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Book Signing: Alex MacLean at Yancey Richardson Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

Up on the Roof: New York's Hidden Skyline Spaces

Booksiging & Presentation of Images
Thursday, June 21
6:00 - 8:00 pm

As a pilot and photographer Alex MacLean is known for capturing the world from above. The expansive views from above reveal pattern and geography- the rhythm of the use of space. Weather farmer's fields, parking lots, planned communities, junk yards, amusement parks, or beaches the work speaks to the impact of man on space. Scale puts our world into perspective, and we are in one moment small and impactful.

This new series of New York's rooftops reveals, as always with MacLean's images, something secret, something special. In a city as large as New York every inch is precious, and with MacLean we learn that every space is used. The shier variety of uses is impressive- gardens, tennis courts, water towers, swimmingpools, restaurants, spontaneous art-spaces, and more. The planned and the impulsive use of the rooftops are revealed. MacLean has yet again found a way to lift the curtain on a place we thought we knew.

For more information on this event, please visit Yancey Richardson Gallery

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Exhibition & Related Screenings: JOSEPH F. ROCK at Stephen Bulger Gallery

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Updated: Friday, January 3, 2014

Vintage Photographs from the National Geographic Image Collection

Exhibition Dates: June 16 – July 21, 2012

Reception: Thursday, June 21
5:00 - 8:00 pm

These silver print and early color images of China were taken in the 1920's by Joseph F. Rock, a man who traveled the remote lands on the Chinese border with Tibet for almost 30 years. The trials and adventures of Rock fascinate the modern day eye. Rock captured landscapes that are range from surrene to oppressive; people who are hardy with calm but cautious watching eyes; and habitations that run the gamete from campsites to elegant courtyards and a grand lamasery.

This was the age of expeditions when men ventured into their unknown to bring back tales of their encounters. The world was big and less connected; the National Geographic magazine was the world's window into these remote pockets of the world. The text detailed the adventure, but it was the images that captivated our attention and curiosity. It was the small frames like those of Rock that drew us in and connected the distant horizon with our living room. Looking now at Rock's images we feel this primal sense of awe and amazement. We are taken on a journey that travels the elegant reflective waters at Yongning Lamersery, Nyorophu Island and stand small in the shadow of the looming Mount Jambiyang, Szechwan, Konkaling, China. We feel the adrenaline pump through our veins as we watch Joseph Rock's porters haul a chest across the Yangtze River on a goatskin raftand feel the cold creep into our skin inJ oseph Rock and Naxi assistants at the summit of the Jesila, Minya Konka Range. We feel the excitement of the explorer and the locals in Crowds at the gate greet Rock's expedition, Kaichow, Kansuand watch a ritual performance Balden Lhamo leads the Bowa in protecting Yama, The King of Hell, Choni Lamasery, Tibet with delight. The portraits are particularly moving. So many of the works are filled with unbound energy and emotion; these frames too are charged, but allow us to stop and look into the eyes of subjects: tribal leaders, bodyguards, even living Buddhas.

For more information on the exhibition please visit Stephen Bulger Gallery

FREE Saturday Afternoon Screenings at CAMERA
Starting at 3:00 PM

June 16
Dir. John M. Stahl (USA: 1944), 137 min.

June 23 – Double Feature
National Geographic Society (USA: 2004), 43 min.

National Geographic Society (USA: 2007), 52 min.

June 30
Dir. Kaige Chen (China: 1993), 171 min.

July 7 – Double Feature
FROM THE VAULT: Rare Vintage Footage from National Geographic Expeditions
National Geographic Society (USA: 2012) approximately 40 min.

Dir. Liesl Clark, National Geographic Television and Film (USA: 2009), 50 min.

July 14
Dir. Yimou Zhang (China: 2004), 119 min.

July 21
Dir. Kevin MacDonald (USA: 2011), 95 min

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Review: Fred Stein at Robert Mann Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, June 7, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

Virtuoso of the Leica is an Unsung Master

Through June 30, 2012

Somehow the legacy of this photographer is only now on its way to gaining the true recognition it deserves. We need not look at many works to realize their quality, their belonging to the time and place of the artist and his contemporaries. Perhaps it was the era and Stein's need to keep on the move, to reinvent and rebuild himself that worked against his earlier establishment. Born in Dresden, Stein studied law but the Nazi Government denied him admission to the bar. Stein and his wife left Germany in 1933 claiming to be on honeymoon. They traveled to Paris where Stein began taking photographs with the Leica they bought as a joint wedding present.

In Paris Stein allied himself with a circle of artists and intellectuals. He was among the first to adopt the agile hand-held camera and used it to work with spontaneity to capture the drama, the elegance, the grit of the every day. The rhythm in his work is dynamic almost architectural, the framing structured but spontaneous. Stein seemed to have worked with an easy airiness and his sense of "the moment" too is well but gracefully thought. Life was again interrupted in 1939 when Germany declared war on France. Stein was put in an internment camp, but managed to escape and reunite with his wife and infant daughter in the south and obtain assistance from the International Rescue Committee. The family left France for New York in 1941.

Finding himself in a new, vibrant cultural hub Stein again set root and formed relationships with cultural, scientific, and political leaders. Stein continued to work to capture the city life, and also opened a studio business. The portrait enhanced his knowledge of light and tone that enhanced the quality of his more spontaneous personal work. Many personalities of his time were subjects of his portraits, including Albert Einstein, Georgia O'Keefe, and Marc Chagal (all on view). The anonymous are seen with equal honor and dignity, even in heavier themed frames of folks down on their luck or hungry-looking children. Stein's work was published in a slew of magazines, newspapers, and texts of his time; his relevance slow in coming to all circles, will certainly be remembered by all who see his work.

For more information on the exhibition please visit Robert Mann Gallery

The Wall Street Journal reviewed of Fred Stein: Paris / New York
Appeared in the June 1, 2012 issue

Full review by Richard Woodward below:

The career of Fred Stein (1909-1967) illustrates how easily a talented photographer can be written out of history. Born in Dresden, Germany, Mr. Stein belonged to the generation that documented trouble in Europe with hand-held cameras (in his case, a Leica) during the 1930s. Fleeing Leipzig for Paris in 1933 and France for the U.S. in 1941, he found a home with the Photo League in New York and established a successful studio practice here, specializing in portraiture.

This selection of work suggests he must have gone to school in Paris on the photographs of Henri Cartier-Bresson and André Kertész. Like them, he identified with those on the economic margins of the city. His pictures of the dispossessed — a man asleep on a bench, another dozing on a loading dock, a bum with wine bottles stuffed in his sagging pockets, an exhausted shoeshine boy — are standouts here.

Celebrity portraits done in New York of Marc Chagall, Albert Einstein and Georgia O'Keeffe are more prosaic. What's unclear from this keyhole view of Mr. Stein's oeuvre is whether his impressive street photographs were more the exception or the rule.

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Review: Roger Mayne at Gitterman Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

Through July 21, 2012

British photographer Roger Mayne's most formative, most iconic work of working class neighborhoods of post-war London now on display at the Gitterman Gallery. The images transport speaking to a time and place, and illuminate the lives and character of the people who inhabited the poor neighborhoods.

Mayne's interest in photography began as a student of Chemistry Balliol College, Oxford University. In 1953 Mayne made acquaintance of period painters and took curiosity in the abstract avant-garde movement of the St. Ives School. These alliances helped cultivate and define his style, and the following year Mayne took greater steps to become a professional photographer. The high contrast of his work now characteristic of his vision was in-line with the qualities of and dialogue in painting movements of the time. Formal qualities enhanced through printing techniques also infused his work with a certain value and grit which enhanced the sense of life of his famous subject- working class neighborhoods of West London.

The coolness of environment is matched by the warmth of character. Buildings seem spindly and distressed as skeletons waiting to crumble, and they were- plans to demolish the structures and replace them with high-rise apartments were in the works in the time Mayne was working. This certain destruction and ominous future for the place itself is balanced by the vigor of the youths of the neighborhood. Teens and children seem to literally have popped up. They pose, play, perform, even jockey for attention asking for their picture to be in the paper. Many of the imageswereused in period publications, and the prints later exhibited and collected widely. The work always had weight but has gained greater resonance in time; some of the vintage prints are well known, other images now on view have never before been seen.

For more information on the exhibition please visit Gitterman Gallery

New Yorker Review

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Artist's Reception & Signing: Danny Lyon at Terry Etherton Gallery

Posted By Administration, Thursday, May 31, 2012
Updated: Monday, January 6, 2014

The Bikeriders

Exhibition Dates: September 8 – November 3, 2012

Reception: Saturday, September 8
7:00 – 10:00 pm

Book Signing: Saturday, October 6
1:00 – 5:00 pm

Living legend Danny Lyon to exhibit his iconic work The Bikeriders at the Terry Etherton Gallery this fall. Beyond the images themselves are a host of accompanying events including an artist's reception, book signing, and film screening that render this a pilgrimage for collectors and enthusiasts alike.

Lyon revolutionized the documentary approach by submerging himself within the communities he was recording. Lyon's subjects were marginalized or rebellious folks: from the counter-culture of the Bikeriders to death-row inmates at Huntsville Prison, activists within the Civil Rights Movement and Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and more. Lyon recorded with reverence the major movements and fringe characters of his contemporary culture. His approach was neither tertiary nor voyeuristic. He implicated himself and his subjects, their lives and stories in the work. The result are intimate, personal, and honest reflections. Beyond the image Lyon drew dialogue and incorporated the words of his subjects into texts published, over 20 texts have been produced by the artist thus far. Lyon became a pioneer of his time, influencing a generation of photographers.

For more information on the exhibition please visit Etherton Gallery

Related Event:

Artist Talk & Screening:
Friday, October 5
6:00 pm
The Murderers at the Center for Creative Photography

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