CHRIS ANTHONY: Seas Without A Shore

Hippocampus 18
Photograph © Chris Anthony

Photograph © Chris Anthony

Hippocampus 17
Photograph © Chris Anthony

Annabel Lee
Photograph © Chris Anthony

Informed by the prose and imagery of Edgar Allen Poe, Chris Anthony’s “Seas Without A Shore” includes wet plate collodion prints along with color photographs. Part mystic, part conjurer, vaudeville ringmaster and antique portraitist, Chris Anthony is a rare artist. His ability to set both simple and elaborate stages creates elegant enigmas throughout his work that allow the viewer to witness something of a different reality while exploring themes of solitude, hope and survival.

Anthony was born in Sweden, now lives and works in Los Angeles. His work implements the wet plate collodion process beautifully along with using 150 year old lenses. His vision takes us to a selective and sophisticated level of image making with fictional narratives from the bizarre to the banal.

“Making the masks, and many of the props and costumes is a big part of the process and it helps me define this unique and demented little world I live and shoot in. The mysteries of the sea is certainly a big part of the subject matter in these pictures with color images of survivors braving waves and currents, perhaps the result of a future world where ocean tides will wash away the planet’s coastlines.”
Nov 15, 2014 – Jan 12, 2015
Seas Without A Shore
 Limited Edition Cover with Slipcase

 Seas Without A Shore
The Book


Thanks to SPOT PHOTO for text and images


JESSICA TODD HARPER: The Home Stage at Rick Wester Fine Art

Marshall with Family and the World, 2013
Photograph © Jessica Todd Harper

Becky, June, Jessica, Mary, 2013
Photograph © Jessica Todd Harper


Coinciding with the release of her second monograph, The Home Stage (Damiani Editore), Jessica Todd Harper will be featured in her first solo exhibition at Rick Wester Fine Art, opening November 6th. Her first monograph, Interior Exposure (Damiani, 2008) firmly established Harper as an insightful, intelligent and talented photographer of the domestic documentary genre in the vein of Emmet Gowin, Larry Fink and Tina Barney. The Home Stage picks up where Interior Exposure leaves off, a sequel to a family’s story where the first installment’s introduction of the characters laid the foundation for further expansion, empathy and examination. As the title implies, the images in The Home Stage are theater, an image play that opens onto a world described from scene to scene.

Marshall and Christopher, 2008
Photograph © Jessica Todd Harper

Abby Sees Hugh in the Front Hall, 2013
Photograph © Jessica Todd Harper

Self Portrait with Marshall, 2008
Photograph © Jessica Todd Harper

The first sign of development is there are far more children in the latest body of work. The photographer herself has become a mother of three, her sister has given birth to a daughter and several friends’ and relations’ children appear. Harper writes in her A Note from the Artist that the book came from “the overwhelming sense that when we became parents Chris and I had entered into an alternate and strange world.” It may be in this acknowledgment that the groundswell of appreciation stems. Despite the distinctive and patrician environments where the images are executed, The Home Stage conveys a universality of familial connection. The young parents may look haggard and worn at times but there is also a stillness of acceptance and revelation in their faces that sometimes resembles religious paintings. This other worldliness is drawn out in all who face Harper’s lens, whether it is the artist shown in Madonna-like contentedness, or her 5 year old son gazing into the camera with a preternatural knowingness. Light, bathing each scene, is a cinematic thread throughout, itself a character that drives the photographer’s motivations.

Counterpoints arise. Harper’s sense of time ranges from the past, through the present and into the future. Ancestors appear in painted portraits hanging while their descendants are immortalized as well. The present state of the family is clearly described as Harper revels in the people and places of her immediate life. The future of the clan is never far off frame. Harper’s husband, Chris, has a grounded intensity whether holding his wife or his children. Meanwhile, the numerous photographs of Harper’s beguiling sister are a leit-motif, a subplot, that like the subject for much of the book, is pregnant with possibility. (Text courtesy of Rick Wester Fine Art)

November 6 to January 10
526 West 26th Street, NYC

Book Signing November 8th 1 - 3 pm

Self Portrait with Marshall (lion), 2009
Photograph © Jessica Todd Harper


FLASH FORWARD: 2015 Call for Submissions

Photograph by Jon Tonks, Flash Forward Tenth
Marcus the Weather Man, St Helena Meteorological Station, 
St Helena Island, May 2013 from the series Empire 

Flash Forward 2015: Call for Submissions
The Magenta Foundation is pleased to announce Year Eleven of Flash Forward, its Emerging Photographers Competition. 2015 will see the return of Flash Forward Festival at its home base, Boston’s Fairmont Battery Wharf, where we bring together emerging professional photographers from around the world. Concurrently in Toronto, Flash Forward programming will focus on more developed educational experiences targeting local artists and high school students.

This is an open call to all photographers working in Canada, the UK and the US for submissions. Applicants must be 34 years-of-age or under as of December 31, 2014. All submission requirements and upload instructions may be reviewed here: Magenta Foundation

Flash Forward 2015 Jurors
Julien Beaupré Ste-Marie, Managing Editor / Books & Exhibitions, The Magenta Foundation
Erin Elder, Manager, Business Development + Partnerships, The Globe + Mail
Eva Michon, Co-founder + Editor, Bad Day magazine
Gemma Barnett, Print Sales Manager, The Photographers’ Gallery
Rebecca McClelland, Group Photography Editor + Creative Director, Ian Parry Scholarship
Cheryl Newman, Photography Director, Telegraph Magazine
David Alexander Arnold, Photo Editor, Travel + Leisure
Elizabeth Avedon, Independent Curator; Writer, L’Oeil de la Photographie
Sam Barzilay, Creative Director, United Photo Industries; Co-Founder, Photoville
Alyssa Coppelman, Independent Photo Editor
Kate Gilbert, Independent Public Art Curator
Julie Graham, Editor and Publisher, aCurator
Meg Handler, Editor-at-Large, BagNews
Emily Keegin, Photography and Art Director
Divya Rao Heffley, Program Manager, Hillman Photography Initiative, Carnegie Museum of Art
Paula Tognarelli, Executive Director and Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography
Invited International Jurors:
Mauro Bedoni, Photo Editor, COLORS magazine
Raphaëlle Stopin, Curator, Writer; Photo Art Director, International Festival
of Fashion and Photography, Hyères, France

Cash and New Artist Multiple Book Prizes
One cash prize of $6,000 will be awarded to the 2015 Bright Spark, an emerging photographer whose submitted body of work is identified by the jury as being extraordinarily accomplished.

As in the past, all 2015 Flash Forward Winners and Honourable Mentions will have their work published in the catalogue that chronicles the annual juried competition. The Flash Forward group show, made up of a selection of photographs from the accompanying annual catalogue, will travel from Toronto to Boston and other places to be announced.
IN ADDITION: An Artist’s Multiple Book Prize has been added to this year’s competition. A photographer, selected by The Magenta Foundation Team, will be published. Details to be announced in the coming months.



Film Noir
Photograph © Nicholas Fedak II

The Real Thing
Photograph © Nicholas Fedak II

Dream Blizzard
Photograph © Nicholas Fedak II

The Night Cafe
 Photograph © Nicholas Fedak II

Forgotten Sunlight
Photograph © Nicholas Fedak II

"What motivates me to take a photograph is color, or the absence of it, and how light illuminates an object..." –Nicholas Fedak II

I met North Hollywood based photographer Nicholas Fedak II at the 2014 Atlanta Celebrates Photography Portfolio Review. Fedak describes his images about splendor and decay. He trys to capture a timeless quality. You can check out Nicholas Fedak's photographs on his website here.


2014 ATLANTA CELEBRATES PHOTOGRAPHY: Nigel Morris from Coney Island to Ethiopia

 The People of South Ethiopia
Photograph © Nigel Morris

The People of South Ethiopia
Photograph © Nigel Morris

Outside, New York
 Photograph © Nigel Morris

Nigel Morris with "The People of South Ethiopia" book
ACP's 2014 Portfolio Walk

I met Brooklyn based portrait and editorial photographer Nigel Morris at the 2014 Atlanta Celebrates Photography Portfolio Walk. 51 photographers traveled from across the country  to Atlanta to participate. You can check out Nigel Morris's beautiful portraits and projects on his website here.

 Coney Island, Faces on the Boardwalk
 Photograph © Nigel Morris

 Coney Island, Faces on the Boardwalk
 Photograph © Nigel Morris



"Southern Stories" Photograph by Jessica Hines

Thank you to ALL who entered Castell Photography Gallery's 2014 NEXT Juried Exhibition. I was looking for exceptional photography with a unique perspective and a cohesive look from a single, unified body of work. There were a record number of entries and it was exciting to see such wonderful works from a diverse selection of artist's. This year's NEXT exhibition will include the work of: Ben Altman, Bina Altera, Sheri Lynn Behr, Christopher Borrok, Debi Cornwall, Sharron Diedrichs, KK DePaul, Francisco Diaz, Deb Young, Fran Forman, Juno Gemes, Ray Grasse, Lavonne Hall, Jessica Hines, Bilo Hussein, Ellen Jantzen, Michael Jantzen, Sarah Jun, Won Kim, Karen Klinedinst, David Shannon-Lier, Ben Marcin, Jennifer Mcclure, Jim McKinniss, Ruben Natal-San Miguel, Jessica Owen, Randhy Rodriguez, Donna Rosser, Mark Roussel, Andi Schreiber, Magdalena Sole, and Kevin Wo.

Awards will be announced
Opening Night, November 7, 2014
Castell Photography Gallery
 2C Wilson Alley, Asheville, North Carolina



Howard Greenberg and Gerhard Steidl
Photograph © Elizabeth Paul Avedon

Saul Leiter: Early Black and White
Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library

 Hats, c.1948
Saul Leiter: Early Black and White
Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library

Gregory Wakabayashi
Book Design, Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library
Photograph © Elizabeth Paul Avedon

 Leon Levinstein. Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library

 Coney Island, c.1970
Leon Levinstein, Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library

 James Karales, Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library

Martin Luther King, Jr., 1962. 
James Karales, Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library

Howard Greenberg and his gallery teamed up with Gerhard Steidl, the preeminent German art and photography book publisher, to launch their new imprint “Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library,” with the release of three monographs – Saul Leiter: Early Black and White, James Karales, and Leon Levinstein.
“Steidl is a gifted publisher who prints photography books at the caliber they deserve to be printed,” says Howard Greenberg. “It’s a wonderful partnership, and we will be working on photography books for many years to come.”

Saul Leiter: Early Black and White
Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library, 2 volumes, 388 pages
ISBN 978-3-86521-413-3

James Karales
Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library, 176 pages
ISBN 978-3-86930-444-1

Leon Levinstein
Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library, 320 pages
ISBN 978-3-86930-443-4

HOWARD GREENBERG: The Collection and Interview

Nahui Olin, 1923 by Edward Weston
Howard Greenberg Collection

Migratory Cotton Picker, Eloy, Arizona, 1940 
by Dorothea Lange / Howard Greenberg Collection
© Library of Congress

Madrid, Spain, 1933 by Henri Cartier-Bresson
(3.14 x 4.72") Howard Greenberg Collection

"I have the first print of one of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s greatest pictures ever, and it’s a wonderful little print on beautiful paper, and went through the hands of Edward Steichen. How much more could you want?" – Howard Greenberg, read more: L'Oeil de la Photographie

Boy, 1950 by Saul Leiter. Howard Greenberg Collection

"There are millions of pictures of people looking out windows. Leon Levinstein did so many great ones and other people did great ones. There’s something about that picture and the print. For me, it’s got this haunting quality and it’s very Saul in its sensitivity"

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"Masterpieces from the Howard Greenberg Collection," photographs from the private collection of Howard Greenberg, owner of New York’s Howard Greenberg Gallery, one of the most prestigious photography galleries in the world, are on exhibition at the Joods Historisch Museum / Jewish Historical Museum, Amsterdam. Greenberg has been a leader in the modern photography market, establishing himself early on as one of the pillars of the New York photography scene for over three decades.

This extraordinary exhibition originated at the Musée de l’Elysée Photography Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland to critical acclaim. It was followed with great success at the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris (jointly produced by both) and then traveled to the Hungarian House of Photography in the Mai Manó House in Budapest, bringing us up to the current show at the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam until January 11, 2015.

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Read the entire Interview with Howard Greenberg

Howard Greenberg, September 2014
Photograph © Elizabeth Paul Avedon