ROGER BALLEN @ Fahey/Klein Gallery

April 28, 2018 – June 15, 2018

Reception: Saturday, April 28th, 2 – 4 pm. Book available.

“The exhibition, as with the book, is a chronological journey through Ballen’s entire oeuvre divided into four periods. Part I explores Ballen’s formative artistic influences and his later rediscovery of boyhood through photography, culminating in his first published monograph, Boyhood, in 1979. Part II charts the period between 1980 and 2000, during which he released his seminal monograph Outland. Part III covers the years 2000-2013, when Ballen achieved global recognition and his work began to veer away from portraiture altogether. Finally, in Part IV, Ballen reflects on his career.”

Fahey/Klein Gallery
148 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Book Review: A Detroit Nocturne by Dave Jordano

Brent’s Place, Michigan Avenue, Westside, Detroit 2016

An Ode to the City that Endures

In a continuation of Dave Jordano’s critically-acclaimed Detroit: Unbroken Down (powerHouse Books, 2015) which documented the lives of struggling residents, A Detroit Nocturne is an artist’s book not of people this time, but instead the places within which they live and work: structures, dwellings, and storefronts. These photographs speak to the quiet resolve of Detroit’s neighborhoods and its stewards, independent shop proprietors and home owners who have survived the long and difficult path of living in a post-industrial city stripped of economic prosperity and opportunity. Jordano’s images show us the framework of a city whose glorious days of growth and energy lie sleeping in the streetlight-painted facades of night clubs, markets, houses, and shuttered buildings.

These nocturnal images offer a chance to view the locations in an unfamiliar light and offer a moment of quiet and calm reflection.

Houses on the Canal, Eastside, Detroit 2017

In many rust-belt cities like Detroit, people’s lives often hang in the balance as neighborhoods support and provide for each other through job creation, ad hoc community involvement, moral and spiritual support, and a well-honed Do-It-Yourself attitude. With all the media attention about Detroit’s rebirth and revival, it is important to note that many neighborhoods throughout the city have managed to survive against the odds for years, relying on local merchants and businesses that operate on a cash only basis who have stuck it out through decades of economic decline. 

The photographs Jordano makes of Detroit’s night landscape transform the parts of the city where economic revival have been slow, or non-existent, to recover from the hardship the city has endured. I talked with Jordano about the background of this project and how it relates to his larger body of work documenting Detroit. “Currently Detroit is going through somewhat of a resurgence,” Jordano reflects, “but it only involves specific areas of the city where developers have reinvested with the assurances of profiting from their investments.  It only covers approximately seven square miles of a city that has a total land mass of 138 square miles.  Do the math, and you can see that over 130 square miles of the city has been basically overlooked.  It’s these areas that I’ve concentrated my efforts on documenting because it represents the true character of the city.”

Duke’s Place, Plymouth Road, Westside, Detroit 2017

Bailey Lounge, Livernois Avenue, Westside, Detroit, 2017

Hoop Dreams 4, Eastside, Detroit 2017

Determination and a strong sense of self-preservation, Detroit’s citizens manage to survive by maintaining a healthy sense of connection without the fear of giving up. All of these places of business and residencies, whether large or small, are in many ways symbols representing the ongoing story that is Detroit, and a testament to the tenacity of those who are trying desperately to hold on to what is left of the social and economic fabric of the city. These photographs speak to that truth without casting an overly sentimental gaze. 

A Detroit Nocturne is a wonderful portrait of a city. Jordano takes care and patience to evoke a personality from buildings and structures that he cannot coax a reaction from. When I asked him about the comparison between ‘Nocturne’ and ‘Unbroken Down’ as being a portraiture project of two aspects of a city Jordano said, “To impart respect, dignity, and honesty to my subjects, whether they’re a person or a building, are hopefully qualities that will translate to a broader viewing audience. True, you don’t have to elicit an expression when photographing a building,” he continued. “But my approach is one of trying to bring the most out of the subject in the most honest and factual way that I can.  Buildings were built plum and square, so my insistence to keeping the verticals straight is practiced throughout all of my work.  It’s a simple thing, but important to keeping as close to the truth as possible.  Obviously, people are different and the collaboration between the subject and photographer takes on a much more important and connective role.  I really never considered myself a “portrait” photographer in the strictest sense, but I felt there was a huge imbalance with what photographers were depicting in Detroit so I made it a priority to work through the fear of meeting people in order to make their portrait and dispel the city’s usual dystopian trope.”

Church Rectory with lightning, Eastside, Detroit 2016

Naked Mannequin, Fenkell Avenue, Westside, Detroit 2017

House with light, Westside, Detroit 2017


The images of buildings emblazoned with hand-lettered signage, ad hoc lights illuminating their facades, and mixed hues of color cast from street lights might evoke a feeling of Edward Hopper’s images of empty streets, and strong visual contrasts between inhabited environments and their shadowy surroundings. A subset of his images in A Detroit Nocturne all begin with the title ‘Hoop Dreams’ followed by the location of a basketball backboard and hoop. The midwest is riddled with many basketball goals set up in cul-de-sacs, driveways, and practically any space where a pick up game could be played. The absence of any people in these images of basketball hoops, and the inclusion of the word ‘dream’ evokes a feeling of hopelessness and abandonment. Perhaps, the loss of the proverbial American Dream.

His chosen locations are often vacant of human activity, and they frequently imply the temporary nature of the life and use of structures we use for a home or business. Prosperity in early phase of a building’s life gives way to dormancy and later abandonment. Jordano captures these scenes by using the available light to reveal Detroit’s overlooked neighborhoods in a pitch-black night. But whether it is a scene with steam rising from underground pipes, a foggy new housing development, or fresh snowfall blanketing a makeshift, side-street basketball court – I was struck by the distinct sense of calm his night scenes bring; and with calm comes hope. Like the saying: ‘It is always darkest before the dawn’, the resilience and endurance of Detroit, as reflected in its residents and the environment they call home, will surely see their way through this metaphoric night.


A Detroit Nocturne by Dave Jordano
Foreword by Karen Irvine
powerHouse Books
Hardcover, 12 x 10 inches, 120 pages
ISBN: 978-1-57687-870-5

All images used with permission. From A Detroit Nocturne by Dave Jordano published by powerHouse Books.

To learn more about Dave Jordano, and see more of his work – please visit

To purchase a copy of A Detroit Nocturne, please visit powerHouse books or

Dave Jordano was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1948. He received a BFA in photography from the College for Creative Studies in 1974. In 1977 he established a successful commercial photography studio in Chicago, shooting major print campaigns for national advertising agencies. Jordano is the author of Detroit: Unbroken Down (powerHouse Books, 2015) and has exhibited nationally and internationally and his work is included in the permanent collection of several private, corporate, and museum institutions, most notably the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts Boston; the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; the Detroit Institute of Arts; the Detroit Historical Museum; The Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, Evanston; Library of Congress, Division of Prints and Photographs; the Harris Bank Collection; and the Federal Reserve Bank.

Karen Irvine is Curator and Associate Director of the Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College Chicago. She has organized over forty five exhibitions of contemporary photography, at the MoCP and numerous other venues.

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Francesco Pergolesi @ Catherine Edelman Gallery

Francesco Pergolesi: Tableaux
May 4 – July 7, 2018

OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST: Friday, May 4 5:00 – 7:00 pm

“Tableaux continues his commitment to the people living in small towns in Italy, where human relationships are still the center of daily life. In Pergolesi’s newest series, he focuses his attention on the work surfaces that bear the markings and history of time. This can be seen in photographs of mathematical calculations, assorted tools used for framing, leather remnants discarded on the floor, and a paint splattered table that looks like a modern day Jackson Pollack.”

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

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Dilan D´Agata
21st APRIL to 30th MAY 2018

OPENING Saturday 21st April – 20hs

“MONDO GALERIA presents for the first time in Spain the works by Dilan D’Agata, precursive of a post-millennial generation that brings us closer to the latest in contemporary photography. Free of connotations and threshed discourses, the young French photographer, daughter of the famous darn photographer Antoine D’Agata, demonstrates how generational transfer does not need to emulate an assimilated language to achieve mastery. From her work emerges a critical freshness towards the inherited, a narrative wander through that own story that only she can tell through a refined technique in appropriation and decontextualization of media. Her rhetoric is fugacious, ephemeral, to capture an absolute moment in which the past-future vanishes in a symbolic caress towards her being: fragile, futile, sincere.”

C/ Travesía de Belén 2
28004 – Madrid

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Fu Wenjun @ World Art Dubai 2018

Fu Wenjun and his Digital Pictorial Photography
18th April to 21st April, 2018

“The pieces to be exhibited manifest Wenjun’s deep reflection and considerations towards our current world, history and future with a harmonious integration of strong Chinese traditional art taste and some aesthetic features. These works of Digital Pictorial Photography, an avant-garde style developed by Wenjun, are totally different from the usual photography works, which will probably surprise the visitors and give them a new way to look at photography art.”

World Art Dubai 2018

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Angie McMonigal @ Perspective Gallery

Angie McMonigal
April 5 – 29

Opening Reception: April 7 | 5 – 7 PM

Perspective Gallery
1310-1/2B Chicago Ave.

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Ejaz Khan @ M. Pollack Gallery

Ejaz Khan Earth: Horses of Camargue
April 5th-May 18th

“Ejaz Khan Earth is an exhibition showcasing the artist Ejaz Khan wildlife photographs. Ejaz travels around the world caputuring the emotions of each animal to present to the earth. Currently the exhibition is showing black and white photos of the horses of Camargue(wild horses of France).”

M. Pollack Gallery
260 West 36st 2nd Floor New York, New york 10018

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Pamela Littky


Opening Reception, Book Signings + Artist Panel Discussion
Moderated by Aline Smithson Tuesday, April 10, 2018 7-10pm

Contact Lab
619 Moulton Avenue, Suite E
Los Angeles, CA 90013

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Vladimir Ambroz @ Prague House of Photography

Vladimir Ambroz: akce/ actions
29.January to 29. March 2018

Prague House of Photography

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Luca Lupi and Martina Giammaria @ Consulate General of Italy in New York

Luca Lupi and Martina Giammaria: Italian Landscapes
7 April – 11 May 2018

“Italian Landscapes brings together the work of two emerging Italian photographers, Luca Lupi and Martina Giammaria, who rise to this challenge with their interrogation of the evolving relation between ancient and modern, and organic and inorganic forces in defining contemporary Italian identity and the regional landscapes that so profoundly shape it.”

Consulate General of Italy in New York
690 Park Avenue
New York, N.Y. 10065

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