Marco Scozzaro @ Baxter St at the Camera Club of NY


Marco Scozzaro: Digital Deli
February 23, 2016 – March 25, 2017

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 22 , 2017 | 6 – 8pm

“In his exhibition, Scozzaro employs a photographic fiction-making process as obliquely autobiographical, fabricating, inventing, and constructing images that straddle both criticism and confession. Subverting a tantalizing advertising style of rich colors and textures with staged images that disorient, Scozzaro questions the representability of certain ideas that recur in mass media. Not merely a criticism of oversimplification in visual culture today, his images are also documents of a purposely mis-directed self-representation. In some of Scozzaro’s work there is a clear tension between the naturally mechanical aspect of photography where the camera plagiarizes nature versus the corruption of that verisimilitude with a variety of techniques. The corruptions and contradictions appear as variations of the very notions they reference in a kind of object-oriented ontology that ultimately revokes a hierarchy of signification.”

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

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NORM DIAMOND @ AFTERIMAGE GALLERY


NORM DIAMOND: WHAT IS LEFT BEHIND Stories from Estate Sales
MAY 20 — JULY 12, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST: SATURDAY, MAY 20, 7:30-9:30PM

Estate sales have become a common way for people to dispose of their parents’ possessions after they die or move to assisted living. Over the course of a year, Norm Diamond visited countless estate sales in Dallas, Texas, photographing objects that evoke sadness, humor, and ironic commentary on American cultural history.

AFTERIMAGE GALLERY
2613B Fairmount Street, Dallas Texas, 75201

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JANE AND LOUISE WILSON @ GETTY MUSEUM


JANE AND LOUISE WILSON: SEALANDER
February 14-July 2, 2017

“In striking images of the Normandy coast, the Sealander series bares graphic witness to the toll that time has taken on these powerful symbols of German dominance over most of Europe. Originally thought impenetrable, these fortifications are now slowly crumbling into the sea,” says Timothy Potts, director of the J. Paul Getty Museum. “There is a powerful poignancy in the picturesque decay of these structures that were created in such a frenzy of human activity and are now gradually being returned to nature’s benign embrace.”

GETTY MUSEUM
1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles, California.

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Sam Haskins, Kishin Shinoyama and Francis Giacobetti @ Steven Kasher Gallery

Sam Haskins
Untitled (from Cowboy Kate series), 1960-1964

Sam Haskins, Kishin Shinoyama and Francis Giacobetti
February 23rd – April 15th

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 23rd, 6 – 8 PM

“Haskins, Giacobetti and Shinoyama produced the most influential 1960s erotic photography in their respective countries. They created a revolution in artistic nude photography by rejecting the Playboy clichés, by eschewing the statuesque models and stereotypical poses to be found in the publications of the era. To quote Sam Haskins, “These were real live girls and they were having fun.” By rejecting the distinctions between art and what was then considered pornography, these artists helped usher in a new erotic world order. In addition to reawakening interest in the flowering of 60s sexual revolutions and its visual correlatives, this exhibition sheds light on contemporary anxieties surrounding feminists and feminism.”

Steven Kasher Gallery
515 W. 26th St., New York, NY 10001

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Angela SAIRAF @ TOBE Gallery


Angela SAIRAF: The Secret Life of the Tapuicacas – Budapest Photo Festival
March 1 – April 7

TOBE Gallery – 1136 Budapest, Herzen utca 6.

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HER FEET PLANTED FIRMLY ON THE GROUND @ Houston Center for Photography

image Laura Plageman

HER FEET PLANTED FIRMLY ON THE GROUND: six photographers exploring the contemporary landscape
MARCH 3 THROUGH MAY 7, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION March 3, 2017 | 5:30 PM

Her Feet Planted Firmly on the Ground highlights the photographs of Christa Blackwood (Austin, TX), Susi Brister (Dallas, TX), Jennifer Crane (Saskatoon, SK) Ellie Davies (Wareham, UK), Naima Green(Brooklyn, NY), and Laura Plageman (Oakland, CA).

Houston Center for Photography
1441 W. Alabama
Houston, TX 77006

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Laurent Millet @ Catherine Edelman Gallery

Laurent Millet: Somnium
March 3 – April 29, 2017

OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST: Friday March 3 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

“For more than twenty years, Laurent Millet has channeled his innate curiosity to create photographs that question the way objects appear within space and time. Citing R. Buckminster Fuller and Denis Diderot among his influences, Millet creates an artistic vocabulary through metal wire, vineyard posts and barrel hoops – objects prevalent in the coastal town of France in which he resides. His 1997 series, Petites Machines Littorales, addressed his surroundings, as he transformed the sea into a place for scientific experimentation, creating contraptions that suggest a way to measure water or listen to fish. These “machines” invite curiosity and questions, much like a child experimenting in a science lab. In his 2000 series Les Cabanes, Millet continues to build structures in the water, yet this time they appear to be bridges, ladders, architectural pieces and fences, suggesting a relationship between water and sky. The 2002 series, La Chasse, features objects that could be used to trap, to capture that which is hard to contain. And finally, in the 2014/15 series, Somnium, the artist photographed himself with geometric objects, polyhedra, that he fabricated. These images seem paranormal yet familiar, as the artist engages with objects hovering in the air, recording his encounter.”

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

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WEEGEE @ Howard Greenberg Gallery

Weegee getting a mug shot at station house, New York, c.1936
Gelatin silver print; printed c.1936, 10 3/8 x 13 1/4 inches

WEEGEE
February 16 – April 1, 2017

“As a photographer and photojournalist, Arthur Fellig (Weegee) was in his own words “spellbound by the mystery of murder.” His uncanny ability to make early appearances at scenes of violence and catastrophe earned him the name Weegee (appropriated from the Ouija board). His film noir style and dry wit combined with his sensational images of the naked city, often taken at night with a strong flash, have earned him a reputation as one of the greatest street photographers of the 20th century.”

Howard Greenberg Gallery is located at 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406, New York

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Book Review: Cowboys of the Americas by Luis Fabini

For more than a decade, photographer Luis Fabini immersed himself in cowboy culture as he traveled through North and South America. This stunning collection of photographs from those travels reveals the cowboy who lives in silence and solitude, the interconnectedness of these men with the land, and a traditional way of life that exists on the outskirts of society but also vividly in our imaginations.

Fabini gives us introductions to the lives and histories of the men he lived with along his journey. In the book, Fabini provides the background to each specific locale, which gives  the reader important knowledge to understand how the role of the gaucho, vaqueiro, charro, or cowboy began and evolved over time. We are introduced to the intrinsic philosophy within the first few pages of the book – the land is as important as the man. When Fabini asks a gaucho named Luis Alberto, “Who is the gaucho?”, after a long pause, Alberto replies,”The gaucho is the land he treads upon.” Fabini quickly made the connection between man and landscape – and his work shows it.

The images Fabini presents the reader are about the land and how man interacts with it, as much as it is about the cowboy himself. Epic landscapes are included with the portraits of these ‘men of the land’. These landscapes incorporate the movement of man and animal, man and the elements, and the struggle each endures. The portraits Fabini made are frank, and made without stylized treatment of his subjects. They are not presented as glorious stereotypes; rather they are the archetypes that gave rise to them. Everything worn has a purpose. Hats have function, scarves have a purpose, and tradition endures for very practical reasons. There isn’t room for anything but pragmatism out in nature.

The romanticism of these men and their lives is an aspect that has made the Western-movie or Country & Western music such an attractive life for many people who don’t have to live it. The reality of life for the Brazilian pantaneiro is not one of Hollywood fable. It is difficult, dangerous, and daunting. Yet one cannot help but be moved by the beauty and drama of Fabini’s images of driving 6,000 head of cattle through endless wetlands toward their ultimate auction and slaughter.

An eloquent text by anthropologist and author Wade Davis reflects on the long relationship between horses and humans, describes the significance of Fabini’s work, and illuminates the enduring spirit of cowboy culture. Davis’ words are poetic, descriptive and are a wonderful compliment to the romance and prose of the cowboy life as captured by Fabini. When I read Davis’ text, I ‘heard it’ in the manner befitting a documentary film by Ken Burns, narrated by Morgan Freeman. There is a majesty and reverence to Davis’ words, which is a perfect compliment for this subject matter.

Cowboys of the Americas by Luis Fabini with text by Wade Davis
© 2016 Publisher: Greystone Books (November 15, 2016)
ISBN-10: 1771641169
ISBN-13: 978-1771641166

To purchase a copy, please visit Amazon.com


LUIS FABINI was born in Uruguay and began his career as a travel photographer in South America. His interest in photography began at age seven, when his father put a camera in his hands before the two embarked on a trip across the Andes. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. You can see more of his work at his website: http://www.luisfabini.net/

WADE DAVIS is an anthropologist, author, and explorer. He is the author of numerous books, including Into the Silence, Sacred Headwaters and The Wayfinders. He has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet, and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity.”

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FRANCESCO CITO E LA FOTOGRAFIA DI REPORTAGE @ TADINI SPACE


FRANCESCO CITO E LA FOTOGRAFIA DI REPORTAGE
February 23 to March 26, 2017

Opening Thursday, February 23, 2017

The exhibition of Francesco Cito accompanying selection of 8 photographers identified reportage style, stamp and research. Hermes Mereghetti, Simone Margelli, Andrea Brera, Luca Monelli, Gianluca Micheletti, Massimo Allegro, Virginia Bettoja, Stefania Villani

TADINI SPACE
Via Jommelli 24,
Milano, 20131 Italua
Italy

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