Renato D’Agostin @ Leica Gallery San Francisco

Renato D’Agostin: The Beautiful Cliché – Venezia
November 5, 2014 – January 31, 2015

Leica Gallery San Francisco
463 Bush Street
San Franscisco, CA 94108

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Book Review: Elena Perlino’s Pipeline

Perlino 3

Elena Perlino, a documentary photographer born 1972 in Italy, lives in Paris and attempts, as I read on the back cover of her book Pipeline, “to show the complexities and contradictions” of migrant Nigerian prostitutes’ experiences in Italy. I’m not really sure how photographs can actually show that … I’m not saying that the life of “sex slaves” or “victims of trafficking”, as they are mostly referred to in this book, is not full of complexities and contradictions – it is, it is! (and, by the way, what is not?) – yet photographs, by their very nature, are reductions of complexities and thus not exactly apt at showing them.

Elena Perlino seems to be aware of this which is why this book comes with texts that, in addition to the pictures, try to express that complexity with words. The one text I warm to most is The Girls from Benin City (the capital of Edo State) by Laura Maragnani and Isoke Aikpitanyi that begins like this: “A week had gone by and Judith said: you can’t stay here with no money and no job. You’ve got to pay for your food, pay some rent. You’ve got to work. And for anybody without papers, there’s only one kind of work.”

Why call a book on human trafficking “Pipeline”?  “The local papers call the routes travelled by the sex slaves the ‘pipeline’.  And to tell the truth there is not much difference between the girls and the oil: both mean big money,” writes Giuseppe Carrisi in La fabbrica delle prostitute. Well, big money not for the girls for it would otherwise be difficult to understand  why “trafficked women sometimes end up becoming traffickers themselves, or drug dealers.“ Probably because there’s more money in that.

As regards the photographs: I didn’t think them (many of them, that is) convincingly framed or well-composed but some are. Here are two examples:

Perlino 1

Perlino 2

Some pics were (intentionally, I suppose) blurred, often I had to guess what I was looking at. It would have been helpful had the circumstances of the picture taking been explained.

Although Pipeline is full of photographs, I do not understand it chiefly to be a typical photo book (in which the well-captured picture matters most). Rather, I see it as a document that makes use of very diverse images to highlight a social problem.  And, does it succeed in that? Yes, absolutely!

Perlino Cover

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Thierry Cohen @ East Wing

San Francisco 37° 48’ 30’’ N 2010-10-09 lst 20:58Thierry Cohen: DARKENED CITIES
17 October – 20 November

Opening Reception Thursday 16 October 7:00pm – 10:00pm

“Darkened Cities” by French photographer, Thierry Cohen. At first glance, these images seem to be of fantastic night scapes taken from some of the most celebrated cities in the world. They are that, but much more – they are both a poetic exploration by Cohen and a message of what these cities could look like if all light and atmospheric pollution were removed.

East Wing
#12 Limestone House, DIFC, Ritz Carlton Annex
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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October 17, 2014 – February 10, 2015

Book Launch and reception October 17 from 7pm to 4am at Bizarre 12 Jefferson Street Brooklyn NY 11206

Black Box at Bizarre
12 Jefferson Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206

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Illumination: an Exhibition of Fine Art Photography @ Agora Gallery

Justin Cliffe

Justin Cliffe

Illumination: an Exhibition of Fine Art Photography
Iryna Brown, Justin Cliffe and Tim Knight
November 4, 2014 – November 25, 2014.

Reception: Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Agora Gallery
530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York

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Sandro Miller @ Catherine Edelman Gallery

Talent: John Malkovich Shot: 2013
November 7 – January 31, 2015

Friday, November 7, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters honors photographs that have impacted Sandro. Pieces include Irving Penn’s photograph of Truman Capote in a corner; Bert Stern’s photographs of Marilyn Monroe; Dorothea Lange’s image of a migrant mother; Robert Mapplethorpe’s self-portrait with a gun; Annie Leibovitz’s iconic image of John Lennon and Yoko Ono; Richard Avedon’s beekeeper, among many others.


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

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Group Exhibition – City @ PH21 Gallery

Group Exhibition – City
14 October – 3 November 2014

This juried international photography exhibition explores how urban spaces provide intensified experiences, how we shape our environment and how we live in the environment we create for ourselves.

PH21 Gallery
Szkéné Theatre
Budapest University of Technology and Economics
H-1111 Budapest
Műegyetem rkpt. 3.

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Four by Five @ New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery

Danseur thailandais by Robert Dutruch

Danseur thailandais by Robert Dutruch

Four by Five
September 6 – November 23, 2014

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 4, 6 – 9pm

The exhibit features works by Drew Bedo, a legally blind photographer from Houston, TX; Robert Dutruch, from Bush, LA, with full plate collodion ambrotypes; Mark Dawson, from Camden, ME with intimate collodion-on-aluminum prints; Maria Levitsky, who recently completed her MFA at the University of New Orleans, showing 8×10 Palladium prints; and Nate Mathews from Bartlett, IL exhibiting modernist inkjet prints from 4×5 color negatives. Juror: Steve Simmons, Publisher of View Camera Magazine.

New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery
1111 Saint Mary Street, NOLA

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Chris Anthony @ SPOT PHOTO WORKS

Search Party

Search Party

Nov 15, 2014 – Jan 12, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday Nov 15 – 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Informed by the prose and imagery of Edgar Allen Poe, Anthony’s “Seas Without A Shore” includes wet plate collodion prints along with color photographs.

Spot Photo Works
6679 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90038

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Eric Antoine @ Laurence Esnol Gallery

Gesa douche - 18 x 24 - Ambrotype - 2014

Gesa douche – 18 x 24 – Ambrotype – 2014

Eric Antoine
October 17th to December 20th, 2014

Éric Antoine unveils his new project, Black Mirror, which represents the continuation of his work. Through this new show, the photographer has evolved from an autobiographical stand point to a broader examination of society.

Laurence Esnol Gallery
22 rue Bonaparte, Paris

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