Posts Tagged ‘Black and White Photography’

Preview: Meet Me In My Dreams, Mary Anne Mitchell, Mattie Kelly Arts Center, Niceville, FL

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on May 24, 2016 at 7:32 am
Mary Anne Mitchell's photo.

Image Courtesy of Mary Anne Mitchell

Northern Floridians and visitors to the Panhandle this month and next should head to the Mattie Kelly Arts Center. On display are the indomitable Salvador Dali and our friend Mary Anne Mitchell’s latest selection of photography.

Mitchell creates her images using long exposures, wet plate collodion, and digital scanning. Wet plate collodion involves preparing a glass plate with collodion (a chemical solution) and shooting the photograph directly onto the plate. The process was developed in the 1850s and quickly became popular because it produced a multi-use glass negative; it remained the primary means of photography through the 1880s.

Mitchell uses this traditional process to shoot long-exposure photographs that create movement and give the images an ethereal atmosphere. She then scans these plates and prints them on a larger scale to intensify the organic characteristics inherent in the process. The exhibition of Mitchell’s black-and-white dreamscapes will include both plates and prints.

Visitors to the Holzhauer Gallery will even have the opportunity to experience Mitchell’s work as one might have in the 19th century: included in the exhibition are several stereoscopic viewers through which the photographs can be experienced in three dimensions.

Opening on May 23rd, latecomers to the exhibit might be instead keen to wait for the closing reception on July 16th, from 6-7:30 pm.

For More Information: Mattie Kelly Arts Center

Preview: Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs to Show at Photo London

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on May 12, 2016 at 4:11 pm

Lace, Early 1840s Salt print from a photogenic drawing negative, William Henry Fox Talbot

Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs will show work by early British masters at Photo London, at Somerset House. This will include works by: William Henry Fox Talbot, Nicolaas Henneman, Hugh Owen and Benjamin Brecknell Turner. The works will range from salt prints to photogenic drawings, dating from 1839 to about the 1860s.

Of all the people critical to the story of the introduction of photography, the one with perhaps the most humble beginnings is Nicolaas Henneman, who was born in the Netherlands in 1813 and was a valet to William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877). It would have been natural for the founder of photography to call on his valet to fetch chemicals and to set up cameras, but Henneman rapidly emerged as a working partner, making prints and even making his own negatives.

In 1841 or 1842, when Talbot and Henneman were working together to master the new calotype negative process, Henneman was a convenient volunteer for a photographic portrait. The resulting picture, a calotype negative, shows Henneman’s strong and determined demeanor and is a fitting tribute to Talbot’s most trusted assistant and supportive friend and colleague.

In addition to Henneman’s portrait, Talbot’s work at Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs includes a salt print ofLace. The negative for the print was made without a camera by placing a piece of lace on a sheet of photographically sensitized paper, casting its shadow and producing the boldly graphic image. When Talbot first held it in front of a group of people, they thought it was an actual piece of lace and were stunned to learn that instead it was a photographic representation. These photographs could record a level of detail comparable to that seen in still-lives rendered by the most accomplished Dutch painters.

Another photographic image made without a camera, is a poetic photogenic drawing of Leaves of Grass by Henneman from March 1839, within two months of when Talbot announced his invention to the world.

In late 1843, Henneman began a bold venture, the world’s first photographic printing firm in the town of Reading. Talbot supported this new venture by commissioning prints for his pioneering publication The Pencil of Nature (1844-1846), the first commercially published book illustrated with photography and the first mass production of photographs.  A salt print of Westminster Abbey, prior to May 1844, is the only known image contributed by Henneman to The Pencil of Nature.

Two sculptural heads come to life in the hands of Talbot and another early British master, Benjamin Brecknell Turner (1815-1894). Talbot’s Bust of Patroclus, a salt print from 1842, showing his plaster cast of the ancient marble sculpture in the British Museum, is included in The Pencil of Nature. Turner’s calotype negative of theBust of Dionysus, from the early 1850s, is of a plaster cast modeled on the sculpture of the Greek God of wine (and the patron of the theater) from the Capitoline Museum in Rome.

Known for finely composed and exquisitely rendered photographs, Hugh Owen (1808-1879) was a master of the paper negative, having learned directly from Talbot. Owen’s day job, a cashier for the Great Western Railway in Bristol, stood in stark contrast to his photographic accomplishments, which brought him acclaim in the 1840s and 1850s. Harvest scene with stooks and trees, an albumen print from the 1860-1870s, evokes atmospheric harvest scenes by Constable or the Barbizon School painters. Owen’s work was recently on view at Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs in New York and marked the first exhibition of photographs by Hugh Owen since the 19th century.

In 1858, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited Cherbourg to attend the grand opening of the newly engineered naval port designed to accommodate France’s modern fleet of battleships. A seascape by Gustave le Gray (1820-1884) recorded the official royal event that day, with French ships in formation greeting the royal couple, seen reviewing the fleet from the safety of their steam-powered yacht.

If you haven’t already planned your trip to Photo London, time is slipping by. The event runs from May 19th to the 22nd.

For More Information: Hans P. Kraus Jr. Fine Photographs

Preview: Brigitte Carnochan, Elizabeth Opalenik, Josephine Sacabo, Verve Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on May 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm
Aching for Your Touch, by Brigitte Carnochan

Aching for Your Touch, by Brigitte Carnochan

For those who need a break from the beautiful outdoors New Mexico has to offer, Verve Gallery is putting on a great new exhibition with a trio of photographers: Brigitte Carnochan, Elizabeth Opalenik and Josephine Sacabo.

Brigitte Carnochan

Carnochan’s photographs are exhibited in galleries and museums nationally and internationally. Her work is in museum, corporate and private collections. Carnochan was named a Hasselblad Master Photographer for 2003 and her work has recently been featured on the covers of Camera Arts and Silvershotz and has been published in Color, Lenswork, Zoom, View Camera, Polaroid, Black and White, and Studija magazines. There are three photographic catalogs of her work. She teaches photography classes through the Stanford University Continuing Studies program.

Elizabeth Opalenik

In Tall Grass, 1980, Elizabeth Opalenik

In Tall Grass, 1980, Elizabeth Opalenik

Elizabeth employs the Mordançage process, infrared, platinum printing and hand painting in creating her innovative, one-of-a-kind images. She mixes digital and traditional technologies to explore all the creative possibilities. Elizabeth imparts her sense of artistry to personal projects on the Amish near her childhood home. She has worked with United Cerebral Palsy Games for the Disabled, Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos International and is currently documenting a project for Medical Ministries International that brings much needed eye care to small villages along the Amazon River in Colombia, Peru and Brazil.

Josephine Sacabo

El Fulgor (The Brightness), by Josephine Sacabo

El Fulgor (The Brightness), by Josephine Sacabo

Joséphine Sacabo lives and works mostly in New Orleans, where she has been strongly influenced by the unique ambience of the city. She is a native of Laredo, Texas, and was educated at Bard College, New York. Before mobbing to New Orleans, she lived and worked extensively in France and England. Her earlier work was in the photo-journalistic tradition, influenced by Robert Frank, Josef Koudelka, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. She now works in a very subjective, introspective style. She uses poetry as the genesis of her work and lists poets as her most important influences, among them Rilke, Baudelaire, Pedro Salinas, Vincente Huiobro, and Juan Rulfo, Mallarmé, and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Sacabo, has published four books of her work including “Une Femme Habitée” in Paris in 1991 by Editions Marval; award winning “Pedro Paramo” in 2002 by the University of Texas Press; “Cante Jondo” in 2002 and “Duino Elegie” in 2005 both by 21st Publishing. Sacabo has had solo shows in Paris, London, Madrid, Toulouse, Buenos Aires, Mexico City, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and other major U.S. cities.

The exhibit opens on April 29th, 2016, but if you’re in Santa Fe a week later, the reception is May 6th, from 5-7 pm. The works will be on view until June 11th, 2016.
For More Information: Verve Gallery

Preview: Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964-2015, Howard Greenberg Gallery, Aquebogue, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on April 28, 2016 at 12:57 pm
Image by Mary Ellen Mark

Image by Mary Ellen Mark

Mary Ellen Mark unfortunately passed away last year, leaving behind a long legacy of photography. Howard Greenberg Gallery is pleased to showcase her work this spring.

Mary Ellen Mark, who passed away last year, is known for her photojournalism, documentary photography, and notably, her portraiture. Attitude: Portraits by Mary Ellen Mark, 1964–2015 is curated by Melissa Harris, editor-at-large, Aperture Foundation, who notes, “In choosing the images from among many of her key series, I was defining attitude in terms of a sense of self, a kind of awareness and confidence, self-possession.”

The exhibition surveys highlights from many of her series including Indian Circus, humorous and bizarre shots of performers and contortionists and their animals from India’s liveliest circuses; and Falkland Road, gritty images of prostitutes and their patrons on a notorious street in Bombay.  Selections from Twins and Prom explore – in large format Polaroids – siblings at the Twins Days Festival in Twinsburg, Ohio, and prom-goers across the U.S. Images from Mark’s work for LIFE magazine about the Damms, a homeless family in California, express the grim reality of survival on spare change and welfare checks.

Also on view will be work from Streetwise, which portrays homeless and troubled youth in Seattle including a girl named Tiny. Work from Tiny: Streetwise Revisited, her series completed in 2015, encapsulates Mark’s 30-plus years photographing Tiny, now a middle-aged mother of ten. Mark also photographed on film sets and is known for her celebrity portraits including images of Marlon Brando, Sean Penn, Woody Allen, and Yoko Ono.

The exhibition will open on May 5th and run until June 19th, 2016. In conjunction to the Howard Greenberg show, Aperture in New York City will open Tiny: Streetwise Revisited, Photographs by Mary Ellen Mark, on May 26th, and conclude on June 30th.

For More Information: Howard Greenberg Gallery

Preview: “Kathy Ryan’s Office Romance”, Howard Greenberg Gallery, NYC

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on April 21, 2016 at 3:08 pm


Image Courtesy of Kathy Ryan and Howard Greenberg Gallery

Image Courtesy of Kathy Ryan and Howard Greenberg Gallery

Too often, the concept of a muse is myopically stereotyped to the form of a woman. Since the dawn of artistic free thought, inspiration has been all around artists to draw upon, which is exactly what photographer Kathy Ryan did in New York City. She fell in love with Renzo Piano’s New York Times building and hasn’t stopped shooting it since.

In the words of architect Renzo Piano, his New York Timesbuilding was “all about the light, and the vibration of light and shadow.” Working on the 6th floor of the building, Ryan admired how the light of New York City would stream in from the large clear glass windows and cast spectacular architectural shadows from the unusual ceramic rods that encase the building. In the fall of 2012, Kathy Ryan saw a zigzag of light on a staircase and grabbed her iPhone to take a picture. From then on, she was hooked. On a regular basis, she comes in early or stays late or returns on weekends to capture the luminous quality of the light. Among her favorite spots are an eastside corner on the 6th floor in the mornings and the west side of the building on the 15th floor at sunset.

The longtime director of photography at the New York Times Magazine, Kathy Ryan has been a pioneer of combining fine art photography with photojournalism in the pages of the publication. During her time there, the Magazine has been recognized with numerous photography awards, including National Magazine Awards. In 2012, Ryan received the Royal Photographic Society’s annual award for Outstanding Service to Photography. In 2014, she won the Vision award from the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Under Ryan’s leadership, the Magazine commissions the world’s best photographers, a selection of whose work was published inThe New York Times Magazine Photographs (Aperture, 2011), edited by Ryan. She also lectures on photography (she gave the 2012 Karsh Lecture in Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston) and serves as a mentor at the School of Visual Arts.

Kathy Ryan’s Office Romance will be on display from May 5th to June 19th, 2016.

For More Information: Howard Greenberg Gallery

Preview: Denis Brihat: Photographs 1964-2006, Nailya Alexander Gallery, New York, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 28, 2016 at 11:03 pm
Gardenia by Denis Brihat

Gardenia, 1994, Denis Brihat

Nailya Gallery’s newest exhibition will feature one of Paris’ favorite sons of film, Denis Brihat.

Born in Paris in 1928, Denis Brihat began taking photographs at the age of fifteen. Throughout the late 1940s and 1950s, he enjoyed a successful career as a professional photographer, securing public and private commissions in fields ranging from architectural and portrait photography to reportage. At the encouragement of his friend Robert Doisneau, he joined the renowned Rapho agency. He received his first exhibition at the Société Française de Photographie, and in 1957 was awarded the prestigious Prix Niépce for his photographs from a year in India.

In 1958, dissatisfied with urban life and commercial work, Brihat left Paris for the Luberon region of Provence. Undeterred by the isolation and the rustic conditions – he had neither electricity nor running water – he built a darkroom and studio on the Plateau des Claparèdes and began his groundbreaking experiments in photography, printmaking, and, above all, observation, turning his eye toward the quotidien but dazzling beauty of the natural world. “The subjects he favoured, in nature or his close surroundings, weren’t unusually beautiful, but simple, and of the sort that often passes unnoticed,” writes photographer Pierre-Jean Amar. “His eminently poetic style of photography glorified them and paid them due tribute, inviting people to open their eyes and recognize the proximity of grace.”

Influenced by the masterful prints of Edward Weston and the frescos of Fernand Léger, Brihat came to produce what he called “photographic paintings” – unique, archival, material prints, made for the wall, rather than images meant for mass reproduction in the pages of a magazine. This concern with process and technique finds its apotheosis in his remarkable experiments with color, which he began as early as 1968, in the wake of acclaimed exhibitions of his work at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Brihat’s richly colored photographs of fruits and flowers begin as traditional black-and-white darkroom prints, which he then tones with the salts of gold, iron, selenium, vanadium, and uranium, among other metals. The reaction of these metals with the silver salts in the emulsion produces hues that are original, one-of-a-kind, and permanent. The resulting prints exude a vividness and a luminosity that are truly unequalled in color photography.

Denis Brihat’s work has been exhibited throughout Europe and the United States for over fifty years. His photographs can be found in the collections of public and private institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Center for Creative Photography, Tuscon; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Musée des Beaux Arts, Neuchâtel; the Musée Cantini, Marseille; and the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Centre Pompidou, the European House of Photography, and the National Foundation for Contemporary Art, Paris. In 1987, he was awarded the Grand Prix de la Photographie de la Ville de Paris. Brihat lives in Bonnieux, France.

 The exhibit will be available for viewing until May 12, 2016.

For More Information: Nailya Alexander Gallery

Preview: Kenneth Josephson, Gitterman Gallery, New York, NY

In Black and White Photography, Gallerist, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 22, 2016 at 11:16 am

Girl Combing Hair, Chicago, 1959, Kenneth Josephson

Gitterman Gallery, this spring, will be hosting one of the Midwest’s finest photographer progeny. Kenneth Josephson has been celebrated for his adept plethora of skills within photography, often extrapolating various characteristics of the medium with great effect.

Kenneth Josephson was born in Detroit in 1932. He began his formal photography training at the Rochester Institute of Technology, earning an Associate’s Degree before being drafted into the army in 1953, where he spent several months in Germany doing photolithography for aerial reconnaissance. He returned to R.I.T. immediately after to earn his B.F.A., where he studied under Minor White and Beaumont Newhall. Josephson started his graduate studies at the Institute of Design in 1958 and studied under Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. After graduating in 1960, Josephson became an influential instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he taught for almost forty years.

Josephson’s work is featured in numerous collections around the world. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Whitney Museum of American Art; and most recently at the Denver Art Museum. This exhibition coincides with the publication of a retrospective monograph, The Light of Coincidence: The Photographs of Kenneth Josephson, published by the University of Texas Press.

The exhibit will open on Wednesday, April 6th, from 6-8pm and conclude Saturday, June 11th.

For More Information: Gitterman Gallery




Preview, Consequences, Rita Bernstein, Rose Lehrman Art Gallery, Harrisburg, PA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 16, 2016 at 6:55 am
Rita Bernstein Jordan and Ingrid Photograph

Rita Bernstein, Jordan and Ingrid

Photographer and artist Rita Bernstein recently held a lecture and reception for pieces of her art at the Rose Lehrman Gallery, in Harrisburg, PA.

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.

I live and work in Philadelphia and New York, and spend my summers at a family cottage in rural northern Pennsylvania.


For fans of Bernstein’s work, the gallery will have works on display until April 1st, 2016

For More Information: Rose Lehrman Gallery

Preview: Martin Luther King Dr., Susan Berger, dnj Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 7, 2016 at 6:33 pm

Atlanta, GA, Susan Berger

As an extension of Black History Month, dnj Gallery is providing a continuance in the form of Susan Berger’s works.

“In some cities the street runs through a park or is even a country lane, but most often the streets are in neighborhoods inhabited by those whose lives were affected most directly by Dr. King. Often his image, words and name are used as a reminder and encouragement to the residents. Like Walker Evans, she is drawn to the signs she finds on the buildings. Sometimes the street is in a neighborhood that has been transformed from an African-American community to a Hispanic community. The question arises: where is the best place to honor a man like King? Should the street run through a central park that is used by everyone, or should the street run through the neighborhood.” – Susan Berger


Evoking the landmarks and newsreels that define the civil rights movement, black and white photography has rarely been more appropriate.

Berger’s works will be exhibited to the public until April 9th, 2016.

For More Information: dnj Gallery

On Site: “Everyday People”, Photographs by Michael Matsas, Red Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 2, 2016 at 2:20 pm

A New York Stroll, Michael Matsas

It is not often we find photographers with a commercial bent providing successful “sensitive” personal work portraits of everyday life experiences, but Michael Matsas has with his exhibit “Everyday People”.

In the fast paced world we live in, we often miss what’s happening around us. In this exhibition, I show photos I captured at random, with no setup or pretense of what I saw through my cameras eye of random people around me.

Now through March 31.

To view the exhibit: Red Filter Gallery


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