“In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Getty Center, the J. Paul Getty Museum announced today an exhibition of 20 works by renowned photographer Robert Polidori (Canadian-French-American, born 1951). Robert Polidori: 20 Photographs of the Getty Museum, 1997 is the first public exhibition of photographs showing the first installation of the Getty Center in the month leading up to its opening in December 1997.”
J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center
OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, December 7, 2017, 6 – 8 PM
“Landscape photography is uniquely wedded to the National Parks, and specifically to Yosemite. Many famous photographers have had a storied history with Yosemite– their work not only shares and celebrates the landscape’s grandeur, but also examines our relationship to wilderness and conservation. The contemporary artists selected for this exhibition bring new representation and varied voices to the genre of landscape photography, strengthening the rich relationship between the medium and Yosemite, while also blazing new conceptual and technical ground with their work.”
1011 Market St., 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
Opening reception, Saturday, December 2, 5-7 pm
“Julie Saul Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition New Vision/ New Generation. Pairing well-known masters of photography with two young gallery artists who have inspired them, this exhibition will highlight the continuing influence of the past on the present. ”
Julie Saul Gallery
535 West 22nd Street, 6th floor, New York, NY 10011
“Steve Schapiro: Heroic Times will survey American milestones from the photographer’s nearly six decade career, with a focus on the 1960s and ‘70s. A number of the photographs are unpublished and on public view for the first time. With assignments from Life, Time, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and many other publications, he captured iconic and humanistic images of politicians, celebrities, artists, and newsmakers in action.”
Howard Greenberg Gallery
41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406, New York
Cary Benbow (CB): Lets talk about your ‘Where Blue Birds Fly’ portfolio images submitted to this month’s issue about ‘Home’ – What is the background to this project, and how does the work relate to your other projects?
Homayra Adiba (HA): ‘Where Blue Birds Fly’ is a story of rooftops in Dhaka City. It’s deeply related to my childhood. The rooftop wasn’t just a place when I was a kid, it was almost a part of our home. Back in the 1990’s, every evening most of the people living in a building would go there. I hardly see that anymore. In the old part of Dhaka there are still people coming on the rooftops. Compared to the new part of the city with its growing apartment buildings and modern technology, we hardly have anytime to spare. We don’t visit the rooftops anymore. It’s striking to me that we don’t have any time to sit anymore, to look at the sky or the city! But then again, there was no Internet back then when I was little.
I wanted to capture those bits that are still there to relive the reminiscence of my childhood. I could sense that soon it’s going to fade away. I wanted to capture it before it’s gone. Especially in this way, this project is similar to my other work. I take a trip to my childhood, or I find where I really belong.
CB: How did you talk with the people in this project about photographing them? What aspect do they play in the images?
HA: As I said, it’s mostly about the place. Even without people, the work always talks about the people living in that space. You can make little stories in your mind – from broken Lego pieces, you could say there are kids who come here, or a pack of cigarettes would tell you someone comes here to have their moments to smoke. A garden could say somebody takes their time and has this hobby to grow plants… It could be a mother of two who takes time from her households.
In my two and a half years journey of capturing rooftops in the city, I found people are never comfortable with you if you ask for access to the building. They somehow think maybe you are from the media and unsafe to them. What I did is very rebellious (somewhat dangerous) – I went straight to the top of the buildings, if there’s no one I would take my time and have my moment. However, if there are people, I would be accepted – I look like them, I talk like them, and I am one of them. If I had to take pictures of them, I would always tell them why, and what I was doing, and they are mostly welcoming. But I would never jump into my photography right away – rooftops are the place that makes you slow down, you spend some time there, take a little moment from your busy miserable life. There is no rush. I would go and connect myself with the mood, slow down, untie my hair sometimes. Sometimes it took me several trips to go to a same rooftop to find the image I wanted.
But in this project, the edit you see contains the people I know, I am familiar with. Even though I went to hundreds of rooftops, I still find those pictures intimate because we know each other.
CB: This work is very personal in nature – how does your work make a comment on a universal level as well?
HA: Even though my work speaks of small places in Dhaka city, it also speaks to universal human emotions, and about time being grabbed by the moving responsibilities, technologies, belongings and changing nature of life.
CB: Is it relatively easy, or is it a struggle to be an artist where you live? Do you feel isolated in the larger photographic community?
HA: Human life is a continuous struggle. It doesn’t matter whether you are an artist or a plumber. It definitely has it’s cons, but there are little perks of living this life too. I think I like to be a little isolated but I definitely haven’t found a good fit where I am now. I have a long way to go before I get satisfied with what I am doing. There are still more stories I would like to tell, more mediums I would like to try.
Homayra Adiba is a photographer from Bangladesh. On her website she says: I am Homayra, born at dawn, somewhere in Dhaka city. I grew up there and see myself as a growing documentary photographer. My school, Pathshala South Asian Media Institute was one of the good decisions of my life.
You can see more work by Homayra Adiba at her website.
“More than 70 images exploring these important topics will be on view by Ansel Adams, Boushra Almutawakel, Margaret Bourke-White, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Edward Burtynsky, Robert Capa, Imogen Cunningham, Bruce Davidson, Robert Frank, Ernst Haas, Lewis Hine, Dorothea Lange, Alex Majoli, Ruth Orkin, Bill Owens, Dulce Pinzón, Augustus Frederick Sherman, W. Eugene Smith, Alfred Stieglitz, Tseng Kwong Chi, and Alex Webb, among others.”
Howard Greenberg Gallery
41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406, New York.
OPENING RECEPTION: January 18, 2018, 5:00 p.m.
“Traversing the Past: Adam Golfer, Diana Matar, Hrvoje Slovenc at the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago presents the work of three artists, all of whom trace their family stories to histories of political turmoil, violence, and displacement. In using personal experiences as starting points, the artists transform the autobiographical into a multivalent lens through which to view complex political narratives. Adam Golfer, Diana Matar, and Hrvoje Slovenc use family stories originating during World War II, the Qaddafi regime in Libya, and the Croatian War of Independence, respectively, as a starting point for examining how traces of the past confound and obscure the present.”
Museum of Contemporary Photography
at Columbia College Chicago
600 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605
Opening Saturday, November 18 6-9 PM | Artist Talk at 7 PM
“Samantha Geballe makes self-portraits in order to reverse the perspective of how she sees herself with that of the viewer. SELF-UNTITLED envisions the feeling that false interpretation provokes, and speaks more broadly to the mistreatment of a person through a solo show featuring beautiful, intimate images, video, and interactive activity. ”
New Orleans Photo Alliance
1111 St. Mary Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 15th, 6 – 8 PM
1011 Market St., 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94103
RSVP: OPENING RECEPTION THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 6-8 PM
“This is the first US exhibition of “Turbulent America,” which represents a selection of Jean-Pierre Laffont’s work from the 1960s, ‘70s, and ‘80s that captures the genuine sense of what it was like to live in America during these decades. Speaking about these images Laffont comments, “They do what photographs do best: freeze decisive moments in time for future examination. These photographs form a personal and historical portrait of a country I have always viewed critically but affectionately, and to which I bear immense gratitude.””
Sous Les Etoiles Gallery
100 Crosby Street #603
New York City, NY 10012
T: 212 966 0796