Serge Najjar @ Catherine Edelman Gallery

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January 6 – February 25, 2016

OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST: Friday, January 6, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

From New York to Beijing, countless strangers dash across city streets in a constant state of frenzy, rushing to their destinations. But every now and then we see someone pause, marveling at his or her surroundings. It is this stillness that Serge Najjar seeks, with one simple guideline, “It is not about what you see but how you see it.”

Catherine Edelman Gallery, 300 W. Superior Street, Chicago, IL 60654

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2016 Your Best Shot Winners Exhibition @ fotofoto gallery

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2016 Your Best Shot Winners Exhibition
January 11 – January 28, 2017

Reception for the Artists • Saturday, January 14 • 5-7 pm

In June of 2016 fotofoto gallery welcomed Long Island’s emerging photographers to participate in a month-long pin-up show called Your Best Shot. The unjuried, unframed exhibition highlighted some of Long Island’s most exciting new talent. Two best-in-show photographers were selected by fotofoto’s artists. The winning photographers, Diana Luger and Ryan Frigillana will have solo exhibitions in January 2017

fotofoto gallery
14 West Carver Street, Huntington, NY
Huntington, NY 11743

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STEPHAN LUPINO @ Galerija Fotografija

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STEPHAN LUPINO: 80’s IN NY
1.12.2016 – 7.1.2017

“…The debauchery, wildness, and eccentricity; all are found in Lupino’s photographs from the era. In his usual style, photographing clubs was actually a performance, and so were the clubs. The creative potential of partying has been a focus of art and music since the early 60s, with Andy Warhol, the most famous and controversial protagonist of the scene, at it’s head. Warhol was also one of the many famous artists and eccentrics who frequented the short-lived nightclub Area (1983 – 1987). Among the partygoers was also Stephan Lupino, who has set up an improvised photography studio in the bathroom of the club. Area promised a new world, in which art was the space in which you drank and danced.”

Galerija Fotografija
Levstikov trg 7, 1000 Ljubljana

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Priya Kambli and Mel Keiser @ Filter Space

© Mel Keiser & Priya Kambli

© Mel Keiser & Priya Kambli

Priya Kambli and Mel Keiser: A hole’s made of itself.
December 2 – 31, 2016

Opening Reception: December 2, 6 – 9 PM

This intimate exhibition explores the relationship of self to society, family, and ultimately self. Priya Kambli, after finding a family snapshot that was marred by her mother, alters photographs from her family archive as a way to conjure a personal mythology of her ancestry, and reconcile her relationship with her heritage. Mel Keiser creates visual multiplicities of herself to examine whether identity is singular or a system of discrete beings. Working with photography in visually distinct ways, both artists examine the role they play in the larger arena of the social construct of self, desiring to reconcile identity and relationships within a kind of personal void.

Filter Space
1821 W. Hubbard St.
Suite 207

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Nona Faustine @ Baxter St at CCNY

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December 8, 2016 – January 14, 2017

Opening Reception: Thursday, December 8 , 2016 | 6 – 8pm

Since 2013 Faustine has gained national and international recognition for her photographic work that plays with historical narratives haunted by the black female body. She has used self-portraiture to re-mark locations in NYC where the history of slavery is literally buried physically and psychologically. The photographic documentation of her self-made monuments which avoid conventional readings of a cohesive national history work to expose the ongoing tragic legacy of slavery. These images, however, are not only about accountability, but also about our collective relationship to history. Increasingly she appears as a new heroic figure who is her sex, who is her race – and yet universal, who is more than the sum of her subjective parts.

Baxter St at the Camera Club of NY, 126 Baxter Street, New York, NY 10013

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Jennifer Shaw @ Guthrie Contemporary

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Jennifer Shaw: Flood State
on view through February 15, 2017

Opening Reception with the Artist: Saturday, December 3, 6-8pm

Flood State, a new series of photogravures by Jennifer Shaw, addresses the precarious act of making a home on vulnerable land. A response to the recent catastrophic flooding in Baton Rouge and central Louisiana, as well as the global trend of rising ocean waters due to climate change, Shaw deftly and delicately imagines a dreamlike floating world that may soon become reality for not only Louisiana, but much of the globe.

Guthrie Contemporary
3815 Magazine St.
New Orleans, LA 70115

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JEFF WHETSTONE @ Julie Saul Gallery

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JEFF WHETSTONE: Crossing the Delaware
January 7 – March 4, 2017

Opening reception for the artist, Saturday, January 7, 5-7 pm

Julie Saul Gallery
535 West 22nd Street, 6th floor, New York, NY 10011

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Alberto Schommer @ Kutxa Kultur Artegunea

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Alberto Schommer
2 December 2016 until 19 March 2017

All Schommer’s work is characterised by a powerful personality and a constant desire to achieve a formal break, which led him to explore all kinds of aesthetic territories.Here is his platform approaching Modernity.With this exhibition the Kutxa Kultur Artegunea will be embarking on a programme that the gallery will be devoting exclusively to photography in the course of 2017.

Kutxa Kultur Artegunea, Tabakalera Building
Plaza de las Cigarreras, 1
20012 Donostia/San Sebastián

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Viviane Sassen @ Museum of Contemporary Photography

Viviane Sassen, Yellow Vlei, 2014

Viviane Sassen, Yellow Vlei, 2014

Viviane Sassen: UMBRA
Jan 26 – Apr 1, 2017

UMBRA is conceived as an installation piece with eight different chapters, each with a distinctive character. Certain works presented in the exhibition refer to abstract painterly traditions that include artists like Kazimir Malevich, Piet Mondrian, or Mark Rothko. In other ways the installation refers to literary, scientific, and philosophical traditions, from Plato and Carl Jung to the young Dutch poet and writer Maria Barnas, who wrote poems to accompany UMBRA.

Museum of Contemporary Photography
Columbia College Chicago
600 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

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Book Review: The Eyes of the City by Richard Sandler

Two Faces, 5th Ave., NYC, 1989 © Richard Sandler / The Eyes of the City

Two Faces, 5th Ave., NYC, 1989 © Richard Sandler / The Eyes of the City

“These pictures are in part screaming at us to wake up and open our eyes to what’s happening … Richard is just putting it all down, making a record, exploring his own loneliness and mortality, compelled to document as a way to say he’s alive,
while pointing with equal wonder at beauty and horror …”
Jonathan Ames (from the Afterword)

Timing, skill, and talent all play an important role in creating a great photograph, but it is perhaps the most basic, primary element–the photographer’s eye–which is most crucial. In The Eyes of the City Richard Sandler not only showcases decades-worth of his strong eye for street photography, but also the eyes of his subjects as he catches them looking into his camera at just the right moment. Sandler’s work was shot in a period of time that spans pre-internet/pre-digital photography, and into the popular resurgence of the Street Photography aesthetic in the early 21st century. It seems like the distant past, and at the same time only 15 years past, but from 1977 to September 11th 2001, Sandler regularly walked through Boston and New York City, encountering all that the streets had to offer, and the results are presented here, many for the first time.

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© Richard Sandler / The Eyes of the City

Sandler credits his fascination with street life to his years in New York as a teenager in the 1960s. Young Sandler, a frequent truant, spent much of his time in a very different Times Square than the sanitized tourist attraction we know today. Manhattan was a cyclone of faces: some at play, many clearly suffering. All eyes, ears, and heart, Sandler was sensitive to it all as a kid peering into this adult world. Such early impressions would come to play a significant role in his later street photography.

© Richard Sandler / The Eyes of the City

© Richard Sandler / The Eyes of the City

Living in Boston in 1977, and after two careers involved in helping others, as a natural foods chef and acupuncturist, Sandler realized an overwhelming desire to do something for himself, alone. As if on cue, a late 1940s Leica appeared in his life and he hit the Boston streets in an experimental mood. He shot in Boston for three productive years and then moved back home to photograph an edgy, nervous, angry, dangerous New York City. In the 1980s crime and crack were on the rise and their effects were devastating the city. Graffiti exploded onto surfaces everywhere and the Times Square, East Village, and Harlem streets were riddled with drugs, while in Midtown the rich wore furs in vast numbers and “greed was good.” In the 1990s the city experienced drastic changes to lure in corporate interests and tourists and the results were directly felt on the streets as rents were raised and several neighborhoods were sanitized, making them ghosts of what, to many, made them formerly exciting.

© Richard Sandler / The Eyes of the City

© Richard Sandler / The Eyes of the City

Throughout these turbulent and triumphant years Sandler paced the streets with all his knowledge of what the city was, ever on the lookout for what his eye connected to as New York transformed and changed the lives of everyone who lived in it. For better and for worse, one was simply “on the street” in public space, bathing in the comforts, or terrors, of the human sea and Sandler’s work is the marbled evidence of this beauty mixing with decay as only his eyes could capture it.

Hasid and Hipster, NYC, 2001© Richard Sandler / The Eyes of the City

Hasid and Hipster, NYC, 2001© Richard Sandler / The Eyes of the City

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The Eyes of the City by Richard Sandler
Hardcover, 11-1/4 x 10-1/2 inches (28.5×26.6cm)
180 pages
ISBN: 978-1-57687-787-6

Richard Sandler is a street photographer and documentary filmmaker. He has directed and shot eight non-fiction films, including The Gods of Times Square, Brave New York, and Radioactive City. Sandler’s still photographs are in the permanent collections of the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Museum, the New York Historical Society, and the Houston Museum of Fine Art. He was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship for photography, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation fellowship for Filmmaking, and a New York State Council on the Arts fellowship also for Filmmaking.

Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps and the recipient of numerous broadcasting honors, including six Peabody awards, a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, and the 2015 TED Prize. He is the author/editor of numerous books that grew out of his public radio documentary work.

Jonathan Ames is the author of the novels Wake Up, Sir!, The Extra Man, I Pass Like Night; a graphic novel, and The Alcoholic (with artwork by Dean Haspiel), among others. He is the winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a former columnist for New York Press.

To purchase a copy of the book, see http://www.powerhousebooks.com/books/the-eyes-of-the-city/


(All images used by permission from The Eyes of the City by Richard Sandler, published by powerHouse Books.)

 

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