JONATHAN BECKER: Elaine's Kitchen in Drugstore Culture's Inaugural Issue

Elaine at Elaine’s, 2002, with some regulars (L to R): 
Lewis Lapham, Frederick Seidel, Father Pete Colapietro, Mayor David Dinkins, George Plimpton, Terry McDonell, Chuck Pfeifer, Josh Gasparo, Nelson Aldrich, Bobby Zarem, David Black & A. E. Hotchner
Photograph © Jonathan Becker

John Paul Getty III, Linda Hutton, Averil P. Meyer
and Fred Hughes in Elaine’s kitchen, 1976
Photograph © Jonathan Becker

Brassaï’s 80th Birthday at Elaine’s, 9 September 1979
Photograph © Jonathan Becker

Elaine’s was a form of inheritance to me, and I didn’t squander it.  Both my mother and my father were part of an intellectual and theatrical New York culture - intelligencia, litterati, glitterati, whatever - that made the city glow in the Sixties and Seventies… 
 – Jonathan Becker

A special portfolio by Jonathan Becker of his brilliant photographs documenting the heyday of Elaine’s Restaurant in New York, illustrated with his personal reminiscences,  is published in the first ever glorious Inaugural Issue of DRUGSTORE CULTURE.

DRUGSTORE CULTURE's Publisher, Charles P. Finch

"Is it a book? Is it a magazine?...." asks British GQ's Charlie Burton. 
I don't know, but I do know it's about Culture and Politics • To be published 6 times a year • The first issue has Film, Art, and Soul and the aforementioned fabulous Portfolio by Jonathan Becker • A digital platform will be live shortly • To receive a copy of the Inaugural Issue, DM/instantmessage your address to @finchandpartners on #instagram for your free issue!

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PHOTOVILLE 2018: United Photo Industrie's 1st Annual Photo Picnic in Brooklyn Bridge Park • Plus 93 Exhibitions • 50+ Talks • Workshops • Special Events • Free To Public • Dogs Welcome

"United Photo Industries' Photo Picnic" 
Brooklyn Bridge Park 
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Experience a special preview of Photoville and explore innovative visual projects under the Brooklyn Bridge while enjoying libations by Brooklyn Brewery and Kings County Distillery, and cuisine served by our friends at Smorgasburg!

With the purchase of a picnic basket  you will be supporting UPI’s free public programs - see below for more information on the evening. And if you can't attend - consider donating to UPI!
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September 13–23! Free To The Public! 
Photoville will present work by more than 600 artists in 90 photography exhibitions and outdoor installations, providing an accessible venue for the public to experience both challenging and entertaining visual stories from a diverse group of artists, curators and organizations.

In addition to exhibitions in and around the freight containers, Photoville offers panel discussions, artist lectures, professional development seminars, hands-on workshops, extraordinary nighttime programming, and our Education Day that brings together hundreds of public school students for a unique photo-based field trip.

Photoville remains open to the public— dogs included—free of charge, making it unlike any other photo festival in the world.

 93 Exhibitions • 50+ Talks • Workshops • Special Events



 Photograph © Oskar Alvarado, from his series Lucernario

Photograph © Oskar Alvarado, from his series Lucernario

A Work In Progress

"This work in progress speaks of people struggling to change their mental reality in order to improve their emotional balance. A reality probably inherited in childhood or adolescence, or forged with the becoming of our existence and in which sometimes we are permanently stagnant without being able to leave it.

After becoming aware of this, the fragmented episodes of one of the hardest personal processes through which we go: change our mental cartography. That map of rituals in the form of thoughts through which we travel, which brings us again and again to self-regulation.

Often we are prisoners of ourselves, we live in anguish, in the permanent sensation of being trapped in invisible blocks. But we are moved by the idea that our limits can be crossed and thus stop dwelling in recurring nightmares that tell us about the need to overcome fears and frustrations.

My interest lies in the visual representation of the inner processes of people. How these manifest in their relationship with themselves and their own environment. In this underlying context of hope, where the greatest triumph is none other than attaining inner calm, this desire for self-improvement will undoubtedly move us to a new space of luminous outline." – Oskar Alvarado

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Photograph by Oskar Alvarado, from his series Insomnia
Helsinki Photo Festival 2018

Born in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, Oskar Alvarado resides in Barcelona where he combines his personal Photography with his work as a Photography teacher. He holds a Bachelor´s Degree in Fine Arts from the Basque Country University, where he received a grant to develop the photographic project Conexiones in an artist residence in Arteleku Art Center in San Sebastián. He later moved to Barcelona to study at the International School of Photography GrisArt and received an MA on Curatorial and Cultural Practices in Art and New Media. His work has been selected Internationally for the Voies Off Awards in Arles, France; Addis Foto Fest, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and exhibited work from his series, Insomnia, at the 2018 Helsinki Photo Festival in Finland, among others.  

* All Text Courtesy of Oskar Alvarado Website