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Notable: International Center of Photography is Moving

In Black and White Photography on May 17, 2019 at 6:32 pm

International Center of Photography

The International Center of Photography has been doings this year that will make major impacts moving forward. It will be joining a fully integrated center at Essex Crossing on the Lower East Side of New York.

We have sold our space at 250 Bowery (though Your Mirror and For Freedoms remain on view through June 16!) and have finalized the purchase of the Essex property. We are continuing construction and plan to open our new permanent home in January 2020!

With this move, our unified School and Museum—our center—will become the cultural anchor of Essex Crossing and reinforce our ties with the vibrant Lower East Side arts community. In addition, the neighborhood’s history as a center of immigration and documentary and creative work-making align with our goal to serve as a center for our community to explore photography and visual culture as mediums of empowerment and catalysts for social change.

In advance of this significant move, we will transition our educational programs and staff to the second floor of the Grace Building at 1114 Avenue of the Americas, adjacent to our current Midtown location.

Since this space will not be fully operational until mid-August, we are unable to hold on-campus summer classes in 2019. We will offer online classes as well as a modified schedule of off-campus classes at partner locations. Our Continuing Education fall term, starting September 7, 2019, will be the first classes held here.

For More Information: International Center of Photography 

Notable: Peter Fetterman Gallery Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month

In Black and White Photography on April 28, 2019 at 10:55 am

Duke Ellington, Olympia Theater, Paris, 1958, by Herman Leonard. Image via Peter Fetterman Gallery

Few things are as pure cool as the classic lounge with dim lights, a smoky haze, and the sounds of jazz playing in your ears. Peter Fetterman Gallery agrees, celebrating with some classic photos taken from jazz’s heyday.

Jazz holds a special place in our hearts here at the gallery. Early on, the genre reinvigorated the American sound of the time, bringing forth a grand rhythm that thrived on improvisation and syncopation. Through the keys of the piano, the reed of the saxophone, or the harmony of the vocal cords, amongst many other instruments, each musician offered a window into their thoughts and emotions. To no surprise, such performances were of fascination to some of the greatest photographers of our time. Please enjoy below a wonderful group of images that celebrate the legacy and impact of Jazz through the lens of a special group of artists.
Happy Jazz Appreciation Month!

Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, & Benny Goodman, by Herman Leonard, 1948. Image via Peter Fetterman Gallery

For More Information: Peter Fetterman Gallery

“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

“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

“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.

“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

” Not Linear”, Photographs by Cheryl Slechta, Red Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Fine Art, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 1, 2018 at 9:06 am
Tonnara di Scopello, Sicily, Italy by Cheryl Slechta
TONNARA DI SCOPELLO, SICILY, ITALY, Cheryl Slechta
The artist looks deep into the subject matter to find new ways of viewing which results in another level of perception and understanding …
My photography is influenced by my life-long love of art.  My path is two-fold at the moment – vintage black and white images as presented here and black and white abstract, minimalist images found in nature and architecture.
I am enamored with the early photographers – Steichen, Stieglitz, Doisneau, Kertesz, etc. and they have led me down my black and white/film path.  I use my wonderful plastic Holga TLR film cameras which are square format and the whimsy of the unexpected lighting and focus variations lend themselves to my artistic vision.  I also use my iPhone with various apps to recreate the same vintage look.  To me, the ancient beauty of the Old World begs for this treatment.
Now through December 31
To view the exhibition: Red Filter Gallery

On site: “Across the Mongolian Landscape”, Photographs by Josep María Orengo, Red Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Fine Art, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on November 6, 2018 at 2:40 pm

Kharkhorin by Josep María Orengo

Kharkhorin, Josep Maria Orengo

Come to the outer reaches of Asia and observe the meditative beauty and isolation captured by Orengo in these dramatic photographs.

The landscape of Mongolia is a visual poem of the most incredible, the skies, the colors, the rapid change of climate, the mist, the mystery of shamanic mysticism and the isolation of the nomadic existence of its people. Hard landscapes shaped by the northern winds, the traditional Gers splash the vast steppes, while empty deserts contrast with the sand dunes that are rising suddenly. Lots of landscapes for those who need to find themselves and experience the tranquility and serenity they emerge.

 

Now through November 30

To view the exhibition: Red Filter Gallery 

Notable: Anthony Bannon Receives The 2018 Photo Review Award

In Black and White Photography, Photographer on October 29, 2018 at 10:59 am
Anthony-Bannon

Anthony Bannon

This past weekend, The Photo Review recognized Anthony Bannon with its 2018 Photo Review award.

Anthony Bannon served as the former director of the George Eastman Museum located in Rochester, NY. The George Eastman Museum is the world’s oldest photography museum, containing one of the world’s oldest film archives, with world renowned collections related to photography and cinema. Hundreds of thousands of photographs, items of camera technology, motion picture titles, and millions of publicity stills and posters, in addition to contemporary works, comprise the museum’s full collection. Home to the world’s most comprehensive libraries of books, manuscripts, and journals, the museum has pioneered film preservation and photographic conservation while educating archivists on a global level. The George Eastman Museum has been a National Historic Landmark since 1966.
After serving sixteen years as the museum’s seventh director, Anthony Bannon retired in 2012. Accomplishments during his tenure include launching programs in photo and film preservation, acquiring the Technicolor and Merchant Ivory Productions archives, and establishing an online presence for the museum’s images. Bannon was also present for the museum’s launch of three internationally renowned graduate and post-graduate schools of film and photograph preservation and conservation. These include The L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation, which offers a master’s degree in film preservation in conjunction with the University of Rochester, in addition to the Eastman Museum and the University of Rochester, which jointly offer a master's degree program in Photograph Preservation and Collections Management.
Anthony’s educational background and early career are equally admirable. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at St. Bonaventure University in 1964, a master’s degree in English with a concentration in criticism and film in the Center for Media Study from the State University of New York in Buffalo in 1976, and finally a Ph.D. in English with a concentration in Cultural Studies from the State University of Buffalo. From 1969 to 1985 he worked as a journalist for The Buffalo News as the newspaper’s film, video, and architecture critic, later focusing on the fine and camera arts. From 1985 to 1996 he served as director of the Burchfield-Penney Art Center — dedicated to the work and archives of American watercolorist Charles Burchfield — at the State University of New York College at Buffalo. Finally from 1994 to 1996, Bannon was the State University of New York College at Buffalo assistant vice president and director of cultural affairs.

Bannon’s recognition was for his contributions to the art of photography. The event took place at the University of the Arts, Caplan Studio Theater, in Philadelphia.

For More Information: The Photo Review

Preview: Some Reliable Truths About Chairs, Claire Seidl, UMVA Gallery, Portland, ME

In Black and White Photography, Gallery on October 15, 2018 at 10:00 am

 

Image via Claire Seidl

We all have our own unique perspectives of the world. It’s one of the things that makes photography so wonderful. A talented photographer can take a visual afterthought and turn it on its head into something compelling. This is exactly what Claire Seidl has done with her latest exhibit, Some Reliable Truth About Chairs.

Seidl’s career has now spanned over four decades, not only as a photographer, but as a teacher, painter, and other artistic mediums.  She has had countless number of solo and group exhibitions throughout the New York and New England region, with the latest being in the beautiful town of Portland, ME, at the UMVA Gallery.

About the UMVA:

The Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA) represents visual artists statewide in all fields of endeavor and welcomes those who support contemporary artists in Maine. The UMVA is dedicated to upholding the dignity of artists, while creating positive social change through the arts. By collaborating with other cultural and political organizations, we raise awareness for significant issues while promoting an inclusive arts community in Maine. We are grassroots and we are active. We fear no art.

The exhibit is now open and will run until November 2nd, 2018. Gallery hours are by appointment and from Friday through Sunday, 1-4pm.

For More Information: Claire Seidl