gallery, NYC

In Gallery on February 9, 2018 at 11:00 am

For those looking to color the morose ambiguity that is often February weather, Soho Photo Gallery in New York City is now hosting a very interesting exhibition featuring the works of six talented photographers. While each photographer is on display simultaneously, each show is on individual, solo display.

Borders, Dreams & Beauty features the works of Peter Agron’s meloncholia, Lawrence Gottesman’s How to Disappear Completely, Alain Licari’s Both Sides,  James McCracken’s American Beauty, Fernando Sancho’s African Dream, and Richard Wilcox’s A Portfolio of New York Photographs.

Ranging from monotone urban landscapes to tea-toned gelatin silver prints to colorful excerpts of the Liberian realm, Soho Photo’s latest exhibition is sure to please photo connoisseurs of multitudinous ilks. 

The exhibit opened on February 6th, but only runs through the March 3rd. All are very welcome, but you better hurry! Check out the gallery’s current exhibitions for more information.

For More Information: Soho Photo Gallery