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“Best of the Best” 2018 BWGallerist Emerging Fine Art Photographers

In Black and White Photography, Contest, Exhibits, Fine Art, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 9, 2019 at 3:10 pm

03 Stephen and Tyrone by Jano Cohen

Stephen and Tyrone,  Jano Cohen

Happy New Year to our readers!

Of the hundreds of articles in our archives, the most popular are the annual lists of photographers we choose as the “Best of the Best” for each year. The interest in this group of evolving artists, at different stages in their careers, always exceeds our expectations.

The contributors to this website viewed thousands of fine art images and attended dozens of galleries, museums and fairs throughout the year. To distill all that activity into a single brief list is obviously a difficult (but enjoyable) task and should foster days of discussion by visitors to BWGallerist.

So with that said, here is the the 2018 “Best of the Best” list in no particular order:

Our congratulations go out to these talented artists.

“The Flamenco; The Spanish Passionate Dance” Photographs by Julio M. De Pena, Red Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on January 2, 2019 at 11:47 am

Flamenco 04 by Julio M. De Pena

Flamenco 04, Julio M. De Pena

Years ago, I stumbled on a small cafe in Mexico that had a strange mix of rhythmic clacks and guitar strumming emanating from behind its entrance. Having grown up in the time of Jose Greco, I was familiar with this Flamenco motif. What I was not prepared for was the beauty of the performance that took place on table top less than six feet away. The photographs of Julio M. De Pena capture perfectly the elegance and excitement I remember.

Documenting this energy and movement in a low light setting with no other light source than the stage spotlights becomes both a challenge and advantage as it gives you a strong contrast of light and darkness adding a tone of mystery to this passionate, rhythmic and emotional dance.

Now through January 31.

To view the exhibition: Red Filter Gallery

” Not Linear”, Photographs by Cheryl Slechta, Red Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Fine Art, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 1, 2018 at 9:06 am
Tonnara di Scopello, Sicily, Italy by Cheryl Slechta
TONNARA DI SCOPELLO, SICILY, ITALY, Cheryl Slechta
The artist looks deep into the subject matter to find new ways of viewing which results in another level of perception and understanding …
My photography is influenced by my life-long love of art.  My path is two-fold at the moment – vintage black and white images as presented here and black and white abstract, minimalist images found in nature and architecture.
I am enamored with the early photographers – Steichen, Stieglitz, Doisneau, Kertesz, etc. and they have led me down my black and white/film path.  I use my wonderful plastic Holga TLR film cameras which are square format and the whimsy of the unexpected lighting and focus variations lend themselves to my artistic vision.  I also use my iPhone with various apps to recreate the same vintage look.  To me, the ancient beauty of the Old World begs for this treatment.
Now through December 31
To view the exhibition: Red Filter Gallery

On Site: “Alchemy”, Photographs by Bronwen Hazlett, Red Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector on June 1, 2018 at 2:54 pm

Drained by Bronwen Hazlett

Drained, Bronwen Hazlett

Using an alternative printing process, Bronwen Hazlett brings a mystic touch to abstract photographic scenes …

During the process of painting chemistry and exposing imagery, I push emotions and reality into something indiscernible but felt.   I coerce chemical reactions like my own reactions to hopes colliding with reality.

Now through June 30.

To view the exhibition: Red Filter Gallery

Preview: Photograms | Literary, Wendy Paton, Artsource Loft, NYC

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on May 14, 2018 at 10:43 am

#46 Photograms  Literary©Wendy Paton

One of the great beauties of photography is the unique perspective photographers can create within this flexible medium. Such is the case with Wendy Paton’s latest exhibition at Artsource International at the Artsource Loft in New York City where Paton’s works, are curated as “Photograms | Literary”. The collection takes special advantage of the visual architectural elements of books, and are presented in an almost ethereal light. These Black and White visual constructs are indeed unique.

The exhibition features an extensive selection of Paton’s series of dynamic, gelatin silver Photograms using the literary and artistic world of books as her subject.
Utilizing the age-old photographic process also known as camera-less photography, the artist has created a visual language that metamorphose a literal and literary object, the book, into an interpretation of artistic abstraction. Paton boldly emphasizes the contrast of the printed word on paper and the fast conquering digital form, rapidly changing both the literary and photographic mediums. “As printed books are fading from our lives, being replaced by the digital medium, so is the gelatin silver photograph being replaced by our mobile phones and digital photographic technology.”

#54 Photograms Literary©Wendy Paton

Paton’s new book “Photograms l Literary, FLIGHT”, a limited edition, signed and numbered artist book (pub. Brilliant – Press, USA) will be introduced at the opening with the artist in attendance.

Wendy Paton is an award winning American photographer best known for her dramatic black & white, candid, nocturnal portraits, first seen in her series and monograph, Visages de Nuit. Paton’s work, including selections of Photograms l Literary, has been exhibited in solo U.S. and international gallery and museum exhibitions. Her photographs are included in the the permanent collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale de France – Spallart Collection, Austria – Musee de la Photographie, Belgium – James A. Michener Art Museum, U.S. – International Center of Photography, NY,U.S. – Lumiere Brothers Center of Photography, Moscow – Personal Collection of Prince Albert II of Monaco, and many notable private collections.

The exhibit will be opening May 17th and concluding on June 30th. 

For More Information: Artsource Loft

On site: “New Works”, Photographs by Diane Levell, Red Filter Gallery

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on May 2, 2018 at 10:43 am

Wickecheoke Creek 01 by Diane Levell

WICKECHEOKE CREEK 01, Diane Levell

Diane Levell has been creating wonderful images for decades. Using straight technique or alternative print processes, she has always kept the image itself in the forefront for viewer contemplation.

In my work I have consistently striven for a high level of craftsmanship and aesthetic quality. And I wanted to use the photographic medium to its fullest extent; “straight” black and white, color and the historic techniques of the pictorial school.

Now through May 31.

To view the exhibition: Red Filter Gallery

Notable: “Reality-Deconstructed”, Michael Benari at Leica Gallery, Boston

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on December 22, 2017 at 4:43 pm

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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao 2014 © MICHAEL BENARI

Our friend Michael Benari has a new exhibition to kick off the new year.

Benari uses the urban landscape to create his own visual language, and in the process, make work not familiar or necessarily embraced. He aims to use visual elements in ways that surprise, and at times, provoke, so as to invite the viewer into new emotional realms. His work seeks not to make you happy or sad, but rather to question what we assume to know. His use of abstraction further challenges our understanding of what defines photography today.

RECEPTION: January 18, 2018, 6 – 9pm RSVP

ARTIST TALK: Thursday, February 1st 2018,  5pm – 7pm

Exhibition: January 04 – February 25, 2018

For more information: Leica Gallery

 

Preview: Attractions Nocturnes | Bella Rose, Nicolas Auvray, Hotel Saint-Simon, Angouleme, France

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on April 11, 2017 at 10:20 pm

Look up to sky

We always love to hear from our francophone ami and wonderfully talented Nicolas Auvray. This time, he’s got a great opportunity for photography fans with his exhibition in Angoulême, France at the gorgeous Hotel Saint-Simone.

 Attractions Nocturnes » presents a series of night photographs.  It begins as a night walk through the cities at night. Familiar places are re-discovered, figures appear and disappear in a darkness where metamorphosis and transitions take place. In these images, the city is a metaphor. Paris, Stockholm, New York…no importance… what matters is the universality of the impressions. Spectators are invited to explore other worlds and be transported in dreamlike scenes to follow their aspirations, and maybe deeper, darker passions and to look further in their identity.

For anyone living or travelling to France this month, the exhibit is sure to please.

For More Information: Nicolas Auvray

Preview: Littoral Drift, Meghann Riepenhoff, Yossi Milo Gallery, NYC, NY

In Black and White Photography, Exhibits, Gallerist, Gallery, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 22, 2017 at 11:18 pm

Image via Yossi Milo Gallery

Far too often people limit their imaginations to what is conventional.That’s why the art world is so wonderful – thinking about new ways to solve and create is expected. Cyanotypes are a perfect example in photography. Historically used for low cost blueprints for engineers, the experiments of photographer Meghann Riepenhoff are anything but the norm.

 

Works from Riepenhoff’s series, Littoral Drift (2013–ongoing), are large-scale dynamic cyanotypes made in collaboration with the landscape. Rather than photographing a scene with film and camera, the artist takes direct imprints from nature. After coating sheets of paper with homemade cyanotype emulsion, she exposes them to the elements, partially submerging them in ocean waves, draping them over a tree branch during a rainstorm or burying them in snow pack. Water, sunlight and sediments, such as sand, salt, detritus and impurities, activate the photosensitive chemicals to create fluid, painterly abstractions of the landscape in Prussian blue or white. The prints’ titles indicate the location, date and conditions under which they were made, anchoring each in a specific moment in time and underscoring the performative aspect of the series.

Riepenhoff only partially fixes her cyanotypes, leaving residual photosensitive chemistry to react to light and the environment. A print’s colors may fluctuate in intensity or salt crystals may bloom on the surface of the paper, subtly changing the artwork over time. The shifting qualities of these “living” prints are both a desirable aesthetic outcome and reflect themes of impermanence, time and mutability that are consistent throughout Riepenhoff’s work.

Meghann Riepenhoff’s work has been presented in exhibitions at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA; Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA; Memphis College of Art, Memphis, TN; University of Missouri, Columbia, MO; San Francisco Camerawork, San Francisco, CA; Museo de la Ciudad, Queretaro, Mexico; Photo Center Northwest, Seattle, WA; Aperture Foundation, New York, NY; and Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX, among others. Riepenhoff earned her BFA in Photography from the University of Georgia, Athens, and her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. The artist was born in 1979 in Atlanta, GA, and currently divides her time between Bainbridge Island, WA, and San Francisco, CA.

Littoral Drift is now open for view until April 29, 2017.

For More Information: Yossi Milo Gallery

Notable: “Grey”, New Book by Michael Benari

In Books, Photo Print Collector, Photographer on March 2, 2017 at 11:00 am

Michael-Benari-Grey

Fans of our friend Michael Benari are sure to be looking forward to March this year, as Benari will be releasing a new book, titled Grey.Many of the images in this book fall into the genre of “street photography”.

Many of the images in this book fall into the genre of “street photography”. I specifically use the street as a source of inspiration for discovering new ways of creating a visual experience. I think of the work as closely related to certain artistic traditions in painting and feel a close connection to everything abstract that has come before me. At the same time “GREY” is a collection of visual experiments, forcing me to push the limits of perception, and discover new ideas and new forms in the process. Our visual experience today is already saturated with so many accepted notions of beauty that looking to re-shape those assumptions becomes the real challenge for today’s artist. The “street” becomes a kind of outdoor laboratory in which I can still find the chance-encountered visual surprise that helps to re-orient my own perceptions and those in my work. Inasmuch as each image is its own resolution, the entire series of images reflects an on-going process of exploring an unknown terrain waiting to be discovered.

Also on the horizon will be a new show in Boston, MA, at 555 Gallery. Stay tuned for more details and images from the new book and exhibition.

For More Information: Michael Benari