YOLA MONAKHOV STOCKTON: Fields of Inquiry opens at Alice Austen House Museum

  Blue China, 2011
Northern Cardinal, Manomet, Massachusetts 
Photograph © Yola Monakhov Stockton

Tapestry, 2013
Tufted Titmouse, Manomet, Massachusetts 
Photograph © Yola Monakhov Stockton

 Ivory Gate, 2013
Yellow-Rumped Warbler, Manomet, Massachusetts
Photograph © Yola Monakhov Stockton

"By collaborating with scientists, ecologists, and naturalists, I gain access to wild birds captured for banding or captive birds in a research lab, and bring them into conversation with motifs common in religious iconography, ideas of the sublime, and transcendentalism, including horticulture, wilderness, Renaissance depictions of landscape in frescoes and tapestries, and Modernist painting and sculpture."– Yola Monakhov, "Field Guide To Bird Songs" (Schilt Publishing, 2015)

  Young Man in Quarry, 2009. Westchester, New York
Photograph © Yola Monakhov Stockton

Sing Sing Prison with Bird and Fawn, 2011.
Ossining, New York
Photograph © Yola Monakhov Stockton

"For years, New York based photographer Yola Monakhov honed her craft documenting the conflict in the Middle East and with personal projects in Russia. But after completing her MFA in photography at Columbia in 2007 and accepting a position teaching introduction to photography there, Monakhov realized that she longed for the complete control that the black and white medium allows. In Empire Pictures, she approaches her subject matter much in the same way as she did when shooting news stories abroad but chooses instead to slow down the process." read more, "Yola Monakhov's Empire State" by Natalie Matutschovsky, TIME LightBox

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Join the Alice Austen House for the opening of their newest exhibition, "Fields of Inquiry: Photographs by Yola Monakhov Stockton." The show features work from two series Field Guide to Bird Songs and Empire Picture of the Hudson. Stockton's work provides commentary on the photographic process through traditional documentary photography and constructed compositions. Curated by Natalie Matutschovsky, senior photo editor, TIME

"Fields of Inquiry"
Photographs by Yola Monakhov Stockton
09/21/14– 12/28/14

Exhibition Opening 
Sunday, September 21, 11am-5pm

2 Hylan Blvd at Edgewater Street
Staten Island, New York

Austen lived in “Clear Comfort,” a Victorian Gothic cottage that dates back to a 1690. The house, which is one of the oldest in New York and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1973, overlooks the New York Narrows and has a stunning panoramic view of lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Verrazano Bridge.

Directions from Manhattan by Staten Island Ferry: Subway to South Ferry (1), Whitehall Street (N/R), or Bowling Green Station (4/5) or bus or taxi to: Staten Island Ferry (25 minute ride). At the ferry terminal in Staten Island #S51 Bus to Hylan Boulevard (15 minute ride). Walk one block east to water and Alice Austen House.

Alice Austen House keeps alive the daring spirit of early American photographer Alice Austen (1866-1952) with exhibits and programs in her historic home. Austen was one of America's earliest and most prolific female photographers, and over the course of her life she captured about 8,000 images. Though she is best known for her documentary work, Austen was an artist with a strong aesthetic sensibility. Furthermore, she was a landscape designer, a master tennis player, and the first woman on Staten Island to own a car. She never married, and instead spent fifty years with Gertrude Tate. A rebel who broke away from the ties of her Victorian environment, Alice Austen created her own independent life.


PHOTOVILLE: SVA BFA Alumni Exhibition In Brooklyn Bridge Park

Photograph © Nir Arieli

Photograph © Supranav Dash

An Exhibition of Works by select School of Visual Arts BFA Photography Alumni from the classes of 2013 and 2012. Curated by Department Chair Stephen Frailey for PHOTOVILLE, a Public Exhibition Space built from Shipping Containers in the heart of Brooklyn Bridge Park.

9/18 – 9/28

9/18 – 9/28


NICHOLAS VREELAND: Street Photography

Navigating Monsoons, Hubli, India
Photograph © Nicholas Vreeland
(please double-click to enlarge!)

Lodi Gardens, Delhi, India
Photograph © Nicholas Vreeland

Lodi Gardens, Delhi, India
Photograph © Nicholas Vreeland

Nicholas Vreeland is a Buddhist monk who loves photography. He's had a long history on that front acquiring skills assisting Irving Penn and Richard Avedon, and from his friends Henri Cartier-Bresson and wife Martine Franck - before and after becoming a Buddhist monk. He is now a rather famous monk, having several titles. He is also known as Ven. Geshe Thupten Lhundup, a fully ordained Tibetan Buddhist monk, who is now the abbot of Rato Dratsang.

In May of 2012, the Dalai Lama gave Nicholas, then Director of The Tibet Center in New York, a daunting new assignment. He was enthroned as the new Abbot of Rato Monastery in southern India, one of the most important monasteries in Tibetan Buddhism. He is the first Westerner to hold the position as Khen Rinpoche.

 Nicholas Vreeland, Bodhgaya, India 1986
Photograph © Elizabeth Paul Avedon

Nicholas Vreeland (above as a novice monk) leaving to receive his full ordination bestowed by H.H. 14th Dalai Lama, early morning, December 1986, The Ashoka Hotel, Bodhgaya, India. Accompanied by Jamyang Chojor of Tibet, nephew of Khyongla Rato Rinpoche. Photograph © Elizabeth Paul Avedon.

 Nicholas Vreeland, Broadway, NY 2012
 Photograph © Elizabeth Paul Avedon

Nicholas Vreeland on his way to his solo photography exhibition at the Leica Gallery, Broadway, New York, 2012.

GREG GORMAN: 'Portraits' Opens in Berlin

Andy Warhol, Los Angeles, 1986
Photograph © Greg Gorman
Archival Pigment Print 50 x 40 inch
courtesy galerie hiltawsky

Tom Waits, Los Angeles, 1980
Photograph © Greg Gorman
Silver Gelatin Print 20 x 24 inch
courtesy galerie hiltawsky

American photographer Greg Gorman's exhibition PORTRAITS opens at Berlin-based galerie hiltawsky, September 13th. The 30+ portraits include actors Jeff Bridges, Robert De Niro, Leonardo de Caprio, Marlon Brando, Sophia Loren, Johnny Depp; music legends David Bowie, Jim Morrison, Tom Waits, Michael Jackson, Frank Zappa, and Philip Glass; and Pop Art icon Andy Warhol, to name a few. Many of these iconic black-and-white images became movie posters, covers of CDs or appeared in Life, Newsweek, Vogue and Rolling Stone magazines.

Greg Gorman: Portraits
Opening: September 12, 7 pm
September 13 – November 9, 2014
galerie hiltawsky, Berlin


VALERIO SPADA: Gomorrah Girl, The Interview

"Gomorrah Girl" © 2014 Valerio Spada

"Gomorrah Girl" © 2014 Valerio Spada

"Gomorrah Girl" © 2014 Valerio Spada

Valerio Spada Talks To Elizabeth Avedon: Gomorrah Girl

In Gomorrah Girl, Valerio Spada tells the story of the murder of Annalisa Durante, a young woman caught in the crossfire of a Mafia shootout, and the problems of growing up in a crime-ridden area. Bound together through an innovative, book-within-a-book design, are Spada’s photographs documenting adolescence in the land of Camorrah (the name for the Mafia in Naples) and pages detail the police investigation. Twin Palms Publishers will release a new edition this Fall.

Excerpts from my

Elizabeth Avedon: How did you conceive Gomorrah Girl?

Valerio Spada: I had not thought of it as a book. After several years of shooting in Naples and after some fights and threats in the streets that were by far too dangerous for any meaning when you compare the value of your life to a picture, I decided it was time to stop and think about giving a shape to what I was documenting and the book form was there to save me. The book wasn’t ready, but I’d started to be more aware of what I was missing and taking the pictures needed to complete the book became easier.

EA: How did you arrive at such decisions to make this book?

VS: The Procura della Repubblica (higher grade than police in Italy) denied me permission to shoot the evidence of Annalisa’s murder; they told me I could take pictures of their pictures if I wanted. They offered me their original notebook with forensic pictures in it and gave me, as a gift, some 4x6” prints, which I’ve found amazing. It was 2010 and the day was depressing, since I wanted to photograph the original evidence from the murder. I was obsessed by Annalisa’s delicate beauty and the bullet that killed her. It was a contrast too strong to handle, but I decided to get to the heart of it. After several months I went back to the photos in the notebook, and began to picture them each as a page and thought, this will be a book within a book. It was like rewriting that history today with girls that are, to my eyes, like Annalisa, never forgetting the background of where they lived their lives. 
Read the entire  

Gomorrah Girl by Valerio Spada
Unique hand assembled book with fold-out hard cover case

Twin Palms Publishers, Fall 2014

Gomorrah Girl by Valerio Spada
Twin Palms Publishers, Fall 2014

Gomorrah Girl by Valerio Spada
Twin Palms Publishers: Fall, 2014
9 x 13", casebound. 54-color plates, 78 pages
First Edition, $85
ISBN 978-1-936611-07-2


LORETTA AYEROFF: Photography at LACMA, Class Starting September 13th

Mountain View, Edris Drive
Los Angeles: Dedicated To Raymond Chandler
Photograph © Loretta Ayeroff

Pool and Cactus
The Motel Series, Desert Hot Springs, Ca
Photograph © Loretta Ayeroff

Hollywood and Highland, From My Car
Photograph © Loretta Ayeroff

Orange Umbrella
The Motel Series, Desert Hot Springs, Ca
Photograph © Loretta Ayeroff

"If I lived in L.A., I wouldn't miss this class!"–Elizabeth Avedon
Create a body of work, inspired by LACMA’s collections. Simplify camera controls and design principles to best express your vision. Includes 4 daytime on-campus photo shoots and 1 twilight (late afternoon) class. All camera formats welcomed. The class will be guided by fine art and editorial photographer, Loretta Ayeroff.

5 Saturdays: September 13, 27, October 11*, 18, 25. LACMA, classes meet on the Los Angeles Times Central Court | 10 am–1 pm; *except the October 11th class will be held from 5 to 8 pm. Bring your camera manual to the first class. Parking fees included in tuition; limited enrollment. Tickets: #323-857-6010. Online here

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"Loretta Ayeroff is an editorial and fine art photographer based in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times; Los Angeles, California, New West, and Westways Magazines, amongst other publications. She has taught photography at UCLA Extension; Otis College of Art+Design, Continuing Education Dept., where she ran the AFA Photography Certificate Program for several years; currently teaching at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Loretta has coordinated documentary film series for Otis College of Art+Design and The J. Paul Getty Museum. Her personal work is in several permanent collections, including the Palm Springs Art Museum, where she was included in “Backyard Oasis: The Swimming Pool in Southern California Photography, 1945-1982” part of the 2012 Getty Trust Initiative “Pacific Standard Time: Art in Los Angeles, 1945-1980.” She considers the camera her best friend."

Sid Caesar, Men Series, 1985
Photograph © 1985 Loretta Ayeroff

Ansel Adams, Men Series, 1980
Photograph © 1980 Loretta Ayeroff


CASTELL PHOTOGRAPHY: 2014 Annual Juried Exhibition, NEXT! Contemporary Photography

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What is NEXT in Contemporary Photography? 

NEXT is the sixth annual juried exhibition for Castell Photography. This year’s competition will be juried by me (Elizabeth Avedon, Independent Curator and Writer/Contributor to L'Oeil de la Photographie).

NEXT is an Open Call for Entries of Contemporary Photo based works. We are looking for exceptional photography with a unique perspective and a cohesive look. Works submitted should be from a single, unified body of work. Show us new photographic visions we haven't seen before. I look forward to viewing your work!

HOW TO ENTER: Download the Prospectus for NEXT here. Fill it out completely and email to next@castellphotography.com or mail to 2C Wilson Alley Asheville, NC 28801.

Deadline For Submissions Oct 1
Notification of Winning Entries Oct 10 by email
Winning Entries Arrive at Gallery Oct 27-Oct 31
Opening Reception Friday, Nov 7, 6-8 pm

ELLEN JACOB: Waiting Room

 Ellen Jacob's Installation Waiting Room: Kay 
Soho Photo Gallery, NYC
Photograph (c) Ellen Jacob

Profile In Bed
Photograph (c) Ellen Jacob

The Queen and the Pope
"Kay loved the royal family and I brought her a solar powered queen who waves." Photograph (c) Ellen Jacob 

The View
Photograph (c) Ellen Jacob  

Waiting Room is the story of Kay’s time at the boundary between life and death and the place where she spent that time.

"Ellen Jacob's highly unusual installation, which I have seen, is a courageous look at how a courageous woman died in a nursing home on New York's Upper West Side. But I think it is also about the fundamental courage required from each of us to sustain our lives in the face of such vast uncertainty and, finally, to wait for the end without losing ourselves in that uncertainty. What I see in this work—in the photos and quotes and reconstructions of the environment—is that Kay remained Kay throughout her waiting." – Kirk Cheyfitz, CEO Story Worldwide

Ellen Jacob: Waiting Room: Kay
September 3-October 2
Soho Photo Gallery, 15 White St, NYC

Artist Reception:
September 4, 6-8pm

Ellen Jacob is the recipient of a Ford Foundation Grant and a Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association. Her photography has been featured on the Voice of America, Slate, Huffington Post, The Daily Mail and appeared in Harvard’s Nieman Reports, selected by The Center for Fine Art Photography juried Family show, selected by f-stop documentary juried issue, and been highlighted as a Jen Beckman HotShot Contender. She holds a BFA with honors from Pratt Institute. Ellen exhibits at the Soho Photo Gallery and lives in New York City. read more here


SEAN PERRY: Graciela Iturbide - No Hay Nadie, The Sunday Find

  "Mujer ángel, Desierto de Sonora, Mexico 1979"
Photograph (c) Graciela Iturbide

The Sunday Find – Graciela Iturbide by Sean Perry

Graciela Iturbide (b.1942) is a powerful rarity, a truly soulful photographer and master from Mexico City. I first discovered her work through another inspired artist I hold in the highest regard, the venerable Mr. William D. Wittliff. Her exhibition (and monograph), Eyes to Fly With at his namesake collection in San Marcos was simply stellar. You can see (and I insist you must!) her deeply poetic black and white prints held in the formidable permanent collection there – the largest institutional holdings of her work in the United States. Acquiring the exceptional book that was published alongside the exhibition by University of Texas Press and The Wittliff Collections is certainly worthy of your efforts, it remains a faithful friend and one I return to often.

I find her pictures otherworldly and mystic, deftly transposed from the subconscious ether. They ask me to look again and again, to reassess the many layers of what I think I have seen or remembered. With each visit I am rewarded with something new, and for the moment another small wonder untwined. She describes herself as an actress and her photographs "a companion to the reality of the situation." The eldest of 13 children, she developed an early interest in photography inspired by her father. While studying filmmaking and scriptwriting at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in the early 1970's, she met Manuel Alvarez Bravo – an apprenticeship would follow, inspiriting a new discovery of her homeland through picture making. In addition to winning the prestigious W. Eugene Smith Prize for Photography (1987), the Gran Prix Mois (1988) and a Guggenheim Fellowship (1988), Ms. Graciela was honored in 2008 with the Hasselblad Foundation award.

"Graciela Iturbide is considered one of the most important and influential Latin American photographers of the past four decades. Iturbide has extended the concept of documentary photography, to explore the relationships between man and nature, the individual and the cultural, the real and the psychological. She continues to inspire a younger generation of photographers in Latin America and beyond." – Hasselblad Foundation, 2008

"Take a poetic journey with Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbide as she imparts the personal and cultural themes that inform her artistic vision and thread throughout her work. Filmmaker Alejandro Gómez de Tuddo follows Iturbide as she reveals her heart--from the religious legends she holds dear; to her regard for the dead "angelitos" or little  angels of the cemetery; and her esteem for the virtues of St. John of the Cross's Solitary Bird: he flies only at great heights, tolerates no one's company, juts out his beak into the wind, and sings gently. In Spanish with English subtitles."Video

No Hay Nadie, There is No-One (La Fabrica, 2011)

I am delighted to share with you today a most exquisite little find, the beautifully produced No Hay Nadie, There is No-One by Ms. Graciela. Published by La Fabrica in 2011, it is 68 pages with 25 sumptuous tritone plates of black and white images made between 1997 and 2010. Photographing across cities mostly in the north of India, this work encompasses Varanasi, Delhi, Benares, Bombay, and Calcutta. It also includes the essay Appearances Don't Deceive by Óscar Pujol.

Royal red cloth boards with inky black endpapers and wrapped image around center, cover to back. Handsomely typeset in Janson Text and Benton Sans, this mint example is still shrink wrapped – first edition in a limited first printing of only 2000 copies.

Direct from La Fabrica for 35.00€ ($55.00 List), it is available exclusively to The Sunday Find for $14.44, at the North Lamar HPB location in Austin, Texas. The first to ask for it at the checkout counter has it, held under the name 'Silver'. Friends outside of Texas might find it at other Half Price Books locations, as well as the usual online bibliophile speakeasies. It is a lovely book, well designed and richly printed, a noble addition to your collection for a mere song.

Until next time I leave you with this subtle, elegant quote from the artist herself:

“I look for surprise in ordinary things that I could have found anywhere in the world. The unconscious obsession that we photographers have is that wherever we go we want to find the theme that we carry inside ourselves.”  – Graciela Iturbide

No Hay Nadie, There is No-One (La Fabrica, 2011)

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LESLY DESCHLER CANOSSI: Ongoing Domestic Negotiations in Brooklyn

Noa’s Shadow, Hands on Paper, Brooklyn, 2012
Photograph (c) Lesly Deschler Canossi

Mateo's Bath at Two Months in Kitchen Sink, Brooklyn, 2012
Photograph (c) Lesly Deschler Canossi 

Olive and Noa Touching, Brooklyn, 2012
Photograph (c) Lesly Deschler Canossi

"Domestic Negotiations is an ongoing project and the result of a personal desire to make work while navigating the demands of a new marriage, motherhood, creative and professional work. In creating the irreversible bonds of family, I understand a life of domesticity to be a negotiation. Now that my hands are deeply plunged into this experience, I live in a constant flow of needs met or missed, a conversation on practical demands, expectations, and fleeting moments that must not go unnoticed. At this stage, feelings are more intensified and there is no rest. It is my hope that this work conveys the emotional and physical tenderness of a family while revealing the raw and delicate nature of the relationships we try so desperately to preserve." – Lesly Deschler Canossi

I first met and was enchanted by Lesly Deschler Canossi's work at Ruben Natal-San Miguel and Rafael Fuchs first annual "15 Minutes of Fame" Portfolio Review in Bushwick last month. With an MFA in Photography and Digital Imaging from Maryland Institute College of Art, Lesly works in New York City as an artist, as well as an instructor at the International Center of Photography (ICP) and owner of Fiber Ink Studio, a printing and drum scanning studio producing museum quality pigment prints. View more of her on-going project here

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GOMORRAH GIRL: Twin Palms Edition

Gomorrah Girl by Valerio Spada
Twin Palms Publishers, Fall 2014

Gomorrah Girl, by Valerio Spada, tells two stories in one: the problems of growing up in a crime-ridden area and the murder of Annalisa Durante, a young woman caught in the crossfire of a Mafia shootout. The stories are brought together through innovative, book-within-a-book design. 

Bound together are Spada’s photographs documenting adolescence in the land of Camorrah (the name for the Mafia in Naples) and pages detailing the police investigation. Twin Palms Publishers will release a new edition early this Fall. Very cool.

Gomorrah Girl by Valerio Spada
Unique hand assembled book with fold-out hard cover case

“In this book there are portraits of girls whose destinies can still change if not the destiny of the area in which they are growing up. Annalisa was one of them. She kept a diary, in which she wrote that Naples was becoming too dangerous to live in and how she was dreaming to escape.” - Valerio Spada

Gomorrah Girl was first released as a self-published edition, with a limited print run and garnered considerable attention. It was selected as the Grand Prize winner for Photography Book Now, 2011. Valerio Spada went on to receive a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in Creative Arts, Photography in 2013.

Gomorrah Girl by Valerio Spada
Twin Palms Publishers: Fall, 2014
9 x 13", casebound. 54-color plates, 78 pages
First Edition, $85
ISBN 978-1-936611-07-2


SUSAN MAY TELL: Appalachia and The Rust Belt

Appalachian Mist, Altoona Pennsylvania, 2012
Photograph (c) Susan May Tell

Mama's Kitchen, Elkins, West Virginia, 2012
Photograph (c) Susan May Tell

Replica, Elkins, West Virginia, 2012
Photograph (c) Susan May Tell

The Spirit of Brownton, Brownton, West Virginia, 2012
Photograph (c) Susan May Tell

Steel Mill Memories, Steubenville, Ohio, 2012
Photograph (c) Susan May Tell

"SEEN AND FELT: Appalachia, 2012" is a portfolio of photographs of contemporary rural Appalachia and the Rust Belt: West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. The photos were taken with Tri-X (b+w) film in my Leica during a summer journey in 2012. The prints are gelatin silver. – Susan May Tell
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A few summer's ago, Fine Art Photographer Susan May Tell disappeared for several months. I'm used to hearing from or read about Susan everywhere and often. As a former freelance photo-journalist for The New York Times (eventually covering the Middle East), Life Magazine, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Agence France Presse, Crain’s New York Business, the Washington Post, and finally on staff for The New York Post covering Sports, May Tell knows her way around "Photography." Now, as ASMP-NY’s Fine Art Chair, she organizes and moderates some of the best Fine Art Photography Conversations in New York, including an extraordinary evening with panelist's Howard Greenberg (Howard Greenberg Gallery owner), Jeff Rosenheim (Curator of Photographs at The Metropolitan Museum of Art), and Brian Wallis (Chief Curator at the International Center of Photography). Involved in all aspects of creating the successful ASMP-NY's Fine Art Portfolio Reviews twice a year, May Tell also advises about great photo exhibitions around town in her monthly Newsletter.

But one summer she just vanished. No emails, no phone calls, no news on Facebook. Months went by. Silence. More silence. And then slowly, a few posts letting us know she was in the darkroom with hundreds of rolls of film. And months after that, a few emails to say she was (still) editing hundreds or more images. Much later, she posted the results on her website of her 4,000 mile road trip through Appalachia (!) sleeping in campsites and sometimes sleeping in her car. You can read an excellent Interview with Susan May Tell that explains all about it. It's an informative and great read...begin HERE


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