Weegee / Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery
Water Spray, ca. 1940. Vintage gelatin silver, printed c. 1940, 10 x 12 inches.
Matthew Brandt / Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery
Matthew Brandt, American Lake, WA C1, 2011, from the series Lakes and Reservoirs. C-print soaked in American Lake water.
Sally Mann / Courtesy Etherton Gallery
Shiva at Whistle Creek, 1992. Gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 inches.
Julia Margaret Cameron / Courtesy Hans P. Kraus Jr. Inc.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1868 Albumen print from a wet collodion negative, 35.5 x 26.3 cm.
Most of us have become too accustomed to seeing photos from the comfort of our desk, as we quickly scan a glowing screen. Obviously, there are huge benefits to your favorite photographer being one Google search away, but it is important to remember that small details and subtleties can get lost in the inherent limitations of pixels and small monitors. Visiting the AIPAD (Assoc. of International Photography Art Dealers) photography show in New York City is a great reminder of the beauty of experiencing the printed image and the significant role photography has played in documenting history.
The show brings together top photo galleries from all over the world, as far away as China and as close as 57th street, each featuring their own specialty, from late 19th century photography pioneers to contemporary ones.
Henri Cartier-Bresson / Courtesy John Cleary Gallery
Rue Mouffetard, 1954, printed c. 1995. Gelatin silver print, 11 x 14 inches.
After walking through each gallery's booth, you end up with a survey of photography's diverse history, seeing many familiar names and iconic prints along the way. A beautiful Ansel Adams print is followed by a couple from Henri Cartier-Bresson, including his famous one of a man jumping over a puddle in Paris. Some names you may have seen published in PhotoBlog, including the vivid work of Alex Webb as well as that of Tim Hetherington, whose powerful portraits and film on American soldiers in Afghanistan earned him an Oscar nomination (he was killed almost a year ago while covering Libya).
While the AIPAD show makes you appreciate the physical print and its tangibility, it is also a glimpse into the world of art collecting. Little red stickers placed alongside a print's details, are a reminder that all the photos on display are for sale (in the case of the ones with the stickers, they have been sold). Whether you are there to shop or to appreciate, if you are in the NYC area the show is a refreshing visit and an excellent excuse to step away from modern technology to appreciate the older one.
Visiting AIPAD: The AIPAD show is open through Sunday, April 1 at the Park Avenue Armory; Admission is $25/daily; for more information visit the AIPAD Photography Show website.
Massimo Vitali / Courtesy Bonni Benrubi Gallery
Porto Miggiano, 2011. Chromogenic print, 86 x 72 inches.
Vivian Maier / Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery
Untitled (Couple Embracing with Checkered Clothing), ca. 1960s. Gelatin silver print, printed 2011, 20 x 16 inches.