Cindy Sherman @ me Collectors Room Berlin

Cindy Sherman, Untitled # 96, 1981 © Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Cindy Sherman, Untitled # 96, 1981 © Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York

Cindy Sherman: Works from the Olbricht Collection
16. September 2015 – 10. April 2016

me Collectors Room Berlin / Olbricht Foundation
Auguststrasse 68, 10117 Berlin, Germany

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HENTHORNE & HELEN K. GARBER @ Leica Gallery Los Angeles

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HENTHORNE – BETWEEN WORLDS
HELEN K. GARBER – UNDULATIONS
JULY 16 – AUGUST 31, 2015

OPENING RECEPTION: JULY 16, 2015 6PM – 9PM

Leica Gallery Los Angeles
8783 Beverly Boulevard
West Hollywood, California 90048

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Jon Tonks @ Impressions Gallery

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Jon Tonks: Empire
11 September to 12 December 2015

Perhaps better known as places of conflict, exile and Darwinian experimentation, award winning photographer Jon Tonks photographs the people and landscapes of each territory, capturing traces of the past and offering a window into the communities and their lifestyles that, despite the distance, remain very firmly British.

Impressions Gallery, Centenary Square, Bradford, BD1 1SD
01274 737843

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Rubi Lebovitch @ The Center for Fine Art Photography

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Rubi Lebovitch: Home Sweet Home
July 3- August 22, 2015

Reception: August 7, 2015 from 6-9 pm

Stepping into the Home Sweet Home exhibition is like stepping through a funhouse mirror. Using straightforward images of domestic scenes, Rubi Lebovitch creates new context and meaning; often transforming these comfortable and familiar scenes into something strange and surprising. Lebovitch seeks to highlight the things at home normally hidden. The scenes he creates can be divided in to two main categories: inanimate objects and human scenarios. Both categories are characterized by mystery, vagueness and absurdity. A mixture of anxiety and humor is experienced when viewing these works, which bel​ie​ the peacefulness and security usually associated with home.

The Center for Fine Art Photography
400 N. College Ave.
Fort Collins, CO 80524

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Joseph D.R. OLeary @ The Center for Fine Art Photography

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Joseph D.R. OLeary: Of Beards and Men
July 3- August 22, 2015

Reception: August 7, 2015 from 6-9 pm

Of Beards and Men is a remarkable, whimsical, and insightful collection of portraits that serve to capture many facets of masculinity. Using bold full-bodied portraits of men with varying degrees of facial hair, Joseph D.R. OLeary explores the current cultural fascination with defining masculinity and the struggles men face to create their own persona’s and identities. OLeary’s portraits are both inspired and defined by each man’s personality, giving them an innate sense of uniqueness and individuality within each image. Stepping into this gallery surrounds the viewer with beautiful portraits and food for thought as a partial visual record of masculinity in contemporary society.

The Center for Fine Art Photography
400 North College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524

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Book Review: Primordial Landscapes by Feodor Pitcairn

PLATE 6Landscape photography is such an amazing photographic art form. We only have one planet and the fact that there are so many treasures to behold with our eyes is a mind-bending thought. We never really give much regard to what visuals are out there. We’re so busy with our day to day lives that maybe we don’t get to travel as much as we like and that’s one reason why landscape photo books are so great.

PLATE 9Primordial Landscapes (Iceland Revealed) is a great photography book. It’s so multi layered combining the stunning work of Feodor Pitcairn along with the beautiful poetry of Ari Trausti Gudmundsson. The book it self is a great coffee table book that would certainly get your guests talking. The striking cover definitely makes a nice conversation piece and as you open the book to flip through the well printed pages you will see an amazing combination of landscape photography and a poem on the opposite page.

PLATE 24I like the aspect of poetry accompaniment. We can interpret art any way we see fit. I have often put on a slideshow of Ansel Adams landscapes while blasting Pallbearer and having a bourbon. That may not be everyone’s cup of tea but I like it. Anyone who picks up this book can enjoy it on many levels. There’s the geographic aspect of the photos. Iceland is beautiful and to put it in easier terms every photo in this book looks so lush and vibrant that any image could be out of a Hollywood blockbuster high fantasy film. They look so unreal. Just looking at what Mother Nature has placed in front of us through the eye of a master photographer can open your mind and clear your head immediately. You will get lost in these images.

PLATE 37The poems are a nice touch and they do not take away from the presentation of the photos. They offer a different perspective on the images you see on their opposite page. The poems seem more stream of consciousness and that sort of thing is perfect for looking at landscape photography. You get to come up with your own stories for the images. One thing I really love is that there is an index in the back for each location along with a map of Iceland to see where each image was snapped. Instead of putting the info on the photo page or the opposite page the handy guide in the back just adds another level of excellence to this book. Iceland is a fascinating place and its vistas need to be seen to be believed. Do yourself a favor and pick this book up and take an adventure through Iceland’s glorious terrain.

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Primordial Landscapes (Iceland Revealed)
by Feodor Pitcairn
Text by Ari Trausti Gundmundsson
powerHouse Books

For more information and to purchase the book: www.powerhousebooks.com/books/primordial-landscapes

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Book Review: Last Best Hiding Place by Tim Richmond

Judith Gap, Montana

Judith Gap, Montana

“Places, like people, can seem alone, filled with melancholy,” Tim Richmond introduces his photographs of the American West.

What we get to see in this tome is, well, deserted streets, a train on its way into a vast emptiness, some dilapidated houses, gas stations, bars, a billboard in the middle of nowhere that shows the face of a healthy young boy and next to it these words: “The POINT is: Life begins at conception!,” a church way out there in the prairie (Oglala Sioux Reservation, South Dakota, the caption reads) … it all looks strangely unreal, and somewhat absurd, although I know it to be real for I have seen such places and scenes when travelling through the US.

Bar, Deadwood, South Dakota

Bar, Deadwood, South Dakota

“Richmond’s American West is a desolate place filled with cowboys (or men who look like cowboys), and the few women are also at least a little rough around the edges,” Jörg Colberg aptly describes the characters shown – who, to me, all seem sad and lost.

I feel profoundly touched by these pics that radiate a certain futility and hopelessness that I sometimes feel liberating. A quote from Robert M. Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance comes to mind (I quote from memory): The Dakotas do not promise anything and that is why they do not have to live up to anything special.

There’s nothing pretentious, no showing off – the people portrayed do not pose for the photographer. And the few who do, like the woman in a bar in Deadwood, South Dakota, do not make an effort in order to make a favourable impression. That’s the way I am, the woman seems to say.

It’s this unpretentiousness that attracts me, and that I warm to.

Oglala Sioux Reservation, South Dakota

Oglala Sioux Reservation, South Dakota

“Photographs are associative images – they are Rorschachs,” as my friend, San Francisco-based photographer Emelle Sonh, says.

To me, Tim Richmond’s photographs show neither the American dream nor its opposite. What they show is a very human reality stripped of illusions. The bars, beer cans, and cigarettes illustrate that such a reality is sometimes difficult to bear.

 

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Last Best Hiding Place
by Tim Richmond
Essay by Jörg Colberg
Kehrer, Heidelberg Berlin 2015

For more information and to purchase the book: www.timrichmond.co.uk/por/book-shop/

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Jeffrey Milstein @ Kopeikin Gallery

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July 18th – August 29th

Reception with the artist Sat. July 18th 6:00-8:00 PM

Kopeikin Gallery
2766 South La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90034

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Ben Altman @ Kopeikin Gallery

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July 18th through August 29th

Opening reception: Sat. July 18th 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Kopeikin Gallery
2766 South La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, Ca, 90034

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ANSEL ADAMS @ QUINTENZ GALLERY

The Golden Gate before the Bridge, 1932 Vintage gelatin silver print, 6-5/8 x 9-1/16 inches Photograph by Ansel Adams © 2015 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

The Golden Gate before the Bridge, 1932
Vintage gelatin silver print, 6-5/8 x 9-1/16 inches
Photograph by Ansel Adams
© 2015 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

ANSEL ADAMS: MASTERWORKS FROM SEVEN DECADES 1928–1982
JULY 10–SEPTEMBER 8, 2015

Quintenz Gallery
613 Cooper Ave., Aspen, CO 81611

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