Saturday, April 30, 2022

Photographer Tony Vaccaro: Still Searching at 99

 Via ArtsWeschester

April 29, 2022

by Alyssa Monte

black and white photograph of Leonard Cohen in a car sales lot with strings of light in Nashville

Tony Vaccaro, Leonard Cohen (photo courtesy of Rye Arts Center). 

This exhibition includes photographs drawn from 
the Monroe Gallery of Photography Collection, Santa Fe, NM, USA, and the Tony Vaccaro Studios, New York City, USA.

When looking at old photographs, one often instinctively wishes that they were present for the moment during which the photo was taken. Rye Arts Center (RAC)’s latest exhibition fulfills that desire. The works on display by Tony Vaccaro can make an observer feel like they are stepping into a time machine, placing them right behind the photographer’s lens.

Portraits, Personalities, Passion: The Photography of Tony Vaccaro showcases portraits of prominent artists, scenes of war and a selection of the artist’s cameras and personal memorabilia through May 13. 

The RAC exhibited a fifty-year retrospective thirty years ago. Still, co-curator Gail Harrison Roman, after a visit to the artist’s studio, decided it was time to display his work once again. She adds: “Vaccaro’s international reputation as an innovator of creative photographic techniques and artistic presentation is well deserved.” Roman curated the current show with Patrick Cicalo and Sarah Mackay.

Tony Vaccaro was introduced to photography at an early age, and shot more than 8,000 photos while serving in the army during World War II. During this time, he produced insightful, raw images that evoke intense emotion to this day. Cicalo emphasizes that “to do what Tony did, he had to have a certain amount of humility and empathy for his subjects [to be able to] bring back the horrors of war for all of us to see.”

These photographs are attributed to his bravery, fearlessness and trusty Argus C3 camera. This camera was able to withstand the extremely harsh environment, and stayed intact even when Vaccaro had to dive into the dirt to snap the photo he wanted. This camera, just one of many in his large collection, is on display in RAC’s gallery. 

Says Mackey: “These objects bring his past to the present in a very tangible way. I see them not just as vital aspects of his career and artistic practice, but as a collection of treasures.”

Following the war, Vaccaro worked as a photojournalist for several established magazines. On each assignment he was given, he developed a personal relationship with his subjects, helping them to feel comfortable letting their guard down in front of the camera. Whether it was Georgia O’Keeffe playfully posing with a piece of cheese on an unexpected car picnic, Willem de Kooning deep in thought as he stares into his painting or Peggy Guggenheim on a gondola with her dog, Vaccaro spotlights sides of these individuals that we would have never otherwise known. He achieved this by creating honest environmental portraits that unveiled his subjects’ true essence. 

Mackey adds: “Displaying Vaccaro’s celebrity portraits allows viewers to create their own narration and insert themselves into the experience. It humanizes these famous figures.”

This exhibition is a monumental culmination of Vaccaro’s work. It highlights his honest documentation of history and his innate ability to tell a story. “I am part of all these pictures,” Vaccaro says. “Each one is a story.”

As a pioneer of his craft, Vaccaro continues to lay the groundwork for generations of photographers to come. He remains curious and optimistic despite today’s unprecedented world, even after recently surviving COVID-19. 

“Even now, at 99, I’m searching,” he says. “What can I do differently? What can I do that I’ve never done before?”  Link to article

Tony Vaccaro's photography will be on exhibit during the AIPAD Photography Show at Center 415 in New York City May 20 - 22, in Monroe Gallery's booth #113. 

Friday, April 29, 2022

Photograph by John Dominis Inside legendary photo agent Lee Gross’ Manhattan apartment

 Via Wallpaper

April 29, 2022

Dancer Jacques D'Amboise swinging his 2 sonse against water background in Seattle, Washingtom
John Dominis/©The Life Picture Collection
Jacques D'Amboise Playing with his Sons, Seattle, Washington, 1962
Featured in the exhibition The LIFE Photographers
May 6-June 19, 2022

Inside legendary photo agent Lee Gross’ Manhattan apartment

Lee Gross, a photo agent who pioneered the capturing of behind-the-scenes movie-set images in the 1960s, talks us through the treasures of her West Village apartment

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Requiem to New York: Photographs by Ashley Gilbertson

 Via National Gallery of Victoria

April 28, 2022

Melbourne-born Ashley Gilbertson has crafted a career from his human, empathetic approach to photojournalism, most recently channelled through his images of New York City in 2020, when the metropolis was in the deepest throes of the COVID-19 pandemic. Gilbertson’s astute eye captured both sadness and moments of joy. Full article here.

View Ashley Gilbertson's photographs at The AIPAD Photography Fair May 20-22 in New York City, booth #113, Monroe Gallery of Photography.

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Reflections of the L.A. uprising: Revisiting the photographs with David Butow

 Via The Los Angeles Times

April 26, 2022

Welcome to Los Angeles in the last few days of April 1992.

"David Butow witnessed many historical events through the lens of his camera as a freelance photojournalist, including the 1992 uprisings in L.A., the 2003 invasion of Iraq, and the 2019 protests in Hong Kong. Most recently, he was in Ukraine shooting photographs of the war."

David Butow recalls taking photos of burning rubble just a couple blocks from his L.A. apartment in 1992.  (View these historical images overlaid on present-day 360º video in this immersive piece, and hear from the photographers themselves. Scan the QR codes using Snapchat on your smartphone to walk through an augmented reality doorway to examine the space around you.)

Monday, April 11, 2022

Photographs by Tony Vaccaro in "O’Keeffe in the Landscape" Exhibition Opening April 19

 Via The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

April 19, 2022 - April 11, 2023

Geogia O'Keefe in New Mexico landscape by rock formation known as "smokestack"

Tony Vaccaro: O'Keeffe and "the Smokestack", 1960

Portrait of O'Keeffe walking at the base of the "smoke stack" at "the White Place;" she is dressed in a black wrap dress, her Hector Aguilar belt, and a white broad-brimmed hat, landscape of white limestone cliffs, spires, and Hoodoos.

While living in New Mexico, Georgia O’Keeffe’s relationship with nature deepened as she spent extended amounts of time in the landscape, exploring the rivers, canyons, and painted cliffs that made up her surroundings during numerous camping and day trips. As a result, O’Keeffe created hundreds of paintings and drawings inspired by nature. O’Keeffe in the Landscape explores these excursions through the photography of her friends and the personal effects she brought with her on her trips, including camping gear and clothing. The exhibition will be on view at The O’Keeffe Welcome Center in Abiquiú, New Mexico from April 19, 2022 through April 11, 2023. The exhibition is free and open to the general public.

The O’Keeffe Welcome Center is the starting point for tours of The O’Keeffe  Home & Studio. While The O’Keeffe Welcome Center is free and open to the public, tours of The O’Keeffe Home & Studio require advanced reservations which can be made here.

Sunday, April 3, 2022

Photojournalist Ed Kashi discusses his new book Abandoned Moments and his approach to photojournalism. Monroe Gallery of Photography, April 1, 2022


photo of Ed Kashi signing his book Abandonded Moments in Monroe Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Ed Kashi signing his new book Abandoned Moments

Photojournalist Ed Kashi discusses his new book Abandoned Moments and his approach to photojournalism. Monroe Gallery of Photography, April 1, 2022.

We were thrilled to have Gallery photographers Gabriella E. Campos and 
Ryan Vizzions in the audience!

photo of photographers Gabriela E. Campos and Ryan Vizzions in front of their photographs in Monroe Gallery, Santa Fe
Gabriela E. Campos and Ryan Vizzions