EAST VILLAGE: Happy Halloween!

 East Village, New York
Photograph © Lisa Galt Bond

 Love Slave, East Village, New York
Photograph © Lisa Galt Bond

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Poet Lisa Galt Bond has been documenting the changing face of her East Village neighborhood for years. She has a rich history on the Lower East Side, going back to the days when the Bowery was not the trendy scene it is today. Read more about Bond here

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VIVIAN MAIER: powerHouse Books

Undated, New York
Vivian Maier. Courtesy of John Maloof

Photographs by Vivian Maier, edited by John Maloof
Published by powerHouse Books 

"Celebrated by The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, The New York Times, American Photo, Town and Country, and countless other publications, the life’s work of recently discovered street photographer Vivian Maier has captivated the world and spawned comparisons to photography’s masters including Helen Levitt, Lisette Model, Walker Evans, and Weegee among others."

"Now, Vivian Maier: Self-Portraits reveals the fullest and most intimate portrait of the artist to date with approximately 60 never-before-seen black-and-white and four-color self-portraits culled from the extensive Maloof archive, the preeminent collector of the work of Vivian Maier and editor of the highly acclaimed Vivian Maier: Street Photographer (powerHouse Books, 2011)—bringing us closer to the reclusive artist than ever before." –powerHouse Books

TIME lightBox: Vivian Maier: Self-Portraits

TIME LightBox: Elizabeth Avedon speaks to historian and collector John Maloof about discovering Vivian Maier’s work and the elements of Maier’s photography that sets her apart. An except from that interview below...

Elizabeth Avedon: There is one particular image of Maier casting a full-length reflection in a window, two women sitting together fall within her shadow. It’s a wonderful layered image. What are your thoughts on this photograph and Maier’s frequent use of her own reflections and shadows?

John Maloof: It seems that Maier was an outsider looking into the lives of others. People weren’t aware of how great she was as an artist but she didn’t need that validation to keep going as a photographer. She could see a moment that was more unobtrusive and intimate yet powerful. As a frugal person, she knew she had to strive to get the shot perfect to not waste film. The women’s legs match up with Maier’s, she’s looking in from the outside at a mother and daughter (presumably), the glow from the light behind the plant inside illuminates Maier’s camera, and there’s a perfect break in the background where there are no buildings or trees blocking the sky so her silhouette can be in the composition. It’s perfect.

Read the entire interview and view the images on TIME LightBox here


VIVIAN MAIER | SELF PORTRAITS: Exhibition and Book Signing at Howard Greenberg Gallery

Vivian Maier: Self-Portrait, September 10, 1955–Anaheim, California
Courtesy Howard Greenberg Gallery

"An exhibition of self-portraits by recently discovered street photographer Vivian Maier made from 1950 – 1976 will be on view at Howard Greenberg Gallery from November 8 – January 4, 2014. The exhibition coincides with the publication of the book Vivian Maier: Self-Portraits (powerHouse Books, Nov. 2013) that surveys Maier’s self-portraits, many of which are being shown and published for the first time. Opening reception will be Thursday, November 7, from 6-8 p.m"

"The story of Vivian Maier has practically become a photography legend:  Born in New York City in 1926, she spent much of her youth in France. Returning to the U.S. in 1951, she worked as a nanny in Chicago and New York for 40 years. Reclusive and eccentric, she took pictures all the time, yet never showed them to anyone. From the 1950s to the 1990s, with a Rolleiflex dangling from her neck, she made over 100,000 images, primarily of people and cityscapes."

"Maier’s massive body of work, which could have been destined for obscurity, was housed in a storage locker in Chicago for many years. Unbeknownst to her caretakers (three of the grown children she had looked after), the contents of her storage locker had been dispersed due to non-payment. Her negatives were discovered by Chicago-based realtor and historian John Maloof at an auction house in Chicago in 2007. Maloof pieced together the identity of the mysterious photographer, but Vivian Maier died in 2009, before Maloof was able to speak with her. In the years that followed, Maloof has brought her work to the attention of the art world and the general public; and since 2010, nearly 20 exhibitions of photographs by Vivian Maier have been mounted in the U.S. and Europe. Numerous critics have written that her work will be remembered as some of the best 20th-century street photography." – Text courtesy of the Howard Greenberg Gallery

Vivian Maier: Self-Portrait at Howard Greenberg Gallery is the first exhibition to explore the photographer’s numerous self-portraits and the first U.S. gallery exhibition of her color work.

Exhibition: Nov 7 – January 4, 2014

Howard Greenberg Gallery
41 East 57th Street
New York, NY

 powerHouse Books, November 2013
Photographs by Vivian Maier
Edited by John Maloof, Essay by Elizabeth Avedon

Vivian Maier: Self-Portraits
Howard Greenberg Gallery
41 East 57th Street
New York, NY


STEPHEN L. CLARK GALLERY, AUSTIN TEXAS: 20th Anniversary Exhibition

 Gus on the Porch
Photograph by Bill Wittliff

 Tufted Titmouse 
Photograph by Kate Breakey

Birthright Photograph by Keith Carter

Stephen L. Clark Gallery, AIPAD Booth 314, 2010
"Revelation 2004" by Sean Perry (left), Kate Breakey wall (right)

Revelation 2004
Photograph by Sean Perry

This weekend, the Stephen L. Clark Gallery in Austin, Texas marks 20 years with an extraordinary exhibition that includes Bill Wittliff, Kate Breakey, Keith Carter, and Sean Perry, respectively – "because they are all part of the history of this gallery, deeply threaded into its development, evolution, and success." The Austin Chronicle, read more here

20th Anniversary Show / Oct. 19-Dec. 7
1101 W. Sixth, Austin, Texas

JANET RUSSEK: The Tenuous Stem

 Janet Russek: The Tenuous Stem (Radius Books)
Photographs by Janet Russek. Essay by MaLin Wilson Powell

 Beets on Paper, 1994

 Squash in Bowl, 1993

Twin Porcelain Dolls, 2008

The poignancy and promise of the life cycle informs Janet Russek’s long term photographic project, The Tenuous Stem. She began this work expressing sadness over loss, while noting the possibility of new life carried by a seed or a stem. In 1989, Eliot Porter—her mentor and friend—gave her a monorail camera which was too unwieldy for anything but studio work, and although she has always worked with 4 x 5 cameras, she set up still lifes for the first time.

Using only natural light she started photographing ripe squashes, peaches , and pears, alluding to the fullness of pregnancy. She then worked with vegetables and roots, and finally, the maturing plant, whose lush ripeness harbors will spiral into decomposition and decay. In subsequent years, Russek has expanded the project to include portraits of dolls that explore the darker, more psychological side of childhood and parenting, and a memory series that includes photos of significant personal objects that harken to the past, and take this volume full circle—like the life cycle itself. (Radius Books)

This book is a gorgeous collectors edition; beautifully printed by Janet Russek and classically designed by Radius Books. Look for a copy! – EA

I attribute my renewed love and appreciation for Photography to Janet Russek and David Scheinbaum. Their educational evenings, generously given in their Gallery on the fine art of printing and the history of photography, were highlighted by the most extraordinary examples of vintage original prints by Eliot Porter, Ansel Adams, Atget, Callahan, Kertesz, among so many other great photographers. Check out the Scheinbaum and Russek Gallery on your next visit to New Mexico. 


ARTHUR MEYERSON: The Color of Light

"The Color of Light"
 Front Cover: Red Hat, Wyoming
Buy The Book Here

Red Car, Blue Interior

"An Arthur Meyerson image is both original and classic. There is no more winning combination. Looking at his photographs one feels they have entered a world more beautiful than any they could have imagined" – Amy Arbus. Photographer, New York

 The Palio, Italy

"Powerful, elegant photographs by one of the most respected photographers working today. The world according to Arthur Meyerson, is one f enchanting color, deep beautiful, humor and hope." – Keith Carter, Photographer. Beaumont, Texas

 Blue Suede Shoes Salook, Memphis

 "Why in God's name would anyone believe anything good I say about Arthur Meyerson? After all, everyone knows he's one of my best friends. – Jay Maisel, Photographer

Exhibition: Colorful and exotic locales captured by award winning photographer, Arthur Meyerson on his photographic journeys to all seven continents. 

Now through February 18, 2014


MAPPING: borders, bodies, memories

Anne Berry

 Roberta Neidigh
Black + White

 Stephan Petranek
We Pass These Things Along

Kerry Mansfield
Curious George Rides a Bike, Envelope Front + Back

Filter Photo Festival's 4th Annual Exhibition

(Brilliantly) Curated by Paula Tognarelli
Executive Director and Curator, Griffin Museum of Photography

300 W. Superior, Chicago

Read Reviews:
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JESSICA TAMPAS: Color, Summer, Screen

 JP and Katie 
Photograph (c) Jessica Tampas

Brooke with Doll
Photograph (c) Jessica Tampas 

Photograph (c) Jessica Tampas

"I'm interested in the idea of the barrier. Who or what is in front or behind; who is in the dark and who is far away -- buried, even, behind this decaying screen." –Jessica Tampas

Jessica Tampas' latest series, Color, Summer, Screen, was recently shown at FilterPhoto's 2013 Festival. Building on her prior b&w series, Lucid, Tampas continues to photograph the children vacationing in the lake cottage community in South West Michigan where she and her own family have spent the last five summers. By now, the area's children have grown, and are taking on stronger identities, and we want to know their names. CC, Brooke, Conner, Orly, JP:  no longer small, they confront the viewer languorously, honestly, inquisitively. The additional use of color adds a heightened sense of their presence.

 Unbroken (80 x 60″) Photographer Jessica Tampas 
The Chicago Project V Exhibition, Catherine Edelman Gallery, 2013

Unbroken: "People often want to know the history behind these dolls. Who were their previous owners? How did they come to look the way they do? Do I collect them, alter them? My approach to creating this series is far more subjective. I never set out to become a collector, per se (though by now I've amassed more than 100 early- and mid-century dolls), and I don't alter them in any way. Frankly, I'm not so concerned with these dolls' history, even if I play an important role in it, giving them a longevity they probably never expected to have. For me these little beings are simply heartbreaking creatures, typologies of survival and loss, and, I suppose, ultimately, psychological portraits of something inside myself that I might not otherwise be able to express as an adult. We have all weathered emotional traumas in the transition from childhood to now. By not altering the dolls, I let their faces tell their own story -- one that I feel is ultimately about what it means to be both fragile and a survivor, and…human."


BILL EPPRIDGE: 1938-2013

 Bill Eppridge, 2010
Photograph (c) Elizabeth Paul Avedon/All rights reserved

 Robert Kennedy, New York City
Photograph (c) Bill Eppridge/Courtesy Monroe Gallery

 Bobby Kennedy with crowd during the 1968 Presidential race
Photograph (c) Bill Eppridge/Courtesy Monroe Gallery

 Bobby Kennedy campaigns into the night, 1968
Photograph (c) Bill Eppridge/Courtesy Monroe Gallery

The Kennedy campaign travels through the Watts section of Los Angeles on the last day before the primary, 1968. Photograph (c) Bill Eppridge/Courtesy Monroe Gallery

 Robert Kennedy
Photograph (c) Bill Eppridge/Courtesy Monroe Gallery

Busboy Juan Romero tries to comfort Presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy. The burned master vintage print used for reproduction in LIFE Magazine of Senator Robert F. Kennedy Shot, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, Ca, June 5, 1968. Photograph (c) Bill Eppridge/Courtesy Monroe Gallery

Photographs by Bill Eppridge, courtesy of the Monroe Gallery, Santa Fe


Kyohei Abe, Director and Curator, Detroit Center for Contemporary Photography • "Mapping" Exhibition Curated by Paula Tognarelli of The Griffin Museum • Panelist Jennifer Schwartz, Owner and Director, Jennifer Schwarts Gallery • Photographer Paul D'Amato "We Shall" Book-Signing • Barbara Tannenbaum, Curator Cleveland Museum of Art • Photographer Debbie Fleming Caffery "The Spirit and The Flesh" Book-Signing • Erin Hoyt, Director of Programming, #FilterFest2013 with Sarah Hadley, Executive Director, Filter Photo Festival • Aline Smithson, Founder and Editor, Lenscratch • Reviewee Photographer Sheri Lynn Behr

Richard Cahan, Publisher, CityFiles Press with Carrie McCarthy, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops • Reviewers Table • Panelist Fred Bidwell, President, Fred and Laura Ruth Bidwell Foundation • Yan Li, Lishu Photo Festival, Founder and Owner of High Noon Culture and Art • Portfolio Walk, Fine Arts Building, Chicago • Reviewers Jennifer Schwartz and Wally Mason, Director and Chief Curator, Haggerty Museum • David Bram, Founder and Editor, Fraction Magazine • Portfolio Walk • Sarah Hadley, Executive Director, Filter Photo Festival

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The 2013 Filter Photo Festival was a great success! I really enjoyed all of my Book Design Workshop. Thanks so much to the entire Filter Photo Team who worked tirelessly to organize a wonderful atmosphere behind the scenes. It was an outstanding event with excellent panel's, reviewers, photographers and workshops. A lot of fun was had by all. Don't miss it next year!

*Above, a small selection from all the many events over the 5 day festival