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Notable: Scott Nichols Gallery New Photography, La Jolla, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on July 28, 2016 at 8:14 pm

Real Estate Sign, Riverside, California, 1937

Scott Nichols Gallery, which recently completed its previous exhibition, The Big Picture Show, has new photographs on display in the gallery. 

The photographs include works by George Tice, Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston, and Paul Caponigro.

The Scott Nichols Gallery is a fine art photography gallery located in downtown San Francisco. The gallery shows a combination of established, up and coming and contemporary photographers.

Scott Nichols, a Southern California native, has been a private dealer since 1980. He is considered one of the experts on Group f/64 and Brett Weston. The gallery opened in 1992 and houses one of the largest private collections of Brett Weston photographs as well as an extensive inventory of photographs by classic California photographers such as Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Imogen Cunningham, Ruth Bernhard, Wynn Bullock, and William Garnett.

Though the gallery is located in the upscale gallery district of the Union Square area, Scott Nichols has a very casual and friendly style. This is not the typical white walled gallery affair.

The Scott Nichols Gallery is a member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD).

For More Information: Scott Nichols Gallery

Preview: The Fashion Years 1987-2014, Kurt Markis, Verve Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on July 25, 2016 at 11:49 pm

Christy Turlington, Mirabella Magazine, San Francisco, CA, by Kurt Markus

Verve Gallery is displaying a sartorial sort of exhibition with old west flair, starring the work of cowboy portraitist Kurt Markus.

When the fashion editors discovered the West, they went looking for a genuine Western cowboy photographer, someone who knew the heart and practice of small-town cowboy life, “cowboy culture,” on vast cattle ranches–someone who was a true cowboy chronicler and well connected. Kurt Markus was their man. For 35 years he had photographed the buckaroos of Oregon, Nevada, Idaho and California; the cowpunchers of Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Arizona; and the cowboys of Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, the Dakotas, Nebraska and Canada. Irrespective of the different captions these wranglers wore there was one common thread, according to Kurt: “They [these chaps] ride in the company of like-minded souls.”

While Kurt has enjoyed many lives as a photographer, his cowboy years were among his earliest. What makes his work so unique is that he photographed cowhands not as an outsider, not as a dude, but as one of them. Kurt hobbled, bridled and saddled his own horse, and rode the prairie lands with them. He camped and bunked on the range. He gathered, culled, roped, medicated, castrated, branded and earmarked calves, heifers, steers and bulls. He had his meals at the cookhouse or chuck wagon alongside them–biscuits and gravy for breakfast; spam, biscuits with corn inside, pickles and “a cake from headquarters” for lunch; and cast-iron-skillet hash, chili and beans for supper. He slept outdoors with “nothing but me and the stars.” He stared into open campfires; he learned to drink, smoke, laugh and bullshit. Together they weathered sleet and snow, rain and lightning, and sweltering heat. He became one of them and they bonded.

Kurt is one of the most distinguished portrait and fashion photographers in the last quarter century. The New York Timesdescribes his work as “arresting black-and-white photos from a master fashion photographer.” His work has appeared, for the most part, in every major fashion magazine and more.

His portraiture is the very essence of excellence in refined craftsmanship; his images are known for their grace and wit and absolute mastery of the quality and character of light. The portraits are spartan, image qua image. They are without distracting elements and distinguish themselves with sober, unadorned clarity. There is no mistaking the object photographed. The composition is straightforward. The shapes are robust, sturdy, lusty and spirited. Each promotes economy in concentration from the viewer. The negative space is truly void, whereas the light is delicate and accenting, revealing and complimenting his subjects. The deep and soft shadows are ideally placed.

The exhibit will be on display until August 27th. Also being featured is the work of young and ambitious Susannah Benjamin.

Susannah Benjamin was born in New York City in 1993. She has a passion for storytelling and mythology. Her photography is intimately tied to the literary medium. Each of Susannah’s images requires meticulous storyboarding, location scouting, casting, and styling. Her aims are to create pieces that are aesthetically engaging and also narratively and conceptually evocative. The artist views her models as characters from larger stories, each with their own history and fictional identity. These characters occupy worlds in which social and physical isolation, metamorphosis, and magic are common, if not expected, occurrences. Benjamin’s use of winged women, bewitched girls, and shape shifting youths allow her to marry the escapist realms of fantasy and myth to topical issues such as bullying, depression, and negative self-image.

Benjamin has been recognized for her photography from a very early age. After winning first place in Digital Camera Magazine’s international “Young Photographer of the Year” competition at age 14, she went on to win the grand prize in the 2013 Irish Times’ photography competition, selected from over 8,000 entries worldwide. She was also one of six artists to win PDN’s “The Curator” competition, which aims to highlight the best emerging fine art photographers.

Susannah firmly believes that artists should approach their work from a cross-disciplinary perspective. Thus, Benjamin pursued a liberal arts education; she is a recent graduate of Yale University with a degree in English and French Literature.

For More Information: Verve Gallery

Preview: The Teen Years, Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Photo Print Collector on July 5, 2016 at 4:26 pm

Coney Island, 1963, by Edward Sturr

The years of being a teen are an often thrilling and torturous era in a person’s life. But what’s most interesting is that teens are often one of the best representations of a specified era. Joseph Bellows’ latest exhibition does well in exemplifying this.

The Teen Years will feature a selection of both vintage and contemporary photographs that address the physical, social, and emotional aspects of adolescence, and the formation of identity. The photographs included in the exhibition present a collective portrait of youth: its awkwardness, innocence, fury, elation, beauty and trepidation.

Photographs by Joseph Sterling, Edward Sturr, Enrico Natali, Elaine Mayes, Bevan Davies, Nacio Jan Brown, Melissa Shook, Harry Ibach, Duncan McCosker, Christine Osinski, Joan Albert, Sage Sohier, Mark Steinmetz, John Myers, Andrea Modica, Bill Yates, Roger Vail and others will be included.

Opening with a reception on July 9th, from 6-8pm, the public will be able to reflect upon their youth until August 26th, 2016.

For More Information: Joseph Bellows Gallery

On Site: "PAST PLACES ON PORTRIGA ", photographs by Margaret McCarthy, Red Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on June 30, 2016 at 11:44 pm

Pyramids of Sun and Moon, Margaret McCarthy

As many photographers and artists know, the materials at hand for making art can be a unique source of inspiration. So it is with Margaret McCarthy’s series of photographs now exhibiting at the Red Filter Gallery.

After  recently moving my studio, I re-discovered early prints of mine made on Agfa’s Portriga Rapid paper – once renown for its remarkable shadow detail and the richness of its maximum density black or “d-max”.  These travel images recall for me my time of discovering and falling in love with the magic of photography as I learned its craft; and I can now see that I was always drawn in my travels to places of antiquity.  I love digital processes and the creative freedom and expansion they give me; yet these prints on Portriga are something “other” to me and not necessarily meant to be compared with digital materials.  Simply put, they are from a different world."

Now through July 31

To view the exhibition: Red Filter Gallery

Preview: Atlanta Celebrates Photography 2016 Gala Fundraiser

In Art Fair, Black and White Photography, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on June 23, 2016 at 6:52 am

Atlanta, Georgia and its southern counterparts have always had a reputation for putting on an elegant soiree. So why shouldn’t it apply to photography as well. ACP (Atlanta Celebrates Photography) seems to think so, with another edition of their Annual Gala Fundraiser on the horizon. 

We’re happy to announce that Mary Stanley is the chairperson for the ACP 2016 Photography Auction Gala, and that the event will be held October 1st, at Mason Fine Art, with a cocktail hour and silent auction starting at 6:30pm.

This event sells out every year. We’ll be back in touch this summer so you can reserve your seat.

Atlanta Celebrates Photography (ACP) aims to make Atlanta a leading center for the world’s fastest growing art form. Primarily, by producing the largest annual community-oriented photo festival in the United States, we provide experiences that engage and educate diverse audiences through lens-based media.

There’s plenty of time to plan for a visit the Atlanta this fall, but don’t forget the event’s popularity. If interested, it’s best to get tickets sooner rather than later.

For More Information: Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Preview: The Big Picture Show, Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on June 19, 2016 at 4:47 pm

Reflection of the Sun on Dendritic Flow, 1963, by William Garnett, 29 x 90-3/4 inches

Scott Nichols Gallery is at it once again. This time, to start the summer, the gallery is producing a vast array of big works from their own collection.

 The Scott Nichols Gallery is pleased to announce The Big Picture Show, a collection of large photographs from our gallery’s artists.  Included in the exhibition are works by Ansel Adams, Brett Weston, William Garnett, Unai San Martin, Michael Rauner, Don Worth, Jim Banks, William Henry Jackson, George Tice, Ben Nixon, Brad Temkin, Rolfe Horn, and Monica Denevan.  Also included are Christopher Burkett, David Maisel, and Yakov Khalip.  This exhibition features original vintage as well as contemporary work.

The exhibit is already up and available for viewing will conclude July 14th, 2016.

For More Information: Scott Nichols Gallery

Preview: Second Annual LACP Student Street Shooting in LA, dnj Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

In Black and White Photography, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on June 10, 2016 at 10:45 am

Javier at Work, Julia Dean, 2016

The Los Angeles Center of Photography has arranged its exciting second street shooting event with dnj Gallery as part of the prospective program offered at the center.

30 photographers engaged in a street shooting program at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP). All photographs are taken in various locales of Los Angeles including downtown, Venice Beach, HOllywood Blvd., and Beverly Hills

Featured photographers: Al Fielder, Andy House, Ann Toler, Anthony Grippa, Autumn Kurtz, Basak Prince, Ben Bacon,Carole Scurlock, Caryl Lightfoot, Chung Ching Kuo (Bob), Connie Rosenthal, Dotan Saguy, Erin Rottman, Gail Just, Graham Marriott, Jerry Drapala, John Rankin, Kathleen Coiner, Kevin Weinstein, Kim Sudhalter, Lauren Wilner, Leba Marquez, Lynne Rosen, Michael Beller, Rob Krauss, Safi Alia Shabaik, Stephanie Asch, Stephanie Cueneo, Thouly Dosios, Tom Szabadi, Wednesday Aja, Wesley Du, and Yvette Marthell.

Also available for viewing in Gallery II is Artificial Memories by Corey Grayhorse.

“Color and wonderment is a consistent thread throughout my work. A wide-ranging influence of styles in art, photography, and fashion combined with traditional, and pop culture inform my perspective. I find myself inspired largely by my daughter, who serves as a constant muse in my art, and reminds me that everyday is an opportunity to offer a fresh perspective in my work. Through the lens I create strange beauty and satire, eliciting emotional and social responses. Frozen in time through photography, the work becomes a window into a fantastic dream world, with hints of my reality, to draw an audience in. The sets and locations are installations and a platform for performance art constructed and acted solely by myself, and my subjects. Through the addition of characters, my portraits show a deep interest in the unique human expression.”

The exhibitions run from June 18th to July 23rd, 2016.

For more Information: dnj Gallery

Preview: Ferenc Berko, Gitterman Gallery, New York, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on June 7, 2016 at 5:04 pm

Red Fort, Delhi, 1938, Ferenc Berko

Gitterman Gallery will be hosting a collection of Ferenc Berko for their latest exhibition. Born to a Jewish family in Hungary, Berko’s vast travels and a strong nurturing of his creativity made him one of photography’s great modernists in the middle of the 20th century.

In 1933, with the growth of anti-Semitism in Germany, Berko was sent to England to finish his studies in philosophy. While in London, he became active in the photography and film circles and learned from Emil Otto Hoppé. Following school, Berko moved to Paris where he continued to collaborate with his wife Mirte on a series of nude photographs. In 1937 he made a trip back to Hungary and photographed Jews in Budapest.  In 1938, with Nazi influence on the rise, Berko moved to India to become a filmmaker. Beyond learning cinematography, he experimented with the photographic process, creating photograms as well as prints with multiple negatives, while at the same time continuing his passion for investigating the world through an eye for beauty and form.

Moholy-Nagy invited Berko to teach photography and film at the New Bauhaus, the Institute of Design in Chicago. Unfortunately, Moholy-Nagy died just before Berko arrived in 1947. Berko’s work in Chicago focused on the abstraction of the urban landscape, continuing his interest in modernism, while developing work that had a direct dialogue with the current developments of Abstract Expressionism. Berko moved to Aspen in 1949. In Aspen, Berko’s visual and intellectual palettes were nourished; he had finally found a place where he felt both respected and inspired.

Berko’s work has been collected by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; International Center of Photography, New York; Musée d’Elysée, Laussane; Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Near the end of his life, 60 Years of Photography: The Discovering Eye (Edition Stemmle, 1995) and Berko: Photographs (Graphis, 1999) were published.

The exhibit will open June 21st and run until August 19th, 2016.

On site: "Unadorned", Photographs by Anne Burlock Lawver, Red Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on June 1, 2016 at 12:10 am

Anne Burlock Lawver from “Unadorned”

We met Anne in New York and was struck not only by the craftsmanship of the photographs she presented but also by the integrity of the work.

My great desire is to create interesting and worthwhile photographs. I have long been fascinated by the way we prepare ourselves to face the world and this project began as a way of exploring the transformation that took place each morning as I used make-up and wig to create the desired illusion. I was the model who would always be available and I learned to use my self in an objective way.

View the exhibition:

"Unadorned", Photographs by Anne Burlock Lawver

Now through June 30

Preview: Please Don’t Smile, Frank Horvat, Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on May 30, 2016 at 2:31 pm

Shoes and Eiffel Tower (a), For Stern Magazine, Paris, France, 1974, Frank Horvat

Fans of the sartorial sort of lens should head to Fahey/Klein’s exhibition, featuring the work of fashion photographer Frank Horvat.

The Fahey/Klein gallery is pleased to present, PLEASE DON’T SMILE, an exhibition of work by photographer Frank Horvat. The exhibition takes its title from Horvat’s recently published retrospective monograph (Hatje Kanz 2015), which documents Horvat’s extensive oeuvre, with a focus on his revolutionary approach to fashion photography. The sensibility of a photojournalist combined with his “refined visual humor”, set Horvat and his sartorial images apart from those of his colleagues.
Horvat took his models out of the studio and onto the street, removing the make-up and staging typically used for photoshoots. A photographer with an approach and a style ahead of his time, Horvat explains, “My photographs got published, because ready-to-wear fashion needed more realistic photography, and because the editors-in-chief knew it”. In turn, Horvat’s images helped redefine the role of modern women in society, showing the world a woman “with both feet in life, a true counterpart”.
Laurent Rouvrais, Horvat’s assistant in the 1970s and 1980s describes Horvat’s process, “He wanted them [his models] to find their own attitudes, and when he was pleased with what they found, he would only suggest some small variation, for instance in the way they held their neck, their shoulders, or their fingers. What he wanted them to find by themselves was what he called a presence. As a result the girls in his photographs never looked dumb”
The exhibition runs from May 19th to July 9th, 2016.
For More Information: Fahey/Klein Gallery