News from the World of Photography: July 2019

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Flavio da Silva, photographed as a boy in Brazil’s favelas, on the images that outraged


The Los Angeles Times

Gordon Parks’ 1961 images of favela dweller Flávio da Silva for Life magazine, on display at a current Getty exhibit, sparked a media spat between Brazil and the U.S. Da Silva tells The Times what the series meant to him...

Paris Photo, AIPAD to Launch New York Fair


ArtNews

The Photography Show, an art fair that has been presented annually by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) since 1979, is being replaced by a new event to be staged jointly with the French fair Paris Photo. Titled Paris Photo New York, Presented with AIPAD, it will be overseen by Florence Bourgeois and Christoph Wiesner, the director and artistic director of Paris Photo, respectively. The first edition of Paris Photo New York is slated to be held at Pier 94, the home of AIPAD in recent years, from April 2 to 5, 2020.

“We’ve been having serious discussions with Paris Photo for over a year about their desire to become part of the New York market, and they realized AIPAD would be a great ally—that they could build on the 40-year history of AIPAD doing shows in New York,” Richard Moore, the president of AIPAD, told ARTnews. “We know we’re in good hands.”...

ANTHONY HERNANDEZ


La Biennale Di Venezia 
Venice, Italy
Until 5 October 2019

 
The photographic work of Anthony Hernandez is hard and unsentimental. For the past three decades a prevalent question has troubled the photographer: how to picture the contemporary ruins of the city and the harsh impact of urban life on its less advantaged citizens? Hernandez has approached this question by focusing on what the photographer Lewis Baltz has called “the landscapes of the defeated” – homeless camps, unemployment offices, auto-wrecking yards, bus shelters, and other neglected spaces found at the outskirts of the city. Neither romantic nor nostalgic, Hernandez’s work has detailed the sites and spaces where capitalism’s promise of happiness has soured.

Passings

This year the Photographic Arts Council community lost two important and valued members with the deaths of Norman Hollyn and Stephen Verona. Both were active supporters of PAC and brought an enthusiastic interest in photography to gallery and museum visits as well as conversations with fellow members. We are deeply saddened by their passings and extend our heartfelt condolences to Norm’s wife Janet and Stephen’s wife Ann.

Please see the following announcements:

Norman Hollyn, USC professor, film editor who worked on ‘Sophie’s Choice,’ dies at 66

‘Lords of Flatbush’ writer, director and producer Stephen Verona dead at 78

 

Arles 2019: 50 years, 50 books. Masterpieces from the Martin Parr Library


The Eye of Photography
 
This exhibition is dedicated to the collection of photographic works collected by Martin Parr. The photographer, a fervent defender of books, constituted a rich library of more than 12,000 books. Reflecting his particular vision, this colossal collection brings together books of great diversity  collected around the world.

Collaborative project between Les Rencontres, LUMA and Tate Modern, this project highlights 50 works published between 1969 and 2018. The selection reveals a rich panel of artists who have marked photography in many ways. Whether form or content, this sselection shows photography in its multidisciplinarity: humanist photographers, conceptual, photojournalists, but also visual artists and fashion photographers etc.

Mécanique Générale
July 1 – September 22
www.rencontres-arles.com

Make Believe


Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Boston, MA
20 July 2019 - 20 January 2020

 
Make Believe presents an enchanted realm where sleeping figures float, women weave spiderwebs, magicians cause children to disappear, and homemade dirigibles fly over icebergs. The exhibition brings together five artists who stage fantastical scenes for the camera to address a wide range of social and cultural issues, including the role of women in the Middle East, climate change, the passage from childhood to adolescence, and existential fears of loneliness and loss.

Shadi Ghadirian (Iranian, b. 1974) and Hellen van Meene (Dutch, b. 1972) draw on folk and fairy tales to interrogate real-world concerns of being and becoming. Ghadirian questions preconceived ideas about female identity and agency in the Muslim world through works like Miss Butterfly, a series of black-and-white photographs based on an early Persian folk tale. Van Meene focuses on adolescent girls on the cusp of adulthood, seeking to capture the rich interior lives of her sitters while also suggesting the anxiety and confusion commonly experienced during teenage years. Inspired by works such as Rapunzel by the Brothers Grimm, The Princess and the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, she often poses her subjects in Vermeer-like natural light, as in Untitled #465 (2014), pictured above.

Other artists invent elaborate stories and sometimes entire worlds. In the series Short Stories, Paolo Ventura (Italian, b. 1968) employs the narrative framework of children’s picture books and stands in as the protagonist, with his young son in a supporting role. Nicholas Kahn (American, b. 1964) and Richard Selesnick (British, b. 1964) have been collaborators for more than three decades, creating extravagant costume dramas, concocting detailed quasi-historical sagas, and fabricating elaborate props for their cinematic visions. Their series Eisbergfreistadt (Iceberg Free State), inspired by concerns surrounding climate change, strikes a delicate balance between a fictional narrative and a seemingly “straight” style of documentary photography.

Poetics of the Everyday: Amateur Photography, 1890–1970

Saint Louis Art Museum 
Saint Louis, MO
26 April - 25 August 2019


The 110 prints on view in Poetics of the Everyday: Amateur Photography, 1890–1970 were taken during an extraordinary period of time, primarily the first half of the 20th century, when portable cameras became affordable and available to millions of enthusiastic new amateur photographers. The makers of the prints in the exhibition are generally anonymous; in fact, most did not consider themselves to be artists. And yet, their work demonstrates the remarkable aesthetic heights that were achieved in this democratic medium through intention, experimentation, or accident.

Poetics of the Everyday celebrates the recent gift of 150 amateur photographs from St. Louis collectors John and Teenuh Foster. Trained as a visual artist, John Foster assembled this collection of anonymous found images over the past 20 years. The selection of photographic prints in the exhibition embrace lightheartedness in everyday life, and even capture oddities revealed in often-overlooked moments. While small in scale, they are tantalizingly rich in detail and many are complex in composition, immersing the viewer in their small worlds.

This exhibition tells part of a larger story about the history of photography by revealing the restless inventiveness with which amateurs photographers began to use the camera, expanding the boundaries of creative expression in ways worthy of our attention. How they used the camera and how they saw the world around them has become a vibrant area of focus for collectors, researchers, and museums alike in the 21st century.

Mexican Photographers, Mexican Views


Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix, AZ
1 December 2018 - 22 September 2019

Mexican Photographers, Mexican Views features more than 60 photographs created solely by Mexican artists that offer an intimate view into 20th-century Mexico and the country’s shifting national identity.

The exhibition, with works drawn exclusively from the collection of the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, showcases a range of photographic techniques used in 20th-century Mexican photography and includes pastoral landscapes, portraits of indigenous peoples, and images of everyday rural life. Featured photographers include Hugo Brehme (1882–1954), Lola Álvarez Bravo (1903–1993), and Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902–2002), among others. 

Unlimited: Recent Gifts from the William Goodman and Victoria Belco Photography Collection


Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA)
Berkeley, CA
27 March - 1 September 2019


This exhibition celebrates a major gift of photography, donated over a period of several years, from Berkeley collectors William Goodman and Victoria Belco in memory of their daughter Teresa Goodman. While the exhibition features some historical photographs, such as pictures by the early twentieth-century French photographer Jacques-Henri Lartigue (most of whose work was made between the ages of eight and eighteen) and the stunning modernist pictures of the English photographer Bill Brandt, it is especially strong in contemporary work, including images by many living masters such as Robert Adams, Lee Friedlander, William Klein, and Robert Frank.

The Bay Area has provided particularly fertile ground for photography collectors, with a number of exceptional local galleries as well as many world-class photographers who make their homes here. The Goodman Belco collection includes works by many such local artists. Those of an earlier generation, such as John Gutmann, Robert Hartman, and Richard Gordon, are now deceased, while younger photographers, such as Sean McFarland, Janet Delaney, McNair Evans, and Catherine Wagner, are actively working members of our community, and have growing national and international reputations. The collection’s scope also extends to contemporary photography from China, Japan, Russia, Western Europe, and Eastern Europe, featuring works by the Japanese photographers Daidō Moriyama and Miyako Ishiuchi, Russians such as Alexey Titarenko, and others. The collection is also strong in both documentary photography and more experimental work, including images by William Larsen, Marco Breuer, and Steve Kahn.


Brattleboro Museum & Art Center
Brattleboro, VT
22 June - 23 September 2019

Born in Boston in 1932, David Plowden spent over six decades photographing America’s disappearing landscapes and the vestiges of its industrial heyday — steel mills, locomotives, bridges, skyscrapers, small towns. He has, in his own words, “made a career of being one step ahead of the wrecking ball.”...

Much of Plowden’s work has been done in the service of the 29 books he has authored or co-authored. The photographs in this exhibit represent a small fraction of those in Bridges: The Spans of North America, a visually magnificent history of American bridge design and construction, which McCullough has described as “a work of imagination and scholarship that would qualify [Plowden] as someone of note had he done nothing else.”

Bridges intrigue and entrance us on so many levels. They extend our worlds by spanning voids or obstacles and connecting us to otherwise unreachable destinations. They do so in seeming defiance of the laws of gravity, creating magical, liminal spaces, where we find ourselves no longer here, not yet there, but suddenly — thrillingly — aloft. The best of them embody a perfect blend of engineering and aesthetics, function and form. In character, they span the gamut from elegant to businesslike, delicate to muscular, commonplace to quirky.

Through his rigorously formal, deeply respectful, yet unsentimental photographs, Plowden reveals the magic, beauty, and personality of his silent subjects. And although his pictures are nearly devoid of human presence, they are powerful tributes to the ingenuity, craftsmanship, and pride of the people who designed and built these bridges.

What the Whitney Biennial Tells Us About the Future of Photography—and the Artists Who Will Shape It

Artnet News

I went to the 2019 Whitney Biennial with a brief to consider the photography in the exhibition and left thinking about the power of affiliation. The curators have said they thought a lot about who is an American, and put together a biennial that maps more closely the nation’s shifting demographics than previous editions. A new mainstream is being forged in America, and if you had any doubt about what it might look like, this is it. In short, this is photography by the new majority...

Apollo's Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography


The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, NY
3 July - 22 September 2019


On July 20, 1969, half a billion viewers around the world watched as the first images of American astronauts on the moon were beamed back to the earth. The result of decades of technical innovation, this thrilling moment in the history of images radically expanded the limits of human vision.

Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, Apollo's Muse: The Moon in the Age of Photography surveys visual representations of the moon from the dawn of photography through the present. In addition to photographs, the show features a selection of related drawings, prints, paintings, films, astronomical instruments, and cameras used by Apollo astronauts.

Among Others: Photography and the Group


The Morgan Library & Museum
New York, NY
31 May - 18 August 2019


Composed chiefly of works in the Morgan’s collection, this exhibition explores how photographers have represented the bonds uniting people, whether in group portraits or in serial imagery. In arranged sittings, form is content: when commissioned to photograph the royals of Germany and England at a wedding in 1894, James Russell and Son’s Studio instinctively centered its composition around the family’s matriarch, Queen Victoria. Camera artists sometimes insert themselves into the action, as Susan Meiselas did when mingling with carnival strippers, first to portray them behind the scenes and then to photograph those in the audience from a performer’s perspective. Action can also be a pose: in 1970, when asked to create a positive poster image for the Gay Liberation Front, Peter Hujar asked the group’s members to run toward him on the street, enacting their slogan, “Come Out!!” Ingenuity may be called for when one’s subjects are all too well-known: a press photographer, Jean-Pierre Ducatez, appealed to the primal desires of Beatles fans by zeroing in on the lips of each band member, creating a captivating game of whos-who. Bringing together works from the 1860s to the present, Among Others poses questions about family, diversity, democracy, representation, and visual delight.

Jacques Henri Lartigue – Life in Color


Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center 
Budapest, Hungary

7 June - 1 September 2019

One of the surprise-oeuvres of photography is that of the French painter Jacques Henri Lartigue (1894–1986), who was born 125 years ago. He became a world-renowned photographer at the age of 69, following his extremely successful solo exhibition showcased at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, immediately becoming inevitable in the history of photography.

He was documenting his life from the age of 6, keeping an “optical notebook.” He is interested in everything, his curiosity knows no limits. He is mesmerized by the possibility of capturing the one-time, unreproducible experiences, situations, and the observed visual interrelations in his photographs. He is not only seized by the joy of seeing, or the creation of images, but also by using the technical device itself, the camera, and the vast repository of possibilities it offers.

His main subjects were the achievements of technical innovation, flying, car races, speed, social life, women, beauty, and traveling. He magically turned the small miracles of everyday life, the enchanting conjunctions of objects and lights into a common memory for all of us. He disregarded photographic conventions; he followed his heart when taking photographs, he enjoyed observation, photography, and life itself.

Lartigue is a photographer of the bright side of life, whose visual diary reveals a history of the 20th century filled with beauty and joyful moments. His full photographic oeuvre consists of 120,000 negatives, glass plates, slides, moving pictures, and 126 photo albums with the accompanying texts.

The Life in Color exhibition showcases a selection of the color images making up about one-third of the oeuvre, providing an overview of not only the most determining relationships he had, his journeys and his everyday life, but also his experimentation with the various techniques of color photography.

TANYA MARCUSE: WOVEN

Akron Art Museum
Akron, OH
27 April - 27 October 2019 


Joe Vitone: Family Records is an ongoing series of portraits of photographer Joe Vitone’s relatives living in and around Akron, Ohio. Begun in 1998, this body of work documents evolving interpersonal connections between parents and children, siblings, spouses, cousins and other relations within working class communities of the Rust Belt region. Shot each summer when the artist—now based in Austin, Texas—travels back to Ohio, this series features scenes from festivities such as birthday parties and weddings as well as intimate portraits set outside homes and workplaces. Touched by celebrations and struggles including marriage, divorce, addiction, new homes, unemployment, new jobs and babies, the lives of Vitone’s relatives reflect experiences common to families across the United States.

Vitone prints his images, which he captures using 8 x 10-inch and 4 x 5-inch view cameras, in both black and white and color. Featuring 55 works photographed in Akron proper, as well as in surrounding communities including Barberton, Stow and Marshallville, Family Records marks the first time a selection from this series has been exhibited in Northeast Ohio.

Light and Shadow: Dr. Paul Wolff & Tritschler

 

British Journal of Photography

A new book marks the rediscovery of the work of two of the most famous German photographers of the 1930s

'Light and Shadow' is the first comprehensive retrospective of the work of Dr. Paul Wolff and Alfred Tritschler. Tracing their photographs from 1920 to 1950, the book explores Wolff and Tritschler’s roles as pioneers of the Leica, as forerunners of illustrative photography, and as creators of an extensive archive of work that documents several chapters of German history...

Ansel Adams: In Our Time


Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Bentonville, AR
23 May - 7 September 2020


This summer, take a trip across the American West through the lens of iconic American photographer Ansel Adams, together with more than 20 contemporary photographers.

For more than 50 years, Ansel Adams captured the breathtaking beauty of the country’s natural landscape in stunning black-and-white photographs. Ansel Adams: In Our Time, a new exhibition developed by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, displays Adams’s work alongside contemporary artists whose modern-day environmental concerns point directly to Adams’s legacy.

Visit national parks, the American Southwest, and desert and wilderness spaces through 180 photographs as you move back and forth in time with Ansel Adams and his contemporary successors including Mark Klett, Trevor Paglen, Catherine Opie, Abelardo Morell, Victoria Sambunaris, and Binh Danh, exploring similar themes in a changing American landscape.

Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits

 

Fenimore Art Museum
Cooperstown, NY
2 April - 2 September 2019


Known for his elegant and minimalist work, and his mastery of photographing in natural light, photographer Herb Ritts (1952–2002) had a gift for turning stars into icons. Here, in the first curated collection of his photos of some of music’s most celebrated artists, visitors will see how he captured the likes of David Bowie, Tina Turner, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Prince, Cher, Madonna and many more—the world’s biggest music stars—and in the process, helped define their iconic status for generations of fans. See many of his best-known portraits alongside stage costumes and guitars from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

As a native of Los Angeles, Herb Ritts was uniquely attuned to the natural light of the California sun, and preferred to shoot outdoors. He took work seriously and was renowned for posing his subjects in classic, sculptural styles, with little or no pros. He also had a unique, understated way of making his subjects feel comfortable in front of his camera. They trusted him and it’s often that trust and human bond that you see reflected in his portraits. When he died of complications from AIDS at the age of 50, Ritts left behind an extraordinary body of work, that when we see as a whole, demonstrates his undeniable impact on contemporary culture.

LIFE: Six Women Photographers


New York Historical Society Museum & Library
New York, NY
28 June - 6 October 2019

 

For the editors of LIFE—the first magazine to tell stories with photographs rather than text—the camera was not merely a reporter, but also a potent commentator with the power to frame news and events for a popular audience. For decades, Americans saw the world through the lens of the magazine’s photographers. Between the late 1930s and the early 1970s, LIFE magazine retained few women photographers as full-time staff or on a semi-permanent basis. LIFE: Six Women Photographers showcases the work of some of those women and how their work contributed to LIFE’s pursuit of American identity through photojournalism. The exhibition features more than 70 images showcasing the extraordinary work created by Margaret Bourke-White, Hansel Mieth, Marie Hansen, Martha Holmes, Nina Leen, and Lisa Larsen.

How were these women part of a larger editorial vision? What topics did they cover, and how did their work reflect—and sometimes expand—the mission of the magazine? The exhibit reveals these photographers’ important role in creating modern photojournalism and defining what LIFE editor-in-chief Henry Luce called the “American Century.” Curated by Sarah Gordon, curatorial scholar in women’s history, Center for Women’s History, and Marilyn Satin Kushner, curator and head, Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections; with Erin Levitsky, Ryerson University; and William J. Simmons, Andrew Mellon Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Center for Women’s History.

Pushing West: The Photography of Andrew J. Russell


Oakland Museum of California
Oakland, CA
4 May - 1 September 2019

 

Travel back in time through Andrew J. Russell's epic photography of the Transcontinental Railroad’s western expansion, completed 150 years ago in 1869. Though commissioned to document the railroad and its successful development, Russell’s photography reveals the tensions between the economic and technological advances and the Railroad’s significant impact on western lands and Native peoples. His powerful imagery highlights the majesty of the landscape with locomotive engines set amongst vast plains and colossal mountain ranges, captured through Russell’s remarkable technique using the collodion photographic process in remote locations.  

In this intimate exhibition, visitors will view rare vintage and digital prints, powerful landscape and 3D images, and original collodion negatives, as well as memorabilia, ephemera, and a video demonstrating the collodion process. Learn about Russell's legacy as one of the most important photographers of the 19th century in this inspiring presentation of one of the most historic and controversial moments in American history. 

Order of Imagination: The Photographs of Olivia Parker


Peabody Essex Museum
Salem, MA
13 July - 11 November 2019

 

For more than 40 years, Olivia Parker has explored the relationships between vision, knowledge and the natural world. From deceptively simple still lifes that transform the commonplace to her most recent work exploring memory loss, this is the first exhibition to present a comprehensive overview of Parker’s extensive career. Order of Imagination: The Photographs of Olivia Parker features more than 100 intricately composed works that reflect the artist’s wide creative range and unflagging curiosity.

Order of Imagination: The Photographs of Olivia Parker is organized by the Peabody Essex Museum. Generous support for this exhibition is provided by Susan and Appy Chandler, Carolyn and Peter S. Lynch and The Lynch Foundation, Jennifer and Andrew Borggaard and Kate and Ford O'Neil. We also recognize the generosity of the East India Marine Associates of the Peabody Essex Museum.

Cindy Sherman


National Portrait Gallery
London, UK
27 June - 15 September 2019


This major new retrospective explores the development of Sherman’s work from the mid-1970s to the present day, and features around 150 works from international public and private collections as well as new work never before displayed in a public gallery.

Focusing on the artist’s manipulation of her own appearance and her deployment of material derived from a range of cultural sources, including film, advertising and fashion, the show explores the tension between façade and identity.

The Photograph That Rocked the Pop Culture Landscape


Feature Shoot

On June 16, 1964, Rudi Gernreich’s infamous monokini went on sale in New York’s most prestigious department stores. Buyers at B. Altman & Co., Lord & Taylor, Henri Bendel, Abraham & Strauss, Splendiferous and Parisette placed orders after William Claxton’s photograph of Peggy Moffit rocked the pop culture landscape.

Moffit was Gernreich’s muse and Claxton’s wife, and together this ménage a trios was pure fire. The idea for the monokini first came to Gernreich in December 1962 and first appeared in futuristic fashion feature in a late 1963 issue of Look magazine — after LIFE refused to publish them. In The Rudy Gernreich Book, Moffit recalls the editor at LIFE shamelessly told Claxton, “This is a family magazine, and naked breasts are allowed only if the woman is an aborigine.”...