Black is the Day, Black is the Night

Photography // Friday, May 23, 2014
Since 2009, artist Amy Elkins has been working on a series that she has often described as a collaboration, titled “Black is the Day, Black is the Night”. Elkins began correspondence with a number of men who were/have been serving life sentences and/or death row sentences in some of the U.S.’s maximum security prisons. 

New Book: City Abandoned

Photography // Friday, May 23, 2014
In the early 1990s, photographer Vincent D. Feldman turned his camera on Philadelphia’s many abandoned and neglected buildings and parks. Some of his subjects have succumbed to neglect or demolition, some have been successfully rehabilitated, others remain in limbo in their ruined states, their futures far from secure...

A Look Inside Derek Ridgers's "78-87 LONDON YOUTH"

Photography // Friday, May 23, 2014
Earlier this week, Derek Ridgers’s photographs of British youth movements during 1978 to 1987 enamored us, but were curious to see how the photographs were presented in a printed format. The good people at D.A.P. were kind enough to send a copy of 78-87 London Youth over and we were transported back to the streets, clubs, basements and bars of London of the time.

The Photographer's Playbook: Over 307 Assignments & Ideas

Photography // Thursday, May 22, 2014
Running low on inspiration for photography projects or looking for insight into the practices of many of the most iconic contemporary photographers working? Perhaps you’re just beginning and are curious about the medium? Published by Aperture, The Photographer’s Playbook edited by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern is an invaluable resource of perceptive information on all things photography

A look inside Danny Lyon's "The Seventh Dog" published by Phaidon

Photography // Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Most people are introduced to Danny Lyon’s work through his most known series Bikeriders, which is our favorite, but that’s really just the surface of his extensive body of work. Over the past 5 decades this photographer has ventured on the road through a number of cultures, immersing himself in the lives of the subjects he photographed and Phaidon has published The Seventh Dog to serve as a monograph or retrospective photo book of this endeavor.

The work of Len Lye

Photography // Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Len Lye was a New Zealand Born artist renowned for his work and experimentation in film. As a modernist exploring the medium he broke new ground in drawing directly onto the film and modified documentary footage with sharp colors, distinct marks and many overlaying effects that may appear banal compared to the easy drastic modifications achieved in seconds on our computers. 

David Hockney’s “Joiners”

Photography // Wednesday, May 21, 2014
In the early 1980’s, English painter David Hockney began creating intricate photo collages that he called “joiners”. His earlier collages consisted of grid-like compositions made up of polaroid photographs. He then switched to photo lab processed 35mm photographs and created collages that took on a shape of their own, creating abstract representations of the scenes he had photographed. 

Ed Ruscha "Prints and Photographs" @ Gagosian Gallery, Madison Avenue, NYC

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue is spending the month of May 2014 (and beyond) with three separate exhibitions and projects with Ed Ruscha in New York, including his participation in Frieze New York two weeks ago, along with an exhibition of a series of recent paintings, "Prints and Photographs." And on May 6, Gagosian and Ruscha unveielve a mural adjacent to the High Line on West 22nd Street and 10th Avenue.

Antoine Bruy's "Scrublands"

Photography // Tuesday, May 20, 2014
From 2010 to 2013, Antoine Bruy hitchhiked throughout Europe with the aim to meet men and women who made the radical choice to live away from cities, willing to abandon their lifestyle based on performance, efficiency and consumption. Without any fixed route, driven by encounters and chance, this trip eventually became for Bruy a similar kind of initiatory quest to those of these families. 

Lee Freidlander's influential "New Documents"

Photography // Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Lee Friedlander is a highly influential photographer who originally gained international attention from the near mythic1967 Moma show curated by John Szarkowski the “New Documents.” Friedlander’s images are highly distinct: American signage, fragmentary compositions interrupted by glass, mirrors, and bodies. His detached depictions of modern urban existence have resonated with generations to come, become an enormous influence on my of those who have come after him. His intense individual, diaristic, and compositionally complex photographs create a believable contemporary landscape where the imagination and reality collide.

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