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Preview: Eye of The Century, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Leica Gallery LA/ Peter Fetterman Gallery, Los Angeles

In Gallery on May 20, 2019 at 10:25 am

Siphnos, Greece, 1961, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Image via Peter Fetterman Gallery

Peter Fetterman Gallery has been particularly excited to announce a collaboration with Leica Gallery LA. The gallery will be displaying rare and iconic works by the world famous Henri Cartier-Bresson.

To tell Henri Cartier-Bresson’s story and to unravel his work is essentially to tell the story of a look. Throughout the 20th century, this roaming, lucid eye has captured the fascination of Africa in the 1920’s, crossed the tragic fortunes of Spanish republicans, accompanied the liberation of Paris, caught a weary Gandhi just hours before his assassination, and witnessed the victory of the communists in China. Henri Cartier-Bresson was also Jean Renoir’s assistant on three major films, an artist who sees himself an artisan but who nevertheless established Magnum, the most prestigious of all photo agencies, and who immortalised his major contemporaries : Mauriac in a state of mystical levitation, Giacometti, Sartre, Faulkner or Camus, and as many more all taken at the decisive moment, all portraits for eternity.

– Pierre Assouline, Henri Cartier-Bresson, l’oeil du siècle, Folio / Gallimard

Seemingly present at nearly every significant event during his period of work, Cartier-Bresson transcended the world of photography. The exhibit will open June 13th and conclude July 31st, 2019.

For More Information: Leica Gallery LA

Preview: Ellis Island Revealed, Honky-Tonk Explored, Various Artists, Soho Photo Gallery, NYC

In Gallery on May 14, 2019 at 11:19 am

Soho Photo Gallery has a particularly enticing show now on display, featuring works from several extremely talented photographers.

Lee Backer – Detained at the Golden Door: The Unseen Side of Ellis Island

The hospital complex on the south side of Ellis Island stands in a state of decay that began when Ellis Island closed its doors in 1954. Despite the crackled walls, bare floors, and painted surfaces dulled by time, the deserted rooms and corridors of the Contagious and Infectious Diseases section still speak of the immigrants detained there to await their fate. Some recovered sufficiently to enter America; others were returned to their homelands.

Allan Markman – The Lathe of Time

Objects that I scavenge for my photographs are transformed by time and exposure to the elements. Often the changes to their patina and form render them unrecognizable. Detritus found on the beach are sculpted, quite literally, by the sands of time. When these objects are combined, often with flora, the produced synergistic effect is rendered harmonious because they all have been subjected to the constant and relentless lathe of time.

R. Wayne Parsons – Portals

Portals take us to the unusual, or the unexpected, or the familiar seen in a new way. While the square with the white border that has been rotated 45 degrees provides continuity, the diversity of subjects in the images reflects the incredible variety of our world. The series is sufficiently ambiguous to allow multiple interpretations. One can’t go astray by approaching the series with a sense of play, both serious and frivolous.

Chad Schaefer – Dim Lights, Thick Smoke & Loud, Loud Music

Waylon Jennings said “the honky-tonks of Texas were my natural second home…” and that is where traditional honky tonk music is still alive – in rundown little beer joints. The people who play, listen, dance and live the lifestyle, as if time had stood still, don’t change wherever you go  – whether it’s the Little Longhorn Saloon in Austin, TX, or Skinny Dennis in Brooklyn, NY. I’ve spent the past ten years capturing this world on film using vintage cameras and flashbulbs to give the images a timeless feel.

Seena Sussman – It Was Two Floors Up: Times Square Boxing Gym

About 30 years ago, through a grimy window in Times Square, I saw two shadowy figures dancing about. I climbed the stairs to discover “The Times Square Boxing Gym” run by a former “Golden Glover,” Jimmy Glenn. For a few months, Jimmy allowed me access to produce a photo essay of the rituals that make a boxer. This gym —     which hosted some of the greats —     closed in 1994.
The exhibit will be available for viewing until June 1st.
For More Information: Soho Photo Gallery

Preview: Nude Compositions, Han Nguyen, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA

In Gallery on May 13, 2019 at 11:15 am
Han Nguyen Nude Compositions

Image by Han Nguyen, via Joseph Bellows Gallery

Han Nguyen’s intricately layered nude compositions are now on display at Joseph Bellows Gallery.

The exhibition will present a selection of Nguyen’s small-scale black and white photographs, which are comprised of varying layers of imagery that present the nude figure within a field of relating forms and tones, while referencing art history.  Included in the exhibition will also be a large-scale color piece from the series.

Nguyen’s delicate and transformative imagery investigates beauty, perception, and the medium itself through modest working methods that employ pinhole cameras, fabricated studio arrangements, collage, photogram image-making processes, and subtle color toning and print masking procedures.

His photographs have been celebrated with exhibitions at the Museum of Photographic Arts, The George Eastman Museum, the San Diego Central Library, and several solo and numerous group exhibitions at Joseph Bellows Gallery. Nguyen’s work was included in the traveling exhibitions Picturing Eden and Beyond Boundaries: Contemporary Photography in California, both with an accompanying catalog.  His work is in the collections of the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery, Spencer Museum of Art, and the Museum of Photographic Arts.

The exhibit is open to public viewing until June 14th.

For More Information: Joseph Bellows Gallery

Preview: Subject: Contact, Bruce Davidson, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY

In Gallery on May 8, 2019 at 8:17 pm
Brooklyn Gang, Bruce Davidson

Brooklyn Gang, Bruce Davidson

Straight from one of the most idyllic eras of American history, Bruce Davidson’s unfiltered works from the 50s and 60s are on display at Howard Greenberg Gallery.

BRUCE DAVIDSON, SUBJECT: CONTACT will present contact sheets in context with vintage prints from four seminal projects from the 1950s and ‘60s—Circus, Brooklyn Gang, Time of Change, and East 100th Street —illustrating Davidson’s connection to some of the 20th century’s most important social, cultural, and political moments. The exhibition will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from May 2 through June 15, with an opening reception attended by the artist to be held on Thursday, May 2 from 6-8 p.m.

Poetic and profound, powerful and tender, Davidson’s work derives its strength from the unique and long-lasting relationships he developed with his subjects, first gaining their trust, then allowing them to open up to him and his camera, before documenting their lives. “I stand to the side respectfully until I am invited in,” Davidson has said. “There is a lot of patience and stillness in the making of a photograph.”

Providing a rare glimpse into the photographer’s immersive process, Davidson’s contact sheets from each series will be presented together with a selection of related vintage prints, allowing viewers to see the connection between images in sequence as a work in progress and how the photographer made his final selections.

The exhibit opened on May 2nd and will be up for public viewing until June 15th, 2019.

For More Information: Howard Greenberg 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

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
3 photos by alfred stieglitz

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

“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.

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