Monday, December 28, 2015

WCSU exhibit features Eppridge photo chronicle of Beatles’ 1964 US visit


DANBURY, CONN. — A remarkable photographic chronicle by legendary Life Magazine photojournalist Bill Eppridge of the Beatles’ historic 1964 visit to the United States will be featured in a Western Connecticut State University Art Gallery exhibition that will open Tuesday, Jan. 19, and continue through Saturday, March 13, 2016, at the university’s Visual and Performing Arts Center.

A collection of 55 black-and-white photographs taken by Eppridge during his coverage for Life of the British rock group’s visit to New York and Washington from Feb. 7 through 12, 1964, will be shown in the exhibition, “The Beatles: Six Days That Changed the World,” sponsored by the WCSU Department of Art. An opening reception will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 23, in the Art Gallery at the arts center on the WCSU Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Reservations to attend the free public reception may be made on the VPAC events Web page at

Eppridge, who resided in New Milford in his later years, died in October 2013 in Danbury after an extraordinary career as a photojournalist spanning 60 years. He is widely recognized for capturing iconic images of contemporary history including the Beatles’ Feb. 9, 1964, appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and the poignant image on June 6, 1968, of a busboy kneeling beside the mortally wounded Sen. Robert F. Kennedy in a Los Angeles hotel kitchen moments after his assassination. “You are not just a photojournalist,” he said in recalling the Kennedy image. “You’re a historian.”
Yet the WCSU exhibition of selections from his 1964 Beatles tour photo shoot, which consumed more than 90 rolls of film and 3,000 photographs, would have been impossible without the mysterious recovery of these images seven years after they went missing and the painstaking work of Eppridge’s editor and wife, Adrienne Aurichio, to review and organize this vast photo archive into a comprehensive record of the Beatles’ tour as it unfolded.

Aurichio recalled in a 2014 essay for CBS News marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ “Ed Sullivan Show” appearance that the 26-year-old Eppridge found himself in the right place on the morning of Feb. 7, 1964, to draw the assignment from Life Magazine photography director Dick Pollard to cover the Beatles’ arrival that day at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. He followed the Beatles as Life’s photo correspondent throughout the first six days of their U.S. tour, shooting spontaneous images documenting performances, rehearsals and private moments during the tour that established the group as an international rock ‘n’ roll sensation.

At the time, Life Magazine published just four of the images from Eppridge’s assignment, and the original film submitted to the Time-Life photo lab for processing could not be located when he attempted several months later to retrieve the images. By his account, at least seven years passed before the film turned up on his desk with no explanation of how it had been recovered.

Aurichio’s role in re-creating Eppridge’s Life photo chronicle of the 1964 Beatles tour began in 1993 when she came across one of his prints from the shoot while researching photographs for a magazine project. Intrigued at the prospect of discovering more photos from the Beatles visit, she soon learned the full story of Eppridge’s recovered film chronicle, which provided the images featured in the WCSU exhibition and in the book, “The Beatles: Six Days That Changed the World,” released in 2014 by Rizzoli Publishing. In his acknowledgments for the book, Eppridge noted that Aurichio played a critical part as co-editor in “piecing together my story. I relied on her vision and experience as an editor to research and unravel the photographs, and then pull them together in chronological order.”

Aurichio observed that Eppridge’s photographs of the Beatles’ 1964 visit reflect the fact that “he made pictures as they happened, never staging anything. The pictures are so personal. You know that there were other photographers and media around, but Bill had a way of focusing in on his subjects — excluding the distractions. You feel like Bill was the only photographer there.”

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1938, Eppridge grew up in Wilmington, Delaware, and became interested in photography at an early age, beginning his career as a sports photographer for a local newspaper at the age of 15. In 1959 he earned his first award for photography in the National Press Photographers Association Pictures of the Year competition. The following year he graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism with honors as “College Photographer of the Year.” Upon graduation he landed an internship at Life Magazine, which led to a yearlong around-the-world photo assignment for National Geographic and a coveted position as staff photographer for Life from 1964 to 1972. During his tenure at Life, he covered many of the most noteworthy public figures and historical events of the era, from the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War to the Woodstock music festival and drug addiction in New York.

After Life closed at the end of 1972, Eppridge served as a photojournalist for other national publications including Time and Sports Illustrated magazines. The numerous professional recognitions for his work included the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, the highest honor given by the National Press Photographers Association. His photographs have been shown in exhibitions across the United States, featured in a major show at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington and included in shows at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

For more information, call the Department of Art at (203) 837-8403, the Art Gallery at (203) 837-8889, or the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.

Western Connecticut State University offers outstanding faculty in a range of quality academic programs. Our diverse university community provides students an enriching and supportive environment that takes advantage of the unique cultural offerings of Western Connecticut and New York. Our vision: To be an affordable public university with the characteristics of New England’s best small private universities.

Bill Eppridges' photography will be included in Monroe Gallery's exhibit at photo la, January 21 - 24, 2016; and is available on line here.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Here We Go: The "BEST" of Everything Photography 2015

The lists begin earlier every year: everyone's photography "Best of" lists. As 2015 comes to a close, below is what has become an annual tradition: our compilation of what the web selected as the "best" of all things photography 2015. Check back frequently as we update through the end of the year.    Updated 1/1/16

The New York Times: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Top 10 Lists


The Week: The year's best photojournalism

Slate: The Five Best Photo Stories You Might Have Missed This Year 

TIME: In Memoriam: Remembering the Photographers We Lost in 2015

pdn: The Year’s Top 10 Photo of the Day Posts

LensCulture: Documentary Photography: Important Stories from 2015

The White House: Behind the Lens: 2015 Year in Photographs
                               By Pete Souza, Chief Official White House Photographer

BBC: Getty Images year in focus

UN News Centre: 2015 in pictures

LiveMint: Mint’s best photos of 2015

The Best WIRED Photo Stories of the Year

BBC: Year in pictures 2015

NBC: The Year in Space Pictures: 2015

The New York Times Magazine’s Best Photos of 2015

The Guardian: The best of the wildlife photography awards 2015 - in pictures

Boston Globe: The Big Picture 2015 Year in Pictures: Part I

                         2015 Year in Pictures: Part II

The Guardian: Five fake photos that went viral in 2015 The most powerful, newsworthy images of 2015

Tech Insider: The 50 most unforgettable photos of 2015

ABC News: Year In Review: Best News Photos of 2015

Pulitzer Center: 2015: A Year in Photos

The Guardian: The best photographs of 2015 – in pictures

BBC: UK year in pictures: 2015

Aperture’s 2015 Year in Review

The Guardian: The 20 photographs of the year

Vantage: The Best Street Photographer In San Francisco 2015: Troy Holden

The National: Year in review 2015: The pictures of the year

The Guardian: Stories behind the pictures of 2015: January to March

                        Stories behind the pictures of 2015: April to June

                        Stories behind the pictures of 2015: July to September
                        Stories behind the pictures of 2015: October to December

The Independent: National Geographic unveils the 'photo of the day' top images for 2015

The Guardian: The best photographs of America 2015 – in pictures

Politico Europe: Most powerful photographs of 2015

The Guardian: The best portraits of 2015 – in pictures

PetaPixel: The Best iPhone Photos of 2015 by President Obama’s Official Photographer

CBS: 2015: The year in pictures

Rolling Stone's Best Photos of 2015

USA Today: The 26 best sports photos of 2015

CNN: Best travel photos of 2015

Esquire: The Best Drone Photos of 2015

The Guardian: National Geographic's best travel photos of 2015 – in pictures

The Guardian: Magnum photographers' best shots of 2015 – in pictures

PDN Pulse: Top Photo News Stories of 2015

Fortune’s Year in Photos

Euro News: 2015: the year in photos

amNY: Empire State Building 2015 year in photos N.J. prom photos of 2015

The Globe and Mail: The Year in Photos: Events from around the world

The Globe and Mail: The Year in Photos: The best images from Globe and Mail photographer John Lehmann

USA TODAY's best photographs of 2015  (YouTube)

Reuters: 2015 Humanitarian year in pictures   The Top Ten Santa Fe Instagram Photos of 2015

Telegraph: Weird, funny and bizarre photos of the year: Part 1

                 Weird, funny and bizarre photos of the year: Part 2

New York Times Lens:  The Story Behind The Times’s Year in Pictures

Vogue UK: This Year In Pictures - 2015

TASS: Best Photos of 2015

The New York Times: 2015’s best graphics, visualizations and multimedia stories from The Times

CBS: The year in Google search 2015: the Top 30 News Subjects

Guardian photographer of the year 2015: Yannis Behrakis

BBC: Travel Photographer of the Year

CNET: Best science stories of 2015 (pictures)

VII 2015 Year in Review

The New Yorker: Our Favorite Documentary Photographs of 2015

The New York Times: The Year in Pictures 2015

The Guardian: Eyewitness: Guardian agency photographer of the year

The Guardian: 2015: Eyewitness accounts of the year’s most defining moments

Los Angeles Times: A Year in Focus | 2015

CNET's best photos of 2015

The Creators Project: [Best of 2015] The Year in Photography

Proof: Pictures We Love: Seeing Science

The Atlantic: The Most Powerful Images of 2015

Nature: 365 days: The best science images of 2015

MSNBC: This year in pictures: The best images from 2015

Baltimore Sun: 2015 Baltimore Sun pictures of the year

Gulf News: 2015 in review: The best photographs of the year

The Creator's Project: [Best of 2015] The Year in Photography

Huffington Post UK: Pictures Of The Year: The 12 Most Defining Photos Of 2015

Popular Science: The Best Science And Tech Images Of 2015

Wall Street Journal: Offbeat Images From 2015

Mirror: 2015 in incredible pictures: 28 stunning and spectacular photographs from across the globe

TIME’s Best Photojournalism of 2015

The Guardian: Sean O'Hagan's top 10 photography shows of 2015

USA Today: Image of crying children in migrant crisis wins UNICEF photo of the year

Euro News: 2015: The year in photos

The Telegraph: Weird, funny and bizarre photos of the year: Part 1

The Independent: The most stunning drone photos of 2015

Chicago Tribune's 2015 Photos of the Year

Christian Science Monitor: Our best photos of the year 2015

Business Insider: The 37 strangest photos of 2015

Mashable: The Best Photos of 2015

Twitter: Best Photos of 2015

The 405: In Photos of the Year: 2015 Special

NOOR: Best of 2015

ABC News: AP PHOTOS: Top Pictures in 2015 From Europe and Africa

Belfast Telegraph: Best images of 2015 by Press Association photographers

TIME Picks the Top 10 Photos of 2015

PhotoShelter: How Memorable are TIME’s Top 10 Photos of the Year?

BBC: The best images of 2015 by Press Association photographers

USA Today: 2015: The year in pictures

USA Today: Best USA TODAY photos of 2015

Alessandro Penso is TIME’s Pick for Photo Story of the Year

Velo News: Photo Essay: Best of 2015 — Battles and attacks

Wall Street Journal: Year in Photos 2015

BBC: Picture power: Eight photographers on their best image of 2015

TelegraphPictures of the year: January, February and March 2015
                    Pictures of the year: April, May and June 2015

                   Pictures of the year: July, August and September 2015

                   Pictures of the year: October, November and December 2015

Crave: Year In Focus: The Best Sports Photographs of 2015

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: The Best of 2015 Photojournalism by J.B. Forbes

 AAJ News: Top 10 pictures that remain In the news throughout the year 2015

News One: 21 Of President Barack Obama's Best Photos Of 2015

Mashable: These are the 10 worst selfies of 2015

InformationWeek: NASA's 10 Best Images Of 2015

CBS: Entertainment photos of the year

Tech Insider: 12 of the most breathtaking drone photos of 2015

Stacy Kranitz Is TIME’s Pick for Instagram Photographer of the Year 2015

Daily Star: Pictures of the Year 2015

Bloomberg's Best Photos of 2015

Independent: 95 incredible pictures that sum up 2015

Washington Post: The stories behind some of this year’s fascinating photos

The Guardian: Pictures of the year: January, February and March 2015

The Atlantic: 2015: The Year in Photos, January-April

                       2015: The Year in Photos, May-August

                      2015: The Year in Photos, September-December

Business Insider: The best US military pictures of 2015

The Atlantic: Top 25 News Photos of 2015

The Atlantic: Hopeful Images From 2015

The Big Picture: The best Boston Globe photos of 2015

NY Post: The 100 Best Photos of 2015

AP Photos Top 100 News Images of 2015

TIME Picks the Top 100 Photos of 2015

TIME Picks the Top Magazine Covers of 2015

Boston Globe: The best Boston Globe photos of 2015

BGR: The most incredible and jaw-dropping photos from 2015

Buzzfeed: 18 Pictures From 2015 Guaranteed To Make You Sad

Rock and Ice: Photos of the Year 2015

Reverb: The best concert photos of 2015's Top Photos of 2015

Outdoors: Best Outdoor Photographs Of The Year 2015

Super Sport: Golf year in Pictures: 2015

Dayton Business Journal: The Year In Pictures 2015

CNN: 2015: The Year in Pictures

Reuters: Pictures of the Year 2015

PhotoShelter Blog: 45 Reasons to Love Photography 2015

The Denver Post: A selection of Agence France-Presse photos of the year 2015

The New York Times: The Best in Art of 2015

National Geographic: The Pictures We Loved in 2015

TIME: The 50 most Instagrammed places in America

The Guardian: Photographer of the year – 2015 shortlist: atrocities in Paris and Syria, bodybuilders in Palestine

TIME  Picks the Best Wire Photographer of 2015

PetaPixel: The Top Photos and Cameras on Flickr in 2015

The Arizona Republic: Year in Review 2015: David Wallace photography

CBC:  The Canadian stories behind the best wildlife photos of 2015

FUSE: Photos of the Year: The Best & Memorable Pics of 2015

The Guardian: Wildlife photographer of the year 2015 winners - in pictures

Emirates 24/7 World's Best? Pictures that made 2015 the 'Year of the Photograph'

Audubon: 2015 Audubon Photography Awards Top 100

Photo Books

The FlakPhoto Photography Booklist is here to help

Elizabeth Avedon: BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS of 2015....and Some Honorable Mentions

The Daily Beast: The Best Photography Books of 2015

The New York Times Magazine: The Best Photo Books of 2015

Prison Photography: Six Books Pete Picked Up This Year and Liked

Vogue: Picturing the American South: The Year’s Best Photo Books Reveal a Vast Portrait

The Daily Beast: The Best Photography Books of 2015

The Guardian: Shōji Ueda: the most beautiful, surprising photobook of the year

Telegraph: The best art photography books of 2015

Slate: The 10 Best Photography Books of 2015

Evening Standard: The best photography books of 2015

Conscientious Photo Magazine:  My favourite photobooks in 2015 (and more)

American Photo: Best Photo Books of the year 2015

photo-eye:  Best Books of 2015

1000 Words editor Tim Clark looks back over the year’s photo book releases: Top ten: the best photo books of 2015

Photo District News: Notable Photo Books of 2015: Part 1

The Guardian: The best photography books of 2015

blakeandrewsblog: It's that time of year again. Christmas lights are out. A chill is in the air. And the annual photobook list parade has begun  The Best Photography Books of the Year Best Photobooks of 2015

photolia: Lists of the Best Photobooks of 2015

PhotoBookstore Magazine: Photobooks of 2015

TIME Picks the Best Photobooks of 2015

The Wall Street Journal: The Best Books for Photography Lovers

Fotokritik: The Best Photobooks of the Year (This one is a must read!)

theloggingroad:13 Best Photobooks and 2 Worst Photobooks of the Year 2015: And There is the Cosmos, to Capture Her Soul

Crave: The Top 7 Photography Books of the 21st Century (So Far)

Media and Miscellaneous

PDN: Top Gear Stories of 2015

Poynter: A look at the front pages of 2015

Don't Take Pictures: The Best of 2015's "Best Of" Lists

PDN: Some (Mostly) Fun Photo Stats for 2015

Newseum: Remembering the Journalists We Lost

Popular Photography Camera of the Year 2015: The Nominees

CNET: The 20 most interesting cameras of 2015 (pictures)

Columbia Journalism Review: The best and worst journalism of 2015

British Journal of Photography: Winners of the BJP International Photography Awards 2016 announced

Poynter: #LoveWins, #BlackLivesMatter, #JeSuisCharlie among the news that dominated Twitter in 2015

Remember when? Here is "The Best" of yesteryear, 2014.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Nationally recognized photographer Stephen Wilkes has turned his lens to our national parks, commemorating their 100th anniversary

‘Herculean’ process produces ‘Day to Night’ images of national parks

Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, 2015
Stephen Wilkes: Grand Canyon National Park, Day To Night, 2015

Via The Albuquerqe Journal
By Kathaleen Roberts / Journal Staff Writer
Sunday, December 20th, 2015

Invisible layers of time move Old Faithful from sunrise to sunset, ringed by a walkway of people rendered microscopic by its grandeur.

Nationally recognized photographer Stephen Wilkes has turned his lens to our national parks, commemorating their 100th anniversary in four-page gateway covers in both the January 2016 national and international issues of National Geographic. Santa Fe’s Monroe Gallery of Photography is showcasing the works beginning Saturday through Jan. 10, 2016.

Wilkes focused his discerning eye on Yellowstone, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon, as well as the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and Tanzania’s Serengeti.

What may appear to be time-lapse photography at first glance actually isn’t, Wilkes maintained.

Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Day to Night, 2015
Stephen Wilkes: Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, Day to Night, 2015

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Working from a fixed camera angle, he captures the fleeting play of shadow and light as the sun shifts from dawn to dark. A single print may coalesce from 1,500 to 2,300 images. He uses a large format digital camera.

“I photograph from a single perspective, usually elevated, anywhere from 12 to 30 hours without moving my camera,” Wilkes said in a telephone interview from his Connecticut home.

“It’s quite Herculean. I’m actually studying a place for 30 hours.”

Launched in 2009, the parks project is an offshoot of a similar body of work on cities. He edits and blends the images into seamless works of art in post-production, a process that takes about a month.

“I look for very iconic places where everybody goes, ‘I’ve been there,'” he explained. “These places are part of our collective memory. When I do that, some kind of magic happens. Time becomes compressed.”

Yosemite, Tunnel View, Day To Night 2014
Stephen Wilkes: Yosemite, Tunnel View, Day To Night 2014

At Yellowstone, he photographed Old Faithful from the old crow’s nest atop the inn of the same name, capturing both the sun and the moon peaking above the foothills.

“It’s the most active place on the planet geologically,” Wilkes said. “It goes off every 90 minutes. When you look at that picture, you realize the enormity of just how big it is.”

Long a fan of the Hudson River School painter Albert Bierstadt, famous for his highly romanticized views of the West, Wilkes thought he could never capture the artist’s sweeping aesthetic.

“He painted it from the opposite view,” Wilkes said. “It was if I was channeling him at that moment. Yosemite is as close to being a religious experience as a landscape. When you look at the people in that photograph you realize how insignificant we are as a species.”

In Washington, he spent his preparation time following the cherry blossom handlers checking the petals for signs of peak bloom. Wilkes photographed them between the Washington Monument and the Jefferson Memorial using an 80-foot crane.

Cherry Blossoms, National Mall and Memorial Parks, Day to Night, Washington D.C., 2015
Stephen Wilkes
Cherry Blossoms, National Mall and Memorial Parks, Day to Night, Washington D.C., 2015

The Serengeti offered a breakthrough, both aesthetically and philosophically. Wilkes arrived during the peak migration of the wildlife, but the animals had stopped due to a five-week drought. He began studying a watering hole and waited in hope. He had no idea if any creatures would appear.

“We started at 2 a.m. with an 18-foot platform with a crocodile blind,” he said. “We essentially became invisible.”

He witnessed something miraculous. The creatures arrived slowly, carefully taking turns without fighting over the precious resource.

“All these competitive species shared water,” Wilkes said. “It sort of speaks to you. They say the single resource we’ll go to war over is water. We have to hear what the animals know already.”

Serengeti, Tanzania, Day to Night, 2015
Stephen Wilkes: Serengeti, Tanzania, Day to Night, 2015

Wilkes came to New Mexico last fall to check out the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. He plans to return and shoot the most photographed event in the world next year.

-- Stephen Wilkes Day To Night photographs will be exhibited by Monroe Gallery at the photola fair, January 21 - 24, 2016.

See the National Geographic article on-line here.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Remembering Frank Sinatra on the centennial anniversary of his birth on December 12, 1915

Frank Sinatra


Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, on December 12, 1915, Frank Sinatra rose to fame singing big band numbers. In the '40s and '50s, he had a dazzling array of hit songs and albums and went on to appear in dozens of films, winning a supporting actor Oscar for From Here to Eternity. He left behind a massive catalog of work that includes iconic tunes like "Love and Marriage," "Strangers in the Night," "My Way" and "New York, New York." He died on May 14, 1998 in Los Angeles, California.

Photographs of Frank Sinatra are featured in the exhibition "The Broke The Mold", though January30, 2016. The new book, "Frank Sinatra: The Photographs" is also available from the gallery.

LIFE: Frank Sinatra’s Life in Photos

Frank Sinatra Official Website

Wednesday, December 9, 2015


Stephen Wilkes Day To Night photograph of Yosemite National Park will be a special three-page gateway fold out cover for the January issue of National Geographic, highlighting a special tribute to the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Inside, several other of Wilkes’ Day To Night photographs of  the National Parks are featured over 16 pages, including the National Mall and Memorial Park, Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park; and the Grand Canyon, as well as Serengeti, Tanzania.

Simultaneously, Wilkes stunning Day To Night photograph of Serengeti in Tanzania will be the cover for the January, 2016 issue of the International edition of National Geographic, an extraordinary double cover exposure for a photographer.

Day to Night is an ongoing global photographic project that began in 2009. Working from a fixed camera angle, Wilkes captures the fleeting moments of humanity and light as time passes. After 24 hours of photographing and over 1500 images taken, he selects the best moments of the day and night. Using time as a guide, all of these moments are seamlessly blended into a single photograph in post-production.

"Anything one can imagine one can create. Over the last several years, photographic technology has evolved to a point where anything is possible. I imagined changing time in a single photograph. I began to explore this fascination with time in a new series of photographs called: “Day to Night”. –Stephen Wilkes

Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, will host a Holiday reception celebrating the special feature of Stephen Wilkes’ "Day To Night" photographs in the January, 2016 issues of National Geographic. The public reception will be on Saturday, December 26, from 5 - 7 PM. A special selection of Wilkes’ Day To Night photographs will be on exhibit through January 10, 2016.

Thursday, December 3, 2015


The gallery has a selection of photography books available for the Holidays.

Sinatra: The Photographs
Hardcover: 224 pages
Signed by Andrew Horwick: $50

"An impromptu gig with Nat King Cole, goofing around with the Rat Pack, chatting with George Harrison … the new book Sinatra: The Photographs captures the Chairman’s heydey as an entertainer, with rarely seen shots from the 1940s to the early 70s on set and in the studio."

Bliss:  Transformational Festivals & the Neo Hippie
By Steve Schapiro, signed by Steve Schapiro
Hardcover: 256 pages
The Beatles: Six Days that Changed the World. February 1964
By Bill Eppridge, editor Adrianne Aurichio
Signed by Adrianne Aurichio
Hardcover: 160 pages

A Time It Was: Bobby Kennedy in the Sixties
By Bill Eppridge
Hardcover: 192 pages  (out of print)
The Day Kennedy Died: Remembering the Man and the Moment

LIFE The Day Kennedy Died: Fifty Years Later: LIFE Remembers the Man and the Moment
Signed by LIFE Editor Richard Stolley
Hardcover: 192 pages