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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

“Invisible In Passing”, Photographs by Liam Sharp, Red Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on February 1, 2018 at 11:37 am

Brighton Resident by Liam Sharp

Brighton Resident, Liam Sharp

Street photography requires an acquired skill and a refined approach in order to capture those real life moments with impact. Liam Sharp accomplishes this result with finesse.

The image I see when approaching is gone as soon as the subject becomes aware that they are being photographed.
What I am trying to do in this series of street images, taken in New York, is to try to capture what I actually see and feel when I encounter my subjects on the street. I cut a hole in the side of a cell phone case, where I insert my DXO camera and  walk the streets at a fast pace. I decide what I am going to photograph from a distance. As I pass the scene, without framing the shot, I try to capture what I have seen from a distance.

Now through February 28.

To view the exhibition: Liam Sharp

Preview: Steve Kahn, The Hollywood Suites, Howard Greenberg Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery on January 18, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Steve Kahn, from The Hollywood Suites series. Image via Howard Greenberg Gallery

Howard Greenberg Gallery is currently gearing up for an upcoming exhibition this February and March which will showcase the work of photographer Steve Kahn. Kahn’s series The Hollywood Suites and will be on view at the gallery for the first time as a solo show in New York.

Kahn created this body of work in rent-by-the-day rooms of an old tenement building in a run-down section of Hollywood, California. Looking to create work that spoke to containment and isolation, Kahn began photographing professional bondage models using a Polaroid camera. Later, in his studio, he would copy the Polaroids with 35 mm film, documenting the events he had orchestrated, and initiating a formal process of reproductions and generations. As Kahn notes, “These were situations entered into without a plan, full of anxiety, in the hope of producing some document of the experience that was explicit, visually powerful, yet went beyond what it was.”

One day, the model didn’t show up, and Kahn found that he could explore the same provocative and haunting issues by photographing the room itself. This led to stark images of the walls, windows, mirrors, doors and hallways, which evolved into studies of defined space that became abstract in triptychs and quadrants. Except for certain interventions – adding graphic elements to a few doors with tape, rope, and black yarn – rarely did he manipulate the rooms.

As Kahn wrote, “All of this work was process oriented, having started off as pull-and-peel Polaroids. The work was concerned with formal issues including generations, re-iterations, sequences, and multiple image presentations.” Ultimately Kahn notes, “I took the space apart and reconstructed it. I ended up creating an existential situation for myself.”

An opening reception with the artist will be held at Howard Greenberg Gallery on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 6-8pm. The show will be on view to the public February 1-March 17, 2018.

From more information contact Howard Greenberg Gallery info@howardgreenberg.com or visit www.howardgreenberg.com.

Notable: “Best of the Best”, Emerging Fine Art Photography Artists 2017

In Black and White Photography on January 4, 2018 at 6:01 pm

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Always Go Back To the Beginning, Paula Gibson

Happy New Year to our readers! With a record freeze hitting the United States it is a good time to warm our hearts viewing great photography.

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, but provides us encouragement to put together “the list” yet again for 2017.

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 2017 “Best of the Best” list in no particular order:

Our congratulations go out to these talented artists. See you next year for the 2018  “Best of the Best” Emerging Fine Art Photographers.

On Site: “Same As It Ever Was”, Photographs by Salvatore Corso, Red Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography on January 1, 2018 at 9:57 pm

Same As It Ever Was 01 by Salvatore Corso

Same As It Ever Was 01, Salvatore Corso

Observation of surrounding details found in wedding locations has been the subject of many photographic essays. Corso’s approach, using Black and White images, lifts the abstract structure he “sees” beyond the cliche event document into the creative realm of enhanced vision.

The title ‘same as it ever was’, is a reference to the fact that no matter how fashion trends and technology change, what a wedding comes down to is two people who want to live together.

The exhibition runs through January 31.

To view the exhibition: Salvatore Corso

Notable: “Reality-Deconstructed”, Michael Benari at Leica Gallery, Boston

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 22, 2017 at 4:43 pm

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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao 2014 © MICHAEL BENARI

Our friend Michael Benari has a new exhibition to kick off the new year.

Benari uses the urban landscape to create his own visual language, and in the process, make work not familiar or necessarily embraced. He aims to use visual elements in ways that surprise, and at times, provoke, so as to invite the viewer into new emotional realms. His work seeks not to make you happy or sad, but rather to question what we assume to know. His use of abstraction further challenges our understanding of what defines photography today.

RECEPTION: January 18, 2018, 6 – 9pm RSVP

ARTIST TALK: Thursday, February 1st 2018,  5pm – 7pm

Exhibition: January 04 – February 25, 2018

For more information: Leica Gallery

 

Notable: Oliver Klink, 2nd Place- Merit of Excellence in the Professional Silhouette Category, 12th Annual Black & White Spider Awards

In Black and White Photography, Photographer on November 7, 2017 at 11:00 am

Oliver Klink, Ancient Farming, Piezography Ink, 2015 (Image via Oliver Klink, Copyrighted ©)

We are happy to announce that our friend Oliver Klink has won 2nd Place-Merit of Excellence for “Ancient Farming” in the Professional Silhouette Category during the 12th Annual Black & White Spider Awards. The Spider Awards is an annual international award competition honoring the best amateur and professional images in black and white photography. Klink’s “Ancient Farming” was creating using the digital printing process Piezography. The image was photographed in China in 2015 and is a part of Klink’s larger body of work titled “Consequences”.

Consequences:

The transition from a pre-modern or traditional to a modern society is frequently described as modernization. Modernization has had the consequences of diminishing the relevance of old world customs, rituals, familial and social relationships.

“Consequences” addresses the current threats to natural and cultural diversity, sites where modernity, tradition, and wild lands collide. It is an elegy for what is vanishing and a celebration of those cultures on the fringe of modern society resilient enough to maintain their vibrance.

As we drift toward a blandly amorphous, generic world, as cultures disappear and life becomes more uniform, we as a people and a species, and Earth itself, are deeply impoverished. The images take the viewer on a roller coaster ride of aesthetic of disappearance, with hope that the fading traditions are not permanent and irreversible.

-Oliver Klink

Congratulations again to our friend for his achievement. For more information on Oliver Klink and his work, please visit Oliver Klink Photography

On site: "Urban Night", Photographs by Allen Shifrin, Red Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on November 1, 2017 at 7:05 am

Conservatory by Allen Shifrin

Conservatory, Allen Shifrin

Black and White photography highlights a dramatic scene through the balance of light and shadow. Surround the same scene in the dark veil of night and the drama is further heightened.

This series of photographs reflects my interest in landscape photography, with an emphasis on the urban landscape.  The subject matter is the scene that unfolds at night, where composition is informed as much by shadow as by artifact.

November 1 through November 30

To view the exhibition: Allen Shifrin

Notable: 2018 International Portfolio Competition, SohoPhotoGallery

In Black and White Photography, Contest, Gallerist on October 30, 2017 at 11:15 am

Are you interested in becoming the next great photographer to be displayed at SohoPhotoGallery? For years, the gallery’s Portfolio Review Committee has juried thousands of photographers’ portfolios, resulting in some brilliant contemporary photography to see the light of day.

ABOUT THE COMPETITION
Located in lower Manhattan, Soho Photo, New York
City’s longest-running photography gallery is awarding
solo shows to three winning photographers. The
panel of jurors will make their initial selections based
on digital submissions. Final selections will be based
on prints.
SUBMISSION
Digital entries must be uploaded at <callforentry.
org> where you will find instructions for submitting.
The competition is open to all photographers age 18
or older, excluding members of Soho Photo Gallery.
Any photographic print medium is acceptable. One
portfolio per photographer, please.
WHAT IS A PORTFOLIO?
A portfolio contains 12-20 compositionally and
technically strong images, with a consistent theme or
topic.
THE JURORS
Members of Soho Photo Gallery’s Portfolio Review
Committee will jury the competition. The committee
has reviewed thousands of portfolios since the
gallery’s beginning in 1971. In so doing, the gallery has
exhibited prints by some of the finest contemporary
photographers throughout the world.

If you’re one of the handful wanting the chance to display their work, submissions will be accepted until January 8th, 2018.

For More Information: SohoPhotoGallery

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