A collection of the lavish and iconic gowns of Christian Dior, from the 1950s and ’60s, captured by the legendary photographer Mark Shaw. Iconic photographer Mark Shaw documented the ultra-exclusive Parisian fashion world, focusing on Paris’s long-standing top couturier Christian Dior. Shaw’s photographs—some of the first fashion photographs ever shot in color—capture the most stunning and extraordinary fashion of the era. This lavish volume embodies the glamour of that time, from rare moments of Christian Dior during fittings to editorial-style photographs of models, socialites, and actresses posing in Dior’s ballgowns, day suits, and haute couture collections. Shaw’s photojournalistic style changed fashion photography forever: his approach was to photograph wide, giving the subject a sense of context, creating an environment as exquisitely transformative as the subject and garment. With an eye for intimacy and opulence, this book features more than 200 color and black-and-white photographs, many never published before, having only recently been found in a secret vault by his estate. Dior Glamour: 1952–1962 captures the drama and elegance of the period’s style and will be treasured by lovers of photography, fashion, style, history, and cultured living.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
As the final hours of 2013 elapse, we pause to remember two great friends that passed away in 2013: Bill Eppridge and John Dominis, along with so many other truly great photographers.
We are grateful that our lives have made it possible to know, or to have known, so many great photographers personally in our careers, and their humanistic photography and kind hearts have informed us in both our personal and professional lives.
2013 has once again affirmed our steadfast belief in the power of a photograph. To all of the photographers out there, past and present, we honor your commitment and service to humanity.
We are so very thankful to all who have visited the gallery and our booths at art fairs this year (we'll be in booth #302 at photo la 2014 January 16 - 19).
In a small way, this our "thank you" for 2013. We wish you the very best in 2014.
--Sidney and Michelle Monroe
Related: 2013 in Pictures, and more
Monday, December 30, 2013
John Dominis via johndominis.us
It is with great sadness that we have learned that LIFE photographer, John Dominis, passed away Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013 after a long illness. Obituaries and tributes below.
John Dominis was born June 27, 1921 in Los Angeles and attended the University of Southern California, where he majored in cinematography. However, he credits a teacher, C. A. Bach, from Fremont High that offered a three-year course in photography for his skills. Remembers Dominis, "He'd give assignments, ball you out, make you reshoot." Eight of the photographers that Bach trained later got staff jobs with LIFE magazine. From 1943 to 1947 Dominis served as a second lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force photographic department. After three years as a free-lance photographer, he became a member of the LIFE staff in 1950.
A consummate photojournalist, Dominis covered the Korean War for LIFE, and recorded the beginning of what became the Vietnam War. He photographed the firing of General Douglas MacArthur, and he covered John F. Kennedy’s emotional “I am a Berliner” speech. Dominis traveled the world constantly, and in 1966 he made two long trips to Africa to photograph the “big cats”: leopards, cheetahs, and lions for a remarkable series of picture essays in LIFE which later became the basis for a book. This project resulted in several awards for Dominis, including Magazine Photographer of the Year (1966).
Dominis also covered five Olympics, the Woodstock Festival, and represented both TIME and LIFE during President Richard Nixon’s 1972 trip to China. Many of the editors and photo-chiefs at LIFE considered Dominis to be the best all-around photographer on staff. After LIFE ceased regular publication, Dominis worked as photo editor for People and Sports Illustrated. Returning to freelance photography, Dominis shot the photographs for five Italian cookbooks, on location with Giuliano Bugialli, food writer and teacher.
“LIFE magazine was a great success. If a man hadn't seen a picture of a native in New Guinea, well, we brought him a picture of a native of New Guinea. We went into the homes of princes and Presidents and showed the public how they lived. The great thing about working with LIFE," says Dominis, "was that I was given all the support and money and time, whatever was required, to do almost any kind of work I wanted to do, anywhere in the world. It was like having a grant, a Guggenheim grant, but permanently."
In the spring of 1963, Steve McQueen was on the brink of superstardom, already popular from his big-screen breakout as one of The Magnificent Seven and just a couple months away from entering the Badass Hall of Fame with the release of The Great Escape. Intrigued by his dramatic backstory and his off-screen exploits — McQueen was a reformed delinquent who got his thrills racing cars and motorcycles — LIFE sent photographer John Dominis to California to hang out with the 33-year-old actor and see what he could get. Three weeks and more than 40 rolls of film later, Dominis had captured some astonishingly intimate and iconic images, photos impossible to imagine in today's restricted-access celebrity world.
Trailing Steve McQueen was Dominis' first Hollywood gig. "I liked the movies, but I didn't know who the stars were; I was not a movie buff," Dominis, now in his nineties, told LIFE.com. But he got the assignment because he and McQueen shared one vital passion point. "When I was living in Hong Kong I had a sports car and I raced it," Dominis says. "And I knew that Steve McQueen had a racing car. I rented one anticipating that we might do something with them. He was in a motorcycle race out in the desert, so I went out there in my car and met him, and I say, 'You wanna try my car?'" Later the two of them would zip around Los Angeles, including Sunset Boulevard (pictured). "We went pretty fast — I mean, as fast as you can safely go without getting arrested — and we'd ride and then stop and trade cars. He liked that, and I knew he liked it. I guess that was the first thing that softened him."
From early morning until late at night, Dominis followed McQueen through his action-packed days — camping with his buddies, racing his various vehicles, playing with his family, tooling around Hollywood. Even back then, Dominis says, he had to be mindful that his constant presence did not become irritating. "Movie stars, they weren't used to giving up a lot of time — in fact they didn't like to give up hardly ANY time," he says. "But I sort of relaxed in the beginning and didn't bother them every time they turned around, and they began to get used to me being there. If they were doing something, they would definitely just not notice me anymore."
New York Times: John Dominis, a Star Life Magazine Photographer, Dies at 92
L'Oeil de la Photographie: The death of John Dominis
NPR: The Incredible Versatility Of Photographer John Dominis
LA Times: John Dominis, one of the great Life photographers was 92
TIME: John Dominis, Longtime LIFE Photographer, Dies at 92
International Center for Photography: John Dominis: 1921 - 2013
PDN Obituary: John Dominis, Prolific LIFE Photographer, 92
F-Stoppers: Celebrating the life of LIFE photographer John Dominis
Santa Fe New Mexican: John Dominis, longtime photographer for 'Life', dies at 92
Washington Post: John Dominis, Life magazine photographer, dies at 92
Photographer Spotlight: John Dominis
LIFE PHOTOGRAPHER JOHN DOMINIS' PHOTOGRAPHS OF WOODSTOCK
The LIFE Photographers exhibition
John Dominis Exhibition
Love them? Hate them? The lists have begun: everyone's photography "Best of" lists for 2013. (Updated Jan. 1, 2014)
TIME LightBox: In Memoriam: Remembering the Photographers We Lost in 2013
Magnum Photos Blog: 2013 The Year in Review
The Guardian: Photographer of the year: Goran Tomasevic
Guardian picture editors' favourite photos of 2013
Stella Kramer: 2013 in Photography: First the Bad
2013 in Photography: Now for the Good
Year in Photos 2013 by Pete Souza
Time Light Box: All the 2013 Photojournalismlinks posts
New York Daily News: Best of 2013: A look back at the top New York Daily News photos of the year
The Observer's 20 photographs of the year
dna's best pictures of 2013
LA Times: The Year in Pictures | 2013
|Aljazeera: In Pictures: 2013 in review |
CBS: 2013 The Year in Pictures
Huffington Post: The 52 Most Breathtaking Photos From Around The World This Year
Pulitzer Center: 2013: A Year in Photos
New Yorker Photo Booth: The Year in Photojournalism
The New York Times: 2013: The Year in Pictures
Telegraph: World news pictures of the year 2013: part 1
World news pictures of the year 2013: part 2
World news pictures of the year 2013: part 3
The Guardian: The best photographs of 2013 – in pictures
The Paris News: 2013 in Pictures
ABC News: 2013 Year in Pictures
BBC: Year in pictures 2013
CNET: 2013: The year in pictures
BBC: The UK year in pictures 2013
CNN: 2013: The year in pictures
The Independent: In pictures: 2013 - The year in review
NY Daily News: Photos of the year 2013: Top 30 most striking news images from across the globe
The Week: 2013 The Year in Pictures
The Columbian: 2013 Year in Pictures
The Guardian: The best photography of 2013: Sean O'Hagan's choice
Politico: The 18 Best Washington Photos of 2013
The Guardian: 2013: the media year in pictures
The Daily Beast: 2013 The Year in Photos
Associated Press: AP's Top 10 photos of 2013
TIME Picks the Top 10 Photos of 2013
NBC News: The Year in Pictures: 2013
New Yorker Photo Booth: Thirteen Incredible Outtakes from 2013
The Guardian: Best portraits of 2013 – in pictures
WIRED: The Most Amazing Images NASA Took of Earth From Space This Year
Chicago Tribune/Shooting From The Hip: my best photos of 2013...iPhone edition
The Photoblographer: The Year in Photography Culture: Remembering Seven of the Best Moments
BBC: Press Association photographers' best shots of 2013
The Guardian: 2013: The year in pictures
The Denver Post: Photos of the Year 2013
Desert Sun Photo Staff’s Best of 2013
The Guardian: Wildlife and nature photography award-winning images of 2013 – in pictures
GIZMODO: The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2013
Fast Company: The 16 Best Photo Essays Of 2013
TIME: David Guttenfelder is TIME’s Pick for Instagram Photographer of the Year
Times of Malta: Signs of the Times during 2013
Greenpeace: Greenpeace Photo of 2013
Huffington Post: 2013's Most Striking Fine Art Photography
Video: Reuters Pictures of the Year 2013
The Washington Post: The 18 best political pictures of 2013
TIME LightBox: Photos of the Year That Almost Got Away: Behind and Beyond 365
Boston.com The Big Picture: 2013 Year in Pictures: Part I
2013 Year in Pictures: Part 2
2013 Year in Pictures: Part III
The BagNews Top 10 News Photos of 2013
The Denver Post: Photos: Best of Getty Images 2013
The best Boston Globe photos of 2013
TIME’s Best Photojournalism of 2013
TIME’s Best Portraits of 2013
All of TIME's The Year in Pictures 2013
The Atlantic: 2013: The Year in Photos, January - April
The Year in Photos May - August
The Year in Photos, September - December
Doublemesh: The 40 Most Powerful Photos Of 2013
National Geographic: Travel 365: Best of 2013
Discovery Channel: Best Ocean Animal Photos of 2013
The Inertia: Monster Gallery: The 100 Best Surf Photos of 2013
Wall Street Journal: Photos of the Year 2013
(You can also Share Your Top Photos from 2013 With #WSJbestphoto)
TIME Picks the Best Wire Photographer of 2013
TIME LightBox: The Most Surprising Photos of 2013
TIME LightBox: 2013: The Year in 365 Pictures
TIME Picks the Top 10 Photos of 2013
Reuter's: Best photos of the year 2013 (with the photographers offering a behind the scenes account of the images that helped define the year.)
ANSA presents top photos of 2013
Mashable: 100 Most Powerful Moments of 2013 in Photos
Milwaukee Business Journal: Best photos of 2013
2013 Year in Review: The year's most-viewed photo galleries on MassLive.com
The Brian Lehrer Show: Best of 2013: The Year's Best Pictures (That Are Sitting On Your Phone)
ESPN: Best photography of 2013
USA TODAY Sports' pictures of the year
Mashable: 50 Stunning Sports Photos From 2013
Forbes: The Most Science Fictional News Stories Of 2013 In Pictures
Vulture: 2013’s Best Entertainment Photography
LA Weekly: Best LA Concerts of 2013 in Photos
Salon: The most incredible nature photography of 2013
Pitchfork: Year in Music Photos 2013
LA Times: The best political photos of 2013
The Post Game: Best Action Sports Photos From Red Bull In 2013
2013 Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award Winners
The Telegraph: Royal Navy photographer of the year 2013
photo-eye: The Best Photo Books of 2013
Elizabeth Avedon: BOOKS 2013: My Top Ten and More
Conscientious: My favourite photobooks in 2013
Telegraph: Inspirational photography books for 2014
photo-eye: photo-eye's Top-10 Bestsellers of 2013
LensCulture: 2013 Photobooks of the Year
New York Times' Sixth Floor: The Top 10 Photo Books of 2013
Photo District News: Best Photo Books of 2013: Part 1
Best Photo Books of 2013: Part 2
Best Photo Books of 2013: Part 3
Mother Jones' Photographers Picks the Best Photobooks of 2013
1000 Words Photography: Top photobooks of 2013
Slate: Eight Amazing Photo Books From 2013 You May Have Missed
Raw File: Holiday Gift Guide: A Photo Book for Everyone on Your List
The Guardian: The best independent photobooks of 2013
The Telegraph: Inspirational photography books for 2014
The Telegraph: Black and White Photography books of the year
The Guardian: Photography books of the year – review
Oh Top Book! Best Overlooked Photobooks of 2013
The Telegraph: Ten photography fanatics share their favourite books of the year
British Journal of Photography: The Best Photobooks of the Year: Martin Parr takes his pick
British Journal of Photography editor Simon Bainbridge's 10 favourite photobooks of the year
The Telegraph: Best photography books of the year
TIME Picks the Best Photobooks of 2013
Washington Post: 5 best photography books of 2013
Photo.net: Best Photography Books of 2013
The Telegraph: Alec Soth: My Top Ten Photo Books of 2013
Gizmag: The best cameras of 2013
BBC: Your pictures of the year
Digital Trends: Best photography product of 2013: Sony Alpha A7
New Yorker Photo Booth: The Weirdest Photo Research of 2013
Bag News Notes: The BagNews Best Posts of 2013
Gallerist: The Year in, and Beyond, the Galleries
PhotoShelter 54 Reasons to Love Photography in 2013
Tech 2: Gadgets of the Year: Best camera-centric smartphones of 2013
Ideas Tap: Our Favorite photography articles from 2013
PhotoShelter: Photo Projects That Made For A Better 2013
CNN: Best smartphone travel photos announced
The Guardian: Selfies of 2013 – the best, worst and most revealing
The Onion: Top Photojournalism Of 2013
TIME LightBox: Report from 2013 Paris Photo: 13 of the Best Exhibitions from the Fair
The Phoblographer’s Top Ten Stories of 2013
Imaging Resource: Top 13 for 2013: the best cameras, lenses and technologies of the year
LA Times: Photography Christmas gift ideas 2013
Popular Photography: 2013 Camera of the Year: Sony a7R
Holiday Gift Guide 2013: The Phoblographer’s Editor’s Choice List
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
“LIFE magazine was a great success. If a man hadn't seen a picture of a native in
, well, we brought him a
picture of a native of New Guinea . We went into the homes of princes
and Presidents and showed the public how they lived. The great thing about
working with LIFE was that I was given all the support and money and time,
whatever was required, to do almost any kind of work I wanted to do, anywhere
in the world. It was like having a grant, a Guggenheim grant, but permanently." --John Dominis New
The LIFE Photographers continues through Januray 26, 2014
Related: “I had no idea what else was available, but I knew Life had to have it.”
Bob Gomel got closer than he wanted to JFK’s funeral
Friday, December 13, 2013
Our View: Goya exhibition a coup for state
Via The Santa Fe New Mexican
New Mexico’s state museums manage, despite tight budgets and many demands, to continually engage their audience.
That’s true for homegrown exhibits such as Cowboys Real and Imagined, now at the New Mexico History Museum, or New World Cuisine: The Histories of Chocolate, Mate y Más, at the Museum of International Folk Art, or Here Now and Always, at the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Then there are those inviting traveling exhibits. Who can forget the exquisite, hand-lettered exhibit featuring the St. John’s Bible, treasures from the court of Czar Nicholas or Gee’s Bends quilts, all of which have spent time in New Mexico?
Joining those stellar exhibitions starting Saturday is an exhibit featuring Spanish works — Renaissance to Goya: prints and drawings from Spain, at the New Mexico Museum of Art.
New Mexico is fortunate indeed to be the only location in the United States to exhibit this collection of drawings and prints — created at the British Museum and seen in Spain and Australia. Its chief attraction, naturally, is the opportunity to see work by the master Francisco de Goya. An Australian reviewer wrote, “Renaissance To Goya is stunning, packing that unique graphic punch across themes of religion, daily life, myth and — in the case of Goya — social commentary and insanity.” Museum director Mary Kershaw is to be congratulated for bringing the exhibition to Santa Fe. It’s an opportunity not just to see great works on paper, but to revisit what had been a settled question in art and discover new answers.
For whatever reason, the Spanish were not considered to excel at drawing in comparison with Flemish and Italian masters. This exhibition, gathering a range of drawings and prints from all across Spain from 1662 until the death of Goya in 1828, shows masters at work, presenting a rich body of pieces that encompasses religion and changing Spanish society. Many of these works haven’t been displayed — the British Museum is so rich in collections that exhibition curator Mark McDonald pulled these from the vaults. The previous view by some, that Spanish artists excelled more in color and painting, but not drawing, can be set aside.
In The Independent newspaper, reviewer Michael Glover had an interesting reaction, writing: “We go through it dutifully, glazed cabinet by glazed cabinet … And then, at a certain point, something marvellous happens. The year is 1762. The Tiepolos, father Giambattista and his two sons Domenico and Lorenzo, have just arrived in Madrid from Venice. The sheer brilliance of their etchings takes Spain by storm. … Then, alongside the brilliance of the Tiepolos, come other great practitioners — it all seems to happen in the last third of the show, after we have almost been lulled asleep — Ribera, Zurbaran and, greatest of all, selections from various suites of etchings by Goya, who is so wild and untrammelled and no-holds-barred emotionally that it is sometimes quite difficult to look without wincing.”
Until March, New Mexicans and other visitors (we trust both the city and the state are promoting the exhibition to travelers) will have the chance to gaze upon a Goya, and wince for themselves.
For New Mexicans, to see work made in Spain is particularly relevant. By 1662, when the exhibit opens, the settlers who had left Spain for Mexico and then traveled north to what is now New Mexico, had begun to put down roots in this new land. These great works are made by the contemporaries of the colonists; the beginnings of our own Spanish Colonial art tradition are linked to those artists of the mother country. This exhibition, in other words, will show New Mexicans more about their own origins, making it an even more essential offering. It is not to be missed.
Renaissance to Goya: prints and drawings from Spain
December 14, 2013 – March 9, 2014
New Mexico Museum of Art
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Renaissance to Goya: prints and drawings from Spain
December 14, 2013 – March 9, 2014
New Mexico Museum of Art
More information and contact
Saturday, December 7, 2013
The Telegraph "Best Photography Books of 2013": "Dior: Glamour, 1952-62 shows off Mark Shaw’s photographs from the iconic fashion house, including some of the first fashion shots in colour."
Friday, December 6, 2013
Sunday, December 8, 2pm
$5 Dollar Suggested Donation
How do images become placeholders for historic moments? What happens in the brain when images are no longer pictures, but rather icons loaded with emotion or politics? How is meaning-making changing as our world is increasingly flooded with images? This multi-media discussion event features short presentations by a panel of artists, journalists, and visual critics followed by a lively conversation about the ways that images (or the lack thereof) shape perception. Panelists include Nina Elder, Claudia X. Valdes, Dr. Khristaan Villela and others.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
"sailor kissing a nurse" picture that Eisenstaedt himself shot that very same day via vintageeveryday
Born on December 6, 1898 in West Prussia, Alfred Eisenstaedt received an Eastman Kodak Folding Camera when he was 14. Renowned as the father of modern photojournalism, Eisenstaedt’s career as a preeminent photojournalist spanned eight decades. “Eisie”, as he preferred to be called, began taking photographs in Germany in 1914. As a pioneer in his field, “Eisie” had few rules to follow.
Diminutive in stature, he worked with minimal equipment and was known for an aggressive yet invisible style of working. Regarded as an innovator of available light photography, Eisenstaedt dispensed with flash photography early on in order to preserve the ambiance of natural lighting.
He photographed throughout Europe, Africa, and the Middle East until he came to LIFE magazine in 1936. As one of the four original staff photographers for LIFE, “Eisie” covered over 2,500 assignments and created 86 covers for the magazine. Acknowledged as one of the most published photojournalists in the world, he took photographs at the first meeting of Hitler and Mussolini, of Albert Einstein teaching at Princeton, Churchill’s campaign and re-election, children at a puppet theater in Paris, Marilyn Monroe at home, and hundreds of other significant people and events around the world. He was an editor’s dream, and his work had what became known as “Eisie’s eye”. Portrait assignments became his specialty, and in the process he accumulated many little-known secrets about his subjects.
It is unlikely that anyone could have lived during the last 60 years without having been exposed to the photographs of Alfred Eisenstaedt. “Eisie” worked almost ceaselessly until his death in 1995, even photographing President Clinton and Family in 1993.
Alfred Eisenstaedt possessed the unique talent to capture a story in a single, tell-all moment. The photographer’s job, he once wrote, “is to find and catch the storytelling moment.” “Eisie” received awards and recognition far too numerous to list. His photographs have been exhibited in prestigious museums and galleries throughout the world and are in the permanent collections of many important art institutions. Several of his acclaimed photographs are featured in "The Great LIFE Photographers" exhibition at Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, through Januray 26, 2014.
This Week in Photography History: A Look Back at Alfred Eisendstaedt
Alfred Eisenstaedt's 112th Birthday
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
LOS ANGELES PHOTOGRAPHIC ART EXPOSITION ANNOUNCES NEW LOCATION FOR 23rd ANNUAL EVENT JANUARY 16th – 19th, 2014 AT THE HISTORIC LA MART BUILDING IN DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES
Los Angeles, CA, photo l.a. (www.photola.com), the longstanding photographic art exposition, is proud to announce its 23rd edition in a new location: downtown at one of the most distinctive venues in Los Angeles - the historic LA Mart (1933 Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007) built in 1958. photo l.a. is joining the massive celebration of the arts throughout the downtown area, where the L.A. Art Show and a large number of popular galleries will all be working in unison to drive a massive collaboration of the arts downtown precisely for the weekend of photo l.a.’s exposition.
photo l.a. was the first, and is the longest running photographic art fair in Los Angeles. Beginning at Butterfield’s Auction House, then moving to the Barker Hanger and the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, photo l.a. has always been a destination event. Celebrating its 23rd year, photo l.a. 2014 is moving to the artistic hub that is now downtown Los Angeles, at the LA Mart building.
photo l.a. is excited to be a part of the growth of downtown L.A.’s artistic expansion along with major art establishments like the new Broad Museum, The Geffen Contemporary, MOCA, and the Japanese American National and Chinese American Museums, along with many new contemporary galleries. photo l.a. is connecting with this specific area to present a phenomenal art experience in 2014.
From January 16-19th, 2014, photo l.a. will present its widest collaboration of photography yet, exhibiting works dating from the 19th century, up through the most cutting edge contemporary photo-based art in LA Mart’s massive 60,000 square foot Exhibition Hall. photo l.a. 2014 will continue its celebration of the photographic arts, both through the exhibition of internationally renowned galleries and as a platform for education and discussion. Known for its excellent programing, photo l.a. will once again spearhead a unique series of lectures, roundtable discussions and docent tours as a valuable supplement to our exhibitions.
photo l.a. 2014 will combine the photography and arts communities under one roof, truly raising the bar for both the cultural and collecting experiences in Los Angeles. This vast collection, along with a variety of outstanding programming and installations, promises an impressive 23rd edition of the fair.
Monroe Gallery of Photographjy will exhibitiong at photo la 2014.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Featuring Ashley Gilbertson
December 4, 2013
Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N. 11th Street
New York, NY
For a discussion about war reporting, VII photographer Ashley Gilbertson will speak with VICE’s Rocco Castoro about his book Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, hosted by the Brooklyn Brewery.
Gilbertson’s book is a collection of images taken over the course of four years in Iraq. The book charts path of Iraq from the post-invasion excitement to the extreme violence that later occurred in the country.
The event will begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets are required to attend and include a free Brooklyn Brewery beer. All proceeds from the events in this series benefit RISC (Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues
More information here.