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Preview: Juliet R. Harrison, Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center, Poughkeepsie, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 26, 2016 at 8:01 am
Getting Tied On 3, Juliet Harrison

Getting Tied On 3, Juliet Harrison

Juliet Harrison has continued to stay busy, this time showing her work in lovely Poughkeepsie, New York.

Currently showing through the middle of February, 19 pieces of my work – I was invited to hang an exhibit of my photography at the
Cunneen-Hackett Arts Center

The show is in the Hallway Gallery and is open for viewing during center business hours and during evening and weekend events.

For those who have not had a chance to see a grouping of my work spanning from the White Horses series, through Equiscapes and even some color work, this is a wonderful opportunity. All sales during this exhibit will be partially donated to aid in the efforts of the Arts Center.

For More Information: Juliet R. Harrison

Preview: The Anatomy of Trees, William Wylie, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 15, 2016 at 10:49 am
Cottonwood #12, 033, Pawnee National Grassland, CO, 2015, William Wylie

Cottonwood #12, 033, Pawnee National Grassland, CO, 2015, William Wylie

Winter hasn’t necessarily been as harsh this year when compared to previous seasons, but nevertheless we can all feel bit by Jack Frost’s blues. For those in need of an arboreal excursion, William Wylie’s exhibition and Page Bond Gallery might just be the  tonic. 

American photographer William Wylie is best known for his restrained, black and white photographs of prairies, rivers, and forgotten midwestern towns. Driven by an interest in the “concept of Place,” Wylie’s landscapes capture more than geographical locations: they dig beneath the surface to investigate “spatial practice,” which the artist describes as “our consumption of space and our movement through it.” As with most landscapes, the human body is often physically excluded from Wylie’s photographs; yet subtle clues—tire tracks, ropes, distant telephone poles—indicate the presence of humankind and draw attention to the ways in which we perceive, interact with, and shape the landscape over time.

In his latest series, Wylie concentrates his study of spatial practice on trees he has encountered in two contrasting regions of the world: the western plains of Colorado and the Amalfi Coast in Italy. While the flat, desolate plains in the western state evince droughts and human abandonment, the images from Italy show an abundant, lush landscape that has been preserved for almost two decades as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wylie uses his camera to capture these differences, but he does so impartially, portraying the trees from both sites with the same elegance and attention to detail. In so doing, he suggests that beauty and insight can be found anywhere, in growth as well as decay.

Opening reception will be on Friday, Jan. 22nd, from 6-8 Pm. The exhibit itself will conclude on February 27, 2016.

For More Information: Page Bond Gallery

Notable: Mary Anne Mitchell, Finalist for Julia Margaret Cameron Award

In Black and White Photography, Contest, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 12, 2016 at 2:22 pm
Image courtesy of Mary Anne Mitchell

Image courtesy of Mary Anne Mitchell

 It is with great cheer that we are able to inform of Mary Anne Mitchell’s most recent move forward, being a finalist for the eighth  Juliet Margaret Cameron Awards.

The award is open to all female photographers working in all mediums, styles and schools of thought. Depending on what that contrives itself to, photographers can submit to the following categories: Portraits, People, Landscapes, Fine Art and Alternative Processes. Cell Phone Photography was added this year as a new field.

Mitchell was nominated in the Fine Arts category, which includes Nude and Figure photography, Still Life and Abstractions. This years award winners were juried by Laura Noble, a gallerist, writer and artistic figure in the United Kingdom arts world.

The award is aptly named after one of England’s first notable female photographers. Cameron, whose style was underappreciated in her time, has become well respected in particular for her portrait work. She called the Isle of Wight home in the 19th century, where one of her neighbors was Lord Tennyson.

Congratulations once again to Mary Anne Mitchell on being recognized for her work out of thousands of submissions.

For More Information: The Gala Awards

 

Favorites:”Best of the Best” Emerging Fine Art Photographers 2015

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 5, 2016 at 9:00 am

 

Carousel Abandoned, Steve Wolowitz

2016 is here but let us not forget 2015 excellence without recognition.

In 2012 we wrote about the march of progress in photography:

In 2012, the popularity of phone pictures, Instagram, Pinterest, etc. continued a variety of means by which individuals express themselves. In the Pro/Pro-sumer  world, the year also saw the accelerated return of full frame sensors, mirror less systems, new and amazing digital post processing software and custom electronic photo book formats for the world of tablets.

And perhaps as a reaction to all this “instant gratification”, there exists a continued growing interest in alternative photo print processes. Sometimes involving lab routines 150 years old, these “ancient” methods produce striking results that no vintage digital filter can reproduce.

All this progress continued in 2015. Technology aside, the state of image making technique “is strong” as evidenced by this diverse set of photographers below.

This year’s (once again purely subjective)  list of “Best” emerging photographers is the result of attending portfolio reviews in several cities, reviewing submitted work, contest judging and scanning hundreds of fine art examples in multiple media. These are artists at various stages in their career. Most work in Black & White, some in Color or both.

In no particular order … the “Best of the Best” for 2015 are:

    1. Ed Vatza

    2. Steve Wolowitz

    3. Alan Behr

    4. Liza Hennessey Botkin

    5. Michael Berry

    6. James Pryor

    7. Erik Hansen

    8. Jeff Wiles

    9. Anne Tapler White

    10. Jeff Martin

    Congratulations! and have a creative 2016 making YOUR photography.

    The team at BWGallerist

On Site: “Dark Side of the Gallery” Photographs by Thiago Rodriques, Red Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 1, 2016 at 9:50 am

Image 3, Thiago Rodrigues

Red Filter Gallery is kicking off the New Year with an artist, Thiago Rodrigues, that literally lets his work do the talking. The only information that was supplied with the images:

Thiago Dias Rodrigues, Photographer of São Paulo, Brazil, reaching artistic and urban segments such as, art, portraits.

These images taken at an art gallery translate on many levels … just as the artist requires for an English speaking audience.

January 1 – January 31

To view the exhibition: Red Filter Gallery

Preview: Lower Manhattan: Vintage Photographs 1975-77, Bevan Davies, Deborah Bell Photographs, New York, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 29, 2015 at 11:51 am
480 Broadway, New York, 1979, Bevan Davies

480 Broadway, New York, 1979, Bevan Davies

New York City has served as inspiration for many, and Bevan Davies can certainly agree. His works from the mid-seventies celebrated the architecture of Lower Manhattan, and along with works from Los Angeles in 1976, will be on display next year at Deborah Bell Photographs.

Bevan Davies (American, b. 1941) studied photography with Bruce Davidson at the University of Chicago in the early 1960s and benefited greatly through mentoring from Diane Arbus later in that decade.  After a period of photographing people on the street, especially those at odds with society, in both daylight and evening hours with a hand-held camera, Davies changed his working methodology to describe the physical character of the city: the building façades, and the alleys and streets, with a tripod-mounted 5 x 7-inch view camera.

This change in subject and approach resulted in Davies’ most celebrated work.  When created in the mid-1970s, Bevan Davies’ architectural photographs situated themselves wholly within the dictum laid forth by William Jenkins as “New Topographics,” the title of the legendary exhibition Jenkins organized in 1975 at the George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.  Davies himself writes of his own approach as “an effort being made to let the camera almost see by itself.”  This notion was carried further by the late photographer Lewis Baltz who, in 1976, referred to Davies’ photographs as “rigorously contemporary, while acknowledging a use of the camera which dates from the inception of the medium.”  The images of New York façades, photographed in the early morning hours and devoid of people, describe spaces and shapes defined by light and shadow.  They depict a specific time and place, as evidenced by the window dressings and signage, and they portray a formal grace among the buildings’ details that are included within Davies’ ground glass.  The resulting 16 x 20-inch prints, with their glossy, ferrotyped surfaces and brilliant definition, are at once objective images and seductive objects.

The exhibit, which is being held in cooperation with Joseph Bellows Gallery of La Jolla, CA, will open on January 7th and conclude February 27th.

For More Information: Deborah Bell Photographs

Preview: I Found Ansel Adams in a Parking Lot, Joseph Jurson

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 17, 2015 at 11:19 am
Yosemite Mountain Sheer #2, Joseph Jurson

Yosemite Mountain Side #2, Joseph Jurson

Ansel Adams has been an inspiration to many. His nature photography has been beloved for nearly a century now and is one of the handful of photographers the average laymen might be familiar with. In fact, it’s safe to go as far as saying that  if someone was shown a coniferous black and white with a mountaintop, most would first guess it was done by Adams.

Thus such an indomitable standard has been set. But for photographer Joseph Jurson, Adams served as inspiration for one of his latest projects.

National Parks are a favorite destination of mine because they are more than just rocks, rivers, and trees to me.  I see art in the inspirational vistas of these national treasures.

On one trip to Yosemite, I started my journey with a visit to the Ansel Adams Gallery, spent time viewing some of Ansel Adams original photographs and picked up the book Yosemite * Ansel Adams as a memento of my visit.

Using the book as my visual guide, I drove around Yosemite and had a most interesting revelation about Ansel Adams.  He did much of his photography of Yosemite from the scenic turn-offs and parking lots.  What a pragmatic genius.  Why carry a heavy 8 x 10 camera into the woods for miles, when an unobstructed vista is visible from the parking lot?

The more I learn about the man, the more I like him.

Jurson’s more than happy to assist anyone interested in his work, so it’s encouraged to pay him a visit on his website or contact him through his e-mail,  joseph@josephjurson.com.

For More Information: Joseph Jurson

Preview: The Edge of Night, Lee Backer, Soho Photo Gallery, NYC, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 16, 2015 at 6:08 pm
Under the Manhattan Bridge

Under the Manhattan Bridge, Lee Backer

Photographer Lee Backer will be exhibiting some of his latest works for the first time to the public; one exception was accepted in a juried competition earlier this year.

This series of color photographs follow the collection’s namesake in theme – they were all taken at twilight as New York’s various landscapes transition from the bustle of the day to its luminescent eve.

The exhibit will be at the Soho Photo Gallery in New York City.

I have been photographing since 1969. My main interest has been landscapes, both natural and man-made.

My passion for natural landscapes began as a boy in rural northwest New Jersey. Exploring the woods, fields, and streams near my home, I found that certain places—a pine forest, a rock cliff, a rushing brook—beckoned me back. Three elements of the landscape—trees, rocks, and water—are recurrent subjects of my photographs.

After college, I moved to New York city and soon began exploring all of its urban diversity. I find the urban landscape just as seductive as the pastoral landscapes of my youth.

Since my retirement from a career in technology, I have dedicated myself full-time to photography. My wife, Joan, and I now divide our time between New York City and the Berkshires in western Massachusetts.

In addition to the photos being exhibited, 50 images that summate the Edge of Night series have been turned into a book. There will be copies available at the opening reception at Soho Photo, Tuesday, January 5th, from 6-8 pm. 

For More Information: Lee Backer

Notable: Juliet Harrison 2015 Nominee for Black & White Spider Awards

In Black and White Photography, Gallerist, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 14, 2015 at 7:55 am

 

Bath 2, image courtesy of Juliet R Harrison

Bath 2, image courtesy of Juliet R Harrison

 

This year, our friend Juliet Harrison was one of a handful of nominees to be recognized for the 10th annual Black & White Spider Awards. She was recognized in the Abstract category for her photo, Bath 2. The Spider awards receives thousands of international submissions and is one of the most watched award ceremonies for black & white photography.

Harrison has long been a photographer of the equine and unsurprisingly her muse for her photograph was just that. What’s refreshing is just how effective Harrison was in obscuring the nature of the horse at first glance, forcing the eyes to explore and thus consider the abstraction.

In addition to the well deserved nominee, the upstate New Yorker has published the first part of her article/memoir, On The Trial to My First Horse, in Catskill Horse Magazine. Part two will follow in January.

For More Information: Juliet R. Harrison

 

Preview: Rita Bernstein, Holiday Show & Art Sale, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, Philadelphia, PA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 7, 2015 at 11:45 am
Sliding Pond, Rita Bernstein

Sliding Pond, Rita Bernstein

Rita Bernstein will be amongst colleagues and other alumni for the holiday festivities of The Center for Emerging Visual Artists.

The mission of The Center for Emerging Visual Artists is to coordinate a strong regional support system for visual artists, to advance the careers of professional artists in the region, to promote relationships between artists and the communities in which they live, and to increase access to and promote interest and understanding of visual art among citizens of the community.

About Rita Bernstein:

I began to make art in earnest after leaving a rewarding career as a civil rights lawyer. I had, at that time, two young children to whom I was tethered and, in my first body of work, I explored the sorrows as well as the sweetness of family life, and the ambivalence that shadows intimate relationships.       My subjects were often young people, though it was never my intention to examine childhood specifically.  Rather, I was interested more broadly in the complexities of the human psyche and I found the uninhibited behavior of children to be a rich source of clues to the personal and social dramas with which we also struggle as adults.

As I continued as an artist, I was increasingly inspired by materials and process and I began to make mixed media works on handmade paper. These works are less representational than my several earlier series, but they share a similar undertow of tension and mystery, and a preoccupation with the imperfect, the messy, the raw, and the vulnerable.

The show and sale is now open to the public until January 15th, 2016, Monday – Friday, 11am-5pm.

For More Information: The Center for Emerging Visual Artists

For More Information: Rita Bernstein