I’ve known Earl for several years now through a photography group called PADA (Photographic and Digital Artists) that is affiliated with the Palos Verdes Art Center in Palos Verdes, California.
Earl is a very talented photographer who loves to explore the world by traveling to destinations such as Bhutan, Vietnam and Africa where he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2010.
Here is a link to Earl’s Africa trip in 2013.
By Jim McKinniss
I’ve known John Humble since I was his student at Otis College of Art and Design in 2004. John’s photography focuses on American architecture. By that I do not mean monumental architecture but rather the architecture of working business districts, freeways, warehouses and road side businesses.
Here is a brief statement John has written in a bio:
I moved to Los Angeles in the summer of 1974. I intended to stay here for a year, maybe two. I’m still here.
My father was career military, so growing up, I lived in Florida, New Mexico, New York, Maryland, Illinois, Georgia, Indiana, California and Kentucky—as well as Panama, France, and Okinawa.
I studied at the University of Maryland, got drafted, and spent thirteen months in Vietnam as a medic. Went back to college, then got a job as a photojournalist at the Washington Post. Determined to pursue my own work, I enrolled in the graduate program of the San Francisco Art Institute. After the SFAI, I traveled around Europe, through the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, living in my VW van, observing and photographing an amazing variety of landscapes and cultures. After a year and a half, I traded the van for six Turkish carpets in the bazaar in Istanbul, and came home.
So, I moved to L.A. and began teaching and photographing the landscape, one of the most diverse and fascinating I have ever encountered. My images are made with equipment that allows for great detail and minimizes distortion; your experience of looking at one of my photographs should be similar to looking through a window.
Along the way, I’ve done assignments for Time, Newsweek, Life, U.S. News, Geo, Esquire, Elle, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, and Harper’s.
Most recently, I’ve been traveling around the United States, photographing the American Landscape. What a strange and wonderful and luminous experience…
By Jim McKinniss
Fernand Fonssagrives – Iconic American fashion photographer of the 1940s and 1950s at Duncan Millery Gallery
One of the highest paid photographers in the world, Fernand Fonssagrives (1910-2003) was linked to the early ‘Design Laboratory’ classes of Alexey Brodovitch, and was a key member of the close knit group of photographers now celebrated as The New York School.
His most memorable work traces the unique partnership he had with his first wife, legendary model Lisa Fonssagrives, a former dancer who went on to marry Irving Penn. A major influence and inspiration to both men, Lisa was responsible for Fonssagrives picking up a camera – she gave him a Rollieflex after his own dance career ended due to a diving injury.
Fernand and Lisa helped to define the natural, effortless beauty that has become the mainstay of fashion photography as we now know it. Lisa’s elegant dancers’ figure and enigmatic look were a constant inspiration to Fonssagrives whether he photographed her dancing in the open air, or experimentally draped in shadows to define the contours of her naked body. When World War II forced them to return to New York, they were catapulted into separate but highly successful careers.
Unfortunately, their careers diverged and the marriage ended in 1950; Lisa was the epitome of fashion, a form of photography Fonssagrives began to resent as too commercial, and which limited to his creative freedom. After becoming disillusioned with advertising photography, he moved to Spain, taught himself to sculpt, and regained his creative independence. Lisa married Irving Penn, and her collaboration with him is an acknowledged landmark in the maturity of fashion photography.
Fernand Fonssagrives died in Little Rock, Arkansas in 2003.
Opening reception, Saturday, November 9, 7-9 pm
Duncan Miller Gallery is located at:
2525 Michigan Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 11-6 pm and by appointment
By Jim McKinniss
The Fahey/Klein gallery is pleased to present a selection of photographs from renowned photographer Ellen von Unwerth in her exhibition, “Made in America”. The exhibition revels in the uniqueness and originality of Americana imagery by extoling the concept of Hollywood personalities and pop culture icons it has produced such as Marilyn Monroe, Lolita, Bettie Page, and even Barbie and Ken.
Crafting cinematic scenarios for her shoots, von Unwerth of invites viewers to come along on a rollicking adventure. By furnishing each of her subjects with a new persona to inhabit for the day, she allows their inhibitions to melt away. “The atmosphere on my shootings is fun,” von Unwerth said in 2011. “Almost like a party.” (Virginia VanZanten, “15 Years of von Unwerth,” Wmagazine.com, 2011). As any great hostess knows, spontaneity is key. After casting each player in his or her part, von Unwerth simply stands back and lets their tale unfold. “When you put on a pair of leather hot pants and you’re sucking a lollipop with Ellen von Unwerth,” the Canadian supermodel Shalom Harlow once told Vogue, “you’re not the same person that you woke up as in the morning.” (Robert Sullivan, “Working It! Shalom Harlow,” Vogue, 2003).
The exhibition showcases the starlets, musicians, and models making headlines today such as Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Evan Rachel Wood, Elizabeth Olsen, Paz de la Huerta, Madonna, Rihanna, and Kate Upton – all of whom have entrusted Ellen with the task of creating edgier, sexier images with unabashed confidence. “I think that women open up more to a female photographer,” she has said. “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.” (Alice Wyllie, “Interview: Ellen von Unwerth,” Scotland on Sunday, 2009)
Like many great contemporary female photographers, Ellen von Unwerth’s introduction to the world of photography began in front of the lens as a model. She transitioned from model to photographer first by taking reportage style shots of her friends, and while traveling. Both of these elements add a depth, authenticity, and originality to Ellen’s images. Her work transcends sexy fashion images and instead begins to represent a modern, confident and totally unique approach to photography.
Ellen von Unwerth’s work has been featured in numerous magazines and publications including Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Interview. Along with creating editorial and Fine Art work, she continues to produce dynamic short films, direct music videos, and create successful advertisement campaigns for Chanel, Victoria’s Secret, and her now iconic work for Guess. Ellen’s latest Taschen publication, “The Story of Olga”, is an erotic photographic story played out with Ellen’s signature provocative images and an elaborate cast of sexy characters.
Ellen von Unwerth’s photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Ellen von Unwerth lives and works in Paris.
This exhibition runs November 7, 2013 through January 4, 2014
Reception for the Artist: Thursday, November 7, 7-9 p.m.
Fahey Klein is located at 148 North La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone (323) 934-2250
By Jim McKinniss
This exhibition features artists Carol Kleinman, Linda Sue Price, Kamil Vojnar
Paris Windows, Carol Kleinman
Windows are her inspiration, the camera is her tool. Artist Carol Kleinman’s latest show, “Paris Windows,” continues her unique work with reflections, merging reality with fantasy. In her new series of photographs on canvas, the Pacific Palisades resident and inveterate traveler captures a mysterious, multi-layered world as it actually existed on windows all over Paris, from the small streets of the Latin Quarter to the 19thcentury covered passages of the Right Bank. Kleinman’s surprising images are not composites, but rather single exposures capturing a complex interplay of light and form. “I want to challenge the viewer to look beyond everyday life. Each of my images existed in the world at a unique moment in time,” says Kleinman. “Nothing is set up or manufactured. What you see … is what I saw.”
Spiraling, Linda Sue Price
Artist Linda Sue Price’s neon art is rooted in nostalgia. Referring to childhood memories of west coast road trips and visions of the animated motel signs and drive-in theaters from Long Beach to Las Vegas, Price’s work pays playful homage to a bygone era. Animation is prevalent in Price’s multilayered work, as twisted acrylic rods, glass and LED lights create vibrant landscapes of moving light. “I play with the glass, exploring and trying different combinations until I settle on a form I want to explore,” says Price. “I mix color, reflection, texture and animation to create a visual experience.” Price specifically designed her latest series to create a gentle, meditative sense of movement, contrasting the traditional use of animated signs as dazzling distractors. Price’s dynamic spiraled designs offer a colorful sense of whimsy while embracing the capabilities of neon as an artistic medium.
Life is a Journey, Kamil Vojnar
Life is a journey for artist Kamil Vojnar. Like pages from a scrapbook, his images document this journey. But rather than cover wide geographical distances, Vojnar travels vertically through the timeless, wistful emotions of the soul and heart. Soft figures float through ethereal landscapes of muted color as birds, balloons and airborne ships become forms of surreal locomotion in Vojnar’s current series. The artist’s scenes are comprised of digitally layered photographs on various papers which stand both alone or are adhered to canvas. Drips of wax and oil paint add touchable texture and simultaneously emphasize nuances of color and shadow. “I like to make a satisfying object,” says Vojnar. “A simple photograph is cold to me.” Vojnar’s collaged images provide a sense of spiritual contemplation, as motifs of wings and figures in flight act as modern relics that are both haunting and familiar.
About TAG Gallery – Established in 1993 as a not-for-profit corporation, TAG Gallery is a member-owned community of approximately forty artists. Through the physical gallery in Santa Monica’s landmark Bergamot Station as well as lectures from exhibiting and visiting artists, TAG Gallery has become a valuable resource for launching the careers of both emerging and mid-career artists based in the greater Los Angeles area. For more information about TAG Gallery, please visit www.taggallery.net.
Exhibition runs October 29 – November 23, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday, November 2nd, 5-8 p.m.
Artist Talk: Saturday, November 9th, 3 p.m.
By Jim McKinniss
This is a current exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles residents Marjorie and Leonard Vernon began to collect photography in 1975, eventually building a collection of some 3,600 photographs spanning the entire history of the medium. In 2008 LACMA acquired the complete collection, making it possible for the museum to represent photography’s full range and its centrality in modern visual culture. This exhibition of 220 photographs from the Vernon Collection takes a historical perspective, identifying parallels between photography and vision science over time. The earliest commentaries on photography, published at the moment of its invention in the late 1830s, positioned the medium between art and science. As a scientific instrument, the camera operates as an infallible eye, augmenting physiological vision; as an artistic tool, it channels the imagination, recording creative vision. Much of photography’s authority and fascination resides in its interdisciplinary grounding. Whether we analyze it as a science or admire it as an art, photography’s power may never be fully explained, but it will always offer revelations about vision, perception, and cognition.
This exhibition is located in the Resnick Pavilion at LACMA