Boy With Bird, Barracoa
Photograph © Magdalena Solé

Gust of Wind, Viñales
Photograph © Magdalena Solé

Shoes For Sale, Havana
Photograph © Magdalena Solé 

New Delta Rising / Photographs by Magdalena Solé 
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi


In the world of fine art and documentary photography it is essential that work is well edited. Whether preparing for portfolio reviews, book proposals, gallery shows or a magazine story, a solid foundation in the fundamentals of editing and sequencing are necessary tools in the current art market. 

We’ve all been there, wallowing in hundreds of images, each a little different from the next. What to choose? In this six-day workshop, Elizabeth Avedon partners with photographer Magdalena Solé to help you hone your eye for efficient self-editing.

This WORKSHOP is for photographers with a complete body of work ready to edit. Participants should be proficient in Lightroom or Photo Mechanic. The workshop will be held at Magdalena Solé’s studio in West Halifax, VT located in the beautiful rural countryside of Southern Vermont in an old 1790’s farmhouse. Participants can stay in the nearby town of Wilmington.

Praise from photographer Lynne Buchanan for my past workshop at Filter Photo Festival, "My exhibition came out artistically stronger and much more professional than my previous efforts thanks to your workshop. I learned so much about sequencing and how to convey a story-line. After spending a day with you, I was able to pair the images in my catalog with what one professional in the industry referred to as "sublime sensitivity." I attribute this complement to paying full attention in your invaluable workshop."


JAMEY STILLINGS: The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar in the Mojave Desert

#8502, 27 October 2012
View North of Ivanpah Units 1, 2, 3 at Sunrise

#8796, 27 October 2012
Tower and Power Block Surrounded by Heliostats of Unit 1

#14110, 3 February 2014
Power Production at Unit 1

#6425, 2 June 2012.
Installed Heliostats in Horizontal or "Safe Mode"

"When I first encountered Jamey Stillings’ photographs of Ivanpah Solar in the Mojave Desert, I was captivated not only by their stark beauty, but by the questions his work raises in our quest to balance the growing demands of a consumer-based culture with the need to preserve Earth’s natural spaces and resources. As the impacts of global climate change become clear, we must grasp that the sum of our human activities is having a huge and negative impact on this planet. Since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, we have drilled, mined, and transformed much of Earth's wilderness, while burning enough coal, oil, and gas to radically raise the temperature of the atmosphere and oceans—a process that threatens to disrupt life, as we know it, by the end of the century. We face the urgent need to shift away from fossil fuels to energy sources that can profoundly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions.” –Robert Redford, Foreword

In this new monograph, Jamey Stillings synthesizes environmental interests with his longstanding fascination with the intersections of nature and human activity. In October 2010, Stillings began a three-and-a-half-year aerial exploration over what has become the world's largest concentrated solar power plant, the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in the Mojave Desert of California. From the simple and stark terrain of the preconstruction landscape to the angular forms of the completed solar plant producing 392 megawatts of electricity on 14 square kilometers of public land, Stillings explores dynamic interactions between raw organic forms of nature and those defined by the project's precise geometric lines. Shot from a helicopter during first and last light, Stillings' black-and-white images intrigue with tight abstractions, oblique views of geologic and geometric forms, and broad open views of the dramatic desert basin. (Text courtesy the Publisher)

Photographs by Jamey Stillings
Foreword by Robert Redford
Introduction by Anne Tucker
Text by Bruce Barcott
Published by Steidl, 2015


KAMOINGE: 50th Anniversary Book + Exhibition

 Judeen. Nigga Beach Series, Montego Bay, Jamaica, 2012
Photograph © Ruddy Roye

Students with Teacher. New York, 1990
Photograph © Toni Parks

Toukie Smith, model. New York, 1980
Photograph © Anthony Barboza 

Group photograph, "Portrait of Kamoinge, The Members, 1963–2014. September 21, 2014, photograph by Ronald Herard”: 1. Anthony Barboza (President), 2. Adger W. Cowans (Vice President), 3. Herb Robinson (Treasurer), 4. Ronald Herard, 5. Herbert Randall (Founder), 6. Collette V. Fournier, 7. John Pinderhughes, 8. Salimah Ali, 9. Ming Smith, 10. Beuford Smith (President Emeritus), 11. Russell Frederick, 12. Gerald Cyrus, 13. June Truesdale, 14. Mark Blackshear, 15. C. Daniel Dawson, 16. Shawn Walker (Founder), 17. Ruddy Roye, Framed: 18. Louis Draper (Founder)*, 19. James Ray Frances (Founder)*, 20. Steve Martin*, 21. Jerry Jack*, 22. Herman Howard*, 23. Calvin Wilson*, 24. Albert Fennar (Founder), 25. Toni Parks*, 26. Darryl Sivad, 27. Budd Williams, 28. Jimmie Mannas, 29. Eli Reed, 30. Frank Stewart (* Deceased) Members Jamel Shabazz and Leslie Jean-Bart not shown.

The release of the new book, "Timeless: Photographs by Kamoinge,” commemorates the 50th year of the oldest collaborative group of photographers in the nation. Kamoinge is a pioneering photographic collective of New York based African-American photographers, founded in 1963 at the height of the American Civil Rights Movement. The name basically means, “A group of people working together” in Kikuyu. This collection of over 280 photographs taken around the world, includes the groups history, along with insights and thoughts from Kamoinge’s 30 members, who include many of the nation’s most acclaimed photographers. With no particular sequencing by subject matter and not in chronological order, I found myself lost in a magical world of fine art photography dating from the early 1960’s though today.   

A brief history of the group begins with photographer Louis Draper (1835 – 2002), who played a principle role in founding this collective in New York in 1963 to address the under-representation of black photographers in the art world. Roy DeCarava (1919 – 2009), the first black photographer to win a Guggenheim Fellowship, was invited to be their Director. Herbert Randall, another founding member, had earlier studied photography under Harold Feinstein in 1957 before he documented Mississippi's Freedom Summer of 1964. Edward Steichen invited Roy DeCarava in 1964, who in turn invited the Kamoinge group, to exhibit at Danbury Academy of Art in Connecticut. The founding group included Draper, Albert Fennar, Ray Francis, Herbert Randall, Shawn Walker, with Roy DeCarava serving as its first director; later expanded to include several new members including Anthony Barboza, the current president and editor of this book; and Ming Smith, the first female member. Beuford Smith joined Kamoinge in 1965, and helped the group achieve non-profit status in 1998. “Timeless” includes an in-depth history by decade by the editor with excerpts from the writings of Louis Draper. 

In addition, a great exhibition, "Timeless: Photographs by Kamoinge,” is currently at the Wilmer Jenning Gallery, 219 East 2nd St (Ave. B), New York, NY. A lot of great images, too many to point out, of Harlem Jazz in the 90’s and Beuford Smith’s nude pregnant woman under the rain on a city rooftop. Through February 20, 2016.  

Book: Timeless: Photographs by Kamoinge (Schiffer Publishing) Edited by Anthony Barboza and Herb Robinson, Coedited by Vincent Alabiso, Foreword by Quincy Troupe, Essay by Deborah Willis. 288 b/w and color photos | 384 pp

Exhibition: “Timeless: Photographs by Kamoinge”  Wilmer Jennings Gallery, 219 East 2nd Street, (Avenue B x C), NYC Hours: Wed-Sat 11am-6pm thru February 20th, 2016.


MONET'S PALATE: In the Footsteps of Monet

Photograph © Aileen Bordman - Monet's Palate

Claude Monet  Lunch on the Grass, 1865

Monet's Palate Cookbook

Claude Monet  Jar of Peaches

"The wonderful farm-to-table aspect of Monet’s time has once again become relevant in the twenty-first century. With this in mind, I am so happy that the recipes and photography in Monet’s Palate Cookbook have brought Claude Monet’s beloved kitchen garden back to life" —Meryl Streep

Photograph © Aileen Bordman - Monet's Palate

Photograph © Aileen Bordman - Monet's Palate

The Artist and His Kitchen Garden at Giverny
Aileen Bordman and Derek Fell
Foreword by Meryl Streep

Monet’s Palate Cookbook: The Artist and His Kitchen Garden at Giverny brings Claude Monet’s beloved kitchen garden back to life. Written by filmmaker Aileen Bordman, and garden writer Derek Fell, the book includes sixty recipes linked to Monet's two-acre kitchen garden near his home at Giverny, France. Included is detailed information about the vegetables he grew, plus photographs and descriptions of the house interiors and gardens capturing Monet's extraordinary lifestyle. Meryl Streep has written the Foreword and the recipes are beautifully photographed by Steven Rothfeld.

The farm-to-table tradition lived passionately by Claude Monet has been brought into the 21st century which beckons one to take a culinary journey in Monet’s footsteps. The backdrop to the renaissance of the garden are chapters that cover Monet’s lifestyle, including French tips for entertaining, as well as recipes inspired by his cooking journals and places he visited. Monet's Palate, the film, now airing on PBS with Meryl Streep. The DVD available on Amazon.

(Text and photographs courtesy of the author)

Claude Monet at home in Giverny

GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: THROUGH THE LENS. Scheinbaum + Russek, Santa Fe

Eliot Porter (1901 - 1990)
Georgia O'Keeffe with Bust by Mary Callery,
Ghost Ranch, 1945
Gelatin silver print

Todd Webb (1905 - 2000)
On the Portal of O'Keeffe's Ghost Ranch House, 1962
Gelatin silver print 

Eliot Porter (1901 - 1990)
White Boulder, Black Place, New Mexico, 1945
Gelatin silver print 

Todd Webb (1905 - 2000)
Georgia O'Keeffe's Studio at the Abiquiu House, New Mexico, 1962
Dye-transfer print

 Myron Wood (1921 - 1991)
Miss O'Keeffe, Abiquiu, New Mexico, 1980
Gelatin silver print

Long recognized as one of the world’s leading artists, in her personal life she protected her privacy and maintained an air of inaccessibility and an almost reverential approach to her immediate surroundings. Scheinbaum + Russek’s Georgia O’Keeffe: Through the Lens exhibition focuses on the work of three photographers: Eliot Porter, Todd Webb and Myron Wood – all friends of Georgia O’Keeffe and all who were invited by her to photograph. Each photographer chose a different approach and in total this exhibition offers the viewer a glimpse into her private life and immediate surroundings in her home, studio and landscape.

Eliot Porter shared with O’Keeffe a love for New Mexico, it’s culture and landscape, and he, like O’Keeffe, incorporated this environment into their own art. Their deep respect for each other and life-long friendship enabled Porter to make intimate and striking portraits of O’Keeffe.  They shared an aesthetic, a life-style and a passion for living and working in New Mexico.  O’Keeffe introduced Eliot Porter to many unique sights in New Mexico that had been inspirational to her, among them the Black Place and the White Place.  Porter, in turn, shared many of his loves of the southwest with O’Keeffe by including her on several of his journeys through the Glen Canyon area. Porter had met O’Keeffe in New York while exhibiting at Alfred Stieglitz’s gallery An American Place in 1939.

Todd Webb and his wife Lucille lived in Santa Fe in the l960′s and ran a wonderful bookshop and photography gallery on Canyon Road.  Having met Stieglitz and O’Keeffe in New York, the Webb’s first came to explore New Mexico by O’Keeffe’s invitation.  Over the years of their close friendship Todd Webb was able to record O’Keeffe’s life-style and surroundings with the intimacy that only a most welcomed friend could have made.  His work explores her home, her studio and the surroundings that inspired many of her paintings.  His photographs span their thirty-year friendship, dating from 1955 to 1981.

In 1979, Georgia O’Keeffe permitted Myron Wood to photograph her home in Abiquiu and in Ghost Ranch.  New Mexico, its fierce light and big, open skies, it’s directness and toughness were qualities that O’Keeffe herself possessed.  Myron Wood has captured those qualities in his beautiful photographs that are a tribute to O’Keeffe. Wood made hundreds of pictures, of the artist herself, the people closest to her, and most especially of the house, gardens, and surrounding landscape that was so elemental to O’Keeffe’s vision.  These photographs do more than merely document the look of the house; they evoke the spirit of the place, as O’Keeffe inhabited it. (text courtesy Scheinbaum + Russek)

January 23rd – March 5th, 2016
Scheinbaum + Russek
369 Montezuma, #345
Santa Fe, New Mexico


MONA KUHN: Love Potions

Portrait 16, 2011 from the Bordeaux Series
Photograph © Mona Kuhn

Mona Kuhn, Kim McCarty and Roger Herman
 Jan 19 – Feb 20, 2016
Reception with Artists: Jan 16, 4-6 PM

"Three kindred spirits, each artist explores timeless themes
of vulnerability, intimacy and desire in their respective mediums."

2680 South La Cienega Boulevard, LA

iGAVEL AUCTIONS: Daniel Cooney Fine Art

Photograph © Mona Kuhn

Daniel Cooney is
Now Accepting Consignments of Photographs + Fine Art

Contact: Daniel Cooney
212 255 8158
Daniel Cooney Fine Art
508 - 526 West 26th Street, #9C
New York, NY 10001