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Notable: Oliver Klink Featured in Light And Shadow Magazine (issue 3)

In Books on May 16, 2018 at 11:51 am

Our friend Oliver Klink was recently featured in Light and Shadow, providing tips on how to be a better black and white photographer, along with providing some incredible photographs to boot. From the article:

Black and White (B&W) was once the only means we had to communicate photographically. It was a very romantic medium, eternalized by the likes of Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, Minor White, Henri Cartier Bresson, Yousuf Karsh, Ansel Adams and many more. Today, even with thedominance of color images, especially on social media, monochromatic photography is making a strong resurgence. When properly composed, B&W photos look even more captivating and stunning than their color equivalent, enabling the viewer to focus on the subject, emotion and timelessness of the image.

B&W is easier and simpler to do than ever. Yet, for some, it’s just as complicated and difficult as ever. So what do you need to understand in order to produce a great monochromatic image?

LIGHTING, SHAPES, PATTERNS,
AND TEXTURES
A B&W photo breaks these fundamentals
down to their basics, and is not hindered by
the distraction and complexity that color can
sometimes contribute. Elements like trees,
fences, roads, and people draw viewers into the
photo and lead them to the subject matter. B&W
photos are at their most interesting when distinct
textures and patterns dominate the image…

To read the rest of the article and check out Light & Shadow as a whole, you can see the the magazine here.

Notable: Reverence, Jeffrey Conley, Book Release at Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

In Books, Gallery on March 22, 2018 at 11:04 am

Waterfall, Southern Alps, NZ, by Jeffrey Conley

For fans of Jeffrey Conley, the next event at Peter Fetterman Gallery at the end of this month is sure to be a can’t miss.

Peter Fetterman Gallery is pleased to celebrate the launch of Jeffrey Conley’s new book, “Reverence” on Saturday, March 31, 2018, from 3 to 6 PM. This event presents a unique opportunity to meet the distinguished American fine art landscape photographer in person while he discusses his recent body of work.

Signed books, published by Nazraeli Press in association with Peter Fetterman Gallery, can be purchased at the event for $75.00 USD; they are also available on our website. The corresponding photography exhibition for “Reverence” has been extended in the gallery till June 9, 2018, so we invite you to visit this beautiful body of work if you haven’t done so already.

Again, for those who are interested in the event, it will be Saturday afternoon from 3-6pm, March 31st.

For More Information: Peter Fetterman Gallery

Notable: “Grey”, New Book by Michael Benari

In Books, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 2, 2017 at 11:00 am

Michael-Benari-Grey

Fans of our friend Michael Benari are sure to be looking forward to March this year, as Benari will be releasing a new book, titled Grey.Many of the images in this book fall into the genre of “street photography”.

Many of the images in this book fall into the genre of “street photography”. I specifically use the street as a source of inspiration for discovering new ways of creating a visual experience. I think of the work as closely related to certain artistic traditions in painting and feel a close connection to everything abstract that has come before me. At the same time “GREY” is a collection of visual experiments, forcing me to push the limits of perception, and discover new ideas and new forms in the process. Our visual experience today is already saturated with so many accepted notions of beauty that looking to re-shape those assumptions becomes the real challenge for today’s artist. The “street” becomes a kind of outdoor laboratory in which I can still find the chance-encountered visual surprise that helps to re-orient my own perceptions and those in my work. Inasmuch as each image is its own resolution, the entire series of images reflects an on-going process of exploring an unknown terrain waiting to be discovered.

Also on the horizon will be a new show in Boston, MA, at 555 Gallery. Stay tuned for more details and images from the new book and exhibition.

For More Information: Michael Benari

Preview: Becoming Iranian, Bijan Roghanchi, Shirin Gallery, New York, NY

In Books, Gallery on October 5, 2016 at 2:00 pm
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Image courtesy of Bijan Roghanchi

Growing up in Maplewood, NJ, people are privy to a fortunate and tolerant community. The color of skin and sexual preference of each individual has rarely been cause for concern in the town. But one instance, 9/11, threw all of that out the window. As an Iranian-American, Bijan Roganchi had been treated as an American first nearly every day prior. But in high school on that fateful day, he experienced prejudice for being part of a culture he only partially knew.

Ten years later, Roghanchi ventured into Iran for the very first time.

On September 10th, 2011 the only thing I could think about was how to come up with $10,000 to pay the Iranian conscription board and avoid 21 months of military service. It was 91 days since I landed in Tehran which meant I wouldn’t be allowed to leave without serving or paying. I could have left earlier, but I needed more time.

In June 2011, I moved to Iran to spend a year understanding the place where my father was born and raised, and to which I had never been. I went in blind, not speaking Farsi, to meet my family, to ask what it meant for me to be Iranian. My tools were a camera, dozens of journals and a tape recorder.

Over the next two and a half years I photographed my way through Iran. It took a year to pay off the military, teaching English for $3.40 an hour. I made friends, fell in and out of love and joined the ranks of Tehran’s wandering souls. I traveled throughout the country, road tripping with friends through Iranian Kurdistan, Azerbaijan and the Turkmen Sahra. I hitchhiked across the central Iranian desert from Isfahan to the Afghan border near Tabas and ferried between the islands of the Persian Gulf.

A journey of over 800 days and over 20,000 photographs was distilled down to 81 pictures in a single book. Becoming Iranian’s goal is to give vision to an oft-misunderstood culture while simultaneously exploring Roghanchi’s roots.

Shirin Gallery NY will be hosting the book’s launch tomorrow, Thursday October 6th for a reception, 6 to 8 pm. Works from the book will be available for viewing until October 15th.

For More Information: Bijan Roghanchi

Notable: Richard Sherman Book, “Wooden Boats”

In Black and White Photography, Books, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on May 29, 2015 at 2:49 pm
Image Courtesy of Richard Sherman

Image Courtesy of Richard Sherman

The  old adage for boat owners goes something like, “The best two days of owning a boat are the day you buy it and the day you sell it.” Fortunately for photographer Richard Sherman, photographing the aquatic majesty of this transportation is just as rewarding for a fraction of the cost.

When Richard Sherman was about seven years old, he visited his great uncle–a lifetime merchant mariner–when he arrived into port in Elizabeth, NJ.  Invited onto a ship for the first time, young Richard heard of far away places–Hong Kong, Brazil, Korea, Australia–and his senses were inundated by the distinctive smells, the yellowish lights, the metal ladders, and passageways of a large ship.  That event set the foundation for a lifelong love of travel and a love of boats.

Richard has spent the last few years traveling and photographing old boats, with a special emphasis on wooden vessels.  He has compiled these photographs into a portfolio at http://www.richardshermanphotography.com/wooden-boats, and has printed a subset of them in this book.

For More Information Contact: Richard Sherman

Notable: Viva Viva, Michael Benari, Limited Edition Now Available

In Black and White Photography, Books, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 19, 2015 at 10:26 am
Image Courtesy of Michael Benari/Benarifoto.com

Image Courtesy of Michael Benari/Benarifoto.com

For the majority of current America, Cuba has become an enigma. The great red scare in the south has  dissolved, and left a country searching for its soul. Now, with news of diplomatic relations potentially being restored between the US and Cuba, interest with our island neighbor is peaking. But for Michael Benari, curiosity and opportunity rediscovered Cuba a little ahead of schedule …

In March 2014, a photographer-friend and I traveled to Havana, Cuba to see for ourselves how life goes on here and what surprises await us. It was our first visit and it did not disappoint. One is immediately struck by the want, the crumbling buildings, the dilapidated cars and at the same time by the defiant resolve to survive and find joy and pleasure despite it all. The people are full of talent, soul,and character, but just locked out of a chance to blossom and shine.

As usual, I was shooting in black and white, and for the first time regretted notalso shooting in color. The colors are so rich and varied.I produced a body of work I called Viva Viva, to celebrate the life-spirit on this isolated island. The portfolio is a set of 36 silver-gelatin prints and the book is a limited edition of 200, numbered and signed.

Books and prints can be purchased by contacting Michael Benari at info@benarifoto.com.

For More Information: Michael Benari

Notable: Bath and Barn 33, Juliet Harrison, Limited Edition Portfolios

In Black and White Photography, Books, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on November 20, 2014 at 1:03 pm

Our friend Juliet Harrison, best known for her stellar equestrian photography, is back with two limited edition portfolios just in time for the holidays.

The first two of the Limited Edition Folios are ready for special order. These are the first of an ongoing series of Collector portfolios of themed prints. Folios contain between 6 and 8 archival cotton rag signed and number 8 1/2″ X 11″ prints. Each folio comes in a special folder with a signed and numbered cover page. Each folio edition is limited to 15 copies.BATH is the first in the series. BARN 33 is the second set.

The images in BATH were shot at the Saratoga Springs Race Course in August of this year. The Folio contains 6 archival 8 1/2″ x 11″ cotton rag prints.2 folios of BATH have already sold, leaving only 13 still available for order.

$180.00 (plus $10.00 shipping within the US)

The second folio in the series, BARN 33 , contains 8 images of roosting pigeons shot also at the Saratoga Springs Race Course in August of 2014.

For fans of equestrian, nature in general and photography, Harrison’s work is worth checking out. These folios will provide a great glimpse into her work so if you’re interested, act quickly before the opportunity expires.

For More Information: Juliet Harrison Bath / Barn 33

Notable: Mitch Dobrowner, The Prophecies of William Blake, 21st Editions, Re-Release

In Black and White Photography, Books on October 29, 2014 at 11:13 am
Image Courtesy of Mitch Dobrowner and 21st Editions

Image Courtesy of Mitch Dobrowner and 21st Editions

21st Editions, purveyors of fine art photography books like few others, have a new card up their sleeve with the recent release of Mitch Dobrowner’s The Prophecies of William Blake.

Mitch Dobrowner has catapulted his way to great recognition and success in these past few years with both daring and finesse.

Winning the Sony World Photography Awards’ Photographer of the Year (from more than 100,000 entrants) gained Dobrowner attention from press around the world.

Having been sold out for some time, this copy (#26) of The Prophecies of William Blake, with an introduction by John Wood, is newly available for purchase.

While 21st Editions’s books are always a little bit of an investment, but never a regretful purchase. If you’re wanting one of these handcrafted beauties, contact Pam or Steve at 508-398-3000.

For More Information: 21st Editions

Preview: “Nuit Blanche”, Wendy Paton at Michener Art Museum

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Books, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on August 31, 2014 at 12:22 pm

Wendy Michner

 

Our friend Wendy Paton has a MAJOR exhibition at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, Pa. With over 60 works on display this is an opportunity to view the work of a major contemporary artist.

An award winning fine art photographer, Wendy Paton was in the throes of a successful, ground breaking career training and driving Standardbred race horses in New York, when in 1981, her interest in photography emerged.She studied at the International Center of Photography in New York, learned the intricacies of night photography from Michael Kenna, and darkroom printing techniques from her mentor and collaborator, master printer Chuck Kelton.

Consisting of two bodies of work,NUIT BLANCHE comprises a premiere selection of Paton’s Visages de Nuit, complemented by a collection of her latest series,Reclaiming Dignity, in an installation of seventy of the artist’s gelatin silver prints.

VISAGES DE NUIT is a collection of 51 black and white candid night portraits, shot over a six-year period from 2006-2012 in various international cities. Paton created this series of nocturnal images, exploring the mystery of the night and bringing the viewer into her subject’s nighttime world. Their dark, gritty characteristics purposely convey Paton’s interpretation of the surreal quality of life at night, and what is hiding behind what we normally view as reality.

RECLAIMING DIGNITY is a portfolio of Paton’s vision of “abstract portraits,” faces and bodies of neglected cars, once coveted for their style, beauty, speed and grace. Left unattended and ignored for years, then a chance to once again be admired and coveted; an opportunity to “reclaim their dignity.”

Now through December 7.

For more information: Wendy Paton

Preview: Superlative Light, Robert Shults, Atlanta, New York City, Chicago and more

In Black and White Photography, Books, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on August 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm
Image courtesy of Robert Shults

Image courtesy of Robert Shults

After a successful Kickstarter campaign from earlier this year, Robert Shults is happily taking his new book, Superlative Light, on tour before its official release this fall. The book is sure to be a hit for any fan of photography, science and science fiction.

“In a cavernous complex buried three stories beneath the University of Texas, there resides an almost inconveivable piece of technology which inolves some of the most extreme conditions ever encountered by mankind.

It is called the Texas Petawatt and, at the time of these photos, it produced the most powerful laser pulse anywhere is the world.

At its peak output, this massive device releases an unparalleld luminous force which constitutes the brightest light known to exist in the entire universe.

With this ambitious work of of science at its foundation, The Superlative Light follows an original work of science fiction written by mathematician and author Rudy Rucker. The combination of words and photography has been rounded into what is indelibly an auspicious work of art. 

For those interested in taking a peek at The Superlative Light before its publication, Shults will be stopping in at least four different locations for events: on August 30 and 31st, Atlanta, for the Decatur Book Festival; September 20th, New York City for Photoville; September 25th, Chicago, for Filter Photo Festival. Capping the tour will be the book release party on October 31st in Hillsborough, NC, at the Daylight Community Arts Center.

For More Information: Robert Shults