Helen Levitt: In the Street
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
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.
In addition to the works by this year’s winning and finalist photographers, we are delighted to present a retrospective by Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient Mary Ellen Mark and exclusive commissions for Sony’s Global Imaging Ambassadors Programme by William Klein and Panos Pictures photographers.
Somerset House, London
For tickets and more information: worldphoto.org/about-the-sony-world-photography-awards/2014-exhibition-ticket-sales/
MY EUROPEAN TRIP:
Photographs from the Car
The 1968 MoMA Exhibition as Curated by John Szarkowski
THE EFFECT OF FRANCE
New Still Lifes, 2012-2013
Howard Greenberg Gallery is located at 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406, New York.
Opening reception Tuesday, April 22nd from 7pm-10pm
A Place has no spirit. It is man’s spirit that is mirrored in the places he inhabits and the monuments he erects. The Empty Quarter Gallery is proud to be the first to exhibit the travelling body of work of two documentary photographers, Sami Nabeel & Martin Smith. The study of man’s spiritual beliefs as reflected in their places of worship from Islamic to Christian religions to Buddhist philosophy is the preoccupation of both artists as they travel the globe capturing the spiritual essence of each edifice with their lens.
The Empty Quarter
Gate Village, Bldg 02
DIFC, Dubai, UAE
Opening reception with the artist – Thursday April 17, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Richard Renaldi’s new images are a meditation on the narrative power of pure landscape photography and a rereading of the American story inscribed across a damaged land. Inspired by the words of preservationist John Muir, who witnessed his absolute faith in America’s wilderness clash with the imperatives of the twentieth century, Renaldi’s new work occasions a present-day evaluation of Muir’s vision on the 100th anniversary of his death.
Bonni Benrubi Gallery
41 East 57th Street
New York, NY 10022
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 5, 6-9 pm.
Artist Panel and Discussion: Saturday, May 10, 3 pm
New Orleans Photo Alliance
1111 St. Mary Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Kopeikin Gallery presents our first exhibition with Firooz Zahedi, an American Photographer born in Iran who lives in Los Angeles and is well known for many years spent as a Hollywood Glamor Photographer. This is NOT the work he will be exhibiting. For several years Firooz has been working simultaniously on several projects which have nothing or very little to do with his previous work. This is the first solo exhibition of Zahedi’s abstract photographs and collages (using his own photographs or vernacular source material). As Tim B Wride writes in the catalogue accompanying the exhibition; “Rare is the photographer who allows the sensibility that imbues one aspect of his output to organically infuse his work for the other. Rarer still is the photographer who can do it successfully. Firooz is that rare photographer.”
2766 S La Cienega Blvd (at Washington)
Los Angeles, California 90034