Cheryl Medow infuses her hyper-realistic images of wildlife with an acute, visceral energy. Her disciplined eye for detail and evocative use of interlocking her photographs adds an immediacy to natural scenes of wild animals and flora in their habitats.
From the jungles of Kenya to the marshy thickets of the Malibu Lagoon, Medow seeks the textures of the landscape and its diverse creatures, saturating them with layers of color and imagery. With every image we become atuned to the flow of the environment and the creatures within her magical dioramas. We see as the animal sees. We are the observer and observed.
More than shifting our perspectives, Medow’s images are calls to action.
“My work is an opportunity to celebrate these gorgeous, amazing animals and heighten awareness of conservation and our connection to nature.”
This show runs through July 14, 2012
TAG Gallery 2525 Michigan Avenue, D-3, (Bergamot Station), Santa Monica, CA 90404
Phone: (310) 829-9556
Gallery hours 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday. •
By Jim McKinniss
We are pleased to announce the release of theses two extraordinary images from Steve McCurry.
They are available in small editions in the following sizes:
1. 20 x 24 inches
2. 30 x 40 inches
3. 40 x 50 inches
Peter Fetterman Gallery is located at Bergamot Station #A1, 2525 Michigan Ave., Santa Monica, CA
Phone: 310 453 6463
By Jim McKinniss
Canon has announced the long-awaited Canon 5D Mark III. Read about the new features, price, and specs by clicking here.
Can you imagine chucking your expensive digital camera into the lake? You just might do it when Light Field cameras take over. This new technology threatens to make digital obsolete. Read all about it, look at photos of the camera, and see how it works by clicking here.
Artist Seminar: 15 Things You Can Do to Get Represented by a Gallery
We are constantly asked for advice and information from upcoming artists. The number one request on most artist’s agenda is getting good gallery representation. Gallery director Daniel Miller has created a dynamic no-nonsense seminar filled with details, ideas and strategies about how artists can get (and keep) the attention of galleries. Avoid common mistakes (one chapter is aptly titled “Don’t be an Idiot”), and learn how to develop an artist-gallery relationship.
The next seminar is Sunday, Feb 5, 12-2 pm. Seats are limited, so click here for more details, a seminar outline and to reserve your place.
Artist Seminar: How to Self-publish Your Own Book
The new standard for success for a photographer or other artist is presenting your work in a book format. While the tools to create books have become sophisticated and relatively easy-to-use, lots of questions remain. What to include, what not to include, design issues, where to have it made, how to leverage the book when completed, book signing strategies and more. Also, advanced strategies you can use to sell your book and actually make money. And also covered, why are you waiting? Make a book now!
The next seminar is Sunday, Feb 5, 3-5 pm. Seats are limited, so click here for more details, a seminar outline and to reserve your place.
dnj Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, “Encaustic Noir” by Helen K. Garber, to inaugurate Noirfest Santa Monica 2012. In Gallery II, we present a selection of vintage works by famed Parisian photographer Brassai and several of his contemporaries.
In her new work, Garber recycles imagery from an earlier photographic body, using a layered, textured technique to create completely new work. “Spending months on a 40-foot long technical nightmare for the 2006 Venice Biennale of Architecture started me thinking about … working with texture and dimension. I felt that I had mastered the 2-D image and that it was time to move on to something new.” Taking her inspiration from film noir of the 40’s and 50’s and German Expressionism, Helen K. Garber’s work is evocative of the minimal black and white cinematic style. Garber uses an encaustic process to adhere her vintage negatives, printed on handmade papers, to reclaimed and salvaged wood scraps found locally in her local Ocean Park Historic District neighborhood and to finish with a fresh coating of beeswax and twine sourced locally from an old independent Venice shop. In this series, Garber has artistically found a way to reinvent her photographic library into work that is entirely new, with stronger, descriptive and expressive qualities.
This is Helen K. Garber’s second show with dnj Gallery. In the 2010 group exhibition, “Night Lights,” her series of photographs, “Venice/Venezia,” was included. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally, with her most recent exhibition held at the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin Ireland. Garber’s work can be found in numerous museum collections, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the George Eastman House International Museum of Film & Photography in Rochester, NY and the Brooklyn Museum. Garber resides in Santa Monica and maintains a studio on Ocean Front Walk at Venice Beach, CA.
dnj Gallery is also very proud to showcase a collection of vintage noir photography by artists Brassai, Paul Almasy, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Maurice Georges Chanu, Robert Doisneau, Andre Kertesz, Jean Prevel, Geza Vandor and Sabine Weiss. Each vintage print is rare, highly collectible and selected to showcase Paris by night. Images portray from high society, the intellectuals, the ballet, the grand operas, as well as scenes from the dark, bleak side of Paris. Brassai once wrote that: “he used photography in order to capture the beauty of streets and gardens in the rain and fog, and to capture Paris by night.” His iconic images, and those of his colleagues, have defined the Paris mystique.
SHOW DATES: January 14 – February 25, 2012
RECEPTION: Saturday, January 14, 7-9 pm
GALLERY HOURS: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 am – 6 pm
2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite J1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Telephone (310) 315-3551
Contact: Melissa Parkerson firstname.lastname@example.org
By Jim McKinniss
The following text was taken from the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15689652
An image of the Rhine by German artist Andreas Gursky has fetched $4.3m (£2.7m) at Christie’s New York, setting an auction record for a photograph.
Glass-mounted panoramic colour print Rhein II, created in 1999, is one of an edition of six works.
Others hang at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and London’s Tate Modern.
It beat the previous record of $3.9m (£2.5m) achieved by an untitled 1981 colour print by Cindy Sherman, who is the subject of all her own works.
Gursky’s print had a pre-sale estimate of $2.5m-$3.5m (£1.6m-£2.2m).
Rhein II is the largest of the six photographs, which are produced in various sizes.
As well as in New York and London, other photographs in the edition are housed in Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne and Glenstone art museum in the US.
Gursky has spoken of “a particular place with a view over the Rhine which has somehow always fascinated me, but it didn’t suffice for a picture as it basically constituted only part of a picture”.
He said he “carried this idea for a picture around with me for a year-and-a-half”.
“In the end I decided to digitalise the pictures and leave out the elements that bothered me,” he added.
Christie’s said the viewer was “not invited to consider a specific place along the river, but rather an almost ‘platonic’ ideal of the body of water as it navigates the landscape”.
By Jim McKinniss
The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present the work of renowned photographer Melvin Sokolsky. The exhibition features large-scale oversized murals from Sokolsky’s iconic Bubble and Fly series including never before seen images which will be presented along with copies of Melvin’s new limited edition publication, Paris 1963 / Paris 1965.
When Melvin Sokolsky, all of 25 years old and already a regular contributor to Harper’s Bazaar, shot the 1963 Paris collection, he forecast a change of language in fashion photography. Diana Vreeland, asking for something original, found herself in a spontaneous and unique collaboration that combined the surrealist cinematics of the avant garde 60s, aspects of the burgeoning egalitarian street photography movement, and the astringency of high fashion. Brought to life by his favorite photographic subject, Simone d’Aillencourt, Sokolsky’s “Bubble” series set a new standard in fashion photography.
By 1965, Sokolsky was an established name in the world of fashion photography, and his follow-up project, “Fly” with model Dorothea McGowan, broadened the scope of his vision and the breadth of his artistic statement. From the gentle floating of the bubble to the whimsical flights of fashion, Paris 1963 / Paris 1965 showcases these two projects with a series of iconic and striking, newly discovered images from the series.
We are also pleased to announce the availability of a limited edition Melvin Sokolsky publication entitled, Paris 1963 / Paris 1965. This limited edition book includes all of Sokolsky’s printed images from the Bubble and Fly series, including previously unreleased and alternate visions of his iconic series, behind the scenes documentary photos, and outtakes along with a retrospective of the artist’s process and development, including a critical assessment of Sokolsky’s achievement by art historian Raphaelle Stopin and reflections on both projects by Sokolsky and Ali MacGraw.
At the age of twenty-one Melvin Sokolsky joined the staff of Harper’s Bazaar. He has since been honored with twenty-five Clio Awards and a Directors Guild nomination. His work is included in numerous private collections throughout Europe and the United States. Melvin Sokolsky currently lives in Los Angeles.
Also at The Fahey/Klein gallery is a selection of photographs from contemporary German photographer, Ellen von Unwerth, in her first Los Angeles exhibition. Ellen Von Unwerth’s photographs are a pure celebration of provocative femininity; they revel in spontaneity and sincerity and fully reflect her tenet that “women are not just there to be admired, they are there to be enjoyed”. When shooting her favorite subject, women, Ellen von Unwerth states that she wants to portray, “Women with strong personalities who are not shy, but who embrace their sexuality and use it. Women who are independent and sassy and think for themselves. All characteristics that accentuate their beauty. In short, women you want to meet and who you’d like to dream about.” (Ellen von Unwerth, 2009, Taschen’s Fraulein)
Ellen Von Unwerth’s photographs capture an authentic and undeniable chemistry which she shares with her models. Before beginning her career as a fine art photographer, Ellen von Unwerth worked as a fashion model for ten years. Because of this experience, she states, “I think that, because I know what it feels like to be in front of the camera, I can be more sympathetic to my subjects. Being in front of the lens, you are very vulnerable. But it’s very helpful to know exactly what it’s like. When I was a model I hated when I wasn’t allowed to move, so I love movement and I encourage my subjects to play around, to move and to be silly. I think that women open up more to a female photographer. It’s like little girls playing around. You can be a bit naughty and do things you wouldn’t do in front of boys. It’s more relaxed somehow. I think it’s an empowering experience.” (Interview with Ellen Von Unwerth By Alice Wyllie, November 10, 2009)
Ingrid Sischy, contributing editor of “Vanity Fair” magazine, writes, “even though von Unwerth seems to break from the tradition of serious photography because she has such fun doing it, it’s because she has such fun doing it that she actually fits squarely into it. She is her own chapter of the story of women photographers, a group who were for so long invisible, but went out into the world to record it, and found people, places, and feelings they wanted to capture.” (Ellen von Unwerth’s Couples)
Ellen has shot editorial work for magazines including Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Interview. Along with creating editorial and Fine Art work, she has produced several short films, directed music videos and is highly praised for her advertisement campaigns which include Chanel, Victoria’s Secret, and Guess— all of which combine classical femininity with a playfully erotic portrayal of womanhood.
Ellen von Unwerth’s works have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Her photo novella released in 2003, Revenge, had concurrent shows which were exhibited both nationally and internationally. An overview of her work can be seen in the Taschen publication Fraulein. The initial limited edition book of Fraulein with a print sold out. Taschen just released the trade edition of this publication which will be available at the gallery. Ellen von Unwerth lives and works in Paris.
This exhibition runs October 20 through November 26, 2011
Reception for the Artist Thursday, October 20, 7-9 p.m.
Contact: Celeste Jovanovich
Fahey/Klein Gallery is located at 148 North La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: (323) 934-2250
By Jim McKinniss
Steve McCurry, the internationally renown photojournalist best known for his photograph “Afghan Girl” on the cover of National Geographic, released a limited edition book of his most iconic images. McCurry’s images are recognizable for his sense of color and his ability to capture the essence of a person or situation.
The identity of the “Afghan Girl” remained a mystery until after the Taliban fell in 2001, after which McCurry and a National Geographic team went into Afghanistan so they could find the girl in the photo who was later identified as Sharbat Gula. McCurry remains dedicated to capturing cultures and conflict on film.
The limited editon 3,300 copies are available at Peter Fetterman Gallery, Bergamot Station, Gallery A1, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, California until September 1st.
All images courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery.
By Jim McKinniss
The Photo Review Benefit Auction is now online at http://www.photoreview.org/auction.htm. You can preview the work and submit absentee bids.
You can also take advantage of our END THIS AUCTION feature: You may buy any picture instantly and end the auction by bidding the high estimate through October 21, 2011, 5:00 p.m.
A preview will be held at Freeman’s on Sunday, October 16, from noon to 4 p.m., from Monday to Friday, October 17–21, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Saturday, October 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., just prior to the auction.
The auction will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at 4 p.m. at Freeman’s Auctioneers at 1808 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.
The event will feature an international slate of photographers as well as a host of Philadelphia artists. Beginning and experienced collectors alike will have the opportunity to bid on work by such historic masters as Berenice Abbott, Bill Brandt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Edward S. Curtis, Gertrude Kasebier, Aleksandr Rodchenko, and Max Yavno.
Among the contemporary photo stars whose work will go on the block are Mario Algaze, Renate Aller, Tom Baril, William Christenberry, Lucien Clergue, Larry Fink, Brian Finke, Martine Fougeron, Emmet Gowin, Lois Greenfield, Jefferson Hayman, Henry Horenstein, Michael Kenna, Mark Klett, Elaine Ling, Nathan Lyons, Rania Matar, Joe Mills, Bill Owens, Olivia Parker, Orville Robertson, John Sexton, Catherine Steinmann, Jock Sturges, George Tice, Philip Trager, and Hiroshi Watanabe.
Featured local luminaries include Susan Abrams, Andrea Baldeck, Rita Bernstein, Diane Burko, Paul Cava, Paula Chamlee, John Dowell, Vincent David Feldman, Judy Gelles, David Graham, Nancy Hellebrand, Catherine Jansen, Andrea Modica, Wendy Paton, Jeannie Pearce, Amie Potsic, Stuart Rome, Laurence Salzmann (his noted 1977 La Baie [The Bath] portfolio), Thomas John Shillea, Leif Skoogfors, Michael A. Smith, Ron Tarver, and Sarah Van Keuren.
There is a group of stunning photographs by a number of Magnum photographers, including Werner Bischof, Bruce Davidson, Martine Franck, Jean Gaumy, Thomas Hoepker, Constantine Manos, Susan Meiselas, and Larry Towell. There is also a suite of Gary Gross’s controversial images of Brooke Shields. Plus The Photo Review is proud to present for the first time an image by photographer and rock-and-roll legend Graham Nash. In addition, a broad range of 19th-century photographs is up for bid.
On October 22 there will also be a silent auction of inkjet paper, software, books, photographic supplies, and other collectible items.
A reception at 3 p.m. will honor this year’s winner of The Photo Review Award: Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof’s THEartblog. The reception and auction are free of charge.
A fully illustrated catalogue is available for $12 from The Photo Review, 140 East Richardson Avenue, Suite 301, Langhorne, PA 19047-2857, USA.
By Jim McKinniss