EXHIBITION: THE BLACK CHRONICLES II
at Rivington Place, London, UK

The Black Chronicles II is a newly curated exhibition exploring black presences (African and Asian) in 19th and early 20th century Britain, through the prism of studio photography.

Drawing on the metaphor of the chronicle the exhibition presents over 200 photographs, the majority of which have never been exhibited or published before. As a curated body of work, these photographs present new knowledge and offer different ways of seeing the black subject in Victorian Britain, and contribute to an ongoing process of redressing persistent ‘absence’ within the historical record.

A highlight of the show is a dedicated display of thirty portraits of members of The African Choir, who toured Britain between 1891-93, seen here for the first time. Perhaps the most comprehensive series of images rendering the black subject in Victorian Britain, these extraordinary portraits on glass plate negatives by the London Stereoscopic Company have been deeply buried in the Hulton Archive, unopened for over 120 years.

These are presented alongside those of other visiting performers, dignitaries, servicemen, missionaries, students and many as yet unidentified black Britons. Their presence bears direct witness to Britain’s colonial and imperial history and the expansion of Empire. (read more)

Exhibition dates:
Sep 12 - Nov 29, 2014

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EXHIBITION: EMMET GOWIN - EXPOSITION
at Fondation Cartier-Bresson, Paris, France

This retrospective features 130 prints by one of the most original and influential photographers of the last 40 years.

Born in Danville, Virginia, in 1941, Emmet Gowin grew up on Chincoteague Island in a highly religious environment. His father was a Methodist minister who instilled discipline in his son, while his mother, a musician, taught him to be patient and gentle. In his free time, marveling at the surrounding nature, Gowin took to drawing. (read more)

“I’m waiting.”
"For what?
"My kind of people."
"What kind is that?"
"I can’t explain it. I can tell my kind of people by their faces. By something in their faces.”

Ayn Rand

Exhibition dates:
May 14 - July 27, 2014

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EXHIBITION: THE METROPOLIS EXPERIMENT
at Wien Museum, Vienna, Austria

The spotlight of the exhibition The Metropolis Experiment - Vienna and the 1873 World Exhibition at Wien Museum is trained on the years around 1873, a crucial transformative phase in Vienna’s development towards becoming a big city.

Marking the key year of the era, the World Exhibition of 1873 was a project of gigantic proportions that underlined Vienna’s efforts to secure an important role internationally and coincided with the high point in a phase of economic prosperity and optimistic hopes for the future.

The exhibition shines a light on phenomena such as mass entertainment and exoticism, fashion and interior decoration, medicine and technology. (read more)

Exhibition dates:
May 15 - Sep. 28, 2014

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EXHIBITION: DUANE MICHALS - EMTPY NEW YORK
at DC Moore Gallery, New York, USA and
at Carnegie Museum of Art, Oakland, USA

Michals was born in 1932, in Pittsburgh. He moved to New York in the mid-nineteen-fifties, and he had his first exhibition in 1963, at the Underground Gallery, in Greenwich Village. A prolific photographer, Michals has published his work in dozens of books, including “Questions Without Answers,” from 2001.

Empty New York, a series of photographs that he produced at the start of his career, is currently on view at the DC Moore Gallery, in Manhattan. This fall, the Carnegie Museum of Art / Heinz Galleries will host a retrospective of his work.

Read an interview with Michals and find more information in The New Yorker.

Exhibition dates:
Apr 24, 2014 - May 31, 2014 (DC Moore Gallery, New York)
Nov 1, 2014 – Feb 16, 2015 (CMOA, Oakland)

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EXHIBITION: AARON ROSE - IN A WORLD OF THEIR OWN
at Museum of the City New York, NYC, USA

In a World of Their Own: Coney Island, 1961-1963 is on view at Museum of the City of New York featuring previously unseen images of sunny 1960s Coney Island.

“Coney Island was filled with people who work in all kinds of professions, who would never normally be out like that,” as Rose tells TIME. “The beach makes them have something in common — and that’s the thing I like most about it.”

Indeed, these images get to the very core of what Coney Island represents, even today, to many Americans. Originally a small seaside town — the “island” is actually a peninsula — Coney was once renowned as the so-called “playground of the world”: the home of the wooden Cyclone roller coaster, and the historical amusement mecca Steeplechase Park, among many other attractions.

This was a place where generations of New Yorkers came to catch the summer’s best days, a resort in which to staycation before the staycation existed. (read more)

Exhibition dates:
May 9 – Aug. 3, 2014

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EXHIBITION: MID-CENTURY POSTWAR ITALIAN PHOTOGRAPHY
at Keith De Lellis Gallery, New York, USA

Unlike its prewar isolation, Italy’s chaotic postwar climate allowed for creative independence. For photography, this meant there were no formal schools, but important amateur photo clubs that started to form in the late 1940s, like La Bussola, La Gondola and La FIAF (Federazione Italiana Associazioni Fotografiche).

Looking at the exhibition, it is impossible to ignore the similarities among the 34 silver-gelatin prints, even if they are by 27 artists. They share a striking sense of graphic experimentation, where many frames are filled with vast white space and mere specks of sharp, black figures. (read more)

Exhibition dates:
April 3 - May 17, 2014

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EXHIBITION: CHANG CHAO-TANG - IMAGES OF YOUTH (1959-61)
at Gallery Tosei, Tokyo, Japan

Chang Chao-Tang was a high school student in 1959 when he borrowed his older brother’s Aires Automat 120 twin-lens reflex camera without much thought. He liked going for long walks with the camera after school; it eased the burden of his homework. Eventually, he found himself taking photos with the camera every day, photos of common people and places in Taiwan, like youngsters poking out of street corners or at beaches, farm animals, and dolls.

“Those images are so pure and innocent,” he said. “You can’t go back to that kind of feeling.”

Mr. Chang hardly suspected that he would grow up to become one of Taiwan’s most important photographers — in fact, he had such little regard for this kind of future that he did not even bother to save his negatives. Yet half a century later, these images have been in major exhibitions, including one that opens this week at the Gallery Tosei in Japan. (more info and pictures here)

Exhibition dates:
April 4 - April 26, 2014

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EXHIBITION: EXPERIENCING NIRVANA
at Proud Camden, London, UK

This exhibition, by photographers Charles Peterson and Steve Double, reveals a rare and intriguing insight into one of the most influential and important rock bands of the modern era, marking the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s untimely death.

Both Peterson and Double began photographing Nirvana at around the same time, in 1989 when the band had just signed to the Sub Pop label and released their first album ‘Bleach’. They are considered the foremost grunge photographers capturing the birth of the scene and the spirit of Nirvana.

Peterson said that the grunge aesthetic was "…a supercharged lifestyle of expression, a familial community made up of ‘stray dogs from every village’ who all had the same aching need for something to do, preferably loud and diverting”.

After Kurt Cobain’s tragic death in 1994, many people felt that the grunge scene had died. These photographs captured the essence of this generation and features iconic genre-defining live images of Nirvana playing onstage alongside never before seen images of the notoriously private band off-stage. (+)

Exhibition dates:
Mar. 27 - May 11, 2014

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EXHIBITION: CHARLES MARVILLE - PHOTOGRAPHER OF PARIS
at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA

Widely acknowledged as one of the most talented photographers of the nineteenth century, Charles Marville (French, 1813–1879) was commissioned by the city of Paris to document both the picturesque, medieval streets of old Paris and the broad boulevards and grand public structures that Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann built in their place for Emperor Napoleon III. This exhibition presents a selection of around one hundred of his photographs.

From 1862, as official photographer for the city of Paris, he documented aspects of the radical modernization program that had been launched by Emperor Napoleon III and his chief urban planner, Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann. In this capacity, Marville photographed the city’s oldest quarters, and especially the narrow, winding streets slated for demolition. Even as he recorded the disappearance of Old Paris, Marville turned his camera on the new city that had begun to emerge. Many of his photographs celebrate its glamour and comforts, while other views of the city’s desolate outskirts attest to the unsettling social and physical changes wrought by rapid modernization. (read more)

Exhibition dates:
Jan. 29 – May 4, 2014

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EXHIBITION: HERMANN LANDSHOFF - A RETROSPECTIVE
at Münchner Stadtmuseum, Munich, Germany

Landshoff grew up in Munich-Solln as the son of a well-to-do Jewish family that was very much involved in the city’s art, literature and music scenes. After training at Munich’s Kunstgewerbeschule (School of Arts and Crafts), he became a member of the circle of well-known typographer and book illustrator Fritz Helmuth Ehmcke. It was here that Landshoff met the Nuremberg illustrator Richard Lindner alongside whom he would subsequently work as part of the creative team at the Knorr & Hirth publishing house.

When the Nazis seized power in 1933, Landshoff was forced to emigrate, initially settling in Paris where he worked as a fashion photographer. Between 1936 and 1939, his images were published in the popular ‘Femina’ magazine and in the French edition of ‘Vogue’. He was then forced to flee France and, after an eventful journey spanning 1940 and 1941, he eventually pitched up in New York.

Landshoff soon became one of the most fascinating fashion photographers to collaborate with legendary art director Alexey Brodovitch for fashion magazines such as ‘Harper’s Bazaar’, ‘Junior Bazaar’ and latterly also ‘Mademoiselle’. He developed his own style as a fashion photographer, portraying the models in life-like everyday situations. American fashion photographer Richard Avedon considered himself to have been profoundly inspired by Landshoff, even being moved to claim that ‘I owe everything to Landshoff’.

There is little doubt that Hermann Landshoff is one of the last great unsung heroes in (the history of) 20th century photography.

The exhibition will show a selection of more than 250 of Landshoff’s fascinating photographs for the first time, with subjects drawn from across the entire spectrum of his work, from fashion to portraits and architecture. (read more)

Exhibition dates:
Nov. 29, 2013 - Apr. 21, 2014

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