Posts Tagged ‘best’

Notable: Photo Review Benefit Auction

In Auction, Black and White Photography, Books, Camera, Photo Print Collector on November 9, 2013 at 6:09 pm


Ashes by John Paul Caponigro, 1994

On Saturday, November 9 at 7 PM, The Photo Review will hold its 2013 Benefit Auction at the University of the Arts, Hamilton Hall, Broad and Pine Streets in Philadelphia.

The event will feature an international slate of photographers as well as a host of Philadelphia artists. Beginning and experienced collectors alike will have the opportunity to bid on work by historic masters as well as contemporary photo stars and featured local luminaries.

In addition, a broad range of 19th-century and vernacular photographs is up for bid.

A silent auction, concurrent with the live auction, will feature photography equipment, restaurant meals, museum memberships, theater tickets, books, etc.

Lodima Archival Materials has provided matting for Photo Review auction items.

A preview will be held on Friday, November 8 from 11 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturday, November 9 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., just prior to the auction, or you can preview a catalogue of items in the auction and silent auction at the link below.

For more information: The Photo Review

Preview: Allen Frame at the Gitterman Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on October 16, 2013 at 3:51 pm


Mariachis, Mexico City, 2000

Dialogue with Bolaño is the new Exhibition of color and black and white photographs by Allen Frame celebrating his work presented in tandem with the literary creations of Chilean writer, Roberto Bolaño.

Frame’s work conveys a restrained, but deeply felt sense of intimacy – desire and alienation all in one. Bolaño’s work, drawing on motifs of detective fiction, creates a moving reflection of creativity played out under the shadow of a repressive political and social conflict.

November 7, 2013 – January 11, 2103

For more information: The Gitterman Gallery

Best of Show: Ion Zupcu, FotoFest curated exhibitions, Houston, Texas

In Art Fair, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on April 5, 2010 at 3:29 pm

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Ion Zupcu from “Discoveries of the Meeting Place” exhibit

We tried to see as many of the FotoFest themed exhibits as possible along with the Meeting Place exhibit of previous talent “discovered” at the fair. After seeing hundreds of very diverse and impressive prints we kept coming back to a series by Ion Zupco exhibited just across the walkway form the Doubletree FotoFest HQ.

Selected by Madeline Yale, Houston Center for Photography, Ion Zupcu presented a mesmerizing selection of his series on cubes, rectangles and square objects. Harking back to the likes of Josef Albers, his current evolution of still-life, monochromatic images has evolved over the years into a whole different level of physical and visual interpretation. His use of delicate contrast, patterns and textures draws the viewer in to a different dimension of experience.

From his bio:

Up to that point he had been producing primarily landscape photography. However, he now went back to
his initial interest in still-life work, and began spending long hours shooting, studying, and mastering the subject matter. His first fully-realized series of photographs in this genre was in 1999 with a group of images simply titled, Flowers. Several other bodies of work soon
followed, including photographs depicting bottles, fabric, and eggs, among other objects.To this day Zupcu insists on printing and toning all of his work himself.

In our brief conversation with the artist, we could hear the Eastern European accent (Romania) along with the determined focus brought about by a life that most Americans would find challenging.

We congratulate Ion on his being chosen “Best of Show” and invite you to see more of his work: Ion Zupcu

Sample Galleries: Clampart, Gallery 339, The Halstead Gallery

Pro Photographer Alert: New Issue of Rangefinder Magazine

In Article, Black and White Photography, Photographer on January 20, 2010 at 12:34 pm


The January issue of Rangefinder Magazine is out and it has multi-article coverage of the current state of Black and White photography.

While it was the only medium in the early days of photography, now there are obvious reasons image makers choose black and white over color. It seems to have become synonymous with two very important and distinctly different segments of the professional market: documentary photography and fine art photography.

Bill Hurter, Editor

Among some very well done pieces, it should be noted there is an article on Susan Burnstine, our “Best of Show” winner at Photo LA.

This magazine issue has not only good information for artists, but also gallerists and collectors as well.

We will be looking at some of the findings in this issue over the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

On Site: Photo LA – Best in Show

In Art Fair, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 18, 2010 at 5:13 pm


Susan Burnstine

Although unfair and deeply subjective, we feel it necessary to provide our opinion as to the “BEST IN SHOW” at PHOTO LA 2010. Our criteria is simply which image or set of images left the most lasting impression.

While there were many classic prints to choose from at Photo LA and some great new contemporary work, we found one artist exhibited who continues to catch the growing attention of gallerists, curators and collectors: Susan Burnstine.

Her photographs are ethereal in appearance and easily draw the viewer into a new experience. She achieves this “look” in a unique manner.

I wanted to find a way to portray my dream-like visions entirely in-camera, rather than with post-processing manipulations. To achieve this, I created twenty-one hand-made film cameras and lenses that are frequently unpredictable and technically challenging. The cameras are primarily made out of plastic, vintage camera parts and random household objects and the single element lenses are molded out of plastic and rubber. Learning to overcome their extensive limitations has required me to rely on instinct and intuition – the same tools that are key when attempting to interpret dreams.

Two galleries carried her work at the show, Kevin Longino and Susan Spiritus. One dealer we talked with said the prices for Susan’s work had increased during the show.

We understand the attraction … and congratulate Ms. Burnstine on her work.

*** UPDATE *** See January issue of RANGEFINDER for an article on Susan