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“Each Passion”, Photographs by Shawn Ehlers, Red Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on November 1, 2016 at 6:51 am

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Ravenhair,  Shawn Ehlers

Haunting and mysterious, as befits this time of year, Shawn Ehlers presents us with work that needs to be contemplated at a measured pace.

I’ve come back to my roots with photography, shooting exclusively with various Polaroid cameras. I find the film produces a magic image which scanned during the development of the photo is then printed using watercolor textured archival paper and ink.

Now through November 30

To view the exhibition: Red Filter Gallery

Preview: Anthony Hernandez, Pritzker Center for Photography, San Francisco MoMA, San Francisco, CA

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on October 25, 2016 at 12:59 pm
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Public Fishing Areas #31, Anthony Hernandez

Do you think that Los Angeles is all sunshine and daisies, David Copperfield and Brad Pitt? The city has certainly embraced its glamorous side and projected it to the rest of the world. But for veteran photographer Anthony Hernandez, son of Mexican working-class immigrants, L.A. has been a lifelong environment of poverty. In his new exhibition, the first solo exhibition and the new Pritzker Center of Photography, Hernandez’s work provides a retrospective on the City of Angels’ pockets of desolation.

Anthony Hernandez is the first retrospective to honor the more than 45-year career of this major American photographer. Featuring approximately 160 photographs — many never shown before — the exhibition includes a remarkably varied body of work united by its formal beauty and its subtle consideration of contemporary social issues. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Anthony Hernandez developed his own individual style of street photography, one attuned to the desolate allure and sprawling expanses of his hometown. Over the course of his career, he has deftly moved from black-and-white to color photography, from 35mm to large-format cameras, and from the human figure to the landscape to abstracted detail. Highlights from the exhibition include black-and-white photographs from the early 1970s taken on the streets of downtown L.A., color pictures made on Rodeo Drive in the mid-1980s, and selections from his critically acclaimed series Landscapes for the Homeless, completed in 1991. Although Hernandez has turned his lens on other cities — including Rome, Italy, and various American locales — Los Angeles, and especially the regions inhabited by the working class, the poor, and the homeless, has been his most enduring subject.

The exhibit is now open and will be available to view until January 1st, 2017.

For More Information: SF MoMA

Preview: Story of Three Halves, Adi Tarkay, Fuchs Projects, Bushwick, Brooklyn, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on October 20, 2016 at 12:33 pm
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New York 1, 2015, Adi Tarkay

Famed Israeli photographer Adi Tarkay’s works will be visiting Brooklyn this fall at the Fuchs Gallery.

“I’m drawn to peaceful details in the urban chaos,” says Tarkay, whose quiet black and white observations were shot in busy sections of New York City, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, and Kyoto. Each of the 16 images on view are split into two planes — diptychs that together create a third and new reality through the juxtaposed frames. “The stories that evolve reflect my inner solitude and meditative state at the decisive moment,” he adds.

The half-frame camera in wide use in the 1960s influenced Tarkay’s project and its exploration of the relationship between two halves of the story and the ultimate third. “I photograph at that instant between moments where shape and content merge, when events and ephemera find their place within harmonious composition,” says Tarkay who shot the work with a Leica digital camera using half-frame composition.

Born in Tel Aviv in 1964, the artist is the son of Itzchak Tarkay (1935-2012), a painter best known for the colorful romanticism of his female figures. One night in 2014, the elder Tarkay came to the younger in a dream and told him that his life’s work was to be a photographer. Adi soon retired from his career in the tech business and focused full time on photography. He enrolled in a master class in Israel, followed by studies at the New York Film Academy and at the International Center of Photography. In two short years, his work has been on view in group exhibitions in Israel at the Jaffa Port Gallery, Jaffa, and at the Florentine Gallery, Tel-Aviv. His show at Fuchs Projects is his first in the U.S. More about the artist is at: www.aditarkay.com

For More Information: Fuchs Project

Preview: Ghosts Who Now Dance, Sandy Alpert, Griffin Museum of Photography, Boston, MA

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on October 13, 2016 at 11:56 am

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Our friend, photographer Sandy Alpert, is taking part in her very first major museum exhibition at the Griffin Museum of Photography. The museum will be exhibiting pieces from her series, “Ghosts Who Now Dance.”

Welcome to the Griffin Museum of Photography, a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity organization dedicated solely to the art of photography. Through our many exhibitions, programs and lectures, we strive to encourage a broader understanding and appreciation of the visual, emotional and social impact of photographic art.

At the Griffin Museum, you will find exhibitions from well-known photographers to those emerging on the scene that explore important themes and thought-provoking ideas. All of our exhibitions and programs are designed to encourage the passionate exploration of the art of photography.

If you’re not local to the Boston area, the Griffin Museum is the perfect accompaniment to a beautiful fall visit to New England.

Alpert’s works will be on view until November 27th.

For More Information: Sandy Alpert

Preview: Much Lies Beneath: Forsyth, Scialo, Thun, Clay on Main, Oley, PA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on September 28, 2016 at 4:23 pm

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Clay on Main, based in the historic village of Oley, Pennsylvania, has established itself as a great local arts center for young and old alike. On September 18th, it opened its latest exhibition, featuring local photographers Amy Forsyth, Patricia Scialo, and Barbara Thun.

The exhibit was curated by Kristen Woodward, with a goal towards showcasing the unseen influences of each these contrasting artists. 

About Amy Forsyth: 

My work is currently in the medium of sculptural furniture, and also in music.  I spend most of my time doing three things: designing and building furniture and sculptural pieces, teaching design at Lehigh University, and playing music, most often with friends.  I do not restrict myself to one particular medium; I make drawings and objects of wood, I studied architecture, have worked in clay, studied dance, etc.  This is both my strength and my weakness.  I am not as good of a craftsperson as someone who spends all their time in one discipline, but because I am not restricted by medium, this gives me new ways of discovering and conjoining ideas.

About Patricia Scialo:

My continued concentration with alternative photographic processes has taken on a mixed-media approach.  When altering the surface of a photographic print I use materials such as oil, graphite, encaustic and found-materials for embedding.

These techniques allow me to build layers, adding depth to the photographic imagery. Hand work is vital to the print-making process.

Rediscovered through the lens of my camera, the subject is often transformed, recreated, with the intention to give the viewer a desire to pause and look closer.

Light is the element of design that catches my eye when looking at subjects.  Light allows me to enhance the subject and create a point of interest. Light allows the magic to happen when processing with photographic chemistry.

About Barbara Thun:

Color and texture, the written word and combinations of images and mediums are the basis of my work.

We exist in a precarious balance with all of nature. My work seeks to remind us of the overwhelming power and beauty of this world – and our insignificance. The power to destroy lies always just behind or below the surface of its beauty.

My present work includes a tactile involvement with three dimensional natural forms and drawings that reflect a more abstract approach to the color and texture of the land – both mediums reflecting the mystery and power of the natural world.

The exhibit will be open for viewing until October 23rd.

For More Information: Clay on Main

 

Preview: Conceptions, Marcia Resnick, Deborah Bell Photographs, New York, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on September 22, 2016 at 11:45 pm
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Landscape/Loftscape #14, 1976, Marcia Resnick

Deborah Bell Photographs brings in the end of the year with an examination of Marcia Resnick’s beginning. Before Resnick’s more famous works, she was graduating from Cal Arts and still finding her style. Conceptions: Vintage Photographs 1974-1976, focuses on this period.

Engaging with the idea of the artist’s book, she embarked in 1974 on a series of photographs called See – “photographs of people photographing places.” In an interview with Alex Sweetman at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1978, published in Exposure (16:2), she said:

I found that when I went to tourist spots, there would be people looking at places and they’d always get in the way and I’d always see them from behind. That was the whole [Maurice] Merleau-Ponty kind of philosophical thing: being in front and being behind – like being inside yourself. I was interested also at that time in the iconography of body gestures. How you could read, from the way a person’s body was from the back, almost as much, or as much, as you could from looking at a face in a portrait.

In her now-classic 1974 series See Changes, using one photograph from See, Resnick shows her Cal Arts classmate James Welling perched on the edge of the Grand Canyon and, by manipulating and altering the photograph with paint, pencil and collage in numerous variations, continues to explore her earliest interest in the nature and presence of the photographic print.

Marcia Resnick was born in Brooklyn in 1950. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union, New York City, in 1972, and an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA, in 1973. Resnick’s photographs can be found in numerous institutional collections, including the George Eastman Museum, Rochester; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; The Jewish Museum, New York; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The Morgan Library & Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO; The New York Public Library; Ryerson Image Center, Toronto, ON; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

The exhibit is now open for viewing until November 5th.

For More Information: Deborah Bell Photographs

Preview: Hatsubon, Tomiko Jones, Various Galleries This Fall

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on September 22, 2016 at 12:01 pm
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Image courtesy of Tomiko Jones

Fans of the wonderful artistry by Tomiko Jones will have a few different options to view her work this fall.

Tomiko Jones’ work is linked to place, exploring transitions in the landscape in social, cultural and geographical terms. Jones received her Master of Fine Arts in Photography with a Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Arizona in Tucson. She is the recipient of awards including the 2013 En Foco New Works Fellowship, the National Society for Photographic Education Freestyle Crystal Apple Award for Outstanding Achievement, 4Culture and CityArtists. She spent three months in residence at Museé Niépce in Chalon-Sur-Saône, France and a project-specific Fellowship at The Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France.

As an educator, Jones taught as Assistant Professor and Photography Program Coordinator at Metropolitan State University of Denver, New Mexico State University and Drury University Summer Institute for Visual Arts. Currently she is a Visiting Artist and Curator-in-Residence at California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, California.

First, in San Francisco, Jones’ series Hatsubon will be on display at Desai | Matta Gallery, part of the Arts at CIIS. The exhibit and opening reception began Saturday, September 10th, but Tea Talk Tuesdays with Jones on Sept. 27 and October 18th will accompany the exhibition prior to its closing on October 27th.

Throughout time communities and cultures have sent many of their young ones off to sea to find a better life on the other shore. At the other end of a lifetime, the ocean is home to our many rituals of death, both vehicle and destination for the final journey of those we love. With this exhibition we ritually set free the spirit and body of Tomiko Jones’ father, who passed away just days before she arrived in San Francisco to take on a role as Visiting Artist and Curator-in-Residence. 
Deirdre Visser, Curator, The Arts at CIIS

Upon concluding in San Francisco, Jones will take her work to the Kipp Gallery, at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Passage : Hatsubon with an open reception November 3 and exhibit conclusion December 8th.

Inspired by end-of-life conversations with her father in the months leading up to his death of how one “travels” to the next destination, this work takes shape as a meditation on spiritual transcendence. Through photographic installation and video projection, “Passage: Hatsubon” weaves together imagery Jones collected in Swissvale, Pennsylvania, the town of her father’s birth; Hawaii, her mother’s home and her father’s final resting place; and California, where her parents met and Jones was born.
Chris McGinnis, Curator, Kipp Gallery

For More Information: Tomiko Jones

Notable: Sandy Alpert in Black & White Photography (UK), September Issue #193

In Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on September 19, 2016 at 11:32 am
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The Vertical Expression of Horizontal Desire, Cover of Black & White Photography, Sandy Alpert

We like to see our friends get noticed. It never hurts however when another source does the same, as Black & White Photography has done with Sandy Alpert.

I’m delighted to share some exciting news…

I’m so honored and thrilled to announce a photograph from my new series

The Vertical Expression Of Horizontal Desire” is on the cover of the latest issue of Black + White Photography Magazine (UK), September issue #193. It’s accompanied by a two-page feature article about my work.

My heartfelt thanks to Elizabeth Roberts, Mark Bentley and Susan Burnstine.

This issue of Black + White Photography Magazine (UK) is available now through October 6th at Barnes & Noble, and fine art bookstores throughout the United States.
Show some support for a talented friend of ours and drop by your local vendor this month.
For More Information: Sandy Alpert

Preview: New Artists and Acquisitions, Susan Spiritus Gallery, Newport Beach, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on September 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm
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The Boy, Deb Young and Frank Diaz

Count Susan Spiritus Gallery amongst those excited for the beginning of fall. The gallery is excited to debut a new collaborative duo  this month, along with the works of a more established veteran. Collectors should take note.

First to feature the work by the creative duo, Deb Young + Frank Diaz, the International Collaboration Project artists, as they work together in real time while living on two different continents; Deb in New Zealand and Frank in the USA.

In a very short period of time this duo has achieved great success and much recognition.
Their most recent achievement has been to win and share with two others, the 9th Julia Margaret Cameron Award for photography! Recent articles on the artistic duo have been published in Creative Boom, an online magazine that celebrates and supports the creative community; Chilie’s mor.bo magazine; New York’s featureshoot Magazine; New York’s Musée Magazine, Russia’s Bleek Magazineand New Zealand’s D-Photo Magazine among others!
All of the links to these articles will be on the gallery’s website for reading at your leisure. The collection of work we are featuring in this newsletter is from the Playground series.

In addition, we are featuring work by the Australian photographer Ben Thomas who has reconstructed the urban places which we call home. The photographs are from the Chroma series, which illustrate a sense of place, a celebration of the minimal, and are hyper-bright and unreal.
Ben Thomas is one of the finalists for The William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize which is an initiative of the MGA Foundation to promote excellence in photography. It has become Australia’s most coveted prize in photography since its inception in 2006.

Prints are available in decidedly limited fashion, so if there’s any interest, it’s recommended to not be tardy with inquiries.

For More Information: Susan Spiritus Gallery

Preview: 19th Century Photography Conference and Show, The Daguerreian Society, New York, NY

In Art Fair, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on September 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm

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Fans of 19th century photography are strongly advised to be in New York City this October. Why? The Daugeurreian Society will present the 19th-Century Photography Conference and Show, a five-day event that will feature and art fair, panel discussions, receptions, and tours.

Here’s a rundown of what to expect.

On October 19th, a symposium, from 9:30 to 4pm will

feature a panel discussion with top contemporary artists discussing how 19th-century photography and its processes have influenced their work, and presentations by curators and collectors on why they include 19th-century photography along with modern and contemporary photography in their collections. Highlights include:

Some of the highlights will be looking at how contemporary art photographers can use 19th Century photoprocesses, how these processes can help “save” contemporary photography, a history of photography, and a panel by collector Dan Solomon .

On October 20th, the Annual Daguerreian Society Conference will get underway at 8:45. Speakers will in include the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s photography curator Jeffrey Rosenheim, scholar Larry Schaaf, scientist Dusan Stulik, the Met’s Stephen Pinson, Museum of Fine Art’s Nancy Keeler, Thomas Walther, Mike Medhurst of Medhurst & Co., and many more art gallerists and fine art academics.

An evening reception will also occur that Friday:

Following the Conference on Friday, October 21, attendees are invited to attend several receptions: Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs will hold a reception for the exhibitions Adam Fuss Daguerreotypes and The Womb of the Pre-Raphaelite Imagination and John Beasley Greene at 962 Madison Avenue. Howard Greenberg Gallery will hold a reception for the exhibition “A New and Mysterious Art:” Ancient Photographic Methods in Contemporary Artcurated by Jerry Spagnoli at 41 E. 57th Street. Both events are from 7:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, October 22nd, will be the star of the event, with a 19th Century Photography Show:

The 19th-Century Photography Show will be held for one day only on Saturday, October 22, from 10:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. with more than 100 international photography art dealers. On view will be museum-quality daguerreotypes and other 19th century photography by some of the most important photographers of the time. Exhibitors from the U.S., England, Ireland, France, Germany, Denmark, Argentina, Sweden, and Canada will include Peter Fetterman Gallery, Howard Greenberg Gallery, James Hyman Gallery, Alan Klotz Gallery, Hans P. Kraus, Jr., Lee Gallery, Serge Plantureux, William Schaeffer, Vintage Works, Ltd., Janet Lehr Inc., 19th-Century Rare Books and Photographs, and Charles Schwartz, Ltd., among many others.

Wednesday, October 19th and Sunday, October 23rd, will be made available for offsite tours. The event will be held at the Wyndham New Yorker Hotel and tickets are available through the Daguerreian Society.

For More Information: The Daguerreian Society