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Notable: Happy Posthumous Birthday Cole Weston, The Weston Legacy, Lumiere Gallery, Atlanta, GA

In Article, Exhibits on February 2, 2017 at 11:30 am

Cole Weston – Combine, Missouri, 1987

On a belated note, photographers the world over tipped their caps this week to the late Cole Weston. Weston was the youngest son of Edward Weston. He would have been 98 on January 30th.

Cole Weston, born on January 30, 1919 in Los Angeles, was the fourth and youngest son of famed 20th Century photographer, Edward Henry Weston. Cole received his first camera, a 4 by 5 Autograflex, from his brother Brett in 1935. Cole graduated with a degree in theater arts from the Cornish School in Seattle in 1937 and then served in the Navy during World War II as a welder and photographer. After his discharge from the Navy in 1945 Cole worked for Life Magazine. In 1946 he moved to Carmel to assist his father Edward. During this time Eastman Kodak started sending their new color film, Kodachrome, for Edward to try out. Cole took this opportunity to experiment with this new medium and eventually became one of the world’s great masters of fine art color photography. In 1957 Cole began shooting his first color photographs of the magnificent Big Sur coast, Monterey Peninsula and central California. At this time he carried on his own portrait business while assisting his ailing father, who passed away in 1958. Edward had authorized Cole to print from Edward’s negatives after his death, so Cole continued printing Edward’s work while pursuing his own fine art photography.

In 1988 after three decades devoted to printing his father’s work, Cole at last set aside his responsibility to Edward’s legacy and refocused on his own photography. Cole had his first solo exhibition in San Francisco in 1971. Since then, his work has been featured in more than sixty exhibitions worldwide and has been collected by museums throughout the United States and Europe. His work has been featured in numerous gallery shows and publications with three monographs and numerous articles having been published on his exquisite photography. Michael Hoffman from Aperture Publications once quoted, “In the history of photography there are but a few masters of color photography, Cole Weston is assuredly one of these masters of the medium whose dramatic powerful images are a source of great joy and pleasure”. Cole passed away from natural causes on April 20th, 2003.

The Lumiere Gallery is featuring Cole as part of a unique look at the Weston family’s contribution to photography. A virtual gallery is available on their website.

For More Information: Lumiere Gallery

Notable: The Mystery at the Heart of Great Photographs, Geoff Dyer

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photographer on September 30, 2016 at 2:04 pm

Image by Eli Weinberg

What makes for a Great Photograph? Is it great technique? A unique perspective? Creative use of materials? A clever staging? How about crystallizing a significant moment in documentary photography?

What makes a great photograph is becoming more and more difficult to discern in an era when a majority of the population has an above average shooter in their pocket at all times. Geoff Dyer, however, looked into the past recently in a great essay for New York Times Magazine. He’s searching for the significance found within historic photographs and a key time: the Civil Rights movement and Apartheid. It’s well worth the time to read.


“There is nothing as mysterious as a fact clearly described.” The fact that versions of this observation have been attributed to two very different street photographers, Garry Winogrand and Lisette Model, underlines its wisdom and its mystery. It helps explain why attempts to stage photographs – to create fictions – only rarely work as powerfully as the kind of quotations from reality that we get in documentary photographs. Larry Sultan once said he “always thought of a great photograph as if some creature walked into my room; it’s like, how did you get here?… The more you try to control the world, the less magic you get.” Winogrand had no objection to staging things; it was just that he could never come up with anything as interesting as what was out there in the streets. But when does the staging start?

To Continue Reading: NY Times Magazine

Notable: AIPAD at the Armory, April 14–17, NYC

In Article, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on April 8, 2016 at 10:42 am

For Release

Aline Smithson, Pink Feathers

Spring is here for sure, with thousands of prints shared by over 80 dealers at the Park Avenue Armory for AIPAD.

Celebrating its 36th edition, The Photography Show, one of the world’s most highly anticipated annual photography events, will be held April 14-17, 2016, at the Park Avenue Armory in New York. Presented by The Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD), the fair is the longest-running and foremost exhibition dedicated to the photographic medium.
Eighty-six of the world’s leading fine art photography galleries will present a wide range of museum-quality work, including contemporary, modern, and 19th-century photographs as well as photo-based art, video, and new media. The Show will commence with an opening night preview on April 13, 2016.

The Photography Show presented by AIPAD will run from Thursday, April 14, though Sunday, April 17, 2016, at the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street in New York City. Show hours are as follows:
Thursday, April 14, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, April 15, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 16, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, April 17, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is $30. Student admission is $20 with a valid student ID. Tickets may be purchased online and onsite throughout the duration of the Show at The AIPAD Membership Directory and Illustrated Catalogue is $20.

For more information, the public can contact AIPAD at 202-367-1158 or visit

Favorites:”Best of the Best” Emerging Fine Art Photographers 2015

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 5, 2016 at 9:00 am


Carousel Abandoned, Steve Wolowitz

2016 is here but let us not forget 2015 excellence without recognition.

In 2012 we wrote about the march of progress in photography:

In 2012, the popularity of phone pictures, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. continued a variety of means by which individuals express themselves. In the Pro/Pro-sumer  world, the year also saw the accelerated return of full frame sensors, mirror less systems, new and amazing digital post processing software and custom electronic photo book formats for the world of tablets.

And perhaps as a reaction to all this “instant gratification”, there exists a continued growing interest in alternative photo print processes. Sometimes involving lab routines 150 years old, these “ancient” methods produce striking results that no vintage digital filter can reproduce.

All this progress continued in 2015. Technology aside, the state of image making technique “is strong” as evidenced by this diverse set of photographers below.

This year’s (once again purely subjective)  list of “Best” emerging photographers is the result of attending portfolio reviews in several cities, reviewing submitted work, contest judging and scanning hundreds of fine art examples in multiple media. These are artists at various stages in their career. Most work in Black & White, some in Color or both.

In no particular order … the “Best of the Best” for 2015 are:

    1. Ed Vatza

    2. Steve Wolowitz

    3. Alan Behr

    4. Liza Hennessey Botkin

    5. Michael Berry

    6. James Pryor

    7. Erik Hansen

    8. Jeff Wiles

    9. Anne Tapler White

    10. Jeff Martin

    Congratulations! and have a creative 2016 making YOUR photography.

    The team at BWGallerist

Notable: Monochrome Conversion by Ming Thein

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photographer, Software on May 8, 2015 at 8:38 pm


A scene with obvious contrast is simple enough to convert from color to black-and-white.

Ming Thein

Digital Photo Pro has their B&W issue on the stands now. You will find articles on dedicated monochrome cameras, subject matter suitable for B&W, photographer profiles and techniques. One article that caught our eye was one on monochrome conversion by Ming Thein.

However, it’s fairly easy to see that whilst there are benefits to shooting monochrome-only, you actually can convert a color RAW file into a monochrome one and lower the perceived amount of noise—though not to as low a level as a monochrome-only camera. If you have a poor interpolation method, then the luminance values can be affected, too—once again, increasing the perception of pixel-level image noise in a color image. Bottom line: Monochrome-only will give you, yes, lower noise, and, yes, better detail.


For more information: Digital Photo Pro

Notable: All About Photo Kickstarter Project

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photographer on September 30, 2014 at 10:41 am


All About Photo has dedicated itself towards the world of photography and nothing but. But considering its ambitious nature, the group is looking to expand its footprint.

What is All About Photo?

All About Photo is driven by a passion for photography.

All About Photo is a trustworthy resource for photographers and photography lovers.

All About Photo is only 18 months old but already endorsed by more than 500 photographers, including Masters of Photography and more than 1,200 institutions!

Why? Because All About Photo is a helpful and easy tool. Information includes: photo labs, framing stores, equipment and studio rentals, camera repair shops, schools, agencies, museums, galleries, photo institutes and centers, contests, portfolio reviews, exhibitions, fairs and festivals, books, online and print magazines and, of course, articles related to photography.

It’s looking to acquire $25,000 through Kickstarter. They’re not yet close to reaching the goal but there’s plenty of time left to go on the crowdfunding. As a bonus, if you’re a fan of potato salad, All About Photo is triumphing an ancestral French recipe that it will share with anyone who donates a mere dollar. For those who are privy to greater funds, more will be returned to you in gratitude for you donation.

For More Information: All About Photo Kickstarter



Notable: Deadline Approaches for Fellowship 15 International Photography Competition, Silver Eye Center of Photography

In Article, Black and White Photography, Contest on September 19, 2014 at 3:15 pm



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Cameramen and women eager to get their competitive juices flowing have one month left to enter Fellowship 15, Silver Eye Center’s competition to recognize promising photographers from Pennsylvania to the far corners of the Earth. While the fee for non-members of the center is $65 dollars, the potential rewards should be worth it for those who believe they have the goods.


  • One (1) International Award Winner receives a solo exhibition at Silver Eye opening late-January 2015; $3,000 cash prize; an online gallery on Silver Eye’s website (with link to artist website); and media outreach and promotion.
  • One (1) Keystone Award Winner, reserved for a Pennsylvania artist, receives a spotlight exhibition in late-January 2015; $1,000 cash prize; an online gallery on Silver Eye’s website (with link to artist website); and media outreach and promotion.
  • Five (5) Juror’s Commendation Winners will be named on Silver Eye’s website and press releases.




Allison Grant is a curator, artist, writer, and teacher based in Chicago, IL. Since 2008, she has worked at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, where she is an assistant curator. Grant holds an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and a BFA from the Columbus College of Art and Design in Media Studies. She currently teaches as an Adjunct Faculty member in the Photography and Art & Design departments at Columbia College Chicago.



Again, the deadline to enter is October 13th, plenty of time to get everything ready – except maybe for you procrastinators out there.

To enter, check out the following link: Silver Eye Fellowship 15

Profiles in Black&White: Michael Kenna

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 18, 2014 at 9:35 am

I gravitate towards places where humans have been and are no more, to the edge of man’s influence, where the elements are taking over or covering man’s traces.”


For many artists, there are junctures in life that pull them towards more grounded aspirations. Or, in Michael Kenna’s case, more spiritual. Fortunately for lovers his work, Kenna shifted course  from priesthood to art school at 17 and has now photographed for over 40 years. Born in 1953 in Lancashire, England, Kenna’s education included stops at St. Joseph’s College, Banbury School of Art and London College of Printing. While originally a commercial photographer, his repertoire evolved and expanded after moving to the United States. One of his earliest jobs in the United States was working as Ruth Bernard’s printer while residing in San Francisco. Read the rest of this entry »

Tina Modotti

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm

“I cannot, as you (Edward Weston) once proposed to me – ‘solve the problem of life by losing myself in the problem of art’… in my case, life is always struggling to predominate and art naturally suffers.”

-Tina Modotti

Portrait of Tina Modotti by Edward Weston, 1924

Portrait of Tina Modotti by Edward Weston, 1924

Like many artists Tina Modotti, born in August of 1896, had talents that were vast and varied. An immigrant born in Italy, Modotti’s first explored the world of acting, partaking in plays, operas and silent films such as The Tiger’s Coat. This exposed her to California’s bohemian scene, a scene that included Mexico’s future Fine Arts education head Ricardo Gómez Robelo and photographer Edward Weston. After moving down to Mexico in 1921, Modotti had a ubiquitous relationship with Weston. She was his model, assistant and lover while he mentored her in the art of photography.

Stylistically, Modotti’s career tends to be split into two different eras. The first era shares many of Weston’s sensibilities and subject matter. Modotti’s Easter Lilly and Bud, for instance, parallels Weston’s use of contrast and anatomical exploration of nature. As Modotti became more experienced, along with taking an interest in political activism in Mexico, she became a photojournalist, documenting and participating in Mexico’s potential revolution. As the photographer of choice during the Mexican mural movement, Rita Arias Jirasek – author of Women Artists of Modern Mexico – alleged that Modotti had the first revolutionary photography exhibition in the country, a solo retrospective at the National Library in 1929. The photography itself explored architectural interiors, urban landscapes and numerous portraits of the proletariat.

Easter Lilly and Bud

Easter Lilly and Bud

Unfortunately for Modotti, her role as a political dissident antagonized the Mexican government. Revolutionaries were being targeted throughout Latin America to keep current regimes in power. When Mexican President Pascual Ortiz Rubio was subject to an assassination attempt, an anti-communist propaganda campaign depicted Modotti as the culprit. Within a year of this event, despite her innocence, Modotti was expelled from her adopted homeland to Rotterdam. Political refuge from Mexico and the growing movement of fascism in Europe hindered the rest of Modotti’s photography career. While she was eventually able to sneak back in to Mexico under a pseudonym in 1939, heart failure claimer her two years. She was 45.

Tina Modotti Photography

Garry Winogrand

In Article, Black and White Photography on February 17, 2014 at 10:06 am

            “There are no photographs while I’m reloading.”

                                                            -Garry Winogrand, when asked how he felt about missing photographs while he reloaded his camera.

Garry Winogrand from Winogrand 1964

Garry Winogrand from Winogrand 1964

Do you consider yourself to be a prolific photographer? Do your friends perhaps joke that you’re a Japanese tourist visiting a new city, camera always in hand? Have people blocked you on facebook or instagram, or unsubscribed to you on tumblr, because your constant updates are turning into spam? If you’re a traditionalist, is your significant other filing a missing person’s report because they haven’t seen you in four days and forgot to check your black room? If any of these qualify, it might be reasonable to turn to Garry Winogrand as a personal mentor. Winogrand, who, along with Lee Friedlander and Diane Arbus was among the sparse members of the New York photography scene in the sixties and seventies, was as inexhaustive an American photographer to grace the streets as any to come before or after. Read the rest of this entry »