Book Review: Moon Viewing: Megaliths By Moonlight by Barbara Yoshida

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Grandson Menhir—Moonlight, Grandson, Switzerland • 2005

When I was a kid and watched 2001: A Space Oddessey for the first time it rocked me to my core. I was too young to fully understand what I was watching but the imagery that Kubrick crafted for the film would never leave me. We all remember the monolith. The big black stoic chunk of obsidian that appears throughout the film is forever entrenched in our culture’s pop sensibility brain. Moon Viewing evokes the same feeling but deeper, more primal. Looking at these photos of these natural structures that are actually found on this planet, not some work of fiction, makes me gaze in wonder like the anthropomorphized apes of 2001.

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Zoraz Kar—Moonlight, Sisian, Armenia • 2009

Barbara Yoshida undertook a vast quest to find these Megaliths across the world and shoot them under the cover of moonlight. Moonlight brings about a different sense to our surroundings and often we think that under the cover of darkness is where nightmares dwell. Flip your perspective and think about how things come alive at night. These megaliths speak to the viewer with an unbridled passion that has existed before the written word. These stones have seen more history than ever recorded and will stand the test of time for ages to come. Sure, we may have erected the stones and mankind felt the need to express their emotions and beliefs by hoisting them up but truly who had the spiritual power to raise them up? Was it the stones themselves yearning to be back in the cosmos or was is us playing like we knew what a God was?

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Wassu Stones—Moonlight, Wassu, The Gambia • 2010

This book is a gorgeous account of these beings that populate a multitude of locations on the Earth. These stones are in Europe, Africa, even Armenia and Israel. They all have one thing in common; they were witness to man attempting to find its identity. The long exposures combined with the ancient night sky bring these black and white photos to life like distant memories from our human unconscious. I suggest you pick this book up, pour yourself a glass of your favorite beverage, put on some Pallbearer, and just enjoy the soft poetry created by Barbara Yoshida.

 

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Moon Viewing: Megaliths By Moonlight
by Barbara Yoshida
Marquand Books, Inc.

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Anita Van der Krol @ The Empty Quarter

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Anita Van der Krol: The Beginnings of a Nation
November 30th – December 31st, 2014

Opening reception Sunday, November 30th from 7pm – 10pm

During the celebration of The Arab Emirates 43rd year as a federation, we look back on a time before the concrete and steel towers, luxury hotels and sophisticated restaurants. “It was a period of transition from nomadic life to the first communities of this newly founded nation,” states Van Der Krol.

The Empty Quarter
Gate Village, Bldg 02
P.O.BOX 506697
DIFC, Dubai, UAE

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A Narrative of Light and Shadow: Female photographers from Taiwan @ Athens House of Photography

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November 19th 2014-January 10th 2015

Athens House of Photography
Zirini 23 145 61
Kifisia Athens (Greece)

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KATIE MURRAY @ SARAH LAWRENCE COLLEGE AND THE BARBARA WALTERS GALLERY

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PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO WORKS BY KATIE MURRAY
NOVEMBER 18 – DECEMBER 19, 2014

All The Queens Men is a thirteen-year photographic project (1999-2013) in which American photographer Katie Murray explores the rites, rituals, and relationships of men. Walking the fine line between fiction and non-fiction, Murray creates a hauntingly beautiful body of work that navigates the psychology of men through an exploration of portraiture and place. Intimate portraits and enigmatic landscapes deliberately mix fact and fiction, past and present, myth and reality. Made in the New York City borough of Queens with men of Murray’s family and community, All The Queens Men reveals intergenerational patterns of behavior played out over the course of many years in domestic and urban settings.

The Barbara Walters Gallery
Sarah Lawrence College
Heimbold Visual Arts Center
915 Kimball Avenue
Bronxville, NY 10708

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AMY TOUCHETTE @ MAX FISH BAR AND ART GALLERY

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NOVEMBER 24, 2014 – JANUARY 3, 2015

OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTIST:
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2014
6-10 PM

Throughout her career, photographic artist Amy Touchette has explored themes of social connectedness, making photographs of people within their social groups and communities.
A documentarian and a street photographer, Touchette has utilized photography’s power to create authentic portraits of those who interest her.

MAX FISH BAR AND ART GALLERY
120 Orchard Street (between Rivington and Delancey Streets)
New York

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EDMUND TESKE @ Gitterman Gallery

John Saxon, Los Angeles, 1958

John Saxon, Los Angeles, 1958

EDMUND TESKE
November 19, 2014 – January 24, 2015

Edmund Teske believed in the transformative potential of photography. He was interested in more than the inherent characteristic of the medium to record a specific moment in time. For Teske photography was a way to explore the soul of his subjects and creating the negative was only the beginning. His composites of multiple negatives and his use of solarization, as well as his exquisite gelatin silver prints, express the complexity and depth of his personal vision.

Gitterman Gallery
41 East 57th Street, Suite 1103
New York, NY 10022

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Katherine Hubbard @ CAPRICIOUS 88

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Nov 9 – Dec 28, 2014

opening Nov 9, 6-8pm

CAPRICIOUS 88
88 Eldridge Street, 5th FL
New York, NY 10002

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CURRENTS 2014 @ New Orleans Photo Alliance

Nancy Newberry - Halfway to Midland

Nancy Newberry – Halfway to Midland

CURRENTS 2014: New Orleans Photo Alliance Members Showcase
December 4, 2014 – January 5, 2015

The featured artists are: Susan Burnstine, Michael Donnor, Frank Hamrick, Heidi Kirkpatrick, Eliza Lamb, Bruce Morton, Nancy Newberry, Donna Pinckley, Tamara Reynolds, Ryuten Paul Rosenblum, Aaron Shipper, Aline Smithson, S. Gayle Stevens + Judy Sherrod, Svjetlana Tepavcevic and Ashton Thornhill.

New Orleans Photo Alliance
1111 St. Mary Street, New Orleans LA 70130

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Sacré(s) @ artyfact gallery

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Sacré(s)
November 29-Jan 31

Sacred (s) was designed as a reflection on the ability of photography to reveal the invisible. It raises questions about its presence, its ability to enter the dimensions of introspection and intimacy to represent attendance beyond recognizable forms.
Weaving the different worlds of 14 photographers invited to Sacred (s) used to embrace the totality constituted by the relationships between things and demonstrates the unity of our world.

G AELLE Abravanel + Marie-Paule Bargès + Philippe Bernard + Amaury da Cunha + Cedric Friggeri + Pierre Hugues Galien + Lucie Jean + Francois Kenesi + Marine Lanier + Régis Martin + Frederick Mit + Patrick Rimond + Gilles Roudière + Tilby Vattard.

artyfact gallery · 9 rue forest · · 75018 Paris France

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Hiroshi Watanabe @ Kopeikin Gallery

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November 15 – December 20, 2014

Reception and Book-signing: Saturday, November 15th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Kopeikin Gallery
2766 S La Cienega Blvd
Los Angeles, California 90034

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