Posts Tagged ‘ICP’

Preview: What is a Photograph? ICP, NYC

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 27, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Liz Deschenes, Untitled (zoetrope) #1 and Untitled (zoetrope) #2, 2013

At a time of endless morphing of photographic imagery thanks to the digital revolution, it is timely to take into account exactly “What is a photograph?”

Organized by ICP Curator Carol Squiers, What Is a Photograph? will explore the intense creative experimentation in photography that has occurred since the 1970s. Conceptual art introduced photography into contemporary art making, using the medium in ways that challenged it artistically, intellectually, and technically and broadened the notion of what a photograph could be in art. A new generation of artists began an equally rigorous but more aesthetically adventurous analysis, which probed photography itself—from the role of light, color, composition, to materiality and the subject.What Is a Photograph? brings together these artists, who reinvented photography.

JANUARY 31–MAY 4, 2014

For more information: International Center for Photography

Preview: Cross Dressing Hipsters in 60’s Paris, ICP, NYC

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photographer on June 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm


Christer Strömholm

A great Swedish photographer, Christer Strömholm, has a terrific exhibit at the International Center for Photography. Christer Strömholm: Les Amies de Place Blanche is challenging to the eye and heart.

Christer Strömholm (1918-2002) was one of the great photographers of the twentieth century, but he is little known outside of his native Sweden. This exhibition presents his most powerful and acclaimed body of work: Les Amies de la Place Blanche, a documentation of transsexual street hustlers in Paris in the 1960s. Arriving in Paris in the late 1950s, Strömholm settled in Place Blanche in the heart of the city’s red-light district. There, he befriended and photographed young transsexuals struggling to live as women and to raise money for sex-change operations. Strömholm’s surprisingly intimate portraits and lush Brassaï-like night scenes form a magnificent, dark, and at times quite moving photo album, a vibrant tribute to these girls, the "girlfriends of La Place Blanche." The photographs were first published in Sweden in 1983, and the book quickly sold out, becoming a cult classic; it is being reissued in French and English this year. Strömholm’s photo-essay raises profound issues about sexuality and gender; as he wrote in 1983, "It was then-and still is-about obtaining the freedom to choose one’s own life and identity."

May 18-September 2, 2012

For more information: ICP

Preview: Weegee “Murder Is My Business”, ICP, NYC

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photographer on February 20, 2012 at 1:35 pm



Crime does pay … at least it pays off in striking imagery time and again. Weegee is the acknowledged master of crime street photography, flash blazing with everyone “caught in the act”. An interview done near the time of his death, in his seedy apartment surrounded by photographic memorabilia, gave testament to the fact crime often pays … but only after death.

For an intense decade between 1935 and 1946, Weegee (1899-1968) was one of the most relentlessly inventive figures in American photography. His graphically dramatic and often lurid photographs of New York crimes and news events set the standard for what has become known as tabloid journalism. Freelancing for a variety of New York newspapers and photo agencies, and later working as a stringer for the short-lived liberal daily PM (1940-48), Weegee established a way of combining photographs and texts that was distinctly different from that promoted by other picture magazines, such as LIFE. Utilizing other distribution venues, Weegee also wrote extensively (including his autobiographical Naked City, published in 1945) and organized his own exhibitions at the Photo League. This exhibition draws upon the extensive Weegee Archive at ICP and includes environmental recreations of Weegee’s apartment and exhibitions. The exhibition is organized by ICP Chief Curator Brian Wallis.

Thorough September 2

For more information: International Center Photography

Preview: Elliott Erwitt – Personal Best, International Center for Photography

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photographer on June 3, 2011 at 11:22 am


Elliott Erwitt

We were fortunate to meet the “grand old man” at ICP 3 years ago for a book signing. Sitting there in suspenders he looked more like an accountant than a world famous photographer. But looking more closely you caught the ever present gleam in his eye that belies the humor of his excellent images.

Distinguished as both a documentary and commercial photographer, Erwitt has made some of the most memorable photographs of the twentieth century, including portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and Che Guevara, as well as astonishing scenes of everyday life, filled with poetry, wit, and special sense of humor. An active photographer since 1948, Erwitt sought out Edward Steichen, Robert Capa, and Roy Stryker in New York in the early 1950s, and they became his mentors. With Capa’s encouragement, Erwitt joined Magnum Photos in 1953. Erwitt is both an eyewitness to history and a dreamer with a camera, whose images have been widely published in the international press and in more than twenty books.

Now through August 28.

For more information: ICP

On Site: Cuba In Revolution, ICP, New York

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits on October 7, 2010 at 10:34 am


Andrew Saint-George, Che Guevara

We all have seen the cliché photos of the Cuban revolution over the years. As time passed, the vibrancy of this period has been lost to images of Castro in the hospital living out his final days. Now you can revisit an historic time through the lens of many renowned photographers. Witness the leaders, the soldiers, the people and yes, that romantic hero Che Guevara, both living in the moment and at the time of his death.

The Cuban Revolution of 1959 was one of the most spectacular political events of the twentieth century. A dramatic chapter in the Cold War, the improbable overthrow of the dictator Fulgenico Batista by a ragtag band of young Communist guerillas and intellectuals occurred just ninety miles from the United States.

Among the most outstanding works in this exhibition of rare vintage prints are Alberto Korda‘s famous portrait of Che Guevara titled “Heroic Guerrilla” and never-before-seen images of Che’s death in Bolivia in 1967. The show features work from over thirty photographers, including important images of pre-Revolutionary Cuba in the 1950s by Constantino Arias as well as classic images by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Raúl Corrales, and Burt Glinn, among others.

Now through January 9.

For more information: International Center of Photography

On Site: The Mexican Suitcase, ICP, New York

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits on October 6, 2010 at 8:42 am


Lost for years (1939 – 2007) and recovered in Mexico are the film rolls of Robert Capa, Gerada Taro, and Chim. In a scholarly presentation linking the rolls, contact sheets to period publications and some memorable photos, this exhibit is a great one.

The Mexican Suitcase will for the first time give the public an opportunity to experience images drawn from this famous collection of recovered negatives. In December 2007, three boxes filled with rolls of film, containing 4,500 35mm negatives of the Spanish Civil War by Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and Chim (David Seymour)-which had been considered lost since 1939-arrived at the International Center of Photography. These three photographers, who lived in Paris, worked in Spain, and published internationally, laid the foundation for modern war photography. Their work has long been considered some of the most innovative and passionate coverage of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Many of the contact sheets made from the negatives will be on view as part of the exhibition, which will look closely at some of the major stories by Capa, Taro, and Chim as interpreted through the individual frames. These images will be seen alongside the magazines of the period in which they were published and with the photographers’ own contact notebooks. The exhibition is organized by ICP assistant curator Cynthia Young.

Through January 9.

For more information: International Center of  Photography

On Site: Perspectives 2010: Carol Bove, Lena Herzog, Matthew Porter, Ed Templeton, Hong-An Truong, ICP, NYC

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector on August 24, 2010 at 9:01 am


Lena Herzog

A new annual series has begun at the International Center for Photography covering some significant work by contemporary photographers: Carol Bove, Lena Herzog, Matthew Porter, Ed Templeton and Hong-An Truong.

Perspectives 2010 is the inaugural installment of a new annual series focusing on significant recent works by contemporary artists, photographers, and filmmakers. They also focus on the subjects of photography, and its means of defining and describing critical social, political, or even philosophical issues.

“This is a critical moment in which the questions about the constructions of history and memory are not just theoretical ideas but issues pertinent to daily life. Transformations in the making and
interpretation of images, driven forward now mainly by digital technologies, have made ever more urgent our understanding of how historical meanings are invented in the present.”

Of special interest in the exhibit was the work of Lena Herzog and her photos from medical museums:

Her subjects are mostly infants born with genetic defects that prevented their survival, and although they have been preserved
as scientific specimens, some for hundreds of years, they are profoundly transformed through Herzog’s lens into beings who mirror our own longings, fears, and existential dilemmas.

Now through September 12.

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On Site: For All the World to See – Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights, ICP, New York

In Art Museum, Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector on August 23, 2010 at 9:42 am


Ernest C. Withers

This is not your usual “sixties survey” of race relations and landmark events. Instead it mixes that perspective with personal touches such as “White and Colored” water fountains by Elliott Erwitt or Gordon Park’s classic picture of Eldridge Cleaver.

For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights explores the historic role of visual culture in shaping, influencing, and transforming the fight for racial equality and justice in the United States from the late 1940s to the mid 1970s. This exhibition of 230 photographs, objects, and clips from television and film looks at the extent to which the rise of the modern civil rights movement paralleled the birth of television and the popularity of picture magazines and other forms of visual mass media.

Worth a visit as an emotional reminder of a not too distant past.

Now through September 12.

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On site: International Center of Photography (ICP)

In Art Museum, Exhibits, Photographer on March 24, 2010 at 9:16 am

Twilight MT2

Current ICP exhibits

Two exhibits are worth a visit currently at ICP in New York. The Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris show is excellent in its purview of surrealist photography found in Paris  during the twenties and thirties.

Paris was a city of fantasy and chance encounters for Surrealist artists of the 1920s and ’30s. During this period of unprecedented social and cultural transformation, photography played a dramatic new role in both avant-garde practice and mass culture. In their works, photographers such as Jacques-André Boiffard, Brassaï, Ilse Bing, André Kertész, Germaine Krull, Dora Maar, and Man Ray used fragmentation, montage, unusual viewpoints, and various technical manipulations to expose the disjunctive and uncanny aspects of modern urban life. In Twilight Visions: Surrealism, Photography, and Paris, guest curator Terry Lichtenstein has assembled over 150 photographs, films, books, periodicals, and Surrealist ephemera to show how real and imaginary versions of Paris were constructed through photographic images.

The second exhibit is of work by the “eccentric” photographer Miroslav Tichy. A recluse who created his own cameras from junk …


Tichy Homemade Cameras

… and acted as artist and voyeur of the streets creating unusual and crude images of local women and area inhabitants.

This is the first American museum exhibition devoted to the work of the reclusive and mysterious Czech photographer Miroslav Tichý. Now over eighty years old, Tichý is a stubbornly eccentric artist, known as much for his makeshift cardboard cameras as for his haunting and distorted images of women and landscapes, many of them taken surreptitiously. Tichý began photographing in the 1950s, in part as a political response to the social repressions of Czech communism. However, it is only in the past five years that his intensely private work has gained public attention. The exhibition, organized by ICP Chief Curator Brian Wallis, includes a number of Tichý’s homemade cameras as well as approximately 100 of his photographs.

Both exhibits are strong standalone but together they make for a great afternoon tour. A third exhibit by Alan B. Stone, a little known Montreal photographer of male pinups, is also of some interest .

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