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Robert Frank In His Studio

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In the spring of 2000, Robert Frank invited my friend Peter and a group of his Swedish photography students to his studio at Bleecker Street. Where he has been living and working for many years. Peter and I had been going to the photography school and Peter extended the invitation to me.

Born in Switzerland in 1924, Frank is considered one of the great living masters of photography. Frank is undoubtedly best known for his book, THE AMERICANS made on a cross-country road trip in 1955–56.Frank’s depiction of American life the book was released in the U.S. in 1959.Frank's style—seemingly loose, casual compositions, with often rough, blurred, out-of-focus foregrounds and tilted horizons—was just as controversial and influential as his subject matter.

When we arrived, Mr. Frank opened the door, welcomed us and signaled for us to follow him to the second floor through narrows stairs to a small room, which he used as his studio. I remember the debris and the scraps of papers crumpled and thrown on the studio floor, the wall full of books and another wall of pictures. I recognized one of the corners as the background for a self-portrait he has made that became the cover of his book MOVING OUT. Every thing in the room felt like an experiment in living held together to keep the experiment going. All of it was both regular and unpredictable. There was no apparent order but rather a place where inherent suffering is acknowledged. This I felt was many times more hopeful and helpful than safe mediocrity.

What we took away that day, on the most profound level, increases our awareness of our own Possibilities.

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART: ‘LOOKING IN: ROBERT FRANK’S “THE AMERICANS,”’ through Jan. 3.

http://www.metmuseum.org/home.asp

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Renato D’Agostin and Alessandro Zuek Simonetti at Leica Gallery New York

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Tokyo Untitled and the Last Neighborhood Still Standing, work by Renato D'Agostin and Alessandro Zuek Simonetti, is currently on display at the New York Leica Gallery through January 9th. The artist reception will be held on Wednesday, 18 November, from 6-8pm.

Both photographers have been fascinated by the life that lives and breathes in particular cities; D'Agostin explores the relationships of geometry and humans in the city of Tokyo, while Simonetti captures the complexities of the changing Chinatown in New York City. Their photographs show their intimate relationships to the space that they inhabit and represent.

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Alessandro Zuek Simonetti

Renato D'Agostin

Renato D'Agostin

Leica Gallery
670 Broadway, New York City 10012
212.777.3051 - Fax 212.777.6960 - leicaphoto@aol.com

 

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2009 Aperture Portfolio Prize-Runner Up Keliy Anderson-Staley

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Daylight Magazine would like to congratulate Keliy Anderson-Staley, who was one of six applicants chosen from over 700 portfolios reviewed for the 2009 Aperture Portfolio Prize. Keliy Anderson-Staley's portfolio, Off the Grid, was featured as Daylight's August 2009 podcast.

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Natan Dvir exhibition at the Laurie M. Tisch Gallery

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The exhibition examines contemporary visions of Arab society in Israel focusing on young men and women at the pivotal age of 18 — an age at which they
graduate from high school, become legal adults and gain the right to
vote as Israeli citizens, but unlike their Jewish peers, most do not
join the military. The project is an outcome of close encounters between an Israeli Jewish
artist and Arab individuals in various communities around Israel,
and includes a series of environmental portraits as well as
documentation of these young peoples' lives and close surrounding.

"18" will
be the first exhibition to be included as part of The Other Israel Film
Festival program, which strives to foster social awareness and cultural
understanding. The Festival presents dramatic and documentary features
and shorts, as well as engaging panels about history, culture, and
identity of Arab citizens of Israel, who make up twenty percent of
Israel's population. Its mission is to promote awareness and
appreciation of the diversity of the state of Israel, provide a dynamic
and inclusive forum for exploration of and dialogue about its Arab
population.

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Family of Mine: Work by Steve Bliss, Katrina d’Autremont, and Jason Houston

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Family of Mine, photographs by Steve Bliss, Katrina d’Autremont, and Jason Houston, as well as City of Children, photographs by Monika Merva,
open today, November 6th at 6pm, at RayKo in San Francisco. As the titles suggest, these four artists photograph their families not as strict documents but as a way to better understand the relationships involved.

Monika Merva has photographed the children in and around her home, using a Contax medium format camera and natural light. The shots are not set up or posed, to avoid sentimentality and preserve the authenticity of what she has witnessed.

Jason Houston works as a photojournalist and who spends most of his time on assignment for editorial and NGO clients. Houston turns his lens on his family and records what he sees in a different way.

Katrina d’Autremont’s body of work, ” Si Dios Quiere…” (If God Wants) explores issues of intimacy and distance within her mother’s family in Argentina.

Steve Bliss is a father, photographing his sons. Like most parents, Bliss has an inherent, perhaps genetic interest in recording the fleeting states of his children’s development.

For more information about this event, visit http://raykophoto.com/?page_id=37.

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