Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 is History

Good-bye 2016. Hello 2017.

"All of us live in history, whether we are aware of it or not, and die in drama. The sense of history and of drama comes to a man not because of who he is or what he does, but flickeringly, as he is caught up in events, as his personality reacts, as he sees for a moment his place in the great flowing river of time and humanity.

I cannot tell you where our history is leading us, or through what suffering, or into what era of war or peace. But wherever it is, I know men of good heart will be passing there."

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Peace, Love, and Happiness

Peace, love, and happiness

in the New  Year.

Thank you for your continued encouragement and support.

We look forward to seeing you in the gallery soon, or visit us

during the Photo LA Fair in Los Angeles January 12 - 15;

 at the AIPAD Photography Show in New York March 30 - April 2;

or on-line anytime.

 Art Shay: Harmony in Snow, Des Plaines, Illinois, 1955

Monday, December 19, 2016


Newly liberated women in Nante, along the North bank of the Loire River, celebrate their freedom, Nante, France, July, 1944

We are very proud to wish Tony Vaccaro the happiest of birthdays on the 94th anniversary of his birth!

Born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania on December 20, 1922, Tony Vaccaro spent the first years of his life in the village of Bonefro, Italy after his family left America under threat from the Mafia. Both of his parents had died by the time he was eight years old and he was raised by an uncaring aunt. When World War II broke out, the American Ambassador in Rome ordered Tony to return to the States. He settled in with his sisters in New Rochelle, NY where he joined his high school camera club.

A year later, at the age of 21, Tony was drafted into the war, and by the spring of 1944 he was photographing war games in Wales. By June, now a combat infantryman in the 83rd Infantry Division, he was on a boat heading toward Omaha Beach, six days after the first landings at Normandy. Denied access to the Signal Corps, Tony was determined to photograph the war, and had his portable 35mm Argus C-3 with him from the start. For the next 272 days, Tony fought on the front lines of the war. He entered Germany in December 1944, a private in the Intelligence Platoon, tasked with going behind enemy lines at night. In the years after the war, Tony remained in Germany to photograph the rebuilding of the country for Stars And Stripes magazine. Returning to the States in 1950, Tony started his career as a commercial photographer, eventually working for virtually every major publication: Flair, Look, Life, Venture, Harper’s Bazaar, Town and Country, Quick, Newsweek, and many more. Tony went on to become one the most sought after photographers of his day.

On November 14. 2016 HBO Films premiered “Under Fire: The Untold Story of Private First Class Tony Vaccaro”. The film tells the story of how Tony survived the war, fighting the enemy while also documenting his experience at great risk, developing his photos in combat helmets at night and hanging the negatives from tree branches. The film also encompasses a wide range of contemporary issues regarding combat photography such as the ethical challenges of witnessing and recording conflict, the ways in which combat photography helps to define how wars are perceived by the public, and the sheer difficulty of staying alive while taking photos in a war zone. The film is available on demand from HBO.

Tony's remarkable oeuvre was exhibited in the Pop Up "War, Peace, Beauty" exhibit in New York November 14 - 21. Watch the official video of Tony's retrospective (courtesy of

Monroe Gallery will feature a selection of Tony Vaccaro's  photographs at the 26th annual Photo LA Fair, January 12 - 15, at the Reef/LA Mart. The Gallery will also exhibit Tony's photographs, including rare vintage prints, at the AIPAD Photography Show March 30 - April 2 at Pier 94 in New York.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

John Loengard's Book "Moment by Moment" featured in The Guardian

Via The Guardian

John Loengard: Georgia O’Keeffe on the roof of her home at
Ghost Ranch, New Mexico, in 1967

John Loengard was formerly both a staff photographer and the picture editor of Life magazine, and in the preface to his new book says that ‘a good photograph cannot be repeated’. Moment by Moment published by Thames & Hudson contains 133 images from his career spanning five decades.

Full slide show.

View more of John Loengard's photographs on our website here.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

"Harry Benson: Shoot First" at CCA in Santa Fe

Via Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe

Renowned photographer Harry Benson initially rose to fame alongside The Beatles, having been assigned to cover their inaugural trip to the United States in 1964. With unprecedented “behind the scenes” access, Benson captured some of the most vibrant and intimate portraits ever taken of the most popular band in history. His extensive portfolio includes iconic images of Winston Churchill, Bobby Fischer, Muhammad Ali, Greta Garbo, Michael Jackson, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Robert F. Kennedy assassination, and his work has appeared in publications including Life, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Justin Bare and Matthew Miele’s film shows how Benson, now 86, shows no intention of stopping. (U.S., 2016, 87m, Magnolia Pictures) Starts December 16

Center for Contemporary Arts • 505.982.1338
1050 Old Pecos Trail Santa Fe, NM 87505

Streaming information here.

Related: Washington Post: ‘Harry Benson: Shoot First’ breezes through the photographer’s story

  Rolling Stone: 'Harry Benson: Shoot First' Review: Photographer Doc Is Stellar Portrait of an Artist

Monday, December 12, 2016

Stephen Wilkes' "Yosemite, Day to Night" Among National Geographic's "Best Photos of 2016"

National Geographic recently announced their "Best Photos of 2016".    In a  gallery of National Geographic's 52 best images of the year—curated from 91 photographers, 107 stories, and 2,290,225 photographs. Stephen Wilkes' photograph of Yosemite, Day To Night, was included as selection #29:

On a mountainside in Yosemite National Park, photographer Stephen Wilkes took 1,036 images over 26 hours to create this day-to-night composite.

This photo was originally published in "How National Parks Tell Our Story—and Show Who We Are," in January 2016.

View Stephen Wilkes' full Day To Night Collection here.

Related: See our full compilation of 2016 lists of the "Best" of all things photography here.

Monday, December 5, 2016

THE "BEST" OF 2016

Here we go again. The lists begin earlier every year: everyone's photography "Best of" lists. As 2016 becomes history, below is what has become an annual tradition: our compilation of what the web selected as the "best" of all things photography 2016.

In Memoriam: Remembering the Photographers We Lost in 2016

"Best" Photographs

Middle East Monitor: The Year in pictures

Mirror: Pictures of the year The most shocking and powerful images from 2016

Irish Times: 2016 in pictures: Irish news and politics

Albuquerque Journal: A year in focus

The Week: The year's best photojournalism

Daily Herald: Here are some of The Herald’s best photographs of 2016

The Salt Lake Tribune’s best photos of 2016

West Milford Messenger: A look back at 2016 in pictures

Big Picture: The best Boston Globe photos of 2016

The Best VICE Photos of 2016

2016 TheWrap’s Original Photography in Review

Telegraph: Barack Obama's 2016 Year, Photos by Pete Souza

NY Times: In the Moment: Photographs From 2016

BBC: Africa's 2016 in pictures Greece: 2016 in pictures

Telegraph: Animal photos of the year 2016

Medium/The White House: Behind the Lens: 2016 Year in Photographs

Swim Swam: Best Swimming Photos 2016: Above the Surface

NY Times: The Best Styles Photography of 2016

Washington Post: 2016 was a great year for weather photography. Here are the best shots

Seattle Times: Watch: 2016 pictures of the Year

The Guardian: Our favourite Australian photos of 2016

Evening Standard: Pictures of the year: The best photographs from 2016

EuroNews: Pictures of the year 2016

International Business Times: The year's most powerful photos of the migrant crisis

TIME: The Best Drone Photographs of 2016

Hindustan Times: India in images: 2016 HT photographs that you must absolutely click through

BBC: The UK in 2016 as seen by Press Association photographers

Politico’s Best Photos of 2016

The Guardian: Our best portraits of 2016 – in pictures

Telegraph photographers' pictures of the year 2016

Al Jazeera's best photos of 2016

Washington Post: Our most memorable photos of 2016

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting: 2016: A Year in Photos

Washington City Paper: Looking For Something: The best images exhibited in D.C. this year

Boston Globe The Big Picture: 2016 Year in Pictures: Part I

Boston Globe The Big Picture: 2016 Year in Pictures: Part II

Quartz: The most moving, striking images from a year of terrible news

Grimy Goods’ Best Concert Photography of 2016 The 27 photographs that took our breath away in 2016

BBC: Year in pictures 2016

Highlights from the Year in New Yorker Photography

The Guardian: The funniest and most unusual animal photos of 2016

Christian Science Monitor: Our best photos of the year 2016

Politico Europe: Most powerful photographs of 2016

The Guardian: The best photographs of 2016 - in pictures

Images: Daily Herald's best photos from 2016 Top 10 Santa Fe Instagram Photos of 2016

A year in photos: CAR magazine's best 2016 pictures The year in photos 2016

BBC: In pictures: Twelve months, twelve frames

Rueters: Pictures of the year: Oddly

The Express Tribune: 38 iconic pictures of 2016

Bleed Cubbie Blue: The 10 Best Chicago Cubs Photos of 2016

Telesur: Europe 2016 in Pictures

New Statesman: Memes of 2016: What this year’s viral images will teach future historians

Wall Street Journal: Year in Photos 2016

CNN: 2016: The year in pictures

MIT Technology Review: Our Best Photographs of 2016

The Guardian: The best photographs of 2016 from across the US

WCPO: Staff photographer's top 9 photos of 2016

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: 2016: A year in Post-Gazette photos

STRAVA: The Best Photos of the Year

The Best Photographs FADER Took This Year

The Year in New Yorker Instagrams

Magnum: Martin Parr presents his edit of the 2016 photographers’ choice pictures of the year

Greenpeace: 2016 – The year in photos

Artsy: The Most Powerful Moments of Photojournalism in 2016

CBS News: 2016 Instagrammer of the year

USA Today: 2016: The year in pictures

ESPN: Iconic moments of 2016

HELLO! The Year in Pictures 2016

Vegas Seven: 2016 In Decline: The Year in Pictures

WNYC: Photography Roundtable: The Most Powerful Images of 2016

Business Insider: 50 stunning moments captured by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters photography team in 2016

PHOTOS: 2016 Pictures of the Year from The Denver Post    

Metro: The most memorable photos of 2016

NY Times: The Year in Pictures 2016

NY Times: Choosing the New York Times Pictures of the Year

USA Today: 2016: One photo from every day

The 30 most stunning photos Business Insider took in 2016

Guardian photographer of the year 2016: Carl Court

Kansas City Business Journal: Year in Review: Best photographs of 2016

TIME: 50 Astonishing Animal Photos of 2016

Wall Street Journal: 2016 The Year in Review

A year through the lens: Nelson Mail's best sports photographs of 2016

NBC News:  The Year in Pictures: 2016

Federal News Radio:   2016 in pictures: Best photo galleries of the year

Silicon Republic: Enjoy some of the best award-winning photographs of 2016

International Business Times: The year in pictures: The 100 most memorable photos of  2016

Catch News: NASA releases top 16 photos of the Earth for 2016

Quartz: The very best drone photography of 2016

Up Worthy: 23 incredible photos from 2016 that prove it wasn't a total dumpster fire

British Journal of Photography: Kathy Ryan’s Best of 2016

The Guardian: 2016 Eyewitness: our summary of the defining images of the year The 100 Best Space Photos of 2016

Courier-Mail 2016 has been one of the most dramatic years ever, these are the pictures we will never forget

The Guardian: Jonathan Jones's top 10 art exhibitions of 2016

Digital Trends: These 20 Dronestagram photos take a look at 2016 from the skies

Market Watch: The Must-See Photos of 2016

CNN: Travel Photographer of the Year: 2016 winners revealed

WTOP: Top Google searches in 2016 (Photos)

TIME: The Best Space Photos of 2016

NPPA: Links for 'Best of the Year' Photo Galleries

New Atlas: 2016 from above: Some of the year's finest drone photography

A Look Back to L.A. Weekly's Best Photojournalism of 2016

Baltimore Sun/The Darkroom: 2016 Baltimore Sun pictures of the year

The Atlantic: 2016: The Year in Photos, September–December

The Atlantic: 2016: The Year in Photos, May-August

The Atlantic: 2016: The Year in Photos, January-April

L'Oeil De La Photographie:  The Best Of The Eye 2016

TIME: Best Sports Photos of 2016

LA Times: The top 10 art museum exhibitions of 2016, plus the worst trend of the year

TIME: The Best Weather Photos of 2016

What Culture: 30 Best WWE Photos of 2016

Al Arabiya: Part 1: 10 of the 100 best pictures of 2016

Photojournalink: 2016 in Pictures

TIME: The Best Weather Photos of 2016

AP: 2016 Photos in Review - News

AP: 2016 Photos in Review - Features

AP: Top Europe & Africa feature photos from 2016

AP: Top Europe & Africa news photos from 2016

AP PHOTOS: Best Feature Images From Latin America in 2016

AP: Top Europe & Africa sports photos from 2016

The Indian Express: Defining pictures of 2016: From Syria civil war to US elections, a glimpse into the year that was

ABC News: The Best Images of the Year: 56 Captivating Photos of 2016

The Onion’s Best Photojournalism Of 2016

The Guardian: Travel Photographer of the Year 2016: the winners – in pictures

The Oregonian: Our favorite music photography of 2016

TIME’s Best Photojournalism of 2016

Daily Mail: News agency AFP releases its best photographs of the year 

Bloomberg's Best Photos of 2016

CNN: 2016: The year in pictures

Hartford Courant: The Year In Pictures 2016

Maclean’s picks the top photos of 2016

TIME’s Best Portraits of 2016

Tufts Now: The Year in Photos 2016

TIME: The 10 Best Photos of 2016

Bloomberg: Watch our Video of The Best of the Year 2016 Photos

The Guardian: Photographer of the year – 2016 shortlist: Trump, refugees and the battle for Mosul

TIME: Wire Photographer of 2016

USA Today: 2016 Celebrity Phots of the Year

Business Insider: The most incredible nature photos of 2016

Newsday: 50 best sports photos of 2016

NOOR: 2016 Year in Review

Mashable: Man behind THAT Usain Bolt photo picks the best sporting shots of 2016

The Guardian: Sean O'Hagan's top 10 photography exhibitions of 2016

Associated Press: PHOTOS: 2016 in Review

The top 10 inspiring photography projects on Creative Boom in 2016

Tampa Bay Times: All Eyes Gallery, Cherie Diez's favorite photos of 2016

TIME: Ruddy Roye is TIME’s Pick for Instagram Photographer of 2016

The Atlantic: Top 25 News Photos of 2016

National Geographic: Best Photos of 2016

TIME: Top 100 Photos of the Year

Gizmodo: 2016's Supposed 'Photo of the Year' Is a Big Fat Fake

Rueters: Pictures of the year 2016

Powder: The 2016 Photos of the Year

Tampa Bay Times: All Eyes gallery: Lara Cerri's favorite photos of 2016

ArtNet: Here Are the World’s Most Instagrammed Museums of 2016

Daily Mail: Winners of categories in The Nature Conservancy 2016 Photo Competition

World Press Photo: 2016 Photo Contest

Audubon: The 2016 Audubon Photography Awards: Top 100

AOL: The 40 best Reuters photos of the year so far

USA Today: The best landscape photographs of 2016

Newsweek: The 10 Most-Liked Instagram Pictures of 2016 Revealed

National Geographic: Travel Photographer of the Year 2016

BBC: Wildlife Photographer of the Year - People's Choice

Straits Times: 8 iconic photos, videos and memes that best sum up 2016

IBN: Best Pictures From The 2016 Presidential Election Campaign Trail

Globe and Mail: AFP Sports Photos of the Year 2016

CNN: Haunting image of reservoir wins best architectural photograph of 2016

CNN: The best sailing pictures of 2016

TIME: The Best Astronomy Photos of 2016

Nation Geographic: The Winners of the 2016 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

Wall Street Journal: Nature's Best Photography Awards

Time Lightbox: Best iPhone Photos of 2016

Belfast Telegraph: UK Mountain Photo of the Year 2016

MSN: The 100 best pictures of 2016

New Atlas: World's best architecture photography brought into sharp focus

Chicago Tribune: Skokie Through the Lens showcases best of Skokie through amateur photos

Delaware 105.9 Talk: Winners are revealed in 2016 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest

BEST Photobooks



Lens Culture: 2016 Photobooks of the Year, Part II: 32 Personal Favorites        

NY Times: The Best Photo Books of 2016

The Guardian: The best photography books of 2016

American Photo: The Best Photography Books of the Year: 2016

Lens Culture: Critically Acclaimed: Experts' Top 14 Photobooks of 2016

1000 Words Magazine: Top 10 Photobooks of 2016

Colin Pantall's Blog: The Best Books of 2016:

Crave: The 5 Best Photography Books of 2016

pdn: Notable Photo Books of 2016: Part 1, 2, and 3

Photo Eye: The Best PhotoBooks of 2016 

The NY Times: A Spotlight on the Season’s Top Photography Books

Financial Times: Best books of 2016: Art & photography

Smithsonian: The Best "Art Meets Science" Books of 2016

HAF: The 17 Best Socially Concerned Photobooks of 2016

TIME Selects the Best Photobooks of 2016

Best Gear

The B&H Photography Podcast Presents "The Year in Cameras, 2016"
The Photoblographer: The Biggest Innovations in Photography in 2016

Digital Trends: Best Products of 2016: Photography

Popular Photography: 2016 Pop Awards: The Best Camera and Photo Gear of the Year

PC Advisor: Best phone camera 2016/2017

and a peek ahead to 2017

Neiman Lab: Predictions for Journalism 2017

2015 Edition here.

Saturday, December 3, 2016


A new monograph on the iconic American Life photographer John Loengard

As John Loengard writes in the preface to this monograph, “The truth is: a good photograph cannot be repeated. This may be why a photograph of a brief moment, an instant in time, can hold our interest forever.” Moment by Moment is an intriguing selection of many moments in John Loengard’s long career. His subjects include movie stars, writers, politicians, artists, and other photographers, as well as normal people engaged in a host of extraordinary activities―or, rather, typical activities rendered unforgettable or of enduring interest by the photographer’s vision. From a shimmering Marilyn Monroe to a brooding T. S. Eliot, from a now almost sinister silhouette of Bill Cosby to an iconic shot of the Beatles, from an Etonian to a boy in the streets of Manchester, as well as ranchers, sweepers, picnickers, and fellow photographers, Loengard’s vision moves and delights us with his humanity and artistry.

Moment by Moment enlarges our understanding and deepens our appreciation of Loengard’s photographs. 135 duotone photographs.

View John Loengard's photographs at Monroe Gallery here.

The Telegraph: The man who shot The Beatles, Ronald Reagan and Louis Armstrong