News from the World of Photography: April 2018


2018 Professional Competition: Photographer of the Year - Alys Tomlinson, British

World Photography Organization

Ex Voto is a personal project by London-based photographer Tomlinson (age 43). The winning work encompasses formal portraiture, large format landscape and small, detailed still-life images of the ‘ex-votos’ (offerings of religious devotion) found at pilgrimage sites of Lourdes (France), Ballyvourney (Ireland) and Grabarka (Poland).

The photographer mainly explores themes of environment, belonging and identity.  She recently completed an MA (Distinction) in Anthropology of Travel, Tourism and Pilgrimage and has been recognised by a number of photography prizes.

Diane Arbus' daring early work: 'It was a story that went untold, until now'

The Guardian
In 1970, Diane Arbus was a struggling magazine photographer in New York City. She wanted to make more money, so she put together a series of photos in a plexiglass box, which she called “A box of ten photographs by Diane Arbus”, priced at $1,000.

The photos highlight the outcasts of American society, such as giants, dwarves
and transvestites. Arbus’s photos shocked and disgusted art crowds to the point they were spat on when exhibited. As Norman Mailer observed: “Giving a camera to Diane Arbus is like putting a live grenade in the hands of a child.”...

Brassai: The ‘Eye of Paris’

The New York Times LENS Blog

It’s hard to be stuck in a studio while longing to enjoy life outside. Brassaï, famed for his classic images of Paris, was neither a photographer nor a Parisian — he wanted to be a painter. But once he arrived in Paris in 1924, he gave up his brushes. The fact was, he was so attracted to Parisian life that he said he had no interest in confining himself “to the four walls of an atelier all alone.”  

That sentiment and others cited in “Brassai,” a book recently released by Spain’s Fundación Mapfre, were most likely colored by Brassaï’s retrospective regret for not returning to painting. His legacy would come from his peregrinations outside the studio...  

So beautiful: the beauty of women in iconic images

The Eye of Photography

In focus galerie, in Cologne, Germany, offers at the moment an exhibition which is a tribute to the beauty of women. So beautiful takes the viewer on a journey from 1940 up to today to discover photographs – in humanist, fashion, or conceptual contexts – that focus on the beauty of women. It takes the liberty to focus on elegance and aesthetics in the #MeToo discussion and is also a reaction to the tendency in contemporary photography, to show every day and uninspired things and events.

Among the photographers are  Lillian Bassman, Edouard Boubat, Lucien Clergue, Elliott Erwitt, René Groebli, FC Gundlach, William Klein, Helmut Newton, Jeanloup Sieff and more. “It’s difficult with beauty, we’re not in agreement on what it should mean,” said artist Gerhard Richter in 2005. “Certainly it is also because the term beauty is so hackneyed or sounds like “the good” and ‘the true’. But that does not change the value of such ideal qualities and the fact that people need beauty. For me, beauty has always been a criterion for the quality of artwork, of whatever kind and from what ever time. Beauty is very simple, first of all it is the opposite of destruction and dissolution and damage, and with that it is inseparably connected with form, without which nothing can happen.”

The Woman Behind the First Photography Gallery


Helen Gee risked everything to open Limelight in 1954, selling prints by Ansel Adams, Berenice Abbott, and Robert Frank for less than fifty dollars each. Her tell-all memoir, Helen Gee: Limelight, a Greenwich Village Photography Gallery and Coffeehouse in the Fifties, is now available from Aperture as an e-book. Here, Denise Bethel’s introduction offers a preview of the late Gee’s story...

Stanley Kubrick’s little-known life as a still photographer

The Washington Post

Most of us know Stanley Kubrick as the legendary director of some of cinema’s most significant, landmark films. When we see his name, we think of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “A Clockwork Orange,” “Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” or “The Shining.” What most of us probably don’t know is that he started his creative endeavors as a still photographer. Even more surprising, he started down that path as a precocious 17-year-old who eventually landed a job as a staff photographer for Look magazine, the storied pictorial competitor to Henry Luce’s Life. A new exhibit opening May 3 at the Museum of the City of New York titled “Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs,” brings together more than 120 photos taken by Kubrick during that time. Cumulatively, this exhibit provides us with a glimpse of the creative force the young Kubrick was and the one that he would eventually become...


PARIS — Dada virtuoso Raoul Hausmann’s photographic oeuvre from 1927 to 1936 exposes his oddball art antics at play with naiveté. Arriving as Vision in Action at the Jeu de Paume from Le Point du Jour in Cherbourg are over 130 of his relatively undiscovered, vintage black-and-white photographs, curated by Dada doyen Cécile Bargues. Startlingly enough, some of the photographs by this dada-driven demon are rather banal, cliché, and even conventional, while others are typical of odd, avant-garde compositional ideas and outré experiences. Taken together, they indicate where this Vienna-born pioneer of cultural agitation, collage, photomontage, and sound poetry took refuge shortly after the Nazis’ rise to power...

Segregated Influences: Wendel White and Tya Alisa Anthony

Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC)
Denver, CO
20 April - 2 June 2018

The Colorado Photographic Arts Center is pleased to present Segregated Influences, an exhibition that explores the complex history of race in America through the photographs of Wendel White, Distinguished Professor of Art at Stockton University, and Tya Alisa Anthony, a Denver-based visual artist.

In Schools for the Colored, White photographs the architectural remains of structures once used as segregated schools for African Americans in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. The exhibition presents 20 black-and-white images of school buildings that appear isolated from their surrounding landscapes, which are obscured from view using digital techniques. This technique is a representation of W.E.B. DuBois’ famous concept of “the veil,” a metaphor for the divide that separates the lives of black and white Americans.

Anthony’s ongoing series, Complexion, confronts the results of colorism perpetuated within the history of the media. Colorism, distinct from racism, involves discrimination against persons based on skin tone, regardless of their perceived racial identity.

Drawing from the archives of the historically African-American lifestyle digest, Jet Magazine, Anthony investigates the contrast between images published in the 1950s and today. “Unlike today’s Jet Magazine filled with wealthy black celebrities of various skin tones, in the 1950s they printed much fairer skinned women of color with European-inspired hairstyles and created a complex relationship between what was ‘acceptable’ and reality,” writes Anthony.

Although each artist takes a vastly different approach, both artists use the power of photography to illuminate America’s complex history of race in ways that can help increase our understanding of social conditions today.

Abbas: 1944 – 2018

Magnum Photos

Magnum photographer Abbas has died in Paris on Wednesday April 25, 2018, at the age of 74. In a career that spanned six decades, he covered wars and revolutions in Biafra, Bangladesh, Northern Ireland, Vietnam, the Middle East, Chile, Cuba, and South Africa during apartheid. He also documented life in Mexico over several years, and pursued a lifelong interest in religion and its intersection with society.

Magnum’s current president Thomas Dworzak paid tribute to the veteran photographer, who for many at the agency has been both a friend and mentor:

“He was a pillar of Magnum, a godfather for a generation of younger photojournalists. An Iranian transplanted to Paris, he was a citizen of the world he relentlessly documented; its wars, its disasters, its revolutions and upheavals, and its beliefs – all his life. It is with immense sadness that we lose him. May the gods and angels of all the world’s major religions he photographed so passionately be there for him.”...

Stephen Shore

Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
New York, NY
Through 29 May 2018

Stephen Shore encompasses the entirety of the artist’s work of the last five decades, during which he has conducted a continual, restless interrogation of image making, from the gelatin silver prints he made as a teenager to his current engagement with digital platforms.

One of the most significant photographers of our time, Stephen Shore (American, b. 1947) has often been considered alongside other artists who rose to prominence in the 1970s by capturing the mundane aspects of American popular culture in straightforward, unglamorous images. But Shore has worked with many forms of photography, switching from cheap automatic cameras to large-format cameras in the 1970s, pioneering the use of color before returning to black and white in the 1990s, and in the 2000s taking up the opportunities of digital photography, digital printing, and social media.

The artist’s first survey in New York to include his entire career, this exhibition will both allow for a fuller understanding of Shore’s work, and demonstrate his singular vision—defined by an interest in daily life, a taste for serial and often systematic approaches, a strong intellectual underpinning, a restrained style, sly humor, and visual casualness—and uncompromising pursuit of photography’s possibilities.

Auction Results: The Knowing Eye, Photographs & Photobooks

Swann Auction Galleries

Emoi Photographique: the body from every angle

The Eye of Photography

L’Emoi Photographique (The Photographic Emotion) is a photography festival that takes place in Angouleme in France from March 24 to April 29, 2018. The festival this year has three guests: ORLAN, Joana Choumali and Gerard Chauvin. It offers a program of twenty-eight exhibitions around the theme “The body from every angle”. Twenty-eight exhibitions whose diversity is the essence of the festival. The Eye of Photography invites you to discover a selection of  photographs from the exhibition.

The San Francisco Chronicle

As a 21-year-old art student at San Francisco State in 1962, Judy Dater took her very first photography class and, as she remembers it, fell in love with portraiture “at a time when everybody else was photographing landscapes.”

Dater was just getting comfortable behind the camera (“first a 35mm, before I fell in love with the magic of a 4-by-5,” she says) during a period when the West Coast f.64 group (including Ansel Adams, Brett Weston and Imogen Cunningham), founded in Oakland in the 1930s, remained influential in the Bay Area’s photography scene. Named for an aperture used to achieve maximum sharpness and depth of field with a large-format camera, the collective espoused an environmental, anti-pictorialist aesthetic — think of Adams’ mountains or Weston’s rippling sand dunes — that still held sway three decades later...

From Ghana to Paris: the stunning photography of Todd Webb - in pictures

The Guardian

Michigan-born photographer Todd Webb used his camera to showcase everyday life in Paris, New York, the American south-west and parts of Africa. His work was typified by seemingly simple pictures that were surprisingly complex when examined up close. In a booth at this year’s AIPAD at Pier 94 in New York, some of his finest images will be on display...

Magnum Photos

This retrospective exhibition commemorates the 80th birthday of the distinguished Czech photographer and provides a cross-section of his entire oeuvre. About 400 works that Josef Koudelka donated to this museum will form the backbone of the exhibition.

Complementing the selection will be picture loans from the Magnum Photo agency, hand-picked by the photographer and curator Irena Šorfová. Photos of the Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia (August 1968) will be prominently featured, along with original pictures and documentary materials from Josef Koudelka’s archive.

Two books will be published in Czech and English: one a catalog of Koudelka’s donated works; the other presenting a few selected series from the exhibition, essays and a biography of the artist.

New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA)
New Orleans, LA
2 March - 17 June 2018

Lee Friedlander took promotional portraits for a number of recording companies beginning in the mid-1950s and through the 1970s. Most well-known for his work with Atlantic Records, many of his session photographs became classic jazz, country, and rhythm and blues record album covers. Presented in the Great Hall, American Musicians includes some of Friedlander’s most dynamic color pictures, as well as intimate, but equally vivid, portraits taken while scouting talent with record label executives.

Lee Friedlander was born in 1934 and graduated from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, in 1956. That year he moved to New York City where he began photographing jazz musicians for Atlantic Records. Although he has always been based in New York, Lee Friedlander has spent time photographing Louisiana, and New Orleans in particular, continually since his first visit in 1957. Through his portraits of famous jazz musicians made into album covers for
Atlantic he helped promote jazz internationally, while his portraits of lesser-known artists in their homes have preserved a local history of the genre. A larger exhibition of the photographer’s works, Lee Friedlander in Louisiana, will open at NOMA on April 27.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY
14 February - 28 May 2018

The American photographer William Eggleston (born 1939) emerged in the early 1960s as a pioneer of modern color photography. Now, fifty years later, he is arguably its greatest exemplar. This exhibition features a landmark gift to The Met by Jade Lau of the artist's most notable portfolio, Los Alamos. Comprising seventy-five dye transfer prints from color negatives made between 1965 and 1974, the series has never been shown in its entirety in New York City and includes the artist's first color photograph (Untitled, Memphis, 1965) of a young clerk pushing a train of shopping carts at a supermarket in Memphis, Tennessee.
Royal Museums Greenwich- National Maritime Museum
London, UK
23 March - 30 September 2018

Examine the ambiguities and absurdities of seaside life through this major exhibition of over 100 photographs. All four photographers share a love of the seaside which reveals itself in playful and often profound representations of the British by the sea while still bringing their own distinctive take on the seaside experience. Ray-Jones gives us a social anthropologist’s view, Hurn’s is a nostalgic love letter to the beach, Parr provides an often-satirical examination of class and cliché while Roberts explores our collective relationship with, and impact on, the coast.

The Great British Seaside includes images from the archival collections of each of the photographers, new films, and new work by Martin Parr.

The New York Times LENS Blog

Anne Wilkes Tucker was granted special access to the Library of Congress’ photographic archives of over 14 million pictures and has curated an exhibit featuring more than 440 images at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles. Ms. Tucker, the curator emerita of Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, chose a wide array of mostly rare and never before exhibited images that highlight the collection’s breadth and depth for the show “Not an Ostrich: And Other Images From America’s Library,” which opens April 21. Ms. Tucker spoke with James Estrin, and their conversation has been edited for clarity and brevity...


Chicana photographer Laura Aguilar, whose stunning retrospective at the Vincent Price Art Museum in Monterrey Park, California, now on view at the Frost Art Museum at Florida International University in Miami, made her one of the breakout stars of the Getty Foundation’s recent Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative, has died. She was 58...

The Washington Post

Though a more elusive artist than some of her students, photography teacher Lisette Model’s own work had a voice. “Their audacity, their humanity and humor are what make her images live on into our time. I believe these qualities were also some of the strengths she brought to her teaching — ‘shoot from the gut’ and so on,” Ann Thomas, senior curator of photography at the Canadian Photography Institute, who also wrote an extensive biography about Model, told In Sight.

Thomas curated a show of 71 photographs from the collection of 293 prints from the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada, comprising Model’s early street photographs in Paris, emboldened portraits along the Promenade des Anglais, as well as her better-known images of Coney Island, Sammy’s Bar in New York and the Running Legs series. The exhibition, “Lisette Model: Photographs from the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada,” is on view at the Boca Raton Museum of Art from April 24 through Oct. 21...

The Guardian

The Association of Photographers, which represents the UK’s professional photographers, is celebrating its 50th anniversary with "AOP50", a retrospective of images curated by Zelda Cheatle. The following is a selection...