Gallery of Fine Art Photography

Exhibition: Pitts Theology Library

Windows on the World

June 15 through August 15, 2015

Lumière is pleased to participate in an exhibition on view this summer on the Emory University Campus. The exhibition Windows on the World, is on view in the Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology.

Our contribution to the exhibition features the photography of Tim Barnwell and Douglas Keats. This micro exhibit illustrates the varied religious sanctuaries in two very different geographic regions: early English colonies in the South and the 18th Century Spanish settlements that occupied the Native American lands of the West.

Location Details:
Pitts Theology Library, Candler School of Theology, Emory University
1531 Dickey Drive • Atlanta, Georgia 30322 • 404-727-4165
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM (Closed July 3)

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John Gutmanns’ 110th Birthday

Born in Breslau, Germany, Gutmann studied to be a painter under Otto Mueller before turning to photography shortly before he emigrated to the United States, where he became known for his vivid images of popular culture. Gutmann brought a foreigner’s view to the streets of California.

Lumière was proud to feature Gutmann’s work in our exhibition – My Eyes Were Fresh. Additional information can also be found on his artist page.

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Mario DiGirolamo – AJC Review

Also Featured on ArtsATL, WABE: City Lights, and CNN

Our current exhibition Visione, was reviewed June 4th by The Atlanta Journal & Constitution – AJC.com, the review, written by Felicia Feaster is titled: Lovely black and white, globe-trotting photography at Lumiere.
Please note the article is Premium Content and requires an AJC subscription to fully access on-line.

Previously the exhibition was reviewed on the website ArtsATL“His strong sense of composition and his desire to capture the “geometry of human situations” speak to the influence of Henri Cartier-Bresson.” To read the entire insightful review by Virginie Kippelen follow this link.

Mario DiGirolamo was interviewed by host Lois Reitzes and discussed his recently published book Visione and his current exhibition at Lumière. The exhibition opened May 9th with a gallery tour and book signing. Audio (10:12) of the interview was posted on the WABE: City Lights web page.

Lumiere’s current exhibition, and Mario’s book, Visione, were also the subject of an interview on CNN. Additional information can be found on the CNN website.

Additional images, information and a video on the photography of Mario Digirolamo can be found on his Artist Page.

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Mario DiGirolamo – Visione: on View Until July 31, 2015

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Visione…an exhibition of new work by Mario DiGirolamo opened at Lumière on May 9th. The show coincides with the release of his recently published book by the same name.

For over half a century, he has captured images of life in his native Italy, England, Mexico and the United States. All with a careful balance of excellent photographic technique and a sense for the human qualities of his subjects.

Brooks Jensen, Editor of LensWork notes that, “DiGirolamo makes us smile, and think, and reflect and remember.”

Mario discussed his new work during a exhibition tour and book signing at Lumière on Saturday, May 9, 11 AM.

View Mario’s work at his artist page.

BOOK PRICING INFORMATION
Visione – $45
Visione, Sun & Shadow, 8×10 silver gelatin print of Paris Cafe, in slipcase – $180

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Khaldei Remebrance • 70th Anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe

VD_400An article on photographer Yevgeny Khaldei was published recently on the web site Russia Beyond The Headlines, it is a thoughtful article written as a personal remembrance by independent journalist Nick Holdsworth.

As world events unfold across the former Soviet Union, it is interesting to reflect and reconsider our exhibition, Politics and the Utopian Dream. This exhibition illustrated, the power of the photographic image and how it was used effectively in the 20th Century by both totalitarian and democratic leaders.

More iconic Soviet era images can also be found on 5 of Lumière’s artist pages, Yevgeny Khaldei’s, Boris Ignatovich’s, Georgi Zelma’s, Alexander Rodchenko’s, and Alexander Ustinov’s.

Work by these and additional Soviet era photographers can also be found in the Theme Collection: Soviet

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Harold Feinstein – In The News – UPDATE

December 5, 2014 – The video to the right was posted recently by Ted Forbes on The Art of Photography Youtube Channel. (13:09)

November 21, 2014 – The Guardian- London, United Kingdom.
My Best Shot, features Feinstein’s icon image, Coney Island Teens. Select the link above to read Harold’s account of the image from 1949.

Novemember 18, 2014 – L’Oeil de la Photographie – Paris, France. An in-depth feature story on Harold’s 60+ year career in photography. It also sheds light on the influence he has had on numerous photographers as a teacher and mentor.

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Last Weekend – View From The Street

Featuring the Work of Vivian Maier & Harold Feinstein

First recognized at the age of 19 by Edward Steichen, who purchased his prints for MoMA,
Feinstein has been widely acclaimed throughout his distinguished career.

“He is one of the few photographers with the ability to reveal the familiar in a beautiful new way”
W. Eugene Smith

“Humanistic, intimate, engaged”  •  A.D. Coleman…photography critic, New York Times

Also included . . . photographs by Vivian Maier – in conjunction with the publication of the book:
Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found (Oct 28,2014 – Harper Collins)

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Lumière’s well received Fall exhibition… Masters of Photography will continue until February 28th as well, augmented with street photography by Berenice Abbott, Alexander Rodchenko & Wolf Suschitzky.

View Harold Feinstein’s artist page: – select here
View Vivian Maier’s artist page: – select here Updated Nov 21, 2014

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Ansel Adams’ 113th Birthday

February 20, 2015

“I am sure the next step will be the electronic image, and I hope I shall live to see it. I trust that the creative eye will continue to function, whatever technological innovations may develop.” – Ansel Adams

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 (larger top window), begins with Adams explaining his competing interests of music & photography, and then touches major events in his career, run time: 4:11.

Below (smaller window) is the complete unedited version, run time: 13:45.

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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John Gutmann Fellowship Awarded to Nancy Floyd and McNair Evans

January 12, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Foundation announced today that McNair Evans of San Francisco, CA and Nancy Floyd of Atlanta, GA are the winners of the 2014 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship, an annual award given to up to two emerging artists who exhibit professional accomplishment, serious artistic commitment, and need in the field of creative photography. – Read the complete press release.

The prestigious award, established by the late photographer John Gutmann (1905-1998) at The San Francisco Foundation, brings with it $5,000 to each awardee to support the development of their creative work. Eminent photographers and curators Richard Misrach, Sandra S. Phillips, and Leland Rice were this year’s jurors. – More information on the John Gutmann Fellowship.

Lumière is proud to present the work of John Gutmann, more information and images can be found on his artist page.

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Image Above: Weathering Time: 1982/2012, courtesy Nancy Floyd

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Recent Press for: Finding Vivian Maier

February 12, 2015

PBS NewsHour
NewsHour Goes to the Movies: Bringing a portrait of private artist Vivian Maier to the big screen

In 2007, a monumental cache of photographic negatives were sold at auction. The man who bought them, John Maloof, soon discovered stunning images of Chicago street scenes from the mid-20th century. Who was the unknown artist behind the photographs? Jeffrey Brown talks to co-directors Maloof and Charlie Siskel about their Oscar-nominated documentary, “Finding Vivian Maier.”

This is an interview of Charlie Siskel and John Maloof, produced in March of 2014 prior to the theatrical release of Finding Vivian Maier. This interview is 36 minutes in length.

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Oraien Catledge: 1928 – 2015

January 28, 2015

It is with sadness we pass along the news of the passing of Oraien Catledge.

Brief Biographical Information:
Oraien Catledge was born in Sumner, Mississippi, in 1928, and came to his photographer’s vocation near the end of a long career as a social worker in the state of Mississippi, and as an advocate for the blind throughout the South.

Although principally a photographer of people, Catledge’s sensuous, fastidious black and white work documents the landscapes and cityscapes of Mississippi and New Orleans, as well as imagining and recording the insular, working-class lives of the Cabbagetown neighborhood in center-city Atlanta, the signal achievement upon which his considerable reputation rests. (Excerpt from Oraien Catledge Photographs, published by University Press of Mississippi in 2010.)

In August of 2010 Lumière hosted a book signing in conjunction with the publication of Oraien Catledge Photographer.

Below is a video of Oraien produced by Terminus Films, titled Picture Man.

© John Ramspott

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Finding Vivian Maier – Nominated For Academy Award

January 15, 2015
We are pleased to post that Finding Vivian Maier has benn nominated for an Academy Award in the Documentary Feature category. The winner will be announce on Sunday February 22, 2015. We would like pass along our congratulation to John Maloof, Charlie Siskel, and Executive Producer Jeff Garlin.

Lumière’s exhibition, View From The Street, featuring the work of Vivian Maier and Harold Goldstein has been extended until February 21, 2015

The Atlanta Debut of the film Finding Vivian Maier was Friday April 11th, 2014, at the Lefont Sandy Springs Theater, located at 5920 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs 30328. The film had a four week run 4/11-5/8, it is currently available for viewing in the Atlanta area via a wide variety of outlets.

Executive Producer: Jeff Garlin, was available for a question and answer session following the Saturday April 12 1:45 afternoon screening. He also, provided an introduction to the 3:40 screening.
Below is the Official Trailer of Finding Vivian Maier

This intriguing documentary shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers.

Reviews:
New York Times, March 21, 2014
New Yorker, March 26, 2014
New York Times, March 27, 2014
NPR, March 27, 2014
Review by Steve Murray of ArtsATL, April 8, 2014.

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

E-MAIL – requests for viewing and purchasing work from the Maloof Collection.

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Feinstein/Maier Reviewed in ArtsATL

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By Virginie Kippelen

Lumière’s “View from the Street” a lively dialogue between Harold Feinstein, Vivian Maier.

This exhibition pairs the work of two great photographers. Vivian Maier, who died in 2009, is the mysterious nanny who rocketed to posthumous stardom after the discovery of her negatives in a storage locker in 2007. Harold Feinstein, now 83, was already exhibiting at the Museum of Modern Art at the age of 19 and collected by the likes of Edward Steichen. He was associated with the influential New York school and collaborated with W. Eugene Smith.
It’s an ingenious coupling: the juxtaposition brings out their similarities and their differences.

To read the entire review follow this link to ArtsATL.

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Feinstein – Maier – Prints and Companion Books

Lumiere is pleased to offer new prints and recently published books from Harold Feinstein and Vivian Maier.
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Harold Feinstein, A Retrospective – Signed by the artist
The first career-spanning monograph showcasing the brilliance of a small camera master of black-and-white photography. The 80 duotone plates span a half century of exquisite imagery, with the majority from the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s. In addition to his classic Coney Island photographs taken over six decades, this volume includes some of his best known street photographs, as well as his lesser known, but recently released images from his life as an army draftee during the Korean War and some portraits, nudes, and still-life. With Feinstein’s appreciative eye, a vital era in the history of photography comes to life through these intimate, engaging and beautifully composed images.
2012, Nazraeli Press, Hardcover, 12 x 13
108 pages, approx 80 duotone plates

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Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found
The definitive monograph of American photographer Vivian Maier, exploring the full range and brilliance of her work and the mystery of her life, written and edited by noted photography curator and writer Marvin Heiferman and featuring 250 black-and-white images, color work, and other materials never seen before. Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found presents the most comprehensive collection and largest selection of the photographer’s work—created during the 1950s through the 1970s in New York, Chicago, and on her travels around the country—almost exclusively unpublished and including her previously unknown color work. It features images of and excerpts from Maier’s personal artifacts, memorabilia, and audiotapes, made available for the first time. This remarkable volume draws upon recently conducted interviews with people who knew Maier, which shed new light on Maier’s photographic skill and her life.
2014, Harper Design, Hardcover, 13 x 10.5
288 pages, approx 250 images

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Mark Maio • International Images for Science Exhibition

Augusta GA, Georgia Regents University

October 22 – November 30, 2014

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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 previously toured Europe with stops in the Royal Albert Hall in London, ArtCell Gallery in Cambridge, and Padova Italy.

Complete details at the RPS website.

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Masters of Photography

Extended Until February 28, 2015

Currently on view, this exhibition, from the Lumière Collection, presents artistic leaders of 20th Century photography.

They are Masters of Photography, whose works establish the core of many great collections. The excellence of their images have challenged viewers, stimulated debate and advanced the role of photography in the 21st Century.

These prints from the cameras of twenty different photographers include iconic images from the artists’ larger bodies of work. From California to New York … from Paris to Uzbekistan … they span a spectrum of themes: including urban structures, traditional landscape, portraiture, abstractions and social commentary.

The artists: Berenice Abbott, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Alexander Rodchenko, Dorothea Lange, Georgi Zelma, Boris Ignatovich, Bill Brandt, Al Weber, Imogen Cunningham, Brett Weston, Tom Neff, Margaret Bourke-White, Andre Kertesz, Aaron Siskind, Arnold Newman, Pirkle Jones, Paul Strand, Edouard Baldus and Wynn Bullock have left a legacy that will inspire us for years.

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View the on-line exhibition – Masters of Photography

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Dorothea Lange on PBS

Pleased to pass along information about the new documentary on the life of Dorothea Lange directed by Lange’s granddaughter Dyanna Taylor. The film was aired locally in Atlanta, on Georgia Public Television – Channel 8, Sunday August 31st at 12:30 pm. More information can be found on the link below to the American Masters web site. Currently there are no other scheduled airings in Atlanta. You can watch it on-line – follow the American Master link below.

Also a book with the same title, by Elizabeth Partridge was produced in conjunction with the film and published last year. It is available on Amazon.

American Masters — Dorothea Lange: Grab a Hunk of Lightning premiered nationwide Friday, August 29 at 9-11 pm on PBS explores the life, passions and uncompromising vision of the influential photographer, whose enduring images document five turbulent decades of American history, including the Great Depression, the Dust Bowl and World War II Japanese internment camps. Peabody- and five-time Emmy award-winning cinematographer Dyanna Taylor — the granddaughter of Lange and writer/social scientist Paul Schuster Taylor — directs and narrates this intimate American Masters documentary.

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Shukhov Radio Tower to be Protected

UPDATED August 18, 2014 – Moscow Times

In March, Richard Pare along with Jean-Louis Cohen drafted a petition to Vladimir Putin calling for preservation of the tower. They were able to get an impressive list of Pritzker Prize recipients to join the effort.

Reported 8/18/14 via Moscow Times. Moscow City Hall has formally prohibited the moving or reassembly of a Soviet architectural landmark that has been under threat of demolition.

The article concludes with a note of the tower’s status: City Hall’s order proposes including the tower on the federal list of protected heritage sites. Restoration work will be carried out on the tower with the new rules in mind, though no time frame has yet been determined, Izvestia reported Monday.

Below is an audio clip of Pare discussing the history, symbolism and significance of the tower. Additional information on the tower and protest efforts can be found at the Shukhov Tower Foundation.

Richard Pare comments on the Shabolovka Radio Tower



View earlier posts (April 2014) when demolition of the Shukhov Tower seemed likely.

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Architect’s Granddaughter Evicted From Moscow’s Iconic Melnikov House

August 14, 2014 – Moscow Times

The Moscow Times reports that: Moscow’s iconic Melnikov House has found itself embroiled in yet another property scandal following the forced eviction of the architect’s 75-year-old granddaughter.

The link above will take you to the article which provides details on the ongoing struggle by Melnikov’s descendants to preserve this remarkable structure for future generations.

Richard Pare photographed this iconic structure for the Lost Vanguard. The video clip to the right provides commentary and his thoughts on this famous building. (recorded 2009)

4:06 – video length

Richard Pare’s artist page
View 3-D renderings of the exterior and interior of the Melnikov House.

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Wynn Bullock: Photographer

A unique opportunity to see and hear Wynn as he discusses his work, his techniques, and his philosophy. Produced and directed by Thom Tyson in 1975, this documentary was originally released in 1976 as a 28-minute 16mm film. It was digitally reformatted in 2009, the link below will take you to the Wynn Bullock web page where you can purchase a copy for $20.
Wynn Bullock:Photographer.

4:51 – video length

Wynn Bullock’s artist page – B&W
Wynn Bullock’s artist page – Color

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Bullock Lecture at the High Museum – 6/19/14

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California College of the Arts professor and photographer Chris Johnson presented an artistic and personal look into Wynn Bullock’s photos and philosophies. Johnson gave an illustrated perspective on the scope of Bullock’s work, from his experiments with alternative processes to his nudes, landscapes, nature studies, tableaux, and color abstractions. Join us for an evening of reflection on Bullock’s processes from an artist’s perspective.

The High’s exhibition:
Wynn Bullock: Revelations will be on view through December of 2014.

Lumière’s exhibition:
Radiant Energy – portfolios and photographs by Wynn Bullock will be on view until August 23, 2014.

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Radiant Energy . . . Portfolios and Photographs by Wynn Bullock

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Lumiere was pleased to present the exhibition:
Radiant Energy… portfolios and photographs by Wynn Bullock.
The exhibition opened Saturday June 14, 2014.

The work of Master Photographer Wynn Bullock is drawn from three separate Lumière Collector Edition Portfolios: Seascapes, Classic B&W, and Color Light Abstractions.

Additional photographs, biographical information and rare video footage of Wynn Bullock from 1971, can also be found on his artist page.

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Peter Essick – Ansel Adams Wilderness Book: Featured in WABE Interview

June 16, 2014

Listen to Peter’s interview on WABE 90.1, (8:46)

Essick’s recently published book The Ansel Adams Wilderness – photographs by Peter Essick features work taken while on assignment for National Geographic Magazine. In this book, his subject is the remote California Sierra Nevada wilderness area named for the world famous photographer, and an early influence in Essick’s life. As a teenager Peter wrote Adams, who replied with an invitation to visit his studio in Carmel, this meeting set Essick on his path to pursue photography as a career. A selection of these photographs were first published in the December 2012 issue of National Geographic in B&W as an homage to Adams

To purchase follow this link to Amazon.

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

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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 Bohn 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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Stephen Lawson – Vero Beach Museum of Art – Until May 11th

Closing: May 11, 2014

The remarkable work of Stephen Lawson was the subject of a one man exhibition at the Vero Beach Museum of Art, the exhibition entitled: Images Of Time, opened January 25 and closed May 11, 2014. 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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Finding Vivian Maier – Lefont Sandy Springs: (4/11 – 5/8)

The Atlanta Debut of the film Finding Vivian Maier was Friday April 11th, 2014, at the Lefont Sandy Springs Theater, located at 5920 Roswell Rd, Sandy Springs 30328. The film had a four week run 4/11-5/8, it is currently available for viewing in the Atlanta area via Comcast On Demand service.

On April 26th, Co-Directors John Maloof and Charlie Siskel were featured on Bob Edwards Weekend (4/26/2014).

April 8th – Review by Steve Murray of ArtsATL.

Executive Producer: Jeff Garlin, was available for a question and answer session following the Saturday April 12 1:45 afternoon screening. He also, provided an introduction to the 3:40 screening.
Below is the Official Trailer of Finding Vivian Maier

This intriguing documentary shuttles from New York to France to Chicago as it traces the life story of the late Vivian Maier, a career nanny whose previously unknown cache of 100,000 photographs has earned her a posthumous reputation as one of America’s most accomplished and insightful street photographers.

Early Reviews:
New York Times, March 21, 2014
New Yorker, March 26, 2014
New York Times, March 27, 2014
NPR, March 27, 2014

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

E-MAIL – requests for viewing and purchasing work from the Maloof Collection.

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Exhibition: Vivian Maier: New Work II – On View Now

Lumière was pleased to present: Vivian Maier: New Work II. The updated exhibition featured recently released images from the John Maloof Collection. The exhibition coincided with the Atlanta screening of Finding Vivian Maier. The exhibition was on view until June 7, 2014

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

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Shukhov Radio Tower Slated for Demolition

April 8, 2014 – via Richard Pare

The effort to save the Shukhov Tower from destruction continues and gains momentum.

An article from BBC News from April 8th provides insight into the current situation.
Shukhov Tower: The Eiffel of the East – By Susannah Stevens BBC News

March 28,2014 – The city architect of Moscow has come out in favor of preserving the Shukhov Tower, this is a change of his previous position in support of demolition. Also, the Chief Engineer of the broadcasting company that owns the tower has sent a letter to various people proposing setting up an international committee of experts, engineers, architects and conservationists to advise.

Pare was featured on BBC World Update (March 24th) , interviewed by host Dan Damon. Here is a link to the BBC website where the entire 55 minute program is located. Pare’s interview starts at 15:45 minutes into the program and runs for approx 6 minutes.

Richard has also informed us that, in addition to the Change.org petition mentioned below you can also send a letter directly to Vladimir Putin via this link.

NY Times (March 17, 2014). Page One of the Arts Section: The article reports; That late last month, “The Russian State Committee for Television and Radio Broadcasting agreed to the dismantling of the Shabolovka radio tower in Moscow.” Follow this LINK to view the entire NY Times article. Richard Pare along with Jean Louis Cohen have helped to draft and promote an international petition on Chang.org that pleads to Vladimir Putin to intervene and override the Committee’s decision. (Petition is in the cyrillic alphabet)

Last Month, Pare first alerted us to this distressing news, reported in The Moscow Times (Feb 12, 2014), that the Shabolovka Radio Tower was under imminent threat. The structure completed in 1922 was commissioned by Lenin, and designed by Vladimir Shukhov. The tower was the first architectural symbol of the USSR, and intended to spread the word of Communism through “new radio technology”. The Moscow Times article can be read here.

Below is an audio clip of Pare discussing the history, symbolism and significance of the tower. Additional information on the tower and protest efforts can be found at the Shukhov Tower Foundation.

Richard Pare comments on the Shabolovka Radio Tower

The Lost Vanguard, debuted at MoMA in 2007, and was next shown Spring of 2009 at Lumière.

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.

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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.

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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Atlanta Jazz Festival • May 22-24

Atlanta Jazz Festival • May 22-24

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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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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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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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: vivianmaier.com. 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 – 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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Yevgeny Khaldei “Badass War Hero”

Yevgeny Khaldei “Badass War Hero”

In a post on the comedy web site Cracked.com, 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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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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