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

Aperture
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

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.

December 14, 2013

Harry Callahan

City

January 9 - March 8, 2014

Pace/MacGill Gallery
32 East 57th Street
NYC

A collection of 50 gelatin silver prints will be featured examining one of the central themes of Harry Callahan's work: the urban landscape.

November 8, 2013

Helen Marcus

Helen Marcus, Literary Portraits: Putting a Face to the Words

Now - January 4, 2014

Helen Marcus has specialized in portraiture, fine art and travel ever since she started her career in photography in 1974, following almost two decades working in television. Her work has been widely published in periodicals and books both in the USA and abroad and exhibited in solo and group shows. Currently she is President Emerita of the W. Eugene Smith Fund and is a past President of the American Society of Media Photographers. She has lectured internationally on portraiture and has been an adjunct professor at the Parsons School of Design; the School of Visual Arts; and the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Marcus’ portrait of Toni Morrison was used for the image on the Swedish postage stamp honoring her as the Nobel Laureate in Literature. Her work is in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery, George Eastman House and the International Center of Photography. For this exhibition of many of her iconic literary portraits, Helen Marcus has uniquely chosen quotations from the authors themselves, thus adding a new dimension to the presentation.

The Leica Gallery New York
670 Broadway
NYC

October 1, 2013

W. Eugene Smith

W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography and Howard Chapnick Grant for the Advancement of Photojournalism

The School of Visual Arts Theater
333 West 23rd Street
NYC

October 16, 2013, 6:00 PM

The program will include presentations of photo essays by this year’s grant and fellowship recipients and finalists, a unique tribute to the work of W. Eugene Smith, a special keynote speech, and the announcement and presentation of the 2012 jurors’ discretionary grant, the 2012 Howard Chapnick grant, and the 2012 W. Eugene Smith Grant.

September 14, 2013

Itinerant Camera

The Itinerant Languages of Photography

Princeton University Art Museum
September 7 - January 19, 2014

Excerpt from the Princeton University Art Museum website:
This exhibition will examine the movement of photographs, as disembodied images and as physical artifacts, across time and space as well as across the boundaries of media and genres, including visual art, literature, and cinema. The culmination of a three-year interdisciplinary project sponsored by the Princeton Council for International Teaching and Research, the exhibition traces historical continuities from the 19th century to the present by juxtaposing materials from archival collections in Spain, Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico and works by modern and contemporary photographers from museum and private collections including Joan Fontcuberta, Marc Ferrez, Rosâgela Renno and Joan Colom.

August 26, 2013

Mårten Lange

Another Language

MACK, 2012
96 pages
59 tritone plates
14 cm x 21 cm
Embossed hardcover

"A physical delineation of nature terminates at the point where the sphere of intellect begins, and a new world of mind is opened to our view. It marks the limit, but does not pass it."
Alexander von Humboldt (1845)

The aesthetics of science, nature and the materiality of things are recurring themes in Mårten Lange’s work and in Another Language, his first major publication, Lange delves even deeper with this fascination for the natural world.

Combining images of flora, fauna and natural phenomena in an intimate and beautifully crafted book, Lange teases out a subtle narrative - a meteor crashes, a landmass is visible and a distant planet occupies the final page - but the book is more akin to the workings of a scientist collecting specimens. Together the photographs create a cryptic and heterogeneous index of nature, with recurring shapes, patterns and texture, where the clarity and simplicity of the individual photographs contrasts with the enigmatic whole.

Shot in his signature black and white style, his subjects are isolated from their environments, taking on sculptural qualities. Ranging from the sublime (lightning, mountains, a star) to the commonplace (ducks, rocks, a fish), these phenomena all attain equal importance through the democracy of Lange’s photographic treatment.

Mårten Lange was born in 1984 in Mölndal, Sweden. He studied photography at University of Gothenburg in Sweden and the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, United Kingdom. He has previously self-published four books, including Machina (2007) and Anomalies (2009).

July 21, 2013

Proust + Brassaï

Proust in the Power of Photography by Brassaï

Translated by Richard Howard
University Of Chicago Press
176 pages | 16 duotones | 6 x 7-1/2 | © 2001

One of the most original and memorable photographers of the twentieth century, Brassaï was also a journalist, sculptor, and writer. He took great pride in his writing, and he loved literature and language-French most of all. When he arrived in Paris in 1924, Brassaï began teaching himself French by reading Proust. Captured by the sensuality and visual strategies of Proust's writing, Brassaï soon became convinced that he had discovered a kindred spirit. Brassaï wrote: "In his battle against Time, that enemy of our precarious existence, ever on the offensive though never openly so, it was in photography, also born of an age-old longing to halt the moment, to wrest it from the flux of duration in order to 'fix' it forever in a semblance of eternity, that Proust found his best ally." He quoted Proust in his own writing, and from the annotated books in his library, we know that he spent a lifetime studying and dissecting Proust's prose, often line by line.

Drawing on his own experience as a photographer and author, Brassaï discovers a neglected aspect of Proust's interests, offering us a fascinating study of the role of photography both in Proust's oeuvre and in early-twentieth-century culture. Brassaï shows us how Proust was excessively interested in possessing portraits of his acquaintances and how the process by which he remembered and wrote was quite similar to the ways in which photographs register and reveal life's images. This book-beautifully translated by Richard Howard-features previously obscure photographs from Brassaï's High Society series and offers a rare glimpse into two of France's most fascinating artistic minds.

June 21, 2013

Tilt & Shift Lenses

Head on over to the British Journal of Photography for a discussion of the latest / best tilt and shift lenses available for medium and DSLR format.

British Journal of Photography

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