Aurel Schmidt and Pierre Molinier @ M+B Gallery, LA

Photography // Wednesday, April 30, 2014
M+B is pleased to present an exhibition of Pierre Molinier's photomontages alongside a new series of drawings by Aurel Schmidt. Feelings of obsession, repetition, fetishism, pain, longing, death and the psychedelic tumble throughout the intimate works. The exhibition runs from May 3 through June 21, 2014, with an opening reception on Saturday, May 3 from 6 to 8 pm.

Justin Kaneps's “In Our Veins

Photography // Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Justin Kaneps is a recent graduate of the Art Institute of Boston; in his ongoing project “In Our Veins” he documents many facets of the coal industry. The project explores the strong economic ties between Appalachian communities and the coalmining industry. We see families in idyllic landscapes with smoke stacks in the background, workers with injuries, the insides of factories, and small objects such as helmets. 

Day to Night

Photography // Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Photographer Stephen Wilkes has created a unique body of work that captures the bustle and vivaciousness of cities across the globe. In his images, Wilkes photographs each scene over the course of an entire day from early morning to night and then compiles these images to create photographs that capture each city’s full cycle of activity. The scenes usually include a section of full daytime exposure that seamlessly fades into a nighttime portion that includes longer exposures showing blurs of colored motion.

Peter Coffin's "pp." book signing at Dashwood Books

Photography // Monday, April 28, 2014
pp. is common book parlance for "pages" and the name of Peter Coffin's solo exhibition at half gallery. The project was conceived in 2002/2003 and some images from this series of pictures initially debuted at Andrew Kreps Gallery a year later. The photographs foster an engagement inspired by freed associations in contrast to the tradition of conceptual photography, which tends to establish prescribed interpretations and fixed meanings. 

The work of Mario Giacomelli

Photography // Monday, April 28, 2014
Mario Giacomelli was an Italian photographer who was largely untrained, compositionally and technically. His images have become iconic because of their serendipitous and playful beauty. He is widely known for his aerial photographs, but his images of Italian life are equally phenomenal. Giacomelli is a man who fully transformed his creativity into the photographic medium which he dedicated his life to exploring. Giacomelli died in his hometown, Senigallia, in 2000.


Photography // Monday, April 28, 2014
For the past nine years, photographer Elinor Carucci has been developing her body of work titled “Mother”. The series began when Carucci was pregnant with her twins Eden and Emmanuelle and continued through their youth, documenting the intimate moments shared between children and their parents. Carucci portrayed not just the joyous moments but also the tear-filled realities of everyday life as a child. Her images are full of raw emotions and tender interactions emphasized by her use of light and focus. “Mother” will be on display at the Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York until May 3.

The Imagined Worlds of Gregory Crewdson

Photography // Sunday, April 27, 2014
When Gregory Crewdson creates one of his photographs, it is truly a Hollywood production. Each photograph requires days of location scouting usually in western Massachusetts. Once the models are hired and the location is found, the street is completely closed off and scaffolded lights and fog machines are brought in. For the one photograph, a crew of about 40 people is required. 

"Yakuza" by Anton Kusters

Photography // Saturday, April 26, 2014
Anton Kusters is a Belgian documentary and fine art photographer. He is one of the only people who has ever gained access to the criminal underworld of Japan. In his book ‘Yakuza’ the reality of this highly notorious gang is exposed in a moody, shadow-filled noir aesthetic. We see them at meetings, strip clubs, bathhouses, and performing strange rituals. All the members are dressed in suit and ties, usually black, which further solidifies the perception of this group as classic mobsters. Most fascinating is their relationship to tradition and ritual, the tattoos, which mark the members for life, are code for their rank among peers.

David Hilliard: Intimacies

Photography // Friday, April 25, 2014
Until May 18, a collection of work by photographer David Hilliard will be on display at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts in Tampa, Florida. Through the use to triptych and diptych images paired with selective focus, Hilliard explores the multiple layers of everyday life. By guiding the viewer’s eye through each dimension of the scene, he references how our personal interactions and memory affect us. 

The women of Tehran's Red Light District

Photography // Friday, April 25, 2014
From 1975 until 1977, photojournalist Kaveh Golestan documented the faces and stories of the women of Tehran's red light district. Even though Golestan is primarily known for documenting war and conflict in the Middle East, her social photography shines a similarly necessary light on a different kind of life happening in Iran. 


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