3.29.2012

AIPAD 2012: The Armory, New York City

AVEDON | LEITER
(l) William Burroughs, writer, New York City 7.9.75, in original plexi frame. Photograph by Richard Avedon. Rick Wester Fine Art (206). (r) Wall of Saul Leiter black+white photographs. Howard Greenberg Gallery (204)

Margit Erb with Saul Leiter Photographs
Howard Greenberg Gallery (204)

Untitled, Liberia, 2005
Photograph by Tim Hetherington (American and British, 1970 - 2011)
Yossi Milo Gallery (203)


(Troops at) Korengal Valley, Kunar Province, Afghanistan, 2008
Photograph by Tim Hetherington (American and British, 1970 - 2011)
Yossi Milo Gallery (203)

"Hetherington took these photographs over one year in 2007-2008. His year in Afghanistan also became the basis for the documentary Restrepo, which he co-directed with Sebastian Junger. The film was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2011 for Best Documentary Feature."

Philip-Lorca diCorcia

Alex Soth: Dog Days Bogota

Susan Forristal | Martin Luther King
Photographs by Steve Schapiro and Paul Schutzer, Monroe Gallery (419)


Photographer Bill Eppridge
Meet one of Life Magazines greatest photographers!
Monroe Gallery (419)


Susan May Tell | André Kertész



David Scheinbaum | Scheinbaum & Russek (207)
(background) Janet Russek and their daughter, Andra (right)

AIPAD
Park Avenue Armory
through April 1

Photographs/Snapshots above © Elizabeth Avedon
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3.26.2012

JOEL-PETER WITKIN DAY: Heaven or Hell

Joel-Peter Witkin and Son, Albuquerque 1988
Photograph © Herb Ritts Foundation


La Lettre de la Photographie Editor-in-Chief Jean-Jacques Naudet wrote, "Today is dedicated to Joel-Peter Witkin. To the amazing exhibition opening at the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the two books of his work published for the exhibition and to the recent works on display at the Gallery Baudoin Lebon. Four articles were written by Bernard Perrine, and with these a fantastic Interview of Joel by Elizabeth Avedon."

"A flamboyant creator, incredible story-teller and irresistible liar (his awakening to photography during a car accident that decapitated a little girl whose head fell into his arms probably didn't exist, but never mind)' a hallucinating culture, Joel, who lives in an Albuquerque ghetto (on a farm no less) has for 30 years been exploring the relationship between sacred and profane."

Naudet refers to the story Witkin wrote in his monograph, The Bone House (Twin Palms Publishers), “It begins with my first conscious recollection, I was six years old. It happened on a Sunday, my mother was escorting my brother and myself down the stairs of the tenement where we lived. We were going to church. Walking through the hallway to the entrance of the building, we heard an incredible crash mixed with screams and cries for help. The accident involved three cars, all with families in them. Somehow in the confusion, I was no longer holding my mother’s hand. I could see something rolling from one of the over-turned cars. It stopped at the curb where I stood. It was the head of a little girl. I reached down to touch the face, to ask it, but before I did, someone carried me away. It could have defeated me, and I would have become insensible. Instead I chose to accept the injury and go on; because my will is stronger than death, stronger than the lostness of these times. This, my first conscious visual experience, left it’s mark.”


“Witkin is a photographer who has been mistaken for a grave robber, whose works were described by Marina Isola as “Part Hieronymus Bosch, part ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre.’" – Cindra Wilson, Salon.com

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JPW: “I’m a really happy person, but I think most people think I’m some sort of a monster. I’m intensely poetic, intensely sincere. I want to make a contribution to life and the quality of life, because I want to diminish evil and raise the possibility of goodness. I think that’s what every artist wants to do whether they’re totally conscious of that or not.”


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JPW: I make ‘History Photographs’ much like the 18th and 19th century painters would make ‘History Paintings’ (Wiki: a genre in painting defined by subject matter rather than an artistic style, depicting a moment in a narrative story, rather than a static subject such as a portrait), but in my case I just did one photograph in Bogotá that’s about the history of the cross as a tri-pod and a history of photography all in one. I like that kind of stretch. It’s called Poet and Muse. The Muse, I found identical twins, women in their forties, who are just spitting images of each other. In Albuquerque, before I left for Bogotá, I drew this bridge that connects them at the hip, so they are Siamese identical twins in the drawing and in the photograph. They are talking to the Poet, who turns out to be a man who is the Laurence Olivier of Bogotánian actors. The guy is terrific. He looks like an ancient Christ figure. He has arthritis. He was perfect, perfect. I put a wreath on his head that was a kind of Christmas wreath I got in Albuquerque at a flea market where I shop all the time; and I made this kind of prosthesis for his arm in Bogotá."
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JPW: This was my fourth trip to Bogotá...I’ve gone there three times to photograph, but it’s gotten more and more dangerous, so that last time I was there I was robbed. I went out in the morning to buy underwear for a subject of my work of Jesus.

EA: You were robbed on the way to buying underwear for Jesus?

JPW: Yes! (great laughter) I was very despondent...I travel a great deal, so this doesn’t represent an event that occurs often; luckily I’ve never been harmed. But this time I’m in a nice area, but a block away is “fermenting and evil,” let’s say.
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JPW: I saw Mr. Steichen come in. He took the slides. I saw him shuffling around looking at them on the light box and then he came out and he said, “Whose work is this?” I said, “It’s mine.” He said, “I thought you are a messenger.” I said, “Well maybe I am a kind of messenger, but it’s my work.” He chose an image that was an abstraction I shot in Boston. He said, “I’m having a show and it’s called Masterpieces of Photography from the Museum Collection. He always had these grandiose names. He then had my photograph printed. I went with my brother to the opening. It was a terrific event.

EA: And you were still just 16 years old? JPW: Yes. I was sixteen and a half.


3.24.2012

KEITH CARTER + DORNITH DOHERTY: Houston's McMurtrey Gallery

Gaillardia, 2011
Photograph © Dornith Doherty

Red Yucca, 2011
Photograph © Dornith Doherty

Habitat, 2011
Photograph © Keith Carter

Cruise Ship, 2011
Photograph © Keith Carter

Poppy, 2010
Photograph © Dornith Doherty

Cache: "In this new body of work, Dornith Doherty explores the role of seed banks and their preservation efforts in the face of climate change, the extinction of natural species and decreased agricultural diversity. Traveling from the Arctic tundra of the Svalbard Archipelago to the Sonoran desert in Arizona since 2010, this new exhibition includes large format photographs of key global seed banks as well as archival pigment prints and digital chromogenic lenticular prints of x-ray collages of seeds and plants."

Read my 2011 Interview with Doherty after her travels
close to the North Pole to photograph the Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Imagining Paradise: "Imagining Paradise reflects a new world in Keith Carter's visionary universe. With decreased eyesight following a medical condition Mr. Carter explains: "...my current visual world is now flat and two dimensional, similar to looking at a medieval painting, and scattered with black holes, mottled shapes, sparkles, and occasional light shows..." Keith Carter's new photographs of paradise are inspired by a deterioration of the real that Keith has turned into an ideal: "Using traditional silver-rich film and photographic papers, along with arcane chemistry and non-traditional technique, I am paying homage to the mystery of binocular vision and the history of the medium itself.""

March 24 - April 21, 2012

Look for the upcoming April 2012 issue of
SPOT MAGAZINE | Houston Center for Photography
"An Interview: Dornith Doherty with Elizabeth Avedon"

3.22.2012

SLOW EXPOSURES 2012: Call For Entries

First Place Award: Seeker by Vicki Hunt, Roswell, Georgia
SlowExposures 2011 Exhibition

Untitled #15 by Jessica Hines as seen in The New Yorker Photo Booth
SlowExposures 2010 Exhibition

Young Ladies by Magdalena Solé, New York
SlowExposures 2011 Exhibition
(New Delta Rising, University Press of Mississippi, 2011)

The 2011 SlowExposures: Jurors, Reviewers and Photographers. Top row, l to r: John A Bennette; Jerry Atnip, John Bennette, Sylvia Plachy, Elisabeth Biondi, Nancy McCrary, Gabrielle Larew; Sylvia Plachy, David Simonton, and Magdalena Sole; Exhibition crowd, on right, Alex Novak. Bottom row, l to r: Slow Exposure Co-Directors, Chris Curry and Nancy McCrary; Peter Essick; Sylvia Plachy and Jessica Hines; Elisabeth Biondi, Nancy McCrary and Steve Harper; and snapshots by Elizabeth Avedon (click to enlarge!)

CALL FOR ENTRIES

SlowExposures 2012 10th Annual Juried Exhibition
Celebrating Photography of the Rural South

You are invited to submit work for the Tenth Anniversary SlowExposures Photography Exhibition in Pike County, Georgia. As always, selected images capture the diversity, contradictions and complexity of the rural American South. We are pleased to welcome Brett Abbott, Photography Curator of the High Museum of Art and Julian Cox, Founding Curator of Photography of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco as our 2012 jurors.

SlowExposures is held during the last two weekends in September. Located in the rural countryside one hour from Atlanta's Hartsfield Jackson airport, the show is renowned for its intimate, relaxed environment where photographers and photography lovers gather to learn, share, and have fun. This year in honor of our tenth anniversary, we are pleased to welcome back many of our past jurors who have graciously agreed to lead seminars and staff our portfolio review. –Christine Curry and Nancy McCrary, Show Chairs

3.21.2012

MATTHEW AVEDON: Music + Fashion Interview

Matthew Avedon An Interview for Massimo Dutti
below



Matthew Avedon/Vogue Italia Photographed by Dawidh Orlando




Matthew Avedon Film by Hunter + Gatti for Massimo Dutti
-:- YouTube Video Here -:-


A Talk With Matthew Avedon
Massimo Dutti Journal: #169

What are your passions?


While I have many interests, my main passion in life is working as a musician. I am an active member of the New York Jazz community and play gigs as many nights of the week as possible! I have my own group that plays Jazz Manouche in the style of Django Reinhardt and we call ourselves the Hot Club Time Machine, I also play some more modern things with my group the Matthew Avedon Trio, and I also play with an amazing New Orleans Jazz band called Jessy Carolina and The Hot Mess. On top of that I try to collaborate with as many musicians in other styles as I can. The life of a working musician can be very hard, and demands a lot of discipline but it is so creatively fulfilling that I wouldn't want to be doing anything else; except working for Massimo Dutti of course!


Obvious question: What is the weight of the name of the most admired photographer your grandfather?
 
Obviously my last name holds a lot of weight in the fashion industry and there's no getting around that. My grandfather played a very important role in shaping the aesthetics of modern fashion and how it presents itself, and his work as a creative force is undeniable. As a model on the other side of the camera I am understandably always asked about my grandfather, and all I can say is that as a man I didn't know him very well, but as an artist I deeply respect his contribution to photography.


Have you ever thought about taking a camera?
 
I have never seriously thought of taking up photography, it's not where my heart is so I wouldn't want to attempt it just because I have a famous last name. I leave that legacy to my younger brother Michael Avedon (michaelavedon.com) who is extremely talented and getting better every day! 


What about design? 
 
For me design is not something you do separate from everything else. Design is a way of approaching the world, everybody designs the world they live in as best they can. I have however considered working as a designer specifically as a job and it's something I think I would be quite good at, but right now I want to pour all my energy into improving as a musician, so I leave the design world to more capable hands.


New York or Paris?
 
I am a born and bred New Yorker and very proud of it! Paris is great and I love visiting, but New York will always be my home even though it has changed so much since I was a kid. It's the curse of the city that people who grow up here have a really hard time adjusting to living anywhere else and that is very true for me!


 What is your favorite part in the world where do you like to go?
 
I am very lucky that my job takes me all over the world and I get to see so many great places, the problem is I never get to stay for very long! Barcelona has always been a very fun place for me to visit and I have a few friends living there; anyone who has been there knows what a party town it can be. Through work I've spent so many years traveling around Europe and I've actually not had a chance to see that much of America besides California and a few other places, so soon I plan on taking a good long road trip across the country. I'm particularly looking forward to visiting New Orleans where the music scene is really amazing!

3.18.2012

MENTORS: SVA Graduate Photography Exhibition

Photograph © Connor Hughes

Photograph © Gabriela Machuca

Photograph © Grace Prunoske

Photograph © Amy Utter

Mentors, an exhibition of works by the School of Visual Arts most promising graduating BFA Photography students, inspired by their relationships with leading members of the New York City Arts Community. Last years Mentors included Vince Aletti, Elinor Carucci, Yosi Milo, Adam Fuss and Elisabeth Biondi, among countless other forces in Photography, so I was especially honored to be invited as one of 2012's.

Stephen Frailey, chair of the BFA Photography Department, Editor-in-Chief of Dear Dave, and Curator of the Mentor Exhibition, explains, “We are always seeking to provide our students with opportunities that support their growth as professional artists. Working with these mentors offers our students an invaluable learning experience, one that inspires them to take their work further.”

It was a great experience for me to work with a talented new photographer, Gabriela Machuca; at first getting to know her work, and then exchanging ideas and insights towards her final exhibition choices. In the end I'm very proud of her series, as well as all of the other participants. Drop by and view these emerging photographers work.

Mentors
March 16 – 31, 2012
Visual Arts Gallery, 601 West 26 Street, New York

3.16.2012

IMAGE 12: ASMPNY Photo Contest

Second Prize, Image 09
Islamic Woman Ascending Stairs
Photograph (c) Jeffris Elliott/All rights reserved
(read: Jeffris Elliott In His Own Words)

First Prize, Image 09
Photograph ©
Martine Fougeron, Tête-à-Tête series

(read: Fundraising Campaign for Tête-à-Tête)

IMAGE 12 is a nationwide photo contest run by the New York chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers. The competition is open to all professional, serious amateur and student photographers residing in the United States. Contestants are asked to submit one or more images that were created after January 1, 2011. The deadline for entry submissions is May 1, 2012. Two categories: Professional and Student. Each category will have a first, second and third place prize awarded.

IMAGE 12 Judges

Elizabeth Avedon, Independent Curator and Correspondent, La Lettre
Holly Stuart Hughes, Editor, Photo District News and PDNonline
Jody Quon. Photography Director, New York Magazine
Marc Sobier, Global Creative Director, Y&R NY
Hosanna Marshall, Art Buyer/ Creative Producer, Sastchi & Saatchi

How to submit an image
View the previous years winning images

3.14.2012

SUSAN MAY TELL: 30x30 Interview in Honor of Women’s History Month

Enigma
Photograph (c) Susan May Tell

Untitled 02, Photograph (c) Susan May Tell
Series: "A Requiem: tribute to the spiritual space at Auschwitz"
(read more: ARTnews Review)

André Kertész (angel), Chez Lui, 1983
Photograph (c) Susan May Tell

30 by 30 Interview: Susan May Tell / Lilo Raymond

Susan May Tell is an award-winning Fine Art Photographer whose work has been showcased in solo exhibitions at several Museums across the U.S. As a former successful photojournalist, Tell spent four years based in Cairo and four years in Paris working for the New York Times, LIFE, TIME, and Newsweek Magazines. This was followed by ten years as a staff photographer and photo editor at the New York Post. Tell’s photographs are in the Smithsonian’s Samuel Wagstaff Collection... (read more here)

Tell is Interviewed about the important influence photographer Lilo Raymond played in her work. Read this inspiring piece in an Interview series 30x30 created by Catherine Kirkpatrick for (PWP) Professional Women Photographers.


BASTIENNE SCHMIDT: Home Stills in Houston

The Laundry Spiral, Bridgehampton, 2004
Photograph © Bastienne Schmidt

The Tree Farm, 2004
Photograph © Bastienne Schmidt

Bastienne Schmidt "challenges the popular idyll of household as private utopia with her Home Stills series. Posing in the role of a lonely housewife, and staging her works exclusively in Long Island, the artist recapitulates familiar scenarios excerpted from daytime TV. Following Highway 27 across Long Island from Patchogue to Easthampton, Schmidt recreates her interiors—from cheap motel rooms to upscale mansions—as imaginary rooms of her own, a twist on Virginia Woolf's eponymous idea of a feminist haven." – Press Info

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3.08.2012

JULIE BLACKMON: New Work at Fahey/Klein

Queen, 2010
Photograph © Julie Blackmon

Night Movie, 2011
Photograph © Julie Blackmon

New work from photographer Julie Blackmon’s ongoing series “Domestic Vacations” depicts imagined, as well as autobiographical, narratives inspired by the hectic and multifaceted domestic life of her own family. “As an artist and as a mother,” Blackmon states “I believe life’s most poignant moments come from the ability to fuse fantasy and reality: to see the mythic amidst the chaos.”

"The painterly influences of Julie Blackmon’s work are further emphasized by the large scale of the works being exhibited including four Archival Pigment Print photographs each measuring over 4 ½ feet tall and six feet wide. Blackmon states, "The paintings of Steen, along with those of other Dutch and Flemish genre painters, helped inspire this body of work. As Steen’s personal narratives of family life depicted nearly 400 years ago, the conflation of art and life is an area I have explored in photographing the everyday life of my family and the lives of my sisters and their families at home. These images are both fictional and auto-biographical, and reflect not only our lives today and as children growing up in a large family, but also move beyond the documentary to explore the fantastic elements of our everyday lives, both imagined and real.”'

3.07.2012

JASON FLORIO: Burma Freedom Fighters

KNLA - Karen National Liberation Army
Freedom Fighter and Film Maker
Photograph (c) Jason Florio/All rights reserved

Retired KNLA -
Karen National Liberation Army Freedom Fighter
Photograph (c) Jason Florio/All rights reserved

KNLA - Karen National Liberation Army
Freedom Fighter and Medic
who lost his leg after stepping on a land mine
Photograph (c) Jason Florio/All rights reserved

I have been arrested by the Taliban...ridden into far-flung Afghan valleys in search of nomads with mujaheddin as my security, dressed as a woman to cross a border, was at the foot of the Twin Towers as they collapsed, enjoyed the 'comforts' of a Cuban hospital, hunted bats in Surinam, chatted with Somali pirates over Coke and biscuits and danced like a fiend in Beirut nightclubs...among other things – Jason Florio

JASON FLORIO was born in London and relocated to the USA in 1987. He moved to NYC to pursue photography after seeing Richard Avedon's In The American West exhibition. "Florio photographed freedom fighters and civilians who struggled for independence in the Karen State of Burma, along the Thailand border in what is now the world’s longest ongoing conflict. The ill-equipped people have been fighting for an independent homeland against the ruling Burmese military government. “The Karen people have been locked in a David-and-Goliath conflict with a powerful authoritarian regime that seeks to push the Karen people off the map.” reports the award-winning photographer. Self -funded, he decided to bring the under reported struggle for survival against the brutal junta, to a wider audience."' – Gallery

3.06.2012

KEN ROSENTHAL: Photographs 2001-2009 at KLOMPCHING in DUMBO

Seen and Not Seen #1311-3 (2001)
Photograph ©Ken Rosenthal
Image: Courtesy Klompching Gallery


Seen and Not Seen #001-A-1 (2001)
Photograph ©Ken Rosenthal
Image: Courtesy Klompching Gallery


Ken Rosenthal (b. 1964) is an American artist living and workingin Tucson, Arizona. Since 2001, his subject has been an over-arching study of time, collective memory, fiction and cultural iconography; as seen through a somewhat brooding re-interpretation of historic negatives and photographs—specifically imagery from his own family album. He presents exceptionally crafted photographs—bleached, split-toned and blurred—that bring together a range of associations that seem at once shared yet highly personal, unknowable yet familiar. Like memory, his photographs are ethereal and ambiguous.–Klompching Gallery

March 9 – April 20, 2012
Artist Reception March 8 6–8PM

KLOMPCHING GALLERY
111 Front Street | Brooklyn NY 11201


3.03.2012

GEORGE PLATT LYNES | The Jack B. Woody Collection: Steven Kasher Gallery to April 7

James Leslie Daniels, ca. 1937
(Jimmie Daniels, Singer at Le Ruban Bleu...read more)
Photograph by George Platt Lynes

Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Self-Portrait, ca. 1945
Photograph by George Platt Lynes
Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery, New York


Robert McVoy, ca. 1941
(Robert McVoy was a dancer in Lincoln Kirstein’s company,
Kirstein co-founded the New York City Ballet...read more)

Photograph by George Platt Lynes
Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery, New York


George Tichenor, 1939
(Lynes fell in love with his studio assistant George Tichenor,
who was killed during the War...read more)

Photograph by George Platt Lynes

Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Gloria Swanson, ca. 1939
(One of the most prominent stars of silent films)
Photograph by George Platt Lynes
Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery, New York


Marsden Hartley, 1943
(American Modernist painter, poet, and essayist)
Photograph by George Platt Lynes
Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Bill Miller, 1944
Photograph by George Platt Lynes

Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

Jack B. Woody | George Platt Lynes Collection at Steven Kasher Gallery
Courtesy of Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

JACK B. WOODY, editor and publisher of Twelvetrees Press and Twin Palms Publishers, has produced some of the finest photography and art books for over thirty years. Woody’s first published photography book, George Platt Lynes: Photographs 1931-1955 (Twelvetrees Press, 1981), was immediately recognized as a classic monograph. Platt Lynes had been a highly successful fashion and portrait photographer in the 1930s and 1940s, rediscovered by Woody in the late 1970's. His George Platt Lynes Collection can now be viewed at the Steven Kasher Gallery through April 7.

From An Interview with Jack Woody: "While working as Director of Photography for the Nicholas Wilder Gallery in L.A. in the late '70's, Duane Michals told me, “There’s someone really out of fashion, a photographer named George Platt Lynes, you might be interested in.” About six months later someone called the gallery and said, “There’s a man in Berkley that wants to sell an album of approximately fifty photographs. Most of them are male nudes.” I went to San Francisco to meet Samuel Steward. George Platt Lyons’s had given him all of these photographs in the ‘50’s. There were fifty photographs. I had gone with a dealer from San Francisco, so I put up half the money and he put up the other half and we bought the album. That became the basis for my first photography book."

"I decided I wanted to do the George Platt Lynes book. I had the collection of fifty images, but I wanted about a hundred for the book. I spent two years tracking down all the living models and accumulating their photographs for this book – I borrowed some and some I bought.. Back then they weren’t worth anything. No one even knew who this George Platt Lynes was. I applied to the National Endowment for the Arts for a grant for the book and I got $12,500. from one of the non-profit arts organizations in LA."

"I sold the books by hand to the Strand and took them to Rizzoli on 57th Street in New York; they bought like fifty of them and put them in the window on Fifth Avenue. I went home and got a call from Andy Grundberg of the New York Times. He said, “I saw your George Platt Lynes book at Rizzoli. Could you send me a review copy?” I had no idea what a review copy was, all I knew is it was free. I said, “What is it for?” He said, “I’d like to write a review”. He gave me The New York Times Fed Ex number, so I sent it to him. He wrote this amazing review, and it just exploded from there."–Jack B. Woody (read more here)

George Platt Lynes
March 1st to April 7th
Steven Kasher Gallery