October 28, 2014

Rumor: New MFD Rangefinders

According to photorumors.com, two new MFD rangefinder cameras will be announced in the coming months by Sony/Zeiss and Mamiya.

Rumored Sony/Zeiss/Mamiya medium format digital rangefinder cameras:

* 50 megapixel medium format Sony CMOS sensor
* Two versions will be sold under the Mamiya and Sony brands
* Only the Sony version will have an EVF
* The Mamiya model will have an OVF with OLED focus peaking
* The lenses will also be sold under the Sony/Zeiss and Mamiya brands
* New magnet-based lens attachment
* The cameras will have 4 black classic control dials

If this is not rumor, it is very surprising that there was no announcement at Photokina. Hence, I think it's fiction not fact.

September 16, 2014

Capture One Pro 8

Capture One Pro, one of the finest raw converters is about to get better, with localized white balance, film grain, and much more. Check out the new Capture One Pro 8 on the Phase One website.

August 12, 2014

10 X 10 Exhibition

Leica Gallery Wetzlar

Until September 30, 2014

For Leica camera AG, the move to the Leitz Park in Wetzlar is a return to its roots and a step into the future with new headquarters. The Leica Gallery Wetzlar has also made itself a home here, and is inviting visitors to explore the constantly evolving facets of the world of photography. The gallery is inaugurated with the 10 x 10 exhibition, a project created to celebrate the centenary of Leica Photography.

It presents contemporary photography that looks to the future while also linking closely to the past: the idea was to pair ten contemporary Leica photographers in a creative dialogue with ten of the great masters of photographic history, resulting in ten pictures each. It was not about modelling the images on the works of the old masters, but rather about the new ideas that might emerge from the interaction with the existing works: an artistic exchange, an impetus, a convergence and a demarcation.

Leica Camera AG
Am Leitz-Park 5
35578 Wetzlar

July 10, 2014

Leonard Freed

The Italians

Until August 9th, 2014

The Italians, of which this exhibition is eponymous, was published in 2011, five years after the world-famous Magnum photographer’s death. The work that it encompasses was a lifetime pursuit of Freed – he once referred to his relationship with Italy as a “love story.” Early in his professional work he discovered New York City’s Little Italy and then later throughout his long career he made more than forty-five trips to Italy. The images capture the joys of childhood, love, marriage, and the celebration of family and food. Freed wrote: “If it is true that a nation’s reputation for hospitality comes from its natives, Italy will always be at the top of my list… There is an Italian saying: ‘When you sit at my table you are a member of the family.’ How true.” Michael Miller who wrote the book’s Introduction states: “Italy was so close to Leonard Freed’s deepest affinities, as well as the fruits of his self-exploration, that this book is as much about the artist as it is about its subject… Italy remained for Freed as much an inner landscape as a field for observation. Here you will find a richly variegated portrait of Italian society, beginning close to the midpoint of the twentieth century and continuing into the next, as well as reflections of the artist’s psyche as it developed through the human encounters photography brought his way.” The Directors of Leica Gallery have worked closely with Leonard Freed’s widow, Brigitte, to curate this posthumous exhibition.

Leica Gallery
670 Broadway

June 12, 2014

John G. Morris

Somewhere in France: John G. Morris and the Summer of 1944

May 16–September 7, 2014

From the ICP website:

As a young photo-editor for Life magazine, John G. Morris (b. 1916) was based in London and assigned to oversee the photographic reportage of World War II. Most notably, he coordinated the dramatic photojournalistic coverage of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944, including the iconic photographs of the landing made for Life by Robert Capa. With the Allied troops advancing toward German strongholds in western France, Morris joined the magazine's team of six photographers (in addition to Capa, George Rodger, Robert Landry, Ralph Morse, David E. Scherman, and Frank Scherschel) in covering the fighting in Normandy and Brittany.

Although not a photographer himself, Morris exposed 14 rolls of black-and-white film over the four weeks he spent at the front during the summer of 1944, not for publication but as a personal record. For 69 years, the negatives and contact sheets remained in a file drawer in Morris's office. Recently rediscovered by Robert Pledge of Contact Press Images, these images constitute a moving first-person account of one of the greatest conflicts of the 20th century.

May 13, 2014

Urbes Mutantes

Latin American Photography 1944–2013

May 16–September 7, 2014

Urbes Mutantes: Latin American Photography 1944–2013 is a major survey of photographic movements in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela. Taking the "mutant," morphing, and occasionally chaotic Latin American city as its focus, the exhibition draws particularly on street photography's depictions of the city during decades of political and social upheaval. It is divided into sections that explore public space as a platform for protest, popular street culture, the public face of poverty, and other characteristics of the city as described in photographs. Dispensing with arbitrary distinctions between genres of photography—art photography, photojournalism, documentary—Urbes Mutantes points to the depth and richness of the extensive photographic history of the region.

International Center of Photography
1133 Avenue of the Americas at 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

April 13, 2014

Duane Michals

Empty New York

April 24 - May 31, 2014

Comprised of thirty rare gelatin silver prints dating from the 1960s, the exhibition focuses exclusively on Michals' early exploration of transitional early morning moments in New York City shops, parks, subway cars, and train stations. This is the first time these photographs have been exhibited as a group.

The images in this exhibition, taken over a half a century ago, include New York landmarks such as Penn Station, the Metropolitan Opera House, and Washington Square Hotel as well as ordinary locales, such as a laundromat, a shoeshine station, or an empty booth in a neighborhood diner. The series reflects Duane Michals' admiration for the work of French photographer Eugene Atget who memorably photographed the streets of Paris.

DC Moore Gallery
535 West 22nd Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10011

March 15, 2014

Vivian Maier

Finding Vivian Maier is a documentary about a nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and, discovered decades later. Vivian Maier is considered among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Her life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

The movie is coming to theaters in March. Check local listings.

February 15, 2014

City Stages

City Stages, photographs by Matthew Pillsbury

Exhibition on view:
February 20–March 27

547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, N.Y. 10001

From aperture.org:

City Stages offers a paean to the craft and visionary potential of large-format, black and-white photography, as well as to the vibrancy of the cultural landscape at a transitional moment—a moment in which our very relationship to that landscape is increasingly mediated by omnipresent screens.

Over the past decade, Matthew Pillsbury has built several extensive bodies of work—Screen Lives, Hours, and City Stages—that deal with different facets of contemporary metropolitan life and the passage of time. Working with black-and-white, 8-by-10 film and long exposures, Pillsbury captures a range of psychologically charged experiences in the urban environment, from isolation—tuned into the omnipresent screens of our tablets, laptops, televisions, and phones—to crowded museums, parades, cathedrals, and even protests.

Working primarily in New York but with forays to Paris, London, Venice, and other sites, the precise and concrete rendering of cityscapes, iconic landmarks, and interior spaces in his images provides a stage-like setting for the performance of human activity. Thanks to the extended exposures—some as long as an hour—the actions of both individuals and crowds are blurred and transformed into pure gesture and energy.

As writer Karl E. Johnson comments on the work, “For Pillsbury, the act of seeing appears to double as a performance, if no more than the performance of life enacted in various spaces and timeframes.” This exhibition gathers selections from all three bodies of work for the first time, and spans ten years of the artist’s output.

January 16, 2014


Brassaï: Paris Nocturne
by Sylvie Aubenas and Quentin Bajac
(Thames & Hudson, publisher)

Sylvie Aubenas and Quentin Bajac’s Brassaï: Paris Nocturne is the first major book on the photographer since the 1976 book, Secret Paris of the 30s.

There's an interesting review of the book by Luc Sante in The New York Review of Books.

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