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  • Kaleidoscapes and Sights Unseen by J. Alexander Baker

    North Adams Eclipse Mill Gallery

    By: Eclipse - Jul 02nd, 2021

    “Kaleidoscapes and Sights Unseen”, an exhibition by photographer J. Alexander Baker, at the Eclipse Mill Gallery, is a series of semi-abstract waterside scenes of rivers that reveal unexpected patterns hidden within the natural world. Baker’s digital manipulation of limited color palettes, reflection, repetition and focus transform the Hudson, and other rivers, into kaleidoscopic dreamscapes that exist in the space between observed reality and imagination - "Riparian Kaleidoscapes".  

  • Alice Sachs Zimet The Collector

    Follow Your Heart and Eyes, but not Your Ears

    By: Jessica Robinson - Jul 02nd, 2020

    In December of 1984 Alice Sachs Zimet attended an exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York. She had come with Sam Wagstaff, the lover of Robert Mapplethorpe. They were there to see a flower photography exhibition from Wagstaff’s vast and groundbreaking collection.That’s where Zimet saw an image by contemporary photographer Andrew Bush titled Columbines. It was love at first sight.

  • Alice Sachs Zimet The Collector

    Follow Heart and Eyes, but not Your Ears

    By: Jessica Robinson - Jul 05th, 2020

    In December of 1984 Alice Sachs Zimet attended an exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York. She had come with Sam Wagstaff, the lover of Robert Mapplethorpe. They were there to see a flower photography exhibition from Wagstaff’s vast and groundbreaking collection.That’s where Zimet saw an image by contemporary photographer Andrew Bush titled Columbines. It was love at first sight.

  • Kendall Messick's The Projectionist

    An Outsider Artist's Secret World

    By: Jessica Robinson - Jul 09th, 2020

    How one man lovingly – and obsessively - constructed his very own movie palace in the basement of his suburban home.

  • Kendall Messick’s "Blind Sight"

    To See and to be Seen

    By: Jessica Robinson - Aug 13th, 2020

    In October 2019, I was having dinner with my friend Kendall Messick, an artist who creates installations with still photography, film, video and ever-evolving two-and three-dimensional media. Over dinner he told me he was flying to Bogota, Colombia, the next day for a major installation of his work. The show is an achievement of both patience and memory. It was thirty-four years in the making.

  • The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography

    A Netflix Documentary

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 30th, 2020

    Elsa Dorfman was the limner of the Beat Generation. She made deadpan, large-format Polaroid potraits of her celebrity pals as well as ordinary folks. She passed away a few months ago but is superbly recalled in a Netflix documentary by Errol Morris. It's so like Elsa who is regarded as a major artist but described herself repeatedly as a "nice Jewish girl."

  • Carl Chiarenza at the George Eastman Museum

    Career Retrospective: Journey into the Unknown

    By: Eastman - Feb 05th, 2021

    Throughout his career, Carl Chiarenza (American, b. 1935) has demonstrated that photographs can provide much more than just documentary evidence. Rather than create straightforward records of the cast-off materials that appear before his camera, Chiarenza photographically transforms them into new and provocative images.

  • MFA Acquires Holocaust Trove

    48 Photographs by Henryk Ross

    By: MFA - Feb 22nd, 2021

    “This extraordinary collection of images reminds us of photography’s power to preserve and amplify the full emotional range of lived experience. Together, these 48 photographs serve as both memory and documentary evidence of the extremes of war. They are powerful and memorable,” said Matthew Teitelbaum, Ann and Graham Gund Director. “Imagine the journey: passed from the photographer to a fellow prisoner in the Lodz Ghetto, hidden and brought to New York City in a small envelope, passed from one generation to another after a lifetime of care, and now preserved permanently in one of America’s great collections of photography. That, too, is powerful and memorable.”

  • The Abstract Photography of Carl Chiarenza

    Retrospective at George Eastman House

    By: Charles Giuliano - Mar 13th, 2021

    Growing up in Rochester, the home of Eastman Kodak, Carl Chiarenza's interest in photography began at an early age. On many levels it is significant that Career Retrospective: Journey into the Unknown is being presented at the George Eastman Museum. It remains on view through June 20.

  • FEVER: A 1981 Photographic Time Capsule

    Allen Frame’s Portraits of New York Friends Before AIDS

    By: Jessica Robinson - Jun 17th, 2021

    In this new book of color photographs, all shot in 1981, Allen Frame attempts to revisit a zeitgeist that had given rise to an aesthetic that was distinctly New York. The distinctiveness was related to a circle of friends, many – though not all of them - gay men, who were making art at a specific moment in New York’s history.  FEVER is Frame’s personal documentary of that time, before the deepening tragedy of AIDS that would claim the lives of many of the young artists pictured in this book.

  • Poloroid Photographer Elsa Dorfman at 83

    Known for Studio Portraits Including Allen Ginsberg

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 31st, 2020

    At 83 the reowned portrait photographer, Elsa Dorfman, passed away at home in the People's Republic of Cambridge. As a young women she worked for Grove Press in New York. There she met many writers including Allen Ginsberg who became a lifelong subject and friend. I included her in exhibitions and wrote about her for Art News.

  • Abandoned Chicagoland: Rust on the Prairies

    By Jerry Olejniczak and Arcadia Publishing

    By: Nancy Bishop - Sep 20th, 2021

    This new book by Jerry Olejniczak is filled with images of sites demolished, transformed by decay, and sometimes overtaken by nature. Olejniczak (pronounced Oh-lay-KNEE-chalk) is an urbex photographer—a photographer as urban explorer.

  • Lewis Hine and North Adams Eclipse Mill

    Children Once Labored in Artists/ Loft Complex

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 22nd, 2021

    During the era of KIng Cotton North Adams thrived by processing bales shipped north from plantations. The Eclipse Mill produced thread which was woven across the street in the Delftree Mill. Until 1938 the mills employed child labor. During a single visit Lewis Hine created nine photographs outside the mill. These images as well as vintage views of the Eclipse Mill comprise a special exhibition. They flank the entrance ramp to the vast artist/ loft complex. The community based project is an aesthetic, historic and humanistic accomplishment.

  • WOODSTOCK AIR 2022

    Deadline to Submit: Monday, March 7

    By: Woodstock - Jan 28th, 2022

    Supporting photography-based artists, writers, and curators and the dialogue around diversity, race, identity, and social justice. The Center for Photography at Woodstock seeking applicants for residences.

  • Berkshire Artist Stephanie Blumenthal

    Deconstructing Dutch Still Life

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jul 19th, 2022

    Catching up recently with Sheffield based artist, Stephanie Blumenthal, she commented on having work in the last two annual juried shows of the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield. They are photographs in the manner of 17th century Dutch still life paintings entailing fast food. I asked her to send images which proved to be intriguing.

  • The Moholy-Nagy Estate

    Collaboration with Web-3 Photography Organization Fellowship

    By: Moholy-Nagy - Sep 22nd, 2022

    The Moholy-Nagy Estate announces collaboration with web-3 photography organization Fellowship to launch its first NFT collection 

  • Rachel Portesi: Standing Still

    Griffin Museum of Photography

    By: Griffin - Sep 23rd, 2022

    Rachel Portesi: Standing Still, a solo exhibition of works by artist Rachel Portesi, featuring a selection of collodion tintypes made with large-format vintage cameras that explore the evolving lifelong complexities of female identity. The works in Standing Still are part of the artist's ongoing series of “hair portraits.”

  • LIFE Magazine and the Power of Photography

    Boston Museum of Fine Arts: October 9 to January 16, 2023

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 18th, 2022

    In 1936 Henry Luce bought Life Magazine and transformed it into a publication where pictures told the story. At his command to convey a narrow white supremacist fantasy of America's global dominance he employed the legendary photo journalists of his generation. Luce also published Time Magazine, Fortune Magazine and later Sports Illustrated. With a weekly circulation in the millions Life initially had a cover price of ten cents which at that time got you a cup of coffee. LIFE Magazine and the Power of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts captures its essence with an engaging but ultimately disappointing exhibition.

  • At the Manship Artist Residency

    All About Quarries, Ponds, and Rocks!

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Nov 22nd, 2022

    All about quarries, ponds and rocks! This article presents a photo and word essay - in the format that I have exhibited at the Eclipse Mill as well as this summer/fall at the Berkshire Art Museum in North Adams, MA.

  • Carl Chiarenza on Boston Photography

    Harvard Dissertation on Aaron Siskind First on Photography in US

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 07th, 2019

    During graduate study at Boston University photographer Carl Chiarenza was a professor, mentor and friend. We spoke at length about how JFK and the Vietnam War nudged him into studying art history. At Harvard he was the first American to write a dissertation on photography. It was a biography and critical study of then living American icon Aaron Siskind. Now retired from the University of Rochester he continues to create new work.

  • Berkshire Artist Museum

    Featuring Work by Eric Rudd and Regional Artists

    By: Charles giuliano - Jun 28th, 2015

    After one season the Rudd Museum of Art in North Adams has been renamed with a new mandate as Berkshire Artist Museum. It recently reopened with a Rudd installation Iceberg in the nave and That '70s show as phase one of Then and Now which will be complete later in the season.

  • Paul Natkin Superstars

    Exhibition at Ed Paschke Art Center in Jefferson Park.

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 28th, 2015

    Paul Natkin told an attentive audience about shooting Bruce Springsteen in Minneapolis on his Born in the USA tour for a Newsweek cover. That shoot was described in a story about Natkin in the Chicago Sun-Times. "That's when my family believed I was a real photographer," he said. That publicity also led to five years as the staff photographer for the Oprah Winfrey Show.

  • Ride Hamilton and David Kaplan Collaborate

    The Hotel Plays at Berta Walker Gallery

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 01st, 2015

    Last April, cramped into small rooms in the French Quarter for The Hotel Plays of Tennessee Williams, we first encountered the photographer Ride Hamilton. This past week we again interacted during the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival. In addition to the performances we much enjoyed his installation, a collaborator with the festival curator, director and scholar, David Kaplan, at the Berta Walker Gallery. It richly evoked memories of New Orleans.

  • Amy Arbus: After Images

    Provincetown Arts Association and Museum

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 02nd, 2015

    Blessed/ burdened with the fame of her photographer mother, Amy Arbus, after youthful resistance and the pursuit of studying music, was lured into a career in photography. She has had some 25 one woman shows and published five books. The stunning and sensual exhibition of modern master appropriations, Amy Arbus: After Images, is on view at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum through November 15.

  • Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

    Overview of a Week in the Sun: Literally and Culturally

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Oct 01st, 2015

    The 10th Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, occurred from September 24 to 27 with great success during a week of daily sunshine. The weather helped: there were outdoor performances on the beach and on a large deck of the Boat Slip. The town took part with venues including Town Hall, the former High School, a radio station and a Night Club. Of course, two major plays were smashingly performed at the Provincetown Theater. And the buzz was all about TW - Tenn at Ten!

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