Friday, January 29, 2021

Stephen Wilkes captures Joseph R. Biden's inauguration from sunrise to sunset in one striking picture


color photograph of Presient Biden's inauguration from sunrise to sunset
Stephen Wilkes

Via National Geographic

The inauguration, from sunrise to sunset, captured in one striking picture.

Photographs taken over the course of 15 hours are combined in this historic image. "Sometimes it’s this magical serendipity that I have no control over but I am just present for." --Stephen Wilkes

Read the full article on the making of this historic photograph during unprecedented times here.

See Stephen Wilkes' complete Day To Night collection here.

Monday, January 25, 2021

Hollywood Film Re-creates Bob Gomel's Iconic Photograph


Comparing photographs of scene from movie "One Night in Miami" with original Bob Gomel photo of Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) with Malcolm X

Via Bob Gomel Eyewitness

January 24, 2021

One Night in Miami is a movie streaming on Amazon Prime. The film, directed Regina King, is a fictional account based on a true story of the events after Cassius Clay defeated Sonny Liston in February 1964 in Miami.

As you can see in the images above, the movie is based on an actual photograph taken by Bob Gomel. Amazon Studios photographer Patti Perret painstakingly recreated the iconic photograph that appeared in LIFE Magazine.

In the actual picture Sam Cooke and Jim Brown are not in the image as they are in the picture by Perret. The movie is a fictional account based on actual events.

The picture by Bob is featured in the documentary (also streaming on Amazon Prime) Bob Gomel: Eyewitness, as is the entire story leading up and including the fight, as well as, the post fight celebration at The Hampton House where this image was taken.

Bob Gomel owns the rights to the original image. Signed prints are sold through Monroe Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.

Bob was not consulted, credited, or compensated in any way in the making of the film or the recreation of the image.

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Nina Berman's photographs of January 6 Insurrection featured internationally and in "History Now" exhibit


Black and white photo of President Trump on giant screen at a rally outside the White House.
President Trump's image appears onscreen at a rally outside the White House
January 6, 2021 by Nina Berman

Photographer Nina Berman covered the January 6 Insurrection at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Her photographs of that day have been published internationally, including National Geographic, Vice News, and L'Illustre. Berman's photographs are included in the current gallery exhibition "History Now".

A historic day in photos: from a pro-Trump insurrection to a pre-dawn Biden victory sealed

"The normally solemn atmosphere at the Capitol Building was transformed into a scene of chaotic violence unprecedented in modern times on Wednesday afternoon, as a mob of insurgents waving Trump flags, Confederate symbols, pro-Nazi messages, and other symbols of right-wing extremist groups breached the building’s security, halting proceedings to certify Trump’s defeat and forcing lawmakers to take cover as they were evacuated to safety with gas masks, as violent protesters roamed hallways, smashed windows, and destroyed Congressional property."  Via National Geographic

Protest with America First Flags
"America First" Flags at Capitol Insurrection, Washington, DC, 
January 6, 2021 by Nina Berman

"We are part of a team of researchers at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism and Columbia University’s Engineering and Journalism schools that has been developing a tool called VizPol, which helps journalists identify unfamiliar political symbols, since April 2019. Nina had the idea to help improve journalists’ understanding of visual political symbols at a right-wing rally in 2018 after she saw a TV journalist fail to point out a contradiction between what an interviewee was saying and what a symbol she had tattooed on her forearm suggested about her political beliefs. As part of keeping the app’s database up-to-date with the constantly evolving landscape of symbols, we have paid close attention to the various symbols appearing at political rallies across the political spectrum in the United States."   Via Vice News

Monday, January 11, 2021

Ashley Gilbertson's Photographs of January 6 Insurrection Featured in NY Times and Monroe Gallery Exhibit

NY Time magazine artice with phot of Trump riot

Via The New York Times

January 10, 2021

Photographer Ashley Gilbertson witnessed the events of January 6, 2021 that will be cemented into US history while on assignment for the New York Times. See the full series of photographs with an important essay by Timothy Snyder here.

Ashley Gilbertson is an Australian photojournalist with the VII Photo Agency living in New York. Gilbertson has covered migration and conflict internationally for over 20 years.

Gilbertson's photographs are included in the current exhibition "History Now".

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Santa Fe Workshops Presents: Perspectives — Stephen Wilkes Day to Night, through Ellis Island, to "Jay Myself”


Graphic of Serengeti Day to Night photo for SF Workshops lecture

Via Santa Fe Workshops

January 12 - 15, 2021

In a world where humanity has become obsessively connected to personal devices, the ability to focus in a profound and contemplative way is becoming an endangered experience. These three lecture-format presentations promise to provide an engaging alternative to that trend.

Over the course of three days, fine-art and documentary photographer, National Geographic Society explorer, and filmmaker Stephen Wilkes takes you on a deep dive into his most important bodies of work.

Each day Stephen provides an exclusive in-depth look at his creative and technical processes, imbued with treasured stories and inspiration about a single project. This format allows him the rare opportunity to share the rich details of each one and weave them together to showcase the arc of his iconic career.

Day One - Day to Night

Day to Night represents Stephen's 10-year personal journey to capture fundamental elements of our world through the span of 24 hours, as light passes in front of a lens over the course of a full day. This synthesis of art and science is an exploration of time, memory, and history, as witnessed through the daily rhythms of our lives. For Stephen, it also became a meditation. The concept of Day to Night has redefined the medium of photography, melding aesthetics and technology to create a new way of seeing time, capturing history, and using imagery to convey a narrative. Blending these epic images of cityscapes and landscapes into a single photograph is a process that takes months to complete. Day to Night has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning and exhibited around the world.

Day Two - Ellis Island

We explore Stephen's critically acclaimed photographic documentary project capturing the abandoned infectious disease hospital on Ellis Island. In 1998, a one-day assignment to the south side of Ellis Island led to a five-year photographic study of the island’s abandoned medical wards, where immigrants were detained before they could enter America. The project, which was featured on NPR and CBS Sunday Morning, eventually became Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom, named one of the top 10 photography books of 2006 by Time magazine. Stephen served for five years on the board of directors for Save Ellis Island.

Day Three - Jay Myself

A special screening of Jay Myself is made available for participants to watch between the webinar's second and third presentations. Then Stephen shares his fascinating story about the making of the film and his enduring 40-year friendship with its subject, Jay Maisel. The film charts the arduous logistical and emotional journey of Maisel—himself a renowned photographer—as he moves out of his six-story, 72-room home in New York City's Bowery. Variety's film critic Owen Gleiberman said: “After watching Jay Myself, you yourself may begin to see the world in a whole new way, as if you’d woken up to all the images that might have been invisible before, but only because you passed them by.”

These three presentations by a visionary photographer and filmmaker leave an inspirational and indelible mark on all who choose to open their eyes and minds to his technical and artistic mastery. You are invited to join Stephen and experience an unforgettable photographic journey through time. Tune in and let’s get busy!

Register here

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Fighter with a camera: Renown photographer, who battled COVID-19, will celebrate turning 98 with a virtual show

 Via The Albuquerque Journal

By Kathaleen Roberts

January 3, 2021

man playing violin on street in Venice 1947
“The Violinist,” 1947, by Tony Vaccaro. Courtesy of Monroe Gallery

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Tony Vaccaro reigns as one of the few people to have battled both COVID-19 and the beaches of Normandy.

The photographer will celebrate his 98th birthday with a virtual show at Santa Fe’s Monroe Gallery of Photography through Jan. 17, at

Vaccaro contracted Covid early in the pandemic – in April. He spent two days in the hospital.

He couldn’t walk from room to room,” his daughter-in-law Maria said in a telephone interview from their home in Long Island City, New York. “He just stopped eating and had no energy.”

Vaccaro survived, despite a 103-degree fever.

“I am a runner,” he explained. “I’ve been running since I was a child.”

Peggy Guggenheim in a gondola in Venice, 1968

“Peggy Guggenheim, Venice, 1968” by Tony Vaccaro

Courtesy Monroe Gallery

He’s also a fighter who carried a camera from the invasion of Normandy through the reconstruction of Europe, capturing some of the most iconic images of World War II. Drafted at 21, he brought his 35mm Argus C-3 camera with him, spending the next 272 days photographing his personal witness to the carnage. He fought on the front lines, developing his photographs in combat helmets at night and hanging the negatives from tree branches.

Photographer Tony Vaccaro with Hasselblad camera

Photographer Tony Vaccaro 

Photo by R. David Marks

“Normandy to Berlin was just tough,” he said, “because you could get killed any minute. I was in the infantry and in direct contact with the Germans.”

After the war, he remained in Europe, covering the rebuilding of Germany for Stars and Stripes. It was in Italy that he heard the strains of a violin coming from a narrow Venetian street.

“I was in Plaza San Marco in Venice,” he said. “And I had an idea of going into the small streets. So I go in and there was a violinist playing, of course, for people to throw down money. When I heard this violinist, it intrigued me. I went into the tiny streets of Venice and don’t you know, I had met him before in Rome.”

He captured his famous portrait of an American GI kneeling to kiss a little girl by accident. He came upon residents of St. Briac, France, singing and dancing in the streets after the 1944 liberation.

American soldier kissing a young girl in France after liberation, 1944

“Kiss of Liberation,” 1944, by Tony Vaccaro
Courtesy Monroe Gallery

“There were these people holding hands and singing a song in French,” Vaccaro said. “Here’s this GI who knows not one word of French. They put a handkerchief under the knees of the little girl. It’s the symbol of a carpet for ladies.”

It was the Handkerchief Dance.

When Vaccaro returned stateside, he worked as a commercial photographer for Look, Life, Harper’s Bazaar, Town and Country, Newsweek and more.

His portrait of the art patron Peggy Guggenheim features a hidden joke. On assignment to do a profile, he followed her to the Guggenheim Museum in Venice. A statue by the Italian sculptor Marino Marini guards the entrance.

“There’s a man on a horse and he’s naked and his penis was as long as half my arm,” Vaccaro said. “She had this habit of whenever she had new guests, she unscrewed it.”

Guggenheim expected a children’s tour group, so she unscrewed the phallus and hid it beneath her cloak. It’s concealed under the garment in Vaccaro’s picture of Guggenheim in the gondola.

“She didn’t want the children to see it,” he said.

Georgia O'Keeffe outside her home, Abiquiu, NM, 1960

“Georgia O’Keeffe, Abiquiú, New Mexico, 1960” by Tony Vaccaro

Courtesy Monroe Gallery

Vaccaro met Georgia O’Keeffe on assignment for Look magazine with art editor Charlotte Willard in Abiquiú in 1960.

The artist refused to speak to him for five days.

O’Keeffe had been expecting a different photographer, one of her favorites, such as Ansel Adams, Todd Webb or Richard Avedon. Trying his best to charm her, Vaccarro cooked the artist a steak and fixed her broken washing machine, to no avail.

“Georgia O’Keeffe at the very beginning didn’t want anything to do with me,” he said. “She didn’t even look at me. She had just left her husband.”

woman wearing hat resembling the Guggenheim museum in front of the Guggenheim Museum, NY, 1960

“Guggenheim Hat, New York, 1960” by Tony Vaccaro

Courtesy Monroe Gallery

Suddenly, the topic turned to bullfighting. Vaccaro mentioned he had photographed the great Spanish matador Manolete.

O’Keeffe pivoted to face him. She never looked at Willard again.

Vaccaro still works and goes for regular walks.

“I am shooting, but not as before,” he said. “Before it was survival. Somehow, I have an eye for what’s good before I can click it. I have seen so much that it is really an instinct.”

As for Covid, he said, “I have an idea that the body forgets what it doesn’t like.”


WHAT: “Tony Vaccaro at 98”

WHERE: Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar Ave., Santa Fe

WHEN: Through Jan. 17

CONTACT:, 505-992-0800.