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Dialogues with Great Photographers - Marcus Leatherdale

Marcus Leatherdale interview - Kyle: What impact did your time as Robert Mapplethorpe’s office manager in the early 1980s have on your work? What did you learn from also being one of his subjects? Leatherdale: Robert was very inspirational in my early years. Working as his studio manager in New York City gave me insight into the running of an art studio and how it functioned as a whole. It also made me realize my priorities, both professionally and emotionally. I learned to appreciate and enjoy the day-to...

"Just out of Reach: Pictures with an Edge"

Photography is a powerful medium. It can immediately captivate and enthrall a viewer with frozen moments that appear to be taken from reality. Pictures fascinate the viewer that cross the threshold of safety and blur the line between the personal and private world, and the public and shared world. Historically, photography has been the ultimate voyeuristic media capitalizing on the occasional pleasure of being a voyeur. Perhaps no other medium has such strength to present startling and confrontational...

"The Humanist Vision"

Occupying a highly influential position within the development of photography, humanist imagery emerged in 1930s Europe to create a universal and poetic vision of mankind through its lyrical, realist portraits of common people. The goals of these photographers were to create photographic metaphors in which small activities pointed to larger human pleasures and sentiments. With expertly trained eyes, humanist photographers deftly captured activities such as lovers in the street or dark alleyways, children...

Dialogues with Great Photographers - Dimitris Yeros

Dimitris Yeros interview - Kyle: You are Greek and live in the nation today. Have classical art and, more specifically, classical statuary informed your photography at all? Yeros: You could say that I grew up inside the Greek archaeological museums. My mother came from a small village which has been in the same location for the past 4000 to 5000 years. It’s four miles from mythical Delphi with its famous museum that houses the magnificent sculptures of male youths known as the kouroi, one of the most...

"Stories Untold: The Artwork of Bernard Faucon, Massimo Listri & Kimiko Yoshida"

Photographers have been attracted by the expressive and emotive potential of the media since its inception over 100 years ago. Viewing a fixed moment caught in a hundredth of a second of time begs the question of what came before it, what will come after it, and why this particular moment and point of view is being shown. Many artists desire to become storytellers expressing an open-ended narrative full of potential for the viewer to investigate. The medium of photography is ripe for being exploited in...

"High Life / High Style"

As Cecil Beaton said in 1975, "It is up to the fashion photographer to create an illusion. In doing so, he is not behaving with dishonesty, but when properly invoked, the result is not merely an illusion; rather, it makes the observer see what he wishes to see." Since its inception in the 1880s, fashion photography has generated some of the most widely recognizable, provocative, and enduring imagery of our time. In particular, the genre presents an idealized and dreamlike vision that allows viewers to...

Dialogues with Great Photographers - Norman Seeff

Norman Seeff interview - Kyle: You practiced medicine for a few years in your native South Africa during your twenties. What made you move to New York City in 1968 to pursue a photography career? Seeff: I was working in emergency medicine in Soweto just outside of Johannesburg. This was during the apartheid era. It got a little dangerous for me because I was anti-apartheid and the government didn’t like my politics or my friends who were all activists. Since childhood, I had always had a fascination...

"The Compassionate Eye: Women Behind the Lens"

Shortly after the development of photography in the mid 19th century, women became early practitioners of the medium and expanded its range by experimenting with its every aspect and playing a pivotal role in its reception. Their lasting impact on photography is historically documented, but within the early stages of its development as a means of artistic expression, it often was women’s enthusiastic engagement in image making that can be attributed to the medium’s strength as a vehicle for story telling,...

"Pioneers of Photography: Classic Images from the 1920s to 1960s"

During the critical years spanning from the 1920s to the 1960s, a vital period emerged for the development of the medium of photography that would dramatically alter mankind’s perception and experience of the world. Photography would evolve technically from the limitations of large, heavy cameras with slow lenses and magnesium flash to smaller 35 and 110 mm hand-held cameras which were lighter, faster, and more adept at immediately capturing our surroundings. The modern era, marked by huge cultural,...

"Let the Good Times Roll"

The exhibition is a celebration of the joy found in life’s perhaps small, yet happiest moments. Seen through the camera lens, these instances are decisively captured and expertly composed offering a photographer’s perspective on timeless and exuberant moments. Although light-hearted in nature, the photographers have all contributed to the evolution of the history of photography through their various depictions of people often in the midst of their daily lives. The images included in the exhibition relate...