Gallery of Fine Art Photography

Wynn Bullocks’ 112th Birthday

April 18, 2014

In honor of Wynn Bullock’s 112th birthday we are pleased to post this “new” video featuring, Wynn Bullock and Dave Bone of Scrimshaw Press. They describe the collaborative interaction behind the production of Wynn Bullock (The Scrimshaw Press, Publication No. 8). Both also discuss the importance of book publishing for photographers. This interview, conducted by Steve James of the Eikon Gallery (Monterey CA), is shown here for the first time since its initial airing in 1971.

It is also worth noting the upcoming major retrospective of Wynn’s photography this summer at the High Museum of Art, Wynn Bullock: Revelations, opens June 14, 2014

Video Runtime: 13:35

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LensWork Road Show – In Atlanta March 22-23

A quick post to inform or remind you that the LensWork Roadshow 2014 will be in Atlanta Saturday March 22nd and Sunday the 23rd. Here is a link to the overview page on the LensWork web site. That page has complete details and features a video introduction that succinctly describes the content of the 4 different half day seminars.


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Bob Kolbrener – Artist Reception – March 21st, Monterey CA

February 6 – April 28, 2014

We are pleased to pass along information on the exhibition- Bob Kolbrener: In Real Time: Celebrating Fifty Years in Photography at the Monterey Museum of Art, Pacific Street location in Monterey California. This exhibition celebrates Bob’s expansive fifty-year adventure with photography, and includes both iconic images and some rarely seen works from all five decades of his career. Still using the time-honored methods of film and gelatin silver darkroom printing, Kolbrener explores the Western United States with his cameras, in pursuit of that exceptional moment and extraordinary vista.

A reception for the artist will take place on Friday, March 21 from 6 to 8 pm.
View The Monterey Museum’s web site for additional details.


More information on Bob’s work can be found on his Lumière artist page as well as the exhibition: Picturing the West.

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Mardi Gras Remembrance

March 4, 2014
With Mardi Gras festivities earlier this week, we would like to feature the work of two photographers. Their work, although separated by 68 years, displays a vitality and uniqueness that can only be found in New Orleans.

In 1937 John Gutmann traveled from his newly adopted home in San Francisco to record the 1937 Mardi Gras celebration. On this trip he also traveled through Alabama, rural Georgia and Atlanta, specifically Spelman College. View Gutmann’s artist page for additional images.

Also unique to New Orleans is the post Katrina portraiture of Thomas Neff. The image shown here is of Antoinette K-Doe, owner and operator of Mother-in-Law Lounge, in the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans. Mrs. K-Doe rode out the storm and defended the lounge through the “lawless” period that followed the levee breaks. Unfortunately, five years ago, Ms. K-Doe passed away on Mardi Gras, February 24, 2009 (NY Times obit). Addition work by Neff including more from the Katrina project can be found on his artist page.

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Sochi Russia – Richard Pare

With the recent world spot light on Sochi Russia, it is worth mentioning Richard Pare’s photographs of the Voroshilov Sanatorium, built 1930-34 by the architect Miron Merzhanov. Many of you may have seen recent coverage of a later work by Merzhanov; Josef Stalin’s dacha. The brutal dictators residence, received significant media coverage during the Winter Olympics. (NPR & New York Times)

Below is a written excerpt and images from Pare’s book The Lost Vanguard (Russian Modernist Architecture 1922-1932) describing the structure that brought Merzhanov the prominence that caught Stalin’s attention.

Taking advantage of a spectacular hilltop site on the coast of the Black Sea at Sochi, the Voroshilov sanatorium is one of the most innovative and well executed of all the modernist works of the Soviet era. Still in good condition and little altered, the complex exudes a sense of well-being and airy transparency. Most of the guest rooms face the ocean and are provided with balconies protected by brises soleils. The main complex is connected to the ocean by a funicular railway. From 1933-41 Merzhanov became Stalin’s personal architect, perhaps a contributing factor in the exceptionally well-maintained state of the complex. – Richard Pare


To view the entire on-line exhibition: The Lost Vanguard
To view Richard Pare’s Artist Page

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Roxie Theater – J’Adore Photography Auction

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The Roxie J’Adore Photography Auction closed Thursday February 27th, a Gala Party was held at the Roxie that same evening. Follow this link to get additional details.

The Roxie is the oldest continuously operated cinema in the United States, and the second oldest in the world, dating back to 1909, (a 501c3 non-profit).

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Robert Weingarten – Exhibition – George Eastman House

February 22 – May 25, 2014

We are pleased to pass along information on the exhibition- Another America: A Testimonial to the Amish by Robert Weingarten at the George Eastman House, in Rochester New York. Weingarten spent four years photographing Amish communities in Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. The culmination of this work is Another America: A Testimonial to the Amish, on view from February 22 through May 25 in the Brackett Clark Gallery. Mostly black-and-white, Weingarten’s exquisitely composed photographs depict aspects of everyday Amish life—children at play, horse-drawn carriages, laundry on clotheslines—along with pastoral scenes and simple compositions of Amish architecture.

An artist talk will take place on Thursday,
May 1,2014 – 6 pm in the Dryden Theatre.
View The George Eastman House’s web site for additional details.

More information on Bob’s work can be found on his Lumière artist page
As well as the exhibition: The Road Less Traveled.

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Ansel Adams’ 112th Birthday

February 20, 2014

One of the greatest artists of the 20th century, Adams was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He made visionary photos of western landscapes that were inspired by a boyhood trip to Yosemite. He won three Guggenheim grants to photograph the national parks (1944–58). Founding the f/64 group with Edward Weston in 1932, he developed zone exposure to get maximum tonal range from black-and-white film. He served on the Sierra Club Board (1934-1971).

This video, begins with Adams explaining his competing interests of music & photography, and then touches major events in his career.

Lumière was proud to feature Adams’s work in our inaugural exhibition – Pirkle Jones and Friends, Jones served as his first technical assistant, their association continued over four decades. Additional information can also be found on his artist page.

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Cole Westons’ 95th Birthday

January 30th, 2014

Cole Weston (January 30, 1919 – April 20, 2003) was the 4th and youngest son of photographer Edward Weston and brother of photographer Brett Weston. He dedicated his life to photography and the theater. Cole was best known for his evocative color photography and, as stipulated by his father’s will, Cole continued to print Edward Weston’s negatives after his death in 1958 until 2003.

Lumière is proud to feature Cole’s work in our exhibition – The Weston Legacy, additional information can also be found on his artist page.


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Peter Essick – New Book: Featured in WABE Interview

January 16, 2014

Updated 2/7/14

Peter Essick’s recently published book Our Beautiful Fragile World features a career-spanning look at Essick’s work taken while on assignment for National Geographic magazine. In this book, he showcases a diverse series of photographs from some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world and documents major contemporary environmental issues. To purchase follow this link to Amazon.

Also, here is a very thoughtful review of the book entitled Human Footprints to a Harrowing Future recently published on the Huffington Post by author Evaggelos Vallianatos.

In conjunction with the publication Essick was also featured on WABE (Atlanta Public Radio) in a 10 minute interview by Steve Goss that aired January 16th. Select Here to listen to the entire interview.

To see more of Peter’s remarkable images you can visit his Lumiere artist page, the exhibition, Compositions In Nature, or the THEME collection Environmental.

Also worth noting is Peter’s participation in a six day Cumberland Island workshop, March 23-29 on the Georgia coast. This workshop is organized by SXSE (South x Southeast) Photography Workshops. Co-leading the workshop with Peter is renowned photographer Silvia Plachy. Complete details can be found on the SXSE website.
Mention Lumiere and receive a substantial discount on the workshop.

© Peter Essick

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Stephen Lawson – Exhibition – Vero Beach Museum of Art

January 25 – May 14, 2014

The remarkable work of Stephen Lawson will be the subject of a one man exhibition at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, the exhibition entitled: Images Of Time, opens January 25 and runs to May 14th. Lawson’s photography almost defies description, a 12 minute video gives insight to the uniqueness of his work, it can be seen on his Lumiere artist page and the exhibition, Change By Degree, images are also included in the THEME collections Landscape, Environment and American South.

Balchraggan Hill-Farm and Loch Ness, 1990 © Stephen Lawson
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Richard Pare – Corbusier, in Barcelona Spain

The work of Richard Pare will be opening on January 25, 2014 at CaixaForum in Barcelona, Spain. Richard’s photographs are an essential part of the Museum of Modern Art exhibition: Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes. The MoMA exhibition was on view in New York during the summer of 2013. The Barcelona exhibition will run until May 11, 2014, it will move to CaixaForum in Madrid Spain, from June 10 – October 9, 2014. More details can be found on the MoMA website.

More information on Richard’s work can be found on his Lumiere Artist Page, and the exhibition: Le Corbusier, as well as being featured in the THEME collection: Architecture.

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Pirkle Jones’ 100th Birthday

January 2, 2014

Pirkle Jones was born on January 2nd in 1914.

The former National Academy for the Arts fellow and San Francisco Arts Commission honor recipient, recorded the beauty and culture of California. His sensitivity to the the land reflected the tradition of Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and Minor White, all of whom he knew well.

Lumière’s inaugural exhibition was titled: Pirkle Jones and Friends.

© Pirkle Jones
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Alexander Rodchenko – Born December 5, 1891

Rodchenko was a Russian artist, sculptor, photographer and graphic designer. He was one of the founders of constructivism and Russian design. Rodchenko was one of the most versatile Constructivist and Productivist artists to emerge after the Russian Revolution. Visit Rodchenko’s artist page to see complete bio, additional images and news.
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Aaron Siskind’s 110th Birthday

Aaron Siskind, born December 4th 1903, was an American abstract expressionist photographer. In his biography, he wrote that he began his foray into photography when he received a camera for a wedding gift and began taking pictures on his honeymoon. He quickly realized the artistic potential this offered. He worked in both New York City and Chicago. Visit Siskind’s artist page to see complete bio, additional images and a recently added video. siskind bday

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Vivian Maier Exhibition (Dec, 2013) Reviewed on ArtsATL

Vivian Maier’s Once-Secret Photos Capture Every-day Treasures

December 2, 2013
By Donna Mintz

An amateur Chicago historian unearthed a photographic treasure trove when he bought a box at a storage facility auction in 2007. John Maloof ‘s discovery of 150,000-plus negatives, hundreds of rolls of undeveloped film and countless reels of documentary film propelled an all-but-forgotten woman into the pantheon of photography.

Vivian Maier, a reclusive Chicago nanny, left behind her life’s work in that storage container, which was auctioned off for non-payment of rent. She died in a nursing home in early 2009 without ever sharing her life-long passion for photography. Now we must look to her work — what she chose to capture and how beautifully she recorded it — to understand the artist and her silence. To read the complete review please follow this link to the ArtsATL web page.

Visit our exhibition page or her recently updated artist page to see additional images.

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Mark Maio • Royal Photographic Society Exhibition

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Mark Maio’s image: 20/20, shown to the right, was selected for the exhibition International Images for Science. The exhibition is organized by the Royal Photographic Society. The RPS is the world’s oldest photographic society, in continual existence since its foundation in 1853.

The exhibition of 100 stunning prints, showcases an extraordinary variety of scientific photography– images that explore worlds we can only imagine, or that are used as tools in everyday life in medicine, engineering and other related fields, done in a way that informs, questions and inspires.

Exhibition was on view in the Royal Albert Hall in London through December 1st, on March 1, 2014 the exhibition moves to ArtCell Gallery in Cambridge, a second copy of the exhibition is in Padova Italy (closes Dec.9th), with additional locations European locations scheduled through 2014.

Complete details at the RPS website.

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Richard Pare – Recent Interview

Q&A: In photographing the work of master architect Le Corbusier,
Richard Pare breaks the mold.

October 29, 2013
By David Hamilton

Architectural photographer Richard Pare has made his mark translating the spirit of spatial experience into the confines of two dimensions. Perhaps best known for his extensive photographs of Soviet modernist architecture, Pare turned his attention to the architecture of Swiss modernist master Le Corbusier at the behest of the Museum of Modern Art for its recent exhibition “Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes” and the eponymous publication. Organized by architectural historian Jean-Louis Cohen, the exhibition and Pare’s photographs approach Le Corbusier’s buildings in a new way, presenting them not as objects but as figures in the landscape, a perspective that is bound to alter the way one thinks about his work. To read the interview please follow this link to the ArtsATL web page.

Villa Savoye, Poissy, 1929-30, (2012) © Richard Pare
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Conversations with the Masters

Volume I-IV

March 7, 2014 – Update: Overhearing a conversation last evening at the High Museum, Abelardo Morell responded to a question concerning the constant changes in the medium of photography due to advances in technology. Morell’s astute comments reminded me of the Beaumont Newhall video featured here. Specifically, a point Newhall makes at the 5:00 minute mark, of this 9 minute video, concerning the introduction of “Dry Plates”. This technology advance circa 1880, can be compared to the current shift from film to digital technologies.

Rare interviews with Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Beaumont Newhall, Brett Weston & Cole Weston. These interviews, conducted by Steve James of the Eikon Gallery (Monterey CA), are now available for viewing for the first time since their initial airing in 1971, exclusively on the Lumière Virtual Gallery. As photographic icons of the 20th century, it is fascinating to see these giants in the field describe their work, personal histories and comments on photography.

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Le Corbusier…Architect of Modernism

A portion of the the exhibition Le Corbusier: photographs by Richard Pare, will be on view until December 21, 2013.

On Thursday September 19th Richard Pare spoke to the impact of Le Corbusier’s work on architecture & contemporary design. A master photographer and founding photographic curator of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, his photographs have been shown in major museums throughout the world, as well as being the subject of multiple books. This was the seventh year of our fall lecture series, in collaboration with Atlanta Celebrates Photography and the High Museum of Art.

The presentation included images from Pare’s Le Corbusier portfolio that was on view this past summer at the Museum of Modern Art – New York exhibition… Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes. The portfolio was made possible by a grant from the AVC foundation, Moscow, and was first presented at the Pushkin Museum, Le Corbusier: Creation and Secrets, from Painting to Architecture. It will also be featured at Fodacion La Caixa in Barcelona and Madrid (2014).

Villa Savoye, Poissy, 1929-30, (2012) © Richard Pare
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Bullock Cunningham and Partridge featured in Arizona exhibitons

Photographs from four Lumière artists are featured in the two different exhibitions in October in the Phoenix Arizona area. Art Intersection (Gilbert AZ) opened its exhibition: Lineage and Legacy – Bullock and Cunningham, September 7 – October 27, 2013. Presenting the work of Wynn Bullock and Imogen Cunningham, two of the most beloved figures of West Coast photography in the 20th century. Their iconoclastic approach to the medium inspired future generations of photographers well into the 21st century, including members of their own families. The work of Edna Bullock, wife of Wynn, and Rondal Partridge, son of Imogen, important photographers in their own right, are on display as well.

On view September 10 – October 5, 2013 at the Northlight Gallery on the campus of Arizona State University in Tempe was the exhibition: Wynn Bullock Color Light Abstractions. Featuring the experimental color photographs of Bullock that he produced in the early 1960s.

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Finding Vivian Maier – UPDATE

World Premiere @ TIFF – September 9th & 10th

Over the two years of research and a full year of production, meeting and interviewing over 60 people who knew Vivian Maier, through her photos, mail, receipts, phone books, and letters written by Maier, the film makers were able to find where she was every year of her life, who she was working for, and all of her friends. The film is complete and will debut September 9, 2013 (sold out) at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival with a second showing September 10th. You can also like and follow the film Finding Vivian Maier on Facebook.

Select Here: to go to Vivian Maier’s updated artist page and view recently released images.

Below is a more detailed film description from the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) web site:

Schedule of showings:
Monday, September 9, 4:45pm – TIFF Bell Lightbox
Tuesday, September 10, 7:15pm – Scotiabank Theatre

When Vivian Maier died in 2009 at age eighty-three, she left behind more than 100,000 negatives of her street photography — images that she’d scarcely shared with anyone. She had spent most of her adult life as a nanny with no spouse, no children of her own and no close ties. Her photographs and belongings were hidden in storage, until the rent came overdue and the facility auctioned them off. They might have vanished into obscurity were it not for the intervention of John Maloof, a twenty six- year-old amateur historian in Chicago, who purchased a box of her unidentified photographs and became obsessed by what he discovered.

In Finding Vivian Maier, Maloof teams with producer Charlie Siskel to uncover this mystery. Following clues, they trace Maier’s history through New York City, France, and Chicago. Maier was an inveterate wanderer and self-taught photographer, favouring a Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex camera, with an uncanny ability to get close to people from all walks of life. Her artful and comic eye calls to mind the photography of Berenice Abbott and Weegee. Thanks to Maloof’s efforts, critics and galleries have now rallied behind Maier’s work, and The New York Times recognized her as “one of America’s more insightful street photographers.”

But as Maloof meets people who knew Vivian, new questions arise about her life and work. The families who employed her as a nanny have mixed memories, and hint at her dark side. Would she have even wanted this attention? Answering that question depends on how you interpret different bits of evidence. Regardless, it’s a wonder to behold the world through Vivan Maier’s eyes.

Vivian Maier – Self Portrait Book – Fall 2013

Work has begun on a 2nd Vivian Maier book which will be published in 2013. While organizing and archiving the roughly 120,000 negatives a great number of outstanding self portraits have been cataloged, a selection of them will be featured in this book.

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David Hayes – Sculptor

Excerpts from the film – One Fine Day, by Charles Mann. The film was recorded in March of 2013, one month before Hayes passed away at his home in Coventry Connecticut. It includes comments by Hayes and his son on his sculpture and a small exhibition featuring his hanging pieces at the Lutz Children’s Museum in Manchester CT. Footage also includes a tour of his sculpture meadows.

5:16 – video length
David Hayes’ artist page

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Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life

Excerpts from the film, Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life. This film is an engaging and penetrating look at a life devoted to photography, profiling the life and work of an artist who recorded some of the most evocative photographic images of the 20th century. Dorothea Lange’s artistic achievements and untiring investigations into the diversity of American life and culture are presented through interviews with her sons and assistants.

4:05 – video length
Dorothea Lange’s artist page

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Imogen Cunningham – Portrait Of Imogen

Excerpts from the film, Portrait of Imogen. With a sharp wit and a unique perspective on photography, Imogen Cunningham reveals how she carved out her impressive career while maintaining a household and raising a family. In a professional career of 75 years, Imogen had an enormous influence on the aesthetics of American photography.

2:52 – video length
Imogen Cunningham’s artist page

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Arnold Newman portrait of Igor Stravinsky

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Stravinsky’s “Rite Of Spring”

Listening to NPR (May 24th) on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the “Rite Of Spring” provided thought provoking insight into Igor Stravinsky’s pivotal place in the history of classical musical. When I think of Stravinsky, my first thought is not about his music, it is an “image” that comes to mind. The iconic and powerful portrait by Arnold Newman.
Follow this link to hear the 7 minute segment on the NPR web Site.

Also worth a read is the account of the riot which occurred at the debut of the work on May 29th, 1913, at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. “As the ballet progressed, so did the audience’s discomfort…”

Igor Stravinsky, New York, NY, 1960, © Arnold Newman

Greg Heisler – from the Lumiére lecture at the High Museum on October 8, 2008.

Additional comments can be found on the Lumiere Facebook Page..

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Rondal Partridge – Outta My Light!

Spend a little time with Ron, as he explains his photographic process, from shooting to darkroom work. Working with a 2 1/4 to 8×10 camera, we see Rondal in his environment; shooting, developing, and finding photographic inspiration in the most ordinary objects. Produced by Dyanna Taylor, granddaughter of Dorothea Lange and Elizabeth and Meg Partridge, Rondal Partridge’s daughters, this film is an intimate portrait of Rondal crafted by his own family.

3:26 – video length
Ron Partridge’s artist page

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Lumère Presents:

A Time & Place

Berenice Abbott, Tim Barnwell, John Guttman & Richard Pare

This Virtual Exhibition extends the traditional gallery viewing experience with audio/video elements about the artists and their work. All are curated by Lumière to be an integral part of the on line experience. It also offers access to other exhibitions and related references not usually seen with conventional gallery or museum programs.

The red links above will take you directly to the program.

The exhibition can also be seen at our Atlanta location.

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Berenice Abbott – Documenting Science

Born in 1898, Berenice Abbott’s formative years as an artist were spent in Paris. Her classic images in the Changing New York series were published in 1939, ten years after her return from France. It provides a comprehensive picture of the city, much as Eugene Atget had done with his monumental work on Paris. Documenting Science was a partnership with MIT for use in school textbooks. It’s subject and design elements are as timeless as nature and science themselves.

1:46 – video length
Berenice Abbott’s artist page

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Tim Barnwell – Comments on His Photography

Barnwell’s compelling photographs of the places and people of Appalachia present an important element of the American cultural heritage. Based in Asheville, North Carolina, he has spent over 35 years as a professional photographer and instructor-including eight years directing the Appalachian Photographic Workshops. His work is the subject of three books, The Face of Appalachia, Earths Furrowed Brow, and Hands in Harmony.

4:06 – video length
Tim Barnwell’s artist page

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Peter Essick – Compositions In Nature

Peter Essick has worked as a freelance photojournalist with clients such as National Geographic Magazine. At the Geographic he has produced more than 35 feature articles on many different topics. Essick has traveled to all seven continents in search of compelling pictures. Peter recorded these comments in 2010, during his exhibition, Compositions in Nature, at Lumière, in Atlanta Georgia.

2:39 – video length
Peter Essick’s artist page

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Welcome to the Lumière VAULT

Use the menus to the left (or links below) to explore different categories of The VAULT.

VAULT Protocol:

New posts will be added to the “What’s New” section of the site.
After a period of time the posts will move to the “VAULT” for permanent storage.

The navigation to the left defines The VAULT along the following Categories:

Video Archive:

Listing of the video assets on the web site


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Accelerating Change In Photography

Accelerating Change In Photography

Gallery Talk

Saturday, November 3rd
11 am @ Lumière

Lumière’s Fall lecture program opened in collaboration with ACP at the High Museum in September: Art in the Digital Culture… Threat or Opportunity.
It underscored technology’s rapid and disruptive impact over the last century.

It was followed in October by, Conversations With The Masters.

This talk: Accelerating Change in Photography, continued the discussion with a presentation by Robert Yellowlees, reflecting on his half century of active participation with photography, computer technology and issues of human behavior in the management of change.

The presentation was followed by a thought provoking discussion period.

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Conversations With The Masters

Conversations With The Masters

Gallery Talk

Saturday, October 20th
11 am @ Lumière

Lumière’s Fall program opened with the ACP/High Museum lecture:
Art in the Digital Culture… Threat or Opportunity.
It underscored technology’s rapid and disruptive impact over the last century.

This galley talk: Conversations With The Masters, continued the discussion by highlighting, rare interviews with Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Beaumont Newhall, Brett Weston & Cole Weston. These interviews, conducted by Steve James of the Eikon Gallery (Monterey CA), were shown for the first time since their initial airing in 1971. Viewed now as photographic icons of 20th century, it was striking to see these masters describe their work and the discuss their efforts to establish photography as an art form.

Joining the program via teleconference was Steve James, to provide additional insight. His parents, Sue and Steve James began the Eikon Gallery in 1968, one of the first in the country dedicated solely to photography.

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Art In The Digital Culture… Threat or Opportunity?

Art In The Digital Culture… Threat or Opportunity?

Lumière Fall Lecture

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
7:00 p.m.
Hill Auditorium
High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street

In this, the sixth installment of our fall lecture series, Shannon Perich of the Smithsonian Institution and Irfan Essa of the Georgia Institute of Technology each spoke to the future of art in a rapidly expanding digital culture. The speakers addressed the threats and opportunities created by a growing range of capabilities to create, distribute and interact with art. Their commentary was followed by a panel discussion with audience participation.

Ms. Perich is the curator of the Photographic History Collection at the National Museum of American History. Most recently, she curated the current exhibition: Pushing Boundaries: Photography by Robert Weingarten, and authored, The Changing Face of Portrait Photography, From Daguerreotype to Digital. Perich teaches the History of Photography at the Maryland Institute College of Art and is a contributor to National Public Radio’s website. She is actively pursuing the application of technology to broaden public access to the Museum’s collections and knowledge base.

Prof. Essa is a nationally recognized figure in the fields of Computational Photography, Digital Video Special Effects and Computer Animation. He is an expert on technologies that impact how citizens interact with information. His doctoral research at MIT was in the area of Facial Recognition, Analysis and Synthesis. In addition to his work at Georgia Tech, he is affiliated with Carnegie Mellon, Google Research and the Disney Research Lab. He is also a Fellow of the IEEE.

We are pleased to offer this program as a collaborative event with:
Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

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Alexander Rodchenko on view in Krakow, Poland

Alexander Rodchenko on view in Krakow, Poland

Alexander Rodchenko: Revolution in Photography
The National Museum in Krakow
Main Building, al. 3 Maja 1
May – August 2012

This comprehensive exhibition featured over 316 works by this versatile artist. It is currently on view at the National Museum in Krakow Poland, and includes vintage prints of all his most well know photographs.

A thought provoking review published June 20, 2012 in the Wall Street Journal can be seen here. (opens new window) To access the complete exhibition information on Krakow Museum web site, select here. (opens new window)

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Richard Pare at Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin Germany

Richard Pare at Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin Germany

Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935
April — July 2012
Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin Germany

Richard Pare’s photography from The Lost Vanguard (exhibited at Lumière in April of 2009), was on view at Martin Gropius Bau, in Berlin Germany, April 5 – July 9, 2012. For more specific information on this past exhibition, SELECT HERE.

The exhibition, Building The Revolution, came to Berlin directly from London’s Royal Academy of Art where it received numerous positive reviews; The Guardian, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, London Review of Books, Evening Standard, Oxford Times, London Confidential, to name just a few, (Oct 2011 – Jan 2012).

This exhibition explored one of the most exceptional periods in the history of architecture, from the years just prior to the October Revolution until the foundation of the U.S.S.R. First shown in 2007 at The Museum of Modern Art (NY), this work is an important contribution to the history of both photography and architecture. The flamboyant age of Russian modernity, in the 15 years following the October 1917 Revolution, was hardly recognized before it came to an abrupt end. After the fall of the communist experiment in 1991, structures employing modernist era design and construction methods were rapidly disappearing. In a short period of time nearly a quarter of the buildings that were to have been protected were razed or disfigured. Richard Pare, a master photographer and curator of architectural photography, developed this body of work to record these interior and exterior designs before they succumbed to redevelopment.

“Richard Pare’s (work) opens windows onto the substantially unknown architectural manifestations of a period characterized by unprecedented artistic, social and cultural flights of imagination.” – Phyllis Lambert, Founding Director, Canadian Centre for Architecture

A promotional video for the exhibition, (please note: audio is in German).

2:34 – video length
Richard Pare’s artist page

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Wolf Suschitzky Featured in Clint Eastwood Production

The photography of Wolf Suschitzky was seen in the film “Trouble With The Curve.” The film starring Clint Eastwood and Amy Adams, was shot in Georgia early 2012 and premiered, September 2012. Eastwood, plays an ailing baseball scout in his twilight years, he takes his daughter along for one last recruiting trip. The Suschitzky photographs, will be seen on the walls of his daughter’s (Amy Adams) apartment.

Suschitzky who resides in London, England, is an accomplished still photographer, however the majority of his professional career was as a cinematographer in the film industry. With nearly 200 feature, documentary, and short film credits to his name, his career has spanned over 44 years, and included such note worthy films as, Get Carter – 1971 and Ulysses – 1967,(Wolf’s IMDb web page).

These photographs were featured in the Lumière exhibition: Street Talk, and are available for viewing.

Here is a link to a video of Wolf Suschitzky from the web site: Web Of Stories. He discusses his early photographic education and relocation to London. This was filmed in March of 2008, when Wolf was 95 years old, he celebrated his 100th birthday in August 2012. (Web Of Stories contains 34 Suschitzky videos totaling more than 2 hours)

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Pushing Boundaries: Portraits by Robert Weingarten

Pushing Boundaries: Portraits by Robert Weingarten

Smithsonian – National Museum of American History

Kenneth E. Behring Center – Washington DC
July 2, 2012 – October 14, 2012
International Gallery, S. Dillon Ripley Center, Third Level

This work was featured in the Lumière exhibition:
Robert Weingarten: The Road Less Traveled.

Pushing Boundaries: Portraits by Robert Weingarten presented 15 of Weingarten’s digital composite portraits of iconic Americans including Sandra Day O’Connor, Hank Aaron, and Chuck Close. In addition, there are more than two dozen portraits by other photographers from the Photographic History Collection to provide context about the long history of combination printing and portraiture.

0:45 – video length
Robert Weingarten’s artist page

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Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier

Lumière is pleased to announce that we are offering the work of Vivian Maier. This coincides with the November 2011, publication of Vivian Maier – Street Photographer, and numerous exhibitions from the John Maloof Collection. We currently have a supply of this book available for purchase, E-MAIL the gallery to reserve a copy.

Maier’s work was featured in our past exhibition Street Talk – the third installment of Lumiere’s: Photography as Propaganda exhibition series.

Her work continues to be the focus of positive reviews and media attention, a recent review in the New York Times can be seen here, (January 20, 2012 – opens new window). Also a link to a Wall Street Journal article: The Nanny’s Secret, (January 3, 2012 – opens new window).

Complete background information on Maier and the story of her discovered work, can be found on the website of the Maloof Collection: (opens new window). Lumiere is the Atlanta source for any of these photographs.

Below is a segment from the CBS Evening News, December 15, 2011.

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Emory Global Health Institute – Ethics in Photography

Monday April 2, 2012 • Noon – 1 pm
1518 Clifton Rd.
Claudia Nance Rollins Building
CNR Auditorium

A panel discussion sponsored by Emory’s Global Health Institute and the Public Health Ethics Club was held Monday April 2, 2012. The event was free and open to the public. Panel Members included, Billy Howard – Documentary Photographer, Jeff Koplan – Director Global Health Institute, Paul Wolpe – Director Center for Ethics, and Kathy Kinlaw – Associate Director Center for Ethics. For more information E-MAIL Suzanne Mason.

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Wynn Bullock at Palm Beach Photographic Centre

Wynn Bullock at Palm Beach Photographic Centre

Wynn Bullock: Insight and Surprises
March 21 – June 9, 2012
Palm Beach Photographic Centre
415 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach FL

Wynn Bullock, a mid-twentieth century master photographer, is widely know for his evocative black and white work. From 1959-1964, he also created a significant body of color work he called “Color Light Abstractions”, first exhibited at Lumiere in June of 2009.

The Palm Beach exhibition featured 44 of these beautiful and innovative images, as well as a selection of Bullock’s classic black & white work, further details can be found at the Centre’s web site. An article from the Palm Beach Daily News from March 25, 2012 provides an overview of the exhibition.

Explore additional assets on the Lumière web site; an artist gallery of Color Light Abstraction (64 images), wide selection of Bullock Estate Prints, and a Lumiere Video featuring commentary by Dr. Britt Salvesen on the significance of this ground breaking work.

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Richard Pare Comments on the Melnikov House

The Lost Vanguard: An exceptional photographic exploration of Russian modernist architecture. Pare’s decade long project brilliantly records innovative interior and exterior designs. It carried him from Moscow and St. Petersburg to Kiev, the Ukraine and the Baltic Sea resort of Sochi. One of the highlights of the exhibition were his photographs of the Melnikov House, listen to his comments on this architectural treasure.

4:06 – video length
Richard Pare’s artist page

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Bob Kolbrener – Comments on his Photography

Below are comments recorded at the opening of the exhibition, Picturing the West, photography by Bob Kolbrener. He discusses his personal history, photographic methodology and his dedication to the art of traditional silver gelatin based photography.

3:44 – video length
Bob Kolbrener’s artist page

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Richard Pare – Exhibition: Royal Academy of Arts

Richard Pare – Exhibition: Royal Academy of Arts

Building the Revolution: Soviet Art and Architecture 1915-1935
October 2011 – January 2012
London’s, Royal Academy of Arts – Sackler Wing of Galleries

Richard Pare’s work from The Lost Vanguard was previously on view at the Royal Academy of Arts. For more specific information on this past exhibition, SELECT HERE, a review from The Guardian can be SEEN HERE, (links open new windows).

Richard Pare comments on the Shabolovka Radio Tower

THE LOST VANGUARD – This exhibition explored one of the most exceptional periods in the history of architecture, from the years just prior to the October Revolution until the foundation of the U.S.S.R. First shown in 2007 at The Museum of Modern Art (NY), this work is an important contribution to the history of both photography and architecture. The flamboyant age of Russian modernity, in the 15 years following the October 1917 Revolution, was hardly recognized before it came to an abrupt end. After the fall of the communist experiment in 1991, structures employing modernist era design and construction methods were rapidly disappearing. In a short period of time nearly a quarter of the buildings that were to have been protected were razed or disfigured. Richard Pare, a master photographer and curator of architectural photography, developed this body of work to record these interior and exterior designs before they succumbed to redevelopment.

“Richard Pare’s (work) opens windows onto the substantially unknown architectural manifestations of a period characterized by unprecedented artistic, social and cultural flights of imagination.” – Phyllis Lambert, Founding Director, Canadian Centre for Architecture

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Peter Essick Featured In The AJC

Peter Essick Featured In The AJC

Photographer Peter Essick was featured in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, (October 27, 2011). The article was in response to a photographic essay, on the Ansel Adams Wilderness, in the October 2011 issue of National Geographic Magazine. Adams was an early influence on Essick’s photographic career, follow this LINK to read the entire article.

Lumière featured Essick’s work in a one person exhibition, Depth Of Field: Compositions In Nature, (October 2010) and is proud to offer his work for sale, including a limited edition Collector’s Portfolio.

Select Here to view Peter Essick’s artist page and explore many other resources on our site.

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Critical Praise for “Politics & the Utopian Dream”

Critical Praise for “Politics & the Utopian Dream”

ArtCriticATL – Exhibition Review
Alluring and Illuminating “Photography as Propaganda” at Lumiere

October 11, 2011
By Robert Stalker

What countries could be more different than the Soviet Union and the United States during the first half of the 20th century? Yet, as suggested by Lumiere’s illuminating “Photography as Propaganda: Politics and the Utopian Dream,” many of their ideals and fantasies were actually alike, and so were the images that served their goals and cultural values.

Inspired in part by “Propaganda and Dreams,” the 1999 exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, the exhibit opens with pictures by American and Soviet photographers celebrating technology and the built environment. Margaret Bourke-White’s “George Washington Bridge” (1933) and Berenice Abbott’s “Night View, New York” (1932) sit alongside contemporary photographs of the Dneprostroy Dam and Kherson Shipbuilding Factory by Max Alpert and Simon Fridland, respectively.

The photos were produced in divergent contexts with quite different aims. Bourke-White worked for the capitalist Henry Luce’s Fortune as well as Look magazines, creating photos that seemed almost to advertise the romance of commerce and industry. Abbott worked independently in the 1930s on her “Changing New York” series, promoting a view of urban planning that she continued under the sponsorship of the Federal Art Project. Fridland and Alpert documented Soviet manufacturing and engineering for government news platforms such as ITAR-Tass, Izvestia and Pravda, constructing the not entirely accurate impression that the young, impoverished nation was heading full steam into the 20th century. Despite these differences, however, the photos share an almost palpable optimism about technological modernity and its culture of speed and mechanization…… ArtsCriticATL. Follow this link to read the entire review. (opens new browser window).

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Dr. Anthony Bannon Lecture at High Museum

Dr. Anthony Bannon Lecture at High Museum

Powerful Meanings In Photography

September 21, 2011: Dr. Anthony Bannon, the Director of George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, discussed the use of photography throughout history to communicate powerful messages and create lasting cultural icons. The program, part of the Annual Lumiere Lecture Series, was offered in collaboration with the High Museum of Art and Atlanta Celebrates Photography.

The audio clip below is a small excerpt is from his closing remarks, as he discussed the nature of the single photographic image and speculated on future of the medium of photography.

Biographical Information:
Dr. Anthony Bannon was the Director of George Eastman House – International Museum of Photography and Film: the world’s oldest and largest independent museum dedicated to photography and film. He has held that position from 1996 to 2012. Prior to his time at Eastman House, he served as director of Burchfield-Penney Art Center, director of cultural affairs on the campus of State University of New York, College at Buffalo and as an editor and art critic with The Buffalo News. He has also worked as a filmmaker. In 2012 Bannon retired from George Eastman House and returned to his previous position as director of Burchfield-Penney Art Center in Buffalo NY.

Dr. Bannon has lectured at museums, colleges, and festivals worldwide. He currently serves as chairman of the Lucie Awards/International Photography Awards. In 2007, Bannon was awarded the Golden Career Award by the FOTOfusion Festival of Photography & Digital Imaging for his “far-reaching leadership and scholarship in the cultural community.”

Bannon’s 16-year tenure at George Eastman House resulted in major acquisitions, alliances with museums and universities, innovative conservation efforts, as well as the creation of three post-graduate preservation schools and collectors clubs in large American cities.

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Yevgeny Khaldei “Badass War Hero”

Yevgeny Khaldei “Badass War Hero”

In a post on the comedy web site, the Russian photographer Yevgeny Khaldei was cited as one of The 5 Most Badass War Heroes Who Never Held a Weapon. Khaldei came in at the #2 position on the list of 5.

Follow the link to see the entire article and read the colorful account of Khaldei’s life. A more complete biography of Khaldei’s life can be found in the Artist Section of our web site, including a gallery of images by Khaldei.

Our exhibition, Photography as Propaganda – Politics and the Utopian Dream, (Sept – Oct 2011) at Lumière featured eight photographs by Khaldei. The 70+ print exhibition included 3 variation of his most famous image: Raising The Hammer & Sickle over the Reichstag, May of 1945.

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Herb Snitzer – Glorious Days and Nights: A Jazz Memoir

Herb Snitzer – Glorious Days and Nights: A Jazz Memoir

In his sixth book Glorious Days and Nights: A Jazz Memoir, Herb Snitzer looks back on a career of photographing jazz musicians, (University of Mississippi Press, 2011).

After graduation from the University of the Arts (Philadelphia College of Art, 1957), Snitzer, headed for New York. One of his first free lance assignments was to cover the legendary, tenor sax player, Lester Young, at the Five Spot Café, in 1958. Shooting at night with available light he created an enduring image of Young, holding his instrument case, wearing his signature porkpie hat. The scene is backlit by a storefront and there is a sign projecting from the building that reads “Newly Decorated Furnished Rooms.” The musician with arm outstretched is pointing to something while engaged in a conversation with an unidentified man.

With this earliest image Snitzer launched a career and also, in embryo, established a style that identifies many of the key works among the 84 photographs selected for the book. While there are many studies of musicians in performance he sought out access back stage, on buses, in bars and hotels. As much as possible he attempted to get close and personal. There are many intimate portraits that compellingly convey trust as well as proximity.

As the subtitle of the book conveys this reaches beyond a portfolio of beautiful images (84) of now mostly deceased masters of the art form. In the accompanying 42 page text Snitzer relates a life depicting the jazz world to which he had unique and often challenging access.

Note: the book can be ordered on Amazon, (the customer reviews are insightful). Please contact the gallery if you would like to set an appointment to see and discuss Snitzer’s photography. Herb Snitzer’s artist page.

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Thomas Neff

Thomas Neff

Katrina Portraits at the Louisiana State Museum

An exhibition of 14 photographs by Thomas Neff was on view in 2011 at the The Presbytere (751 Chartres Street, New Orleans). The images are from Neff’s work: Holding Out and Hanging On: Surviving Hurricane Katrina. These moving portraits, of individuals who rode out Hurricane Katrina in 2005, are traditional silver gelatin prints recorded with a large format (5×7) camera.

This work was featured in the Lumière exhibition: Southern Exposures in June of 2008.

The Louisiana State Museum is mounting a series of changing exhibitions, lectures and events as part of a permanent exhibition Living with Hurricanes: Katrina and Beyond.

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Al Weber – 2011 Exhibition at Center for Photographic Art

Al Weber – 2011 Exhibition at Center for Photographic Art

The Center for Photographic Art
June – July 2011
Carmel California

An Exhibition featuring Aerial Photography by Al Weber was held at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel CA (June-July 2011), published with this exhibition is a 56 page catalog. Weber’s work was featured in the 2010 Lumière exhibition Picturing the West.

Al Weber’s career in photography spans six decades and illustrates mastery of both black-and-white and color processes. The subjects of his commercial assignments and personal work run the gamut from aerial, industrial, architectural, portraiture, abstractions and imagery of the American West. His photographs have been shown in over 200 exhibitions, corporate clients include Dupont, Eastman Kodak, Polaroid and Hasselblad. Weber’s photographs are in the numerous permanent collections including The Art Institute of Chicago, M. H. de Young Museum, and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art.

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Tim Barnwell – Book: Hands in Harmony

Tim Barnwell – Book: Hands in Harmony

Appalachian Music Featured in the New York Times

Sunday May 22, 2011 – A very entertaining article from the Sunday New York Times, Travel Section: On Virginia’s Crooked Road, Mountain Music Lights the Way . This subject is also the central theme of Tim Barnwell’s most recent book Hands in Harmony; Traditional Crafts and Music in Appalachia. It was released (October 2009) by W. W. Norton & Company, publisher of Barnwell’s previous two books: The Face of Appalachia (2003) and On Earth’s Furrowed Brow (2007). The book is a continuation of the artist’s 30+ year body of work documenting the people, places, musicians, and craftsmen of Appalachia. The book also includes an audio CD with performances by 22 musicians photographed for the project, and is already receiving critical success.

Reviewed in the New York Times, November 27, 2009, By Dwight Garner.
Hands In Harmony: Traditional Crafts And Music In Appalachia, by Tim Barnwell (W. W. Norton & Company). “This excellent collection of black-and-white portraits and oral histories documents the lives of the makers of Appalachian music and traditional handicrafts, and arrives with a wickedly fine CD. There are photographs here of some well-known people (Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley, Bill Monroe), but the best are of unknown artists. Without Appalachian music, Jan Davidson writes in the forward, ”there would be no Joan Baez, no Bob Dylan the folk singer, and surely no Grateful Dead.”” Go to the NY Times review

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Change by Degrees

Stephen Lawson

Produced and Directed by John Nakashima of West Virginia Public Broadcasting (2002), this video provides an illuminating overview into Lawson’s photography and his evolution as an artist, from his early roots as a sculptor through his truly unique photographic journey.

12:23 – video length
Stephen Lawson’s artist page

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Lumière Collectors Editions

Lumière Collectors Edition™: a series of portfolios featuring the work of established artists, curated by Lumière. They represent exceptional, compatible examples of each artist’s work. The initial offering of six portfolios each contain five editioned photographs, matted and packaged in an attractive linen portfolio box with descriptive inset pages. Pricing for the portfolios range from $1,800 – $3,500.
Call the gallery (@ 404-261-6100) or E-MAIL for more information.

Al Weber

This portfolio, selected in consultation with the artist, represents work from a 2011 exhibition of his photographs at the Center for Photography Arts in Carmel California. Al Weber’s career in photography spans six decades. The subjects of his work run the gamut from aerial and architectural photography to portraits, abstracts, and imagery of the American Southwest.

To view Al Weber’s artist page SELECT, or E-MAIL for more information.
Portfolio Edition Size: 5
Price: $3,500

Wynn Bullock – Classic Black & White

Wynn Bullock (1902-1975) is viewed by history as one of the masters of photography. Selected for this portfolio are five classic Bullock images that span the breadth of his artistic career. Along with Frederick Sommer, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind and Ansel Adams, Bullock was one of the five founding photographers whose archives established the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, AZ in 1975.

To view Wynn Bullock’s artist page SELECT, or E-MAIL for more information.
Portfolio Edition Size: 5
Price: $3,000

Wynn Bullock – Color Light Abstractions

Bullock is best known for his classic black & white photography. However, from late 1959 to early 1965, he explored the beauty and wonder of light itself through his Color Light Abstractions. Due to limitations in printing technology, he was never able to fully share this work before his death in 1975, and it is only recently that it is being brought to life by his heirs. Exhibited for the first time at Lumiere in June 2009, it has since been shown in Beijing, China; Carmel, CA, and Tucson, AZ.

To view Wynn Bullock’s artist page SELECT, or E-MAIL for more information.
Portfolio Edition Size: 5
Price: $3,000

Bob Kolbrener

These classic images by Kolbrener, four images from his work centered in Yosemite, a fifth from the rugged coast of California, all illustrate his command of traditional silver gelatin photographic processes. A student of Ansel Adams, Kolbrener carries on a tradition of his predecessors with a vital artistic vision uniquely his own.

To view Bob Kolbrener’s artist page SELECT, or E-MAIL for more information.
Portfolio Edition Size: 5
Price: $2,000

Peter Essick

Award winning photographer, Peter Essick’s remarkable color landscape photographs from landmark settings throughout the world reveal the stunning spiritual and artistic power of nature. The selection for this portfolio illustrate a broad spectrum of his work and collectively display his ability to reveal the beauty of the natural world.

To view Peter Essick’s artist page SELECT, or E-MAIL for more information.
Portfolio Edition Size: 5
Price: $2,000

Tom Murphy

Murphy’s photography illustrates his passionate love for our wild clean earth. Tom’s understanding of wildlife is apparent from the beginning. He photographs wildlife as they go about their daily lives, patiently waiting for each animal to share its life with him in the wild.

To view Tom Murphy’s artist page SELECT, or E-MAIL for more information.
Portfolio Edition Size: 5
Price: $1,800

Abstractions – Featuring Tom Murphy & Peter Essick

This portfolio features abstractions drawn from the beauty of nature and framed by two world class photographers: Peter Essick and Tom Murphy. Essick who has traveled the globe contributes two images to the portfolio, one from Fraser Island off the East Coast of Australia, and a second from Finland near the Arctic Circle. Murphy’s contributions of three images are from the area he knows so well, Yellowstone National Park.

E-MAIL for more information.
Portfolio Edition Size: 5
Price: $2,000

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Ansel Adams: A Legacy – @ Booth Museum

Ansel Adams: A Legacy – @ Booth Museum

September 25, 2010 – March 13, 2011

Image Courtesy: Steve and Sue James, Eikon Gallery

Showcasing more than 130 photographs by famed photographer Ansel Adams, including his most iconic images. The depth, breadth and quality of this exhibition was exceptional.

These photographs were considered by Adams to be some of his “best” prints, they were meticulously produced by the artist himself and given to The Friends of Photography. Adams was one of the founders of this organization, that began in 1967, with the aim of promoting creative photography and supporting its practitioners.

The newspaper clipping is from the Monterey Herald, December of 1970, courtesy of Steve and Sue James/Eikon Gallery. It illustrates Adams’ commitment and support of the Friends of Photography.

More information on current Booth programing visit:
The Booth Western Art Museum web site.
The Booth is located in Cartersville Georgia, (28 miles north on I-75, exit 288).

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Messages from the Wilderness

Philip Hyde

This video was produced in conjunction with the exhibition Messages from the Wilderness which featured work deploying the visual power of photography to communicate an understanding and appreciation of the great American wilderness. Included in the exhibition was photography by: Philip Hyde, Ansel Adams, Edna Bullock, Peter Essick, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Tom Murphy, Bradford Washburn, Edward Weston & Brett Weston. Their work has often provided the foundation for major conservation movements.

Philip Hyde, was one of the century’s most influential wilderness photographers. His photographs have helped protect such national treasures as the Grand Canyon, Dinosaur National Monument, Denali, Tongass National Forest, Canyonlands, the Coast Redwoods, Point Reyes, King’s Canyon, the North Cascades, Oregon Cascades, High Sierra Wilderness, and many others. The video is narrated by his son David Hyde.

3:18 – video length
Philip Hyde’s artist page

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Peter Essick – Comments On His Photography

Peter Essick – Comments On His Photography

Peter Essick was listed as one of the 40 Most Influential Nature Photographers by Outdoor Photography Magazine (2010). They sited his work for National Geographic Magazine documenting the effects of global warming, placing him twelfth on this list of notable photographers worldwide.

Below are comments by Peter Essick that reveal interesting information on 21 of the images from his exhibition: Compositions in Nature.

Tracy Arm, Alaska, 1996

Oulanka National Park, Finland, 2009

White Rock Mountain, Arkansas, 2008

Juniper Prairie Wilderness, Florida, 1998

This wilderness area north of Orlando is one of the few subtropical rain forests in the United States. To enter the wilderness, I rented a canoe and floated down a spring-fed creek. In the afternoon a heavy downpour occurred as I was taking this photograph. The next day I read that it had rained almost five inches the day before.

Altamaha River, Georgia, 1998

The Altamaha in southern Georgia has many unspoiled areas. The old-growth trees were logged in the 1800s, but the Nature Conservancy is now working to preserve many of the remaining forests near the river. This photograph was taken in May when there was some early morning mist. I’m told that if there is a 15 degree F difference between the air and water temperature then the mist occurs.

Pam’s Grotto, Arkanas, 2008

This spot in northern Arkansas is near the Ozarks Highlands Trail. Tim Ernest, who built the trail along with some other volunteers, met his wife Pam at this grotto and named it for her. There is a large overhang to the cliff so it is easy to walk under the waterfall and look out. At sunrise, there is still enough latitude in the digital sensor to capture both the sunlight on the trees and the shadow of the large rock, something not possible with film.

Spirits Creek, Ozark Highlands Trail, Arkansas, 2008

This special place is on the Ozark Highlands Trail. There is a nice camping spot for backpackers nearby. After setting up camp I walked down to the small creek. It was cloudy, but right at sunset a small beam of light shot through the trees on the other side of the creek and lit up the water with a golden glow for a few moments.

Wathumba Creek Estuary, Fraser Island, Australia, 2009

Fraser Island off the coast of Queensland is the world’s largest sand island. Along the western shore, the ocean water is very clear blue-green. Wathumba Creek is brown with tannins from the forest in the interior of the island. This aerial photograph was taken at almost low tide. At high tide the creek water backs up and leaves the marks of organic material in the sand.

Deer Creek, Arizona, 1997

On a 17-day trip through the Grand Canyon in a wooden dory I climbed up many of the side canyons. Deer Creek was my favorite because the light and dark effects on the narrow walls.

Sea Ice, Tierra del Fuego, Chile, 2009

A friend of mine who is a National Geographic Photographer was working on a story about the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. He had booked a 10-day trip on a yacht to visit the Beagle Channel where Darwin had visited on his famous voyage. At the last minute, his wife got sick and I filled in for him. This photograph is taken in a very remote area called Seno Pia. In the winter the sea freezes and then breaks up every day with the tide. These sea ice fragments are left in the grass in the high tide zone.

Sturgeon River Gorge, Michigan, 1998

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan or U.P is one of the most unique places in the US. Not only are there superb natural areas like the Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness, the whole region is refreshingly unspoiled. It is one of the few places in the US where I didn’t see any fast food places or strip malls when I was there in 1998. I wonder if that is still the case?

Tasermiut Fiord, Greenland, 2010

South Greenland holds tremendous potential for tourism and no place is more scenic than the Tasermuit Fiord. The granite walls are over 3,00 feet high and in several places plunge right into the ocean. However, the logistics to get there are difficult. Last June I had to first fly from the capital Nuuk to Qaqortoq in a prop plane and then take a helicopter further south to Nanortalik. In this small village I hired a local Inuit man to take me up to a campsite up in the fiord. Behind his small motorboat we towed an inflatable boat. After setting up camp, I looked around by myself in the Zodiac boat to find a good location to photograph when the weather was clear. I waited several days for a good sunset, but it never cleared up. I had to come back two months later and eventually got the photograph. The stream in the foreground is freshwater flowing into the ocean in the background.

Sanibel Island, Florida, 2004

I was working on a story about the carbon cycle and I read that small animals use calcium carbonate in the ocean to form shells. The perfect place to see shells on the beach was a Sanibel Island in Florida. Every time there is a storm the beach fills up with shells. I used an underwater housing to get close to the wave and the shells while protecting my camera from the salt water.

Jyrava Falls, Oulanka National Park, Finland, 2009

I arrived at this spot one afternoon and noticed the small icebergs in an eddy of the Kitka River. As I watched it looked like the icebergs were moving in a perfect circle. I came back the next morning and in a 30 second time exposure the circle was revealed in the streaks of the ice.

The Quelccaya Ice Cap, Peru, 2004

Lonnie Thompson, a famous climatologist from Ohio, has studied this ice cap for over 25 years. In that time the ice cap has retreated and shrunk like almost all tropical glaciers around the world. The lake in the foreground first appeared in 1991. The next day after taking this photo I climbed to the top of the ice cap at 18, 600 ft., the highest altitude that I have ever climbed.

Boreal Fen, Finland, 2009

These low-lying swampy areas in the northern Boreal Forest were made glaciers during the last ice age. In the 9,000 years since it has been ice-free, some of the drier areas have built up peat ridges. From the air, it is possible to see them and figure the direction of the glacier’s advance and retreat.

Rainbow Lake Wilderness, Wisconsin, 1998

This photograph has always reminded me of the randomness of nature. Leaves must fall every year on these lily pads in a small pond in Wisconsin. The placement is probably similar each year, but not exactly the same. As photographers we come by and make what we think is an orderly composition, usually based on an aesthetic that surely was first influenced by the laws of nature itself.

Oulanka River, Finland, 2009

In this shallow dolomite gorge the sunrise light is quite remarkable. The sunlight first hits the pine trees and then the opposite canyon wall. Because the canyon is narrow, the wall acts like a giant reflector card and fills the shadows with a beautiful luminance.

Sinkhole, Near Bowling Green, Kentucky, 1996

One of my first environmental stories I worked on was about non-point source water pollution. I didn’t realize until I started photographing the story how non-visual this problem was. However, I tried to take this as a challenge and do a story that hadn’t been done before. Sinkholes like these in Kentucky act as avenues for pollution to enter the groundwater. Usually these pollutants are invisible, but when I saw these cows wading right in a sinkhole I knew I had found a familiar and visible culprit.

Oil Sands Tailings, Alberta, Canada, 2009

The oil sands development in northern Alberta is recovering oil in a manner more like a mine than a traditional oil well. The oil sand has to be mixed with water and boiled so the bitumen will rise to the top. The wastewater is then sent to large tailings ponds that create something that looks like a delta as the toxic water enters the huge pond.

Falcon, Oil Sands Tailing Ponds, Alberta Canada, 2009

There was a highly publicized event in 2008 when about 500 migrating ducks landed in an oil sands tailings pond and drowned. In order to try and prevent future occurrences this oil company installed an effigy of a peregrine falcon in a platform on the pond. A laser beam determines if birds are approaching which activates a solar powered recording of the falcon’s call and hopefully scares away the migrating birds.

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Peter Essick in the News

Peter Essick in the News

Peter Essick and his Lumiere exhibition:
Depth of Field: Compositions in Nature – photography by Peter Essick.
Have been featured recently in several venues and on-line.

Serenby Photography Workshop: November 6, 2010

Fall Colors in the Chattahoochee Hill Country – with Peter Essick
Peter led a seasonal photo tour of the beautiful Chattahoochee Hill countryside in and near the Serenbe Community. This was an SPC “Eye on the World” workshop, photographs from the workshop will be used to help protect and preserve the less-traveled beauty of the Chattahoochee River corridor landscape south of Atlanta. For a complete description of the workshop go the Serenby Photography Center web site.

News from The Nature Conservancy:

On September 29, 2010— Governor Sonny Perdue announced the acquisition of 6,911 acres in Long County as part of the Townsend Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The property is located in the lower Altamaha River floodplain, one of the most valuable ecological corridors in Georgia. The Altamaha River is one of The Nature Conservancy priorities and TNC played a key role in this acquisition. In the January 1998 issue of National Geographic magazine the work of Peter Essick’s provided visual support to these efforts with an article: “Altamaha River: The Easy Ways of the Altamaha.” For complete details visit The Nature Conservancy web site.

ArtsCriticATL: reviews, Compositions in Nature

ArtsCriticATL co-founder Catherine Fox provided an insightful review of our current exhibition. Her review closed with the following quote: “If you don’t leave Essick’s show with a renewed sense of wonder, you’re an awfully jaded cookie.” To read the entire review and to keep up on the Atlanta arts scene, go to ArtsCriticATL.

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John Gutmann – at the BJE Library in San Francisco

John Gutmann – at the BJE Library in San Francisco

The work of photographer John Gutmann was featured in an exhibition at the BJE Jewish Community Library in San Francisco in 2010. An Evening Celebrating the Life and Work of John Gutmann, included the screening of Jane Levy Reed’s outstanding documentary entitled My Eyes Were Fresh, along with a talk and presentation by Sally Stein entitled A Gulliver in America.

An exhibition of sixty six photographs by John Gutmann’s was previously shown at Lumière, select to view the exhibition or to view additional images by Gutmann visit his artist page.

John Gutmann

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