Fedor Shklyaruk @ FotoDepartament

unnamedFedor Shklyaruk / Moscow
On Aether
7th March – 16th April’2015

Opening reception: 7th March, 18:00

The aether is total, but impalpable; it is invisible, but eternal; and finally it carries the light. Ancient philosophers believed that the aether is the fifth element, absolute and divine. Chemical transformations take place due to it and also the sky is such as it is. Because of its nature aether all the time eludes from a observer, it is difficult to identify or measure it. A lot of people in the Middle Ages who have studied natural philosophy trying to liberate aether or quintessence. They left only intricate texts and questionable evidences, so we don’t know exactly what they had. But just one thing – aether is everywhere, in every grain of matter, in every photograph


Vosstaniya street, 24, 2d yard, ground floor
art-claster “Fligel”
Saint-Petersburg / Russia

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February 25 to May 3, 2015

33 rue du Simplon
Paris 75018

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Neil Selkirk @ Howard Greenberg Gallery

Neil Selkirk: Certain Women
March 19 – May 2, 2015

In the course of his daily routine as a parent dropping his children off at school in Lower Manhattan, Selkirk was continually struck by the stature and bearing of his female contemporaries, the mothers of his generation who – in juggling jobs, family, and the illusion of personal fulfillment – were now suddenly, for the first time, expected to be able to have it all. The project grew into a series of extended road trips, eventually spanning nearly 20 years and much of the country.

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

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The Three Traumas @ Baxter St

image: Anne Berry

image: Anne Berry

The Three Traumas
Anne Berry
Teresa LoJacono
R. Hardwick Weston
March 5 – 28, 2015

Opening Reception March 5, 2015 | 6 – 8pm

In Specters of Marx, Jacques Derrida returns to Freud’s concept of the three traumas inflicted on human narcissism that continue to haunt modern subjectivity, the three intellectual revolutions that have de-centered the ego: the cosmological trauma (the Copernican subject no longer stands at the center of the universe; the biological trauma (the Darwinian subject is no longer at the apex of evolution); and the psychological trauma (the Freudian subject possesses an unconscious and is no longer master even of himself). For Derrida, Marxism not only completes the dismantling of anthropocentrism, but combines all three traumas to deal a final blow to human narcissism.

The specter of the three traumas haunts the work of the three artists presented in the show, each of which reflects one or more of the narcissistic wounds that decenter modern subjectivity.

126 Baxter Street, NYC 10013

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Landscapes @ The Center for Fine Art Photography


Littoral Drift #05 © Meghann Riepenhoff

Exhibition Dates: June 5 – July 18, 2015

First Friday Reception Date: June 5, 2015

All Selected Artists| Geoffrey Agrons, Steve Babbitt, Lee Bass,
Curran Broderick, Mark Cohen, Janet Cole, Pierre Cook, Peter Croteau,
Ann Cutting, Daniel Duarte, John DuBois, Yorgos Efthymiadis,
Nicholas Fedak II, Teri Fullerton, David Gardner, Anne Hall, Andrea Hamilton, Shreepad Joglekar, Katie Kaulkstein, Yoichi Kawamura, Michael Kirchoff, Karen Kirkpatrick, Melissa Lazuka, Tom Lindboe, Nancy Locke, Lynette Miller, Sue Montoya, Ivan Ng, Jim Nickelson, Jim Riche, Meghann Riepenhoff, Nicole Robinson, Carla Royal, Maureen Ruddy Burkhart, Lee Saloutos,
Nicolo Sertorio, Tristan Spinski, Evan Stanfield, Stephen Strom,
Leonard Sussman, Kathleen Taylor, David Underwood, Ira Wagner,
Phil Waters, Ariel Wilson, David Wolf, Qian Zhao, and Frank Zurey.

The Center for Fine Art Photography | 400 North College Ave. | Fort Collins | CO | 80524

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Focus: The Portrait @ Black Box Gallery

Focus: The Portrait
March 1-20

Black Box Gallery
811 East Burnside St., # 212
Portland, Oregon 97214

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Book Review: Photographic Composition Principles of Image Design by Albrecht Rissler

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Albrecht Rissler worked as a professor of drawing and illustration at the University of Applied Sciences in Mainz, Germany. The subject of image composition, I read, “often informed by photography, is a key topic in his courses on illustration and in his publications.”

Isn’t image composition a bit of a big word when it comes to photography? For what photographers basically do is to frame. As John Szarkowski once penned, the photographer’s “central problem is a simple one: what shall he include, what shall he reject? The line of decision between in and out is the picture’s edge. While the draughtsman starts with the middle of the sheet, the photographer starts with the frame. The photograph’s edge defines content.”

Albrecht Rissler defines composition as “bringing together individual elements into a cohesive whole” and does not differentiate between painting, drawing, graphic design, and potography. In all of these fields, he writes, “composition pertains to the organization of two-dimensional elements within a predefined image-area.”

Agreed yet I do prefer “framing” to “composing” when trying to characterise what a photographer does. But let us not split hairs for I do find Photographic Composition an inspiring work.

Light Spaces

Light Spaces page 128

Interesting perspectives, I thought, when leafing for the first time through this tome. Quite some of them I liked, there weren’t any that I immediately rejected. Of the ones that made me pause, “Light Spaces” on pages 128/129 particularly fascinated me. Both photos depict scenes from the beach. From the accompanying text I learn that the beach on page 128 is near Conil de la Frontera in Andalusia, the one on page 129 is on the French coast. “The sand reflects the intense summer sun. The farther away the people are from the camera, the more they are enveloped in fine haze. In both compositions the sky takes up two-thirds of the image area and the horizon line is shifted toward the bottom.”

What I thought particularly fascinating was the effect these two pics had on me. At first glance it felt like this was probably the same beach. When however I started to really look I saw that the beach in Andalusia was surrounded by hills (and by “groups of trees, sand dunes, and a small hamlet with a tall tower” the accompanying text reads – I’m not sure I would have been able to identify all that without the text) and that there was no visible horizon on the French coast beach.

Light Spaces pg. 129

Light Spaces pg. 129

One of the more intriguing experiences was to discover how the combination of words and image made me see the image differently. Take for instance the photo taken in Bettmeralp that shows a house and a passing cloud. Without taking note of the words that accompany this pic I simply noticed the house and I noticed the cloud, I did not connect the two, it did not occur to me that “they belong together”. I’m not even sure that they do. When however I read the heading “pairs” I all of a sudden saw a connection. And I liked what the words had made me see.

Photographic Composition is divided into the following chapters: “Why compose?”, “The Image Area”, “Diagonals”, “Perspectives”, “Lattices”, “Cropping”, “Contrast”, “Light and Shadow”, “Sharpness and Blur”, “Texture”, “The Right Moment”.

Albrecht Rissler provides with Photographic Composition a most useful study in awareness. I highly recommend it.


Photographic Composition
Principles of Image Design
by Albrecht Rissler

For more information and to purchase the book: www.rockynook.com/shop/photography/photographic-composition/

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NATAN DVIR @ Anastasia Photo

March 4 – April 30, 2015

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 5th
6:30-8:30 PM

Anastasia Photo

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March 5 – April 11, 2015

OPENING RECEPTION: Thursday, March 5, 6pm–9pm

The genesis for this series was the Chuck Close catalog, that Keyes photographed in 1998 for the widely applauded Collective Memory series. With this image, multiple exposures resulted in two portraits that represented Close’s body of work. Keyes now continues this focus on portraits made by other artists and documentarians.

Sourcing images from books and the internet, and often inspired by portraits experienced in person, Keyes selects images that collectively create an overall representation of each artist’s portraiture work. The resulting photographs reshape the work of such iconic names as Andy Warhol, Cindy Sherman, Martin Schoeller and Frida Kahlo. At times, his work conjures up more than the purely visual, such as with Nick Cave (2014), which pierces the viewer with a cacophony of suggested sound and movement, gloriously melded together.

111 Front Street
Suite 206
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Lala Meredith-Vula @ GX Gallery

Haystacks Kosova, 2006, Silver Gelatin Print

Haystacks Kosova, 2006, Silver Gelatin Print

Lala Meredith-Vula: Folk Art, Sex Fantasy, Kosova Myths, London Diaries
3 – 21 March 2015

This collection showcases a selection of black and white photographs taken over a period spanning more than thirty years. Some of the works explore cultural transitions; exposing realities in a country effected by communism, while others starkly explore and celebrate the female body. All the works together, drawn from across these three decades, wonderfully showcase the successful career of this internationally acclaimed artist so far.

GX Gallery
43 Denmark Hill

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