FREDERIC WEBER: Primary Light and Memento Mori at Klompching Gallery

 Untitled #53, 1994
from Memento Mori series © Frederic Weber
Courtesy Klompching Gallery, NY

 Untitled #77, 1995
from Memento Mori series © Frederic Weber
Courtesy Klompching Gallery, NY

 Untitled #108, 1997
from Primary Light series © Frederic Weber
Courtesy Klompching Gallery, NY

 Untitled #122, 1998
from Primary Light series © Frederic Weber
Courtesy Klompching Gallery, NY

Frederic Weber
Primary Light and Memento Mori

Frederic Weber brings to his photographic practice, a visual sensibility that challenges the viewer to determine quite what they’re looking at. On show at the Klompching Gallery are selections from two bodies of work, Memento Mori and Primary Light, both of which draw attention to Weber’s penchant for making photographs that don’t always look like photographs.

Memento Mori is constructed from a combination of images, that the artist has excavated from comic books, magazines, newspapers, television, paintings and other printed matter. He presents images of tightly cropped heads of black and African subjects, presenting them almost as relics of a time past. The photographs are challenging, almost visually overwhelming, and difficult to fix within a specific framework. At once iconic, they echo historical post-mortem imagery, with a time-stamp that is not fixed or even knowable. Made of several layers of different images, the photographs are rich in color and painterly.

The Primary Light series share this painterly quality. Here though, it is the reference to photography’s Pictorialism past, that is most evident. Weber presents torsos and heads that are rendered in soft-focus, with each emerging from a depth of blue so saturated, the color transforms into an abyss, out of which the human forms glow like fire-flies. The ghostly figures seem nostalgic, classical even and partly unknowable. (text via Klompching Gallery)

Klompching Gallery
89 Water Street, Brooklyn
 through July 9, 2016 


Bono in Lago, Italy, 2014 © Cornelia Hediger
Courtesy Klompching Gallery, New York

Bathtub, 2015 © Cornelia Hediger
Courtesy Klompching Gallery, New York

In Memory of Chancie, 2016 © Cornelia Hediger
Courtesy Klompching Gallery, New York

  Lily’s Dream of Fish, 2016 © Cornelia Hediger
Courtesy Klompching Gallery, New York

 Cornelia Hediger: Puppenhaus

Puppenhaus series, by Cornelia Hediger forms the artist’s third exhibition with Klompching Gallery and showcases the artist’s handmade photo-collages. Made between 2014–2016, the series is inspired by the likes of Hannah Höch, John Heartfield and Grete Stern among others. The photographs are constructed out of a combination of pigment and gelatin silver prints, with imagery originating from various sources including the artist’s studio practice, and scans of wallpaper, paint and cardboard. These are combined with recent photographs of travels in Europe, the patriarchal home in Switzerland and other family artifacts.

The hand of the artist is up front and center across the Puppenhaus series—pencil marks, irregular cuts left exposed, paint, hanging string, and individual elements attached in low relief, which together draw attention to the unusual focal planes, angles of view and shifts in scale. All of this combines perfectly with the seemingly whimsical narratives, that take the viewer on a journey through the artist’s fictionalized world. The use of self-portraiture prevails, linking this series back to the previous Doppelgänger work. We see ‘Cornelias’ having tea, balancing cups, acting out in odd domestic spaces and going on journeys. In one piece, reminiscent of the 19th Century Spencer y Cia Chilean Ladies, we see 100 heads—all of the artist—receding back into the distance. Hediger has created theatrical scenes, as if on a stage, images which are extraordinary and which pull you right into their three-dimensional space. (text via Klompching Gallery)

 Klompching Gallery
89 Water Street, Brooklyn
 through July 9, 2016


LANDSKRONA FOTO FESTIVAL 2016 : Sweden Invitation To Portfolio Review

The Landskrona Foto Festival 2016: Ten days of exhibitions, photo books, seminars, portfolio reviews, artist talks and more. The city of Landskrona, Sweden, founded in 1413, is on the coast of Skåne, between Malmö and Helsingborg, diagonally across the Sound is Copenhagen.

Landskrona Foto Festival again invites photographers to their portfolio review. The primary purpose is the show will lead to offers to the participating photographers to exhibit their pictures at festivals and events around the world. Previous years have seen good results, with participants having been invited to festivals in Derby, Leipzig, Dublin and Athens as a direct result of taking part in the review. Several photo books have also been published.

This year’s reviewers together select the »Best Portfolio«, allowing the winner to take part in the official exhibition program during Landskrona Foto Festival 2017. 2014’s winner was Johan Österholm from Malmö and 2015’s winner was Johan Willner from Stockholm. The selected photographers will be paired with 7 out of the Reviewers listed below for 20 minute sessions:


Anastasia Lebikhova (RU), Independent curator in Moscow, Russia
Alison Nordstrom (US), Curator at the photo festival in Lodz, Poland
Alnis Stakle (LV), Curator at the photo festival in Riga, Latvia
Andrei Liankevich (BY), Curator at the photo festival in Minsk, Belarus
Laura Toots (EST), Curator at the photo festival in Tallinn, Estonia
Lars Willlumeit (CH), Curator at the photo festival in Krakow, Poland
Christof Tannert (DE), Artistic director at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, German
Andrey Martynov (RU), Curator the photo festival in Novosibirsk, Russia
Holly Roussell (CH), Independent curator and Prix Elysée Coordinator, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
Einar Falur Ingolfsson (IS), Independent curator in Reykjavik, Iceland
Elizabeth Avedon (US), Independent curator and contributor L’Oeil de la Photographie
Michael Weir (UK), Curator at the photo festival in Belfast, Ireland

Date: Saturday 20 August 2016. Time: 10.00–17.00.
Price: SEK 2,500 including VAT (aprox. $300.90 U.S.), entry to the Festival’s International Seminar on 19 August and a weekend festival pass. Deadline for applications: 1 July 2016. You will be notified of whether or not your application is accepted by 15 July. 

Applications should be sent to: portfolioreview@landskronafoto.org

Instructions: Attach your digital portfolio and a detailed text in Swedish or English to your application. About 20 pictures is a reasonable number, to be sent as a pdf. Don’t forget to include your contact details on the first page of the PDF. The winning PDF will be displayed during the festival. It is therefore important that it contains the exact same images that you will be showing to the reviewers.

Nina Grundemark is in charge of the Festival’s Portfolio Review. Ms. Grundemark is the Owner and Managing Director, Grundemark Nilsson Gallery, Berlin and  Stockholm.

The Landskrona Foto Festival Portfolio Review is arranged with support by Iaspis – The Swedish Arts Grants Committeé’s International Programme for Visual Artists.

Artistic Directors Christian Caujolle and Jenny Nordquist

The new Artistic Directors for the 2016 Landskrona Foto Festival are internationally renowned curator and author, Christian Caujolle; and the Landskrona born photographer and gallery owner, Jenny Nordquist. The Landskrona Foto Festival 2016: Ten days of exhibitions, photo books, seminars, portfolio reviews, artist talks and more here.


KRIS SANFORD: Through The Lens of Desire

Flowered Dresses 



I met Kris Sanford (above) at Fotofest 2016 and was so impressed by the presentation of her series Through the Lens of Desire. I'm pleased to see her exhibition opens at the Elizabeth Houston Gallery in New York City June 15th and runs through July 24th, 2016. She will also be giving an Artist Talk and Pride Toast June 23rd from 6-8pm at the Gallery.
"Through the Lens of Desire creates implied narratives using snapshots from the 1920s-1950s.  Vernacular photographs from that era were created as private keepsakes and the unselfconscious intimacy they depict feels authentic and relatable.  As modern viewers, we witness personal moments that were never intended to be public.  By purposefully selecting images that picture men together and women together I am creating an imaginary queer past.  I am drawn to the subtle points of contact and the spaces between the figures pictured.  Each gesture or distracted glance holds a story, and it is these stories that reflect my own desire and experiences."

"Relationships, real or imagined, are at the center of this work.  Growing up queer, I searched for a history that spoke to me—included me.  In my family history, there were no couples that mirrored my own intimate relationships.  That didn’t keep me from imagining such couples. This project brings a contemporary rereading to old photographs to address sexuality and relationships in a subtle way. My images are works of fiction, where I project my own dreams onto moments from the past." – Kris Sanford.
Through the Lens of Desire / Kris Sanford
 June 15-July 24, 2016
Artist Talk and Pride Toast: June 23rd, 6 to 8pm
34 East 1st Street
New York, NY


"DAY OF THE DEAD" PHOTO WORKSHOP in Oaxaca, Mexico Oct. 26 – Nov. 3, 2016

Photograph © Selma Fernández Richter

Photograph © Magdalena Solé

"Day of the Dead" 
Photography Workshop 
With Magdalena Solé and Elizabeth Avedon 

Please join us for a unique photographic experience. Discover the art of social documentary and editing at the iconic Manuel Alvarez Bravo Photography Center in Oaxaca, Mexico. Oct. 26–Nov 3, 2016.

•  Work on an individual Project with daily one-on-one sessions with Magdalena and Elizabeth
•  Learn the art of editing and sequencing through lectures and demonstrations
•  Learn how to create a photobook and prepare for an exhibit
•  Photographing the mystical Day of the Dead rituals with access to the most significant events
Our workshop is surrounded by the excitement of Mexico´s most revered festival, the Day of the Dead. The Day of the Dead is an indigenous tradition, celebrated every year from October 31st to November 2nd. The "Día de los Muertos" is an original and photogenic cult known in the world for its grandiosity and mystery but at the same time, for its warmth and intimacy.

Sign Up Early!
Workshop price increase's after June 10


PHOTO EDITING WORKSHOP SUCCESS! Sign-Up For Next Year: April 30 – May 5, 2017

Sylvia Kincses

David Reinfeld

Photographer Sally Bucko
 Photographs by Eric McCollum

The first edition of our "Vermont Editing Workshop with Elizabeth Avedon and Magdalena Sole" came to an end. A group of talented photographers attended the class. The workshop was held at Magdalena's studio, an old 1790's farmhouse located in the beautiful rural countryside of Southern Vermont. Students immersed themselves during five days and looked at their work with new eyes.  They learned how to edit their work in stages and distinguish between a great image and one that is good, but doesn't work.  They also learned how to  build sequences applying rhythm, color, light, and geometric shapes, to different contexts, such as exhibit,  magazine and book.

We are grateful for the opportunity to work with a wonderful group of photographers and friends.  We would love to see you there next year!

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Our Next Vermont Workshop Here PhotoXpeditions

PhotoXpeditions Advanced Editing Workshop for Photographers with Magdalena Sole and Elizabeth Avedon with photographers Carlos Ribas Monteiro, Dawn Watson, Jo Lynn Still, Sylvia Kincses, Eric McCollum, David Reinfeld, Joan Lobis Brown and Gioia Kuss.

Our Next Workshop 
April 30th – May 5th, 2017


NICK BRANDT: Inherit The Dust, a monograph

Wasteland With Elephants, 2015
Photograph © Nick Brandt

Nick Brandt's latest book, Inherit The Dust, is a tragic desolate look into our fast approaching future without the majestic beauty of wildlife. An elegant, beautifully designed and printed edition with 68 black-and-white tritone images; two essays by the artist: a text about the crisis facing the conservation of the natural world in East Africa; and a behind-the-scenes descriptions of Brandt’s elaborate production process, with accompanying documentary photographs. One of the most important Best Books of 2016.

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Quarry With Lion, 2014
Photograph © Nick Brandt

Wasteland With Rhinos, 2015
Photograph © Nick Brandt

Quarry With Giraffe, 2014
Photograph © Nick Brandt

Underpass With Elephants, 2015
Photograph © Nick Brandt

Wasteland With Cheetahs and Children, 2015
Photograph © Nick Brandt

Road Junction With Qumquat and Family, 2014
Photograph © Nick Brandt

Inherit The Dust Behind The Scenes
Elephant Panel on Dumpsite 
Photographs © Nick Brandt

 "Due to the urgent nature of the subject matter,
I'm on a mission to get this work exposed"-Nick Brandt

The wasted lands in Inherit The Dust were once golden Savannah, sprinkled with acacia trees, where elephants, big cats and rhinos roamed. These now dystopian landscapes - as Nick Brandt's unvarnished, harrowing but stunning work reveals - brings us face to face with a crisis, both social and environmental, demanding the renewal of humanity itself. -Kathryn Bigelow, Film Director, The Hurt Locker

Three years after the completion of his trilogy, On This Earth, A Shadow Falls, Across the Ravaged Land, documenting the disappearing animals of eastern Africa, Nick Brandt returned to East Africa to photograph the escalating changes to the continent’s natural world and its animals. In a series of epic panoramas, Brandt recorded the impact of man in places where animals used to roam, but no longer do. In each location, Brandt erected a life-size panel of one of his portrait photographs―showing groups of elephants, rhinos, giraffes, lions, cheetahs and zebras―placing the displaced animals on sites of explosive urban development, new factories, wastelands and quarries. The contemporary figures within the photographs seem oblivious to the presence of the panels and the animals represented in them, who are now no more than ghosts in the landscape. Inherit the Dust includes this new body of panoramic photographs along with original portraits of the animals used in the panoramas, the unique emotional animal portraiture for which Brandt is recognized. 

In 2010, Nick Brandt and award-winning conservationist Richard Bonham, co-founded the Big Life Foundation. Relying on a grass roots effort and calling on inclusive community collaboration, Big Life Foundation was the first organization in East Africa with a coordinated, cross-border anti-poaching operation covering the Kenya/Tanzania border. Five years after its creation, the Foundation now employs more than 300 rangers, 41 permanent and mobile outposts, 15 patrol vehicles, 2 planes for aerial monitoring, and protects over two-million acres of the land.

Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York
through May 7, 2016

Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles
through May 14, 2016

Inherit The Dust
Photographs by Nick Brandt
Edwynn Houk Editions, 2016

Nick Brandt: Inherit The Dust
Edwynn Houk Editions, 2016
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Future Exhibition Dates:

May 18 - May 22 2016

May 20 - September 11 2016

May 13 - July 9 2016

May 23-July 30 2016

June 1 - June 26 2016

June 9 - July 23 2016

July 26 - August 14 2016

July 26 - August 14 2016

September 15 - November 13 2016


AIPAD 2016 With Photographer Mona Kuhn

AIPAD: Jackson Fine Art #404
Photograph by Mona Kuhn from her Acido Dorado Series
AIPAD: Jackson Fine Art #404
Mona Kuhn photographs at Jackson Fine Art
from her Acido Dorado Series, 2014

on her series

AIPAD: FOLEY Gallery #421
Photographer Wyatt Gallery (artwork on the wall) 
with Michael Foley and Mona Kuhn

AIPAD: Kopeikin Gallery #109
Paul Kopeikin with
Carolyn Louise Newhouse
AIPAD: ClampArt #108
Julie Grahame and Brian Paul Clamp

AIPAD: Howard Greenberg Gallery ##201
Alex Majou, Scene #0880, Brazzaville, Congo
Scene at a train station, 2013

AIPAD: Flowers Gallery, NY #418
Nadav Kander: Chongqing I, Chongqing Municipality, 2006
AIPAD: Monroe Gallery of Photography #104
Vintage PhotoJournalism 
AIPAD: Rick Wester Gallery #102
Photographer: Ima Mfon

AIPAD: Robert Mann Gallery #409
Photograph Paulette Tavormina

Robert Mann Gallery #409
Photographers Mona Kuhn and Paulette Tavormina

AIPAD: Jackson Fine Art #404
Mona Kuhn at Jackson FineArt. Photographs: Kahn + Selesnick

April 14-17, 2016
*The Association of International Photography Art Dealers

Celebrating its 36th year in 2016, AIPAD was held in Manhattan’s Upper East Side at the Park Avenue Armory. This is a small glimpse into the work from 85 leading international photography art galleries exhibiting. Begin your photography collection here!


ADVANCED PHOTO EDITING WORKSHOP: With Magdalena Solé and Elizabeth Avedon

Street Dog, Cuba © Magdalena Sole

One Spot Left!
May 1-6 in West Halifax, Vermont 
Check out the details here:  
Call +1 888-741-3974 or email:

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 quaint little town of Wilmington.
  • Learn to edit your work in stages: How to work though a large number of images.
  • How to distinguish between a great image and one that you like, but doesn’t work
  • Review masters iconic images
  • How to juxtapose images: the dialogue between images and how they relate
  • How to build a sequence using rhythm, color, light, and geometric shapes.
  • The differences in editing for an exhibit, a magazine, a book
Participants will bring 1 project to the workshop. We will work in individual and group sessions.


CHARLOTTE TEMPLE: South of The Clouds Journeys Through Southeast China

  Photograph © Charlotte Temple  

  Zhaoxing Terraces, Spring 2007
Photograph © Charlotte Temple 

  Photograph © Charlotte Temple 

  Village Elder, 1992 © Charlotte Temple  

  Photograph © Charlotte Temple 

 Charlotte Temple with Liu Family
Shidong, Guizhou Province, China, 1998 

Textile  Display

  A view of the exhibition with Charlotte Temple

Photographer Charlotte Temple, "South of the Cloud"
The Museum of East Texas

"In Southeast China many of the young have left for the cities leaving the old and the very young at home among the villages and terraced fields. They return with new prosperity and new ideas, changing forever an ancient and tenacious way of life….While the photographer laments the disappearance of the beautiful old villages and old customs, the harshness of the old way of life is giving way to a new freedom and the intrusions—finally—of modernity.” –Charlotte Temple

While on my way to FotoFest in Houston, I was honored to be given a tour of Charlotte Temple’s exhibition opening at The Museum of East Texas’ April 3, 2016, by the museum's Director, J.P. McDonald, as it was being hung. Temple has been photographing rural China and it’s minority areas for over thirty years. She’s traveled to many of the "remote reaches of the country documenting the enduring beauty of the land and it’s people, their dignity and resilience.” The exhibition of over one hundred images, includes the regions ancient terraced landscapes and portraits of the  work-hardened villagers, along with the unique handmade textiles made in that particular region given to Temple by the generosity of the family’s who opened their village home to her. 

"South of the Clouds: Journeys Through Southeast China”
Photographs by Charlotte Temple
Opening April 3 – May, 22, 2016
The Museum of East Texas
503 North Second Street
Lufkin, Texas, 75901 USA
Artist Talk and Walk-thru: April 9th


The Museum of East Texas, Lufkin, Texas
Executive Director: J.P. McDonald