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Sally Mann – A Thousand Crossings – At National Gallery Of Art

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Sally Mann – A Thousand Crossings – At National Gallery Of Art

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Living in Washington DC is such a delight when I can walk to the National Gallery of Art and experience Sally Mann’s solo exhibit with a group of photographers who like to discuss the finer points of technique and process. Inspiration and criticism go hand-and-hand when you have a group of accomplished and opinionated individuals in the same room. Of course, each of us has a camera weighing down our necks and the irritation may add to our determination to get out point across.

Over 40 years of 110 images span the galleries, organized in five sections. Many have never been exhibited before. There are two videos that illuminate Mann’s thought process and technique.

Click on this link to see details.

Scroll down to see some of the photos that caught my eye.

Sally Mann Exhibit

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Adolf de Meyer Photographs at the Met

Adolf de Meyer Photographs at the Met


I was found myself in New York City for the Christmas holiday. I wandered over to the Met to see the Michelangelo exhibit, but it was so crowded I couldn’t get close to any of the work. Disappointed, I meandered through the museum and stumbled upon this photography exhibit by Adolf de Meyer.

de Meyer was a Baron and kept company with the privileged European elite. He photographed the wealthy and enjoyed travel to exotic locations. Ever the dandy, he documented the fashion of the times for magazines and ballet productions.







de Meyer was an explorer of color photography in its infancy, 1907. There are two color images in this exhibit, which are included in the highlights I have here for you to view. Unfortunately, the glass had a lot of glare on it, so all the images I photographed have light spots and reflections of the walls or people passing through the galleries.





He also photographed nature and any landscapes that caught his eye.







Here is an excerpt from the Met website explaining the show:

A member of the “international set” in fin-de-siècle Europe, Baron Adolf de Meyer (1868–1946) was also a pioneering photographer, known for creating works that transformed reality into a beautiful fantasy. Quicksilver Brilliance is the first museum exhibition devoted to the artist in more than 20 years and the first ever at The Met. Some 40 works, drawn entirely from The Met collection, demonstrate the impressive breadth of his career.

The exhibition includes dazzling portraits of well-known figures of his time: the American socialite Rita de Acosta Lydig; art patron and designer Count Étienne de Beaumont; aristocrat and society hostess Lady Ottoline Morrell; and celebrated entertainer Josephine Baker, among others. A highlight of the presentation is an exceptional book—one of only seven known copies—documenting Nijinsky’s scandalous 1912 ballet L’Après-midi d’un faune. This rare album represents de Meyer’s great success in capturing the movement and choreography of dance, a breakthrough in the history of photography. Also on view are the artist’s early snapshots made in Japan, experiments with color processes, and inventive fashion photographs.

This exhibit runs through March 18, 2018 at the 5th Ave Met.





Bert Stern, Iconic Photographer Dies

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Bert Stern image of Marilyn Monroe

Bert Stern image of Marilyn Monroe

Photographer Bert Stern, famous the world over for his images of celebrities and commercial work, died on June 25, 2013, at the age of 83. He captured Marilyn Monroe only six weeks before she died in what is now called The Last Sitting. Stern photographed Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Brigitte Bardot, and Marlon Brando, among others.

Bert Stern image of Brigitte Bardot

Bert Stern image of Brigitte Bardot

Bert Stern image of Drew Barrymore

Bert Stern image of Drew Barrymore



Famous Mothers With Their Children

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Happy Mother’s Day, Friends.

Hope you enjoy these classic photos of famous mothers and their children from the pages of Life magazine. And the one of my own mother taken at lunch today, shown below.

Mothers & Kids



Philippe Halsman Quote #1

Phillippe Halsman - Salvador Dali

Philippe Halsman image of Salvador Dali in his studio.

“The immortal photographers will be straightforward photographers, those who do not rely on tricks or special techniques.”

Philippe Halsman, American portrait photographer. May 2, 1906 – June 25, 1979

Look closely at the unretouched image of Salvador Dali in his studio. Notice the thin lines from the ceiling to the items suspended from them. Imagine the time it took to set this tableau up. Today, Photoshop junkies blend many photographs together to create such scenes.

When I read Halsman’s quote, I am reminded of how far the pendulum has moved away from straightforward photos. In the age of Instagram’s one click manipulations, fantasy photos are easy to create. It seems the appetite for un-reality is bigger than it is for pepperoni pizza.

Philippe Halsman photo from 1953.

Philippe Halsman photo in Florida from 1953.

Personally, I got bored with Instagram after two weeks and closed my account. The “click and aahh” as I call it, was unsatisfying. Are my photos more interesting than before the filter, vignette, and frame are added? Only if I take a bad photo and want to make it passable. A good photo only becomes muddled, and loses its meaning.

Maybe someday the pendulum will balance itself again. Until then, what I find “aahh” worthy is becoming more rare.


Diane Arbus Quote #1

Diane Arbus at work

Diane Arbus at work

Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo cookies.
~ Diane Arbus, American photographer, March 14, 1923 – July 26, 1971
Diane Arbus was most known for her portraits of people who lived outside “normal” society. Her stark images of transgenders, circus performers and misshapen people branded her with a reputation of being a photographer of “freaks”.

Diane Arbus photograph

“Child with toy hand grenade in Central Park” 1962 by Diane Arbus

Diane Arbus portrait

Diane Arbus portrait “Young Man in Curlers”

Diane Arbus image of a circus performer

Diane Arbus image of a circus performer

Diane Arbus photograph

Diane Arbus photograph


In Memory Of Photographers We Lost In 2012

Time Lightbox Article

Time Lightbox Article

Time Lightbox has put together a beautiful memorial of the notable photographers that died in 2012. Examples of their outstanding work are included.   From photojournalists to fashion photographers, these professionals expanded the medium’s limits. Take a moment to view their contributions.

Jan Groover, Eve Arnold, Michael Rougier, Homai Vyarawalla, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Sergio Lerrain, Lillian Bassman, Robert R. McElroy, Remi Ochlik, Stan Stearns, Paula Lerner, Lee Balterman, Jim McCrary, Horst Faas, Horacio Coppola, Prabuddah Dasgupta, Larry Keenan, Martine Franck, Malcolm Browne, Juan Antonio, Susan Carr, Pedro Guerrero, Bettye Lane, Michelle Vignes, Richard Gordon, Dody Weston Thompson, Alf Kumalo, Wilhelm Brasse, Walt Zeboski, Cornel Lucas, Arnaud Maggs, and Ken Regan – your work will be missed.

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