BOXERS + BALLERINAS
PHOTOGRAPHS BY JOHN GOODMAN
APRIL 3 – MAY 31, 2014
Boxers + Ballerinas presents photographs from John Goodman’s acclaimed monograph The Times Square Gym (Introduction by Pete Hamill, Evan Publishing, 1997) which capture the raw beauty of boxers in motion and the character of the now defunct legendary gym itself which closed in 1993 to make way for the Times Square Redevelopment project. Goodman’s pictures of fighters are paired with his images of the dancers of the Boston Ballet as they prepare for performance that are both corporeal and otherworldly. Together these two bodies of work reveal the toughness and vulnerability of these men and women who share a common endurance, heart, and burning passion to excel at what they do.
RWFA Rick Wester Fine Art
526 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
The Sotchi Project
by photographer Rob Hornstra and writer/filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen
19 April through 22 June
The two have been working uninterruptedly since 2009 on an extensive documentary about the controversial conflict zone around Sochi: the Caucasus. Themes such as corruption, violence, terrorism and tourism run like threads through the project. This exhibition shows the final results of five years of investigations in thorough slow-journalism.
Akerkhof 12, 9711 JB Groningen,
Lydia Panas “Falling From Grace..”
April 3 – May 31, 2014
Corden Potts Gallery
49 Geary Street, Suite 410
San Francisco, CA
Melanie Cleary – Another Day
6 May – 30 May 2014
Opening reception on Tuesday 6 May (6-8pm)
Inspiration for Another Day presented itself in the form of undated, black and white contact sheet prints framed and installed in the foyer of one of the oldest special needs children’s homes in South Africa. It was 2011 and Cleary was on a job, commissioned by a client to photograph the building.
She knew that she had found her next series, an inspiration and simultaneously a challenge. Working in black and white film was a departure; she also wanted to interrogate and illustrate the classicism of the medium, capture the personality of each of these children, and reflect their unencumbered youthful spirit.
Over a period of three years, she came to know the children. The collection of photographs illustrates how she familiarized herself with the greater environments of the school and its facilities and observed how the children interacted with each other and in their surroundings. She developed a unique relationship with each of them, they came to trust her. In time, her presence had blended into their everyday lives. She took her first portrait when it became clear that the novelty of seeing her with a camera had disappeared, it was just like another day.
84 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001
Pamela Mayers-Schoenberg: “The Vermont Project”
May 3 – May 31, 2014
“Vermont Avenue runs for thirty miles through Los Angeles, from Griffith Park, through Los Feliz, Hollywood, Koreatown, and South Central, to the harbor. It serves by the Observatory, the Greek Theater, Los Angeles City College, USC, and the Coliseum, but I prefer to focus on the smaller entities of the street: homes, shops, schools, clubs, parks, and markets, and the people.
It is one, single community, made up of independent, yet interconnecting parts. Los Angeles is, and has always been, a great melting-pot. Through my images, I want to build a collective vision and create an interaction among the various neighborhoods.”
2525 Michigan Avenue, Suite J1
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Pink Bedroom (Window Seat)
RICHARD TUSCHMAN – HOPPER MEDITATIONS
June 6 – July 19th, 2014.
Opening & Artist Reception Friday, June 6th from 5-7pm
Inaugural exhibition & grand opening of our new space located at:
541 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Helen Levitt New York, c. 1940 Gelatin silver print on paper. Gift of Philip Perkis, 1999.8.1 Telfair Museums
Helen Levitt: In the Street
Rafal Milach / Poland
“In the car with R”
19 April – 29 May 2014
Opening: 19 April, Saturday, 18.00
Open lecture: 19 April, Saturday, 19.00
“To do the Ring” is an Icelandic expression that generally refers to travels on Route 1, the highway that encircles the country. To travel this road is something that most Icelanders do at some point in their lives and some even prefer to do it every summer. The reasons for going are of course different but many people probably set out with the idea that on the way they’ll learn more about their fellow Icelanders and native beliefs; that they’ll see more of their country. However, traveling on the Ring Road is a risky business. On the way you might learn something about yourself or your family, regardless of whether they live close to the highway or share the car with you. A lot of journeys on the Ring Road have ended in divorce but as a result of others, babies have been born. And there is no guarantee that you’ll learn more about Iceland on the way. When it comes to traveling (and photography?), what you see matters less than the way you look at it.
We did the Ring. In May of 2010, driving a green Opel Astra Station, 1994 model. And we were back on square one ten days and 1450 kilometres later.
Vosstaniya street, 24, 2d yard, ground floor
Saint-Petersburg / Russia
Image: Saida in Green, 2000 by Hassan Hajjaj © the artist / Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Art Fund Collection of Middle Eastern Photography at the V&A and the British Museum.
True to Life?- New Photography from the Middle East
7 June – 2 November 2014
An exhibition of incredible contemporary photographs by internationally-acclaimed artists from the Middle East opens at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery 7 June 2014. True to Life?- ‘New Photography from the Middle East’ encourages visitors to question the authenticity of what appears to be represented in photography, and explores what is real, staged or imaginary.
The exhibition features a selection of loaned works from the British Museum and Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum’s fascinating collection of major names and emerging talents in photography from the Middle East. These will be shown alongside works from Birmingham’s own collection. From Tunisia to Iran, True to Life? takes visitors on a journey investigating the role of photography in the Middle East and considers debates surrounding migration and the representation of women.
For more information visit http://www.bmag.org.uk
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery
Europe has always been a fascinating place for Americans to visit. When it comes to Italy there has always been an air of romance and mystery. Italy has always had a very alluring quality especially in photos. Charles Traub’s Dolce Via is no different. This book is a photographic journey through Italy in the 1980s. Printed on a thick and gorgeous paperstock the photos of Italy burst to life as you flip each page.
When you immerse yourself in this book you are not only seeing some of the sights but can feel the sounds and the heartbeats of the people captured within. These streets are full of life and the moments within this book show the audience that there is an indefinable atmosphere in the Italian air among the style and humidity. This is street photography at its finest. The journey these photos take you on is like walking through a museum. You can stare at every photo and come up with a unique story for the subjects in the frame. One thing is for sure and that is that the Italian people as a whole have a lock on style.
Give yourself the time to truly appreciate these photos. This is a window into a time before people went crazy with hair, makeup, or even botox. The subjects in the book did nothing to be young or appear any different than how they naturally are. Of course, times were different then but this book captures a person’s natural beauty for all to see. As you flip through the pages you will find images of youth in all its glory and the camera does not tell a lie. Charles does a great job of capturing real people and not going for the typical beauty. You see the free spirit of the Italian people mixed with the gorgeous setting of old architecture, beaches, and centers of commerce. There is a great old world feel when going through the book and a glimpse of what could have been a much simpler time.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys street photography or is a fan of Charles H. Traub. It is extremely well put together and the photo selection is presented in a vibrant way, which makes you want to hop in a time machine and head on over to Italy 30 years ago. If you want to get into street photography this book would be a clinic on exactly what to do when you are walking around with a camera strapped around your neck.
Dolce Via: Italy in the 1980′s
by Charles H. Traub
11.8 x 9.5 inches; 30 x 24 cm
60 colour illustrations
Published by Damiani
To purchase the book: http://charles-traub.myshopify.com
Richard Storm is a photographer and writer based in NYC.
You can see his work at nyphotony.com
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