Paz Errázuriz @ Fundacion Mapfre

unnamedPaz Errázuriz
16 December 2015 – 28 February 2016

Fundacion Mapfre, Madrid

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Book Review: Briefly Seen: New York Street Life by Harvey Stein


Growing up in NYC one can’t describe the sheer magic of the place. It’s also tough to describe how at times NYC can be the greatest thing on this Earth as well as just one big balled fist of anxiety and emotion. Harvey Stein captures the emotion of New York along with the good, bad, and ugly of street life.

Street photography has taken a life of its own within the last few years however this book showcases Harvey’s work for the past 40 years of living in New York. The photos in this book are from 1974 to 2014. That’s a long time to be on an island that is arguably the center of the world. When you flip through the pages of Briefly Seen you get a sense of wonder about the city as well as a sense of urgency. The latter is what interests me because Harvey captured one of the things that makes the city so unique and that is the fact that we all have somewhere to be. If you’re walking the streets of Manhattan it’s generally not without purpose. If you have ever speed walked down a crowded street to get to a meeting you will be in the midst of a veritable smorgasbord of sights, sounds, and even smells that you just simply don’t have time for. As an avid people watcher myself I really love how Harvey captures the rush and the hint of a story in the subjects of his photos. When walking the city streets I often wonder “Hey, where is THAT guy going..” or “Man! That’s a weird looking kid!” or “Why’s that lady just standing there?” These are moments that if you’re ever in New York for even an afternoon you would feel. The city is just so filled to the brim with every kind of person at any given time and truth be told – it’s wonderful.


Harvey captures these fleeting moments of expression through sometimes abstract photos combined with perspective shifts that give the viewer a sense of being there. To me this book truly captures the FEEL of walking around the city. Another thing that Harvey Stein captures is the fact that New York is timeless. I would be hard pressed to point out any photos from the 70’s that set them apart from anything captured in 2014. In typical New York fashion the photos themselves say “I’m here and this is what it is.”


Anyone can relate to these photos because we have all been there. We have all seen these scenes again and again and can probably remember the last time we were conscious of being in such a massive crowd. It’s not an every day experience for most of the world. New York is so unique in and of itself that books like this are necessary to capture these moments that are just simply gone forever. Where else can you find people of literally every age, gender, and race walking down the same block across an entire city? The book also captures something very unique, which is that even though as New Yorkers we live amongst a throng of people – we generally go it alone. In many instances these photos although many snapped in crowds – capture the solidarity of the individual. Everyone has their own agenda and it varies dramatically from whoever you might be walking next to.


The book itself is gorgeous. It’s a nice, heavy, well put together book that contains a ton of content and a ton of hang-able photos. We can look into these windows and see things that speak to us and Harvey does a fantastic job of capturing photos that have a voice.


A conversation between Harvey Stein and Marilyn Kushner
Monday, November 16

Rizzoli Bookstore
1133 Broadway (near 26th Street)
New York, NY

Briefly Seen: New York Street Life by Harvey Stein
Schiffer Publishing, October 2015

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November 19 – December 19, 2015

Artist’s reception: November 19, 2015 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

“Let Virtue Be Your Guide” examines the artist’s family and their deeply rooted history as early settlers of New England. One ancestor, John Howland, was a deckhand aboard The Mayflower. Unearthing the idea of feminine “virtue” from the confines of its historical meaning, the photographs of the women in the artist’s family have a watchful quality, as if the artist is defining for herself what it means to be a woman. Her sitters, and the domestic spaces they inhabit, together evoke a distinct and well-worn privilege. In the photographs seams pull apart exposing the shifts occurring across generations of women. The resulting collection of images becomes a search for meaning in heritage, a challenge to the notion of legacy, and the artist’s reckoning with a traditional version of American femininity.

531 West 25th Street
between 10th/11th Avenues

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F&D Cartier @ Elizabeth Houston Gallery

unnamedF&D Cartier: Roses
November 5 – December 6, 2015

The work of artist duo F&D Cartier combines the talent and vision of sculptor Francoise and photographer Daniel Cartier. The two began working in collaboration in 1995 and began exhibiting as F&D Cartier in 1998. The exhibition Roses features a body of photograms, produced with a “camera-less” photographic process through which F&D Cartier created a body of images by placing contemporary objects onto photographic light sensitive paper and exposing the set up in natural light. The vintage process yields a photographic record of the chemical process, the kind of image evocative of an X-ray. With the rise of digital photography in Contemporary art and media, photographic fundamentalism and an interest in returning back to the quintessence of photography and its alternative processes has surged through the Cartier’s practice.

Elizabeth Houston Gallery
34 East 1st Street, New York, NY 10003

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November 19 – December 19, 2015

Artist’s reception: November 19, 2015 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

“Pink Crush” describes the visual iconography of late 20th-century girlhood, reflecting the ways in which the aesthetics of an era shape a developing sense of self. The motifs and colors are reminiscent of Lisa Frank and other girlie-girl pop obsessions of the 80s and 90s. Despite a wariness of the saccharine, childlike qualities the subjects convey, the series as a whole betrays a longstanding attraction, and exposes how those girlish fixations can remain both outside and inside grown women.

531 West 25th Street
between 10th/11th Avenues
New York

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JIMMY NELSON @ The Empty Quarter

unnamedJIMMY NELSON: Before they pass away
November 9th 2015 – January 10th 2016

Opening reception: DIFC Art Night 9th November 7-10pm

Between 2010 & 2014 Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to document some of the most fantastic indigenous cultures left on the planet today. He had come to realize that from a life spent travelling that his camera was the perfect tool for making contact and building intimate and unique friendships. Relationships with hitherto unknown and understood communities in some of the farthest reaches of the planet. He wanted to discover how the rest of the world is threatening to change their way of life forever. But most importantly, he wanted to create an ambitious aesthetic photographic document that would stand the test of time.

The Empty Quarter
Gate Village, Bldg 02
P.O.BOX 506697
DIFC, Dubai, UAE

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Present Tense @ dnj gallery

"Powells PDX", Photo by Kat Contreras, 2015

“Powells PDX”, Photo by Kat Contreras, 2015

Present Tense: Art Institute of Los Angeles Student Exhibition
November 7 – December 5, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 7, 2015, 6-8pm

“The Present Tense operates in way to locate a situation in present time, but always as a reference to a future that has not arrived and to a past it soon will become. It is a way to make our communication relevant and vital. This show represents students from The Art institute of Los Angeles, who work with the medium of photography and their vision of the allusive ephemeral present, using the photograph as a way of making the present tangible.”

dnj gallery
2525 michigan avenue, suite J1
santa monica, california 90404

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Chaco Terada – 水と空の隨に / BETWEEN WATER & SKY
December 11th, 2015 – January 16th, 2016

541 South Guadalupe, Santa Fe, NM 87501

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11th Annual National Alternative Processes Competition @ Soho Photo Gallery

11th Annual National Alternative Processes Competition
November 4 – November 28, 2015

The 11th Annual National Alternative Processes Competition presents the winning images of photographers from across the United States. The images submitted for this competition utilized a wide range of alternative methods, including ambrotype, cyanotype, Van Dyke brown, platinum/palladium, photogravure, salt print, tintype, and wet-plate collodion, among others.

Soho Photo Gallery | 15 White Street | New York | NY | 10013

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ALINE SMITHSON @ Verve Gallery

ALINE SMITHSON Self & Others: Portrait as Autobiography
October 30, 2015 – January 9, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, November 13, 5-7pm
Book Signing and Gallery Talk: Saturday, November 14, 2pm

Verve Gallery
219 East Marcy Street, Santa Fe, NM 85701

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