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Notable: Lisa Lindamood Wins 2019 Krappy Kamera Competition

In Contest on March 11, 2019 at 11:00 am

Lisa Lindamood, First Place, image via Soho Photo Gallery

Soho Photo Gallery has announced the winner of its 2019 Krappy Kamera competition as Lisa Lindamood. A native Tennessean, she has been creating handmade photos for two decades. Marky Kauffmann was awarded second, while Denise Moore came in third.

What Is Krappy Kamera
Our philosophy at Soho Photo Gallery is that in the hands of any artist great photographs can be made with basic equipment. To explore this talent, we are searching for extraordinary photographs made with lousy lenses.  Examples of some Krappy Kameras are the Holga, Diana, Ansco, and pinhole cameras. You can also create your own Krappy Kamera by using your non-Krappy Kamera (e.g. 4×5, SLR, DSLR) and exchanging the lens with a Krappy Lens (e.g. pinhole body cap or Holga-type lens). Cell phones, disposables and point and shoot cameras are ineligible. Remember, just because a camera is old and moldy doesn’t make it Krappy. The lens is the determining factor.

The competition was juried by Michelle Bates, internationally renowned for her Holga imagery since 1991 and author of Plastic Cameras: Toying with Creativity, an extensive look at the use and history of toy cameras.

Soho Photo Gallery will be exhibiting photos from the competition through the end of March.

For More Information: Soho Photo Krappy Kamera 2019

“The Tree In Me”, Photographs by Howard Brunner, Red Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Fine Art, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 1, 2019 at 6:49 pm

Tree 09 by Howard Brunner

Tree 09, Howard Brunner

Alright, the artist has a thing for “Trees”. But after moving through these beautiful images, you understand the meditative approach this veteran photographer, Howard Brunner, takes in capturing little vignettes of nature touching us.

I’ve loved trees all of my life. I had the great good fortune to grow up on a Pennsylvania farm with a wide variety of trees adjacent to our house. We also had a small bit of wild woods on one corner of our property. I have never lost my boyish, joyous fascination, and appreciation of trees. I photograph trees to convey those feelings. For me, photographing a tree is an act of love and gratitude.
Now through March 31.
To view the exhibition: Red Filter Gallery

Preview: Alfred Eisenstaedt: Portraits of the Past & Alfred Stieglitz: Camera Work (1903-1917), Robert Mann Gallery, NYC

In Gallery on February 25, 2019 at 11:01 am
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Alfred Stieglitz via Robert Mann Gallery

Few people have had as pronounced an impact on the early era of their medium like Alfred Stieglitz and Afred Eisenstaedt. Robert Mann Gallery approaches spring this March with a special exhibit of both.

Alfred Eisenstaedt was born 1898 in Dirschau, West Prussia. In 1906 his family moved to Berlin where he studied music, received his first camera, an Eastman Kodak Number Three, and used his parents bathroom for a makeshift dark room. Eisenstaedt was drafted into the German army after the outbreak of WW1 and served at the front lines in Flanders until April 1918, enemy fire crippled both his legs, yet thankfully his life was spared. After the war, he worked as a salesman, but continually found success with assignments as a freelance photographer. His first major mission was covering Thomas Mann accepting the Nobel Prize in literature in 1929. Eisenstaedt came under the influence of photographer Erich Salomon and his work regularly found its way into Die Dame, Berliner Illustrierte, The Graphic, The London Illustrated News and many other magazines.

One of the earliest methods of reproducing photographic images in ink, the photogravure process was perfected and championed by Stieglitz.  Images pulled off of etched copper plates that were made directly from the original negatives possessed rich mid tones and soft blacks, rendering velvety prints with a tonal range Stieglitz often preferred to the more typical darkroom processes.  The photogravures for Camera Work were hand-pulled by Stieglitz himself, many were printed on delicate Japanese tissue and carefully tipped into the pages of the quarterly journal.  This exhibition will include a selection of Stieglitz’s many iconic images in the photogravure medium that originally hale from the pages of Camera Work.  Quintessential masterpieces such as The Steerage andSpring Showers will be on view.

Both exhibits will be available to the public starting March 7th and conclude April 27th, 2019.

For More Information: Robert Mann Gallery

Notable: Sell Your Photographs at Photo Historica 2019

In Art Fair on February 19, 2019 at 11:00 am

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The Center for Photographic History and Technology is debuting their very first collective for photographers to sell their own works, Photo Historica 2019. The event will allow photographers who work in historic and alternative handmade processes to sell directly to potential buyers. It will be hosted in the premium tourist destination of the Santa Fe, NM, Railyard Arts District.

Photographers working in historic and alternative handmade photographic processes are invited to sign up and sell their photographs directly to the general public. The photographer must be present to show their prints and answer questions.

Interested in signing up? The deadline is June 1st, 2019, while the opening reception and sale run from July 5th through July 7th.

For More Information: Photo Historica 2019

“Thou Art …, Will Give …”, Photographs by Eric Kunsman, Red Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Fine Art, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on February 4, 2019 at 12:56 pm

The Drapery by Eric Kunsman

The Drapery, Eric Kunsman

Well crafted imagery is a key to understanding Eric Kunsman’s award winning photographs …

 The body of work created demonstrates a previous attempt at prison reform from the popular European model in the 1800’s. The images help viewers to understand how many things have not changed over the passing of time whether that relates to the crimes the prisoners committed or the conditions they face during incarceration.

Now through February 28.

To view the exhibition: Red Filter Gallery

Ancient Terrain, Hope Kahn, The Sallie & Berton Korman Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL

In Exhibits on February 4, 2019 at 11:00 am

Iceland is one of those places which you really can’t understand until you go there. But in the meantime, through the eyes of a true photographer is an excellent alternative. Hope Kahn brings her unique perspective to Iceland with a series of hand painted photographs – titled Ancient Terrain – which will be featured as part of the Center for Creative Education’s “Passenger: A Global Journey.”

About Hope:

Hope Kahn has been a professional photographer for the last 25 years.

She has studied photography at University of the Arts in Philadelphia as well as workshops throughout the country.  She holds a BS degree in Education and has taught photography to children in under privileged urban settings.

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. 

The exhibit will be on display from February 2019 to March 2019. The official reception will be open to the public on March 16.

For More Information: Hope Kahn

 

“Best of the Best” 2018 BWGallerist Emerging Fine Art Photographers

In Black and White Photography, Contest, Exhibits, Fine Art, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 9, 2019 at 3:10 pm

03 Stephen and Tyrone by Jano Cohen

Stephen and Tyrone,  Jano Cohen

Happy New Year to our readers!

Of the hundreds of articles in our archives, the most popular are the annual lists of photographers we choose as the “Best of the Best” for each year. The interest in this group of evolving artists, at different stages in their careers, always exceeds our expectations.

The contributors to this website viewed thousands of fine art images and attended dozens of galleries, museums and fairs throughout the year. To distill all that activity into a single brief list is obviously a difficult (but enjoyable) task and should foster days of discussion by visitors to BWGallerist.

So with that said, here is the the 2018 “Best of the Best” list in no particular order:

Our congratulations go out to these talented artists.

Preview: Dark Matter, Michael Benari, Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts

In Gallery on January 7, 2019 at 11:00 am

Our friend Michael Benari will be starting the new year in Rhode Island with his latest solo show – Dark Matter.

This latest body of work by Michael Benari resulted from his interest in found objects in street photography and graffiti. Benari’s strong interest in abstract painting and work-on-paper led him to experiment with ways he could use photography differently. Always inspired by the urban landscape, Michael has developed a new process to interpret and express his emotional response to it.

Born in Tel Aviv, Israel Michael moved to New York at a young age. His early professional life was in medicine, but having a life-long love for art and photography, he felt inspired to commit fully to photography in 2007.

Opening reception will occur at the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts in Providence on January 17th, from 5pm to 9pm. The exhibit will be available for viewing from January 17th to February 15th. The Naked Print and juror, print maker Stephan Fisher, are responsible in part for the exhibit coming to pass.

For More Information: Michael Benari

“The Flamenco; The Spanish Passionate Dance” Photographs by Julio M. De Pena, Red Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 2, 2019 at 11:47 am

Flamenco 04 by Julio M. De Pena

Flamenco 04, Julio M. De Pena

Years ago, I stumbled on a small cafe in Mexico that had a strange mix of rhythmic clacks and guitar strumming emanating from behind its entrance. Having grown up in the time of Jose Greco, I was familiar with this Flamenco motif. What I was not prepared for was the beauty of the performance that took place on table top less than six feet away. The photographs of Julio M. De Pena capture perfectly the elegance and excitement I remember.

Documenting this energy and movement in a low light setting with no other light source than the stage spotlights becomes both a challenge and advantage as it gives you a strong contrast of light and darkness adding a tone of mystery to this passionate, rhythmic and emotional dance.

Now through January 31.

To view the exhibition: Red Filter Gallery