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Berenice Abbott – A Life In Photography

The comprehensive biography of the iconic twentieth-century American photographer Berenice Abbott, a trailblazing documentary modernist, author, and inventor.

Berenice Abbott is to American photography as Georgia O’Keeffe is to painting or Willa Cather to letters. She was a photographer of astounding innovation and artistry, a pioneer in both her personal and professional life. Abbott’s sixty-year career established her not only as a master of American photography, but also as a teacher, writer, archivist, and inventor. Famously reticent in public, Abbott’s fascinating life has long remained a mystery—until now.

In Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography, author, archivist, and curator Julia Van Haaften brings this iconic public figure to life alongside outlandish, familiar characters from artist Man Ray to cybernetics founder Norbert Wiener.

The Book was published by W. W. Norton & Co., 4/10/18.
A review was published April 9th in the New York Times.

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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.

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.

Remembering Harold Feinstein • On His 88th Birthday

April 17, 2019
Above – trailer: Last Stop Coney Island: The Life and Photography of Harold Feinstein.

Lumière curated the exhibition: Harold Feinstein – Master Photographer with selections that highlight his creativity, diversity and consistent excellence. From black and white images of the urban landscape to color still lifes of flora and seashells, Feinstein’s prints radiate energy. “Master” appropriately summarizes Harold’s 70 year career in photography.

Selection of his work at age 19 by Edward Steichen for MoMA’s permanent collection, membership in the Photo League, essays in major publications, nine books and presence in other notable museum collections testify to the broad recognition of Harold Feinstein.

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Vivian Maier Developed

Presentation by Ann Marks

The Real Story of the Photographer Nanny and a Thematic Review of her Work
Thank you to the standing room crowd who braved the elements on Saturday, January 19th.
Ann Marks

Ann Marks

When John Maloof’s 2013 documentary Finding Vivian Maier debuted, former New York business executive Ann Marks was one of thousands of people who were intrigued by the story of a mysterious Chicago nanny who made over 100,000 photographs that were hidden away unseen in storage lockers until John Maloof discovered them in 2007. Maier, who died in 2009 and never tried to exhibit or publicize her work during her lifetime, is now being hailed by critics as a master of street photography.
Marks felt such a keen interest in Maier’s life after watching the documentary and undertook a personal research project to fill in the blanks in this elusive artist’s life.
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“When I saw the movie Finding Vivian Maier I was so taken with the story and images, that I went online for more information. I felt if I understood Maier’s background, I could better understand her work. At the time, Cook County was looking for Vivian’s brother as he was the designated heir to her estate. I said to myself, ‘I bet I can find what happened to him’ and I did,” Marks said in a recent interview.
Virtually nothing was known about Vivian Maier before John Maloof purchased her photographs that were found in a defaulted storage locker and auctioned off. Maloof is the primary owner of Maier’s images and has been the driving force to bring her story to the public.
Despite the publication of several photo books of Maier’s work and the creation of the documentary, her family history remained a mystery. According to most accounts, Vivian was an extremely private person and rarely spoke of herself at all. Enter Ann Marks… For 30 years Marks was a marketing executive and worked for Kraft General Foods, American Express and Dow Jones/The Wall Street Journal. The skills she developed in her career helped her make important discoveries about Maier’s past. “I think my business background does tie into my work related to Vivian Maier. An important part of my work was understanding people through research—what they ate, how they shopped, what they read, how they made decisions—and the type of research I am doing regarding Vivian is an extension of that interest and expertise,” Marks said.
Marks dug though historical documents and government records to establish previously unknown facts about the photographer’s ancestry and life and collaborated with supporters in her hometown in the Haute Alpes. The only person to have access to Vivian Maier’s complete archive, Marks studied photographs for clues that enabled her to track down and interview individuals from Maier’s entire life, including those who knew her in New York during the time she began photography.
The Lumiere presentation covered key events from Maier’s life that informed her work as well as overarching themes represented in both her black & white and color images.
To see more of Vivian Maier’s B&W work visit her Lumière B&W artist page,
To see more of Vivian Maier’s Color work visit her Lumière Color artist page,
Or the exhibition page, Vivian Maier: The Color Work.
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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, 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.

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.

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.

Edward Weston – Exclusive Video

Brett, Cole & Neil Weston, Discuss Their Father

In this video from 1971 Brett, Cole and Neil Weston discuss the work of their father and add personal stories of what is was like to grow up as sons of this iconic artist.

The video is from the Eikon Gallery Video Series (14:01 length). The host is Steve James, he, along with his wife Sue were owners and operators of the Eikon Gallery in Monterey California in the early 1970’s. In the summer and fall of 1971 they produced 14 episodes in this series featuring photographers and photography related topics. Guests included, Ansel Adams, Wynn Bullock, Beaumont Newhall, Al Weber and others.

Bob Kolbrener: 50 years in the West

November 2018 – June 2019

This retrospective of Bob Kolbrener’s photography showcases his extensive body of work in the American West, all created in the “old fashioned way,” using large format cameras, black and white film and fiber-based prints. Having trained under Ansel Adams, Kolbrener captures breathtaking moments in nature along with other powerful images, infused with his keen insights and occasional bit of dry humor.

Listen to comments recorded several years ago 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.

Richard Pare: At Maison La Roche (Paris France)

In Conjunction with Le Corbusier Foundation


In addition to Richard’s work currently on view at Lumière in Epic Design . . . Ando & Le Corbusier, it is also on view in Paris France. Above and below are images of the installation in Maison La Roche. Additional information on the French exhibition can be found on the Le Corbusier Foundations Website, and in a post by the French on-line magazine, Eye On Photography (L’Œil de la Photographie).

Epic Design . . . Ando & Le Corbusier, has been extended until January 25, 2019

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Tadao Ando – Review in the New York Times

October 19, 2018

A review of the exhibition Tadao Ando: The Challenge was published October 18th in the international edition of the New York Times, (link to the full review). The exhibition was on view at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, France, from October thru December 31, 2018.

Photographs by Richard Pare of Ando’s work are also a key element of the current Lumière exhibiton: Epic Designs… Ando & Le Corbusier, photography by Richard Pare. Interesting to note: the article opens with a reference to a journey the 24 year old Ando took in 1965 to see the Le Corbusier iconic structure Villa Savoye in Poissy France (image below).

Le Corbusier, Villa Savoye, © Richard Pare

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Rex Naden Landscape Photographer

In this video Naden provides insight into his landscape photography, discussing his methods and motivations. As well as his thoughts on teaching workshops and electronic publishing.

Cara Weston & Julieanne Kost,
Featured in 2018 Designer Showhouse

The photography of Cara Weston and Julieanne Kost was featured in the 2018 Designer Showhouse. Their serene landscapes, selected by designer James Michael Howard complimented his bedroom installation. The Showhouse was on view from April 24 – May 13, 2018 (2805 Normandy Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30305).

The third annual Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens, produced by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles and benefiting the Atlanta History Center, celebrates the Southeast’s genteel hospitality and flourishing design industry, as well as the beauty the region offers throughout spring. This year brought together 15 interior design firms from Atlanta, Charlotte, North Caroline, Charleston, South Carolina, Montgomery, Alabama, and Jacksonville, Florida, with Honorary Chair Beth Webb at the helm.

Additional work by Cara Weston can be found on her artist page.
Additional work by Julieanne Kost can be found on her artist page.

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Al Clayton in Creative Loafing

A new article by William Hedgepeth titled A Look Back: was published April 4th in Creative Loafing. Hedgepeth delivers a fitting tribute to Al Clayton’s photography and humanity. The full article can be seen on the Creative Loafing website.

Al’s bio and work can be found on his Lumiere Artist Page.

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Featured Artist: Al Clayton
AJC article & Republished Book

Lumière is proud to present the work of Al Clayton. Clayton had a long and varied career in photography and was active in Atlanta, Nashville and throughout the Southeast. His work featured in the highly regarded book, Still Hungry In America, was republished (3/1/18) by the University of Georgia Press in conjunction with the Southern Foodways Alliance.

Originally published in 1969, the documentary evidence of poverty and malnutrition in the American South showcased in Still Hungry in America still resonates today. The work was created to complement a July 1967 U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Employment, Manpower, and Poverty hearings on hunger in America.The work documents conditions in Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta and was instrumental in re-vamping the Food Stamp program in the late 1960’s.

This republished book was also the focal point of an Atlanta Journal & Constitution article published Sunday March 11, 2018. Select this link to read that story on the AJC website. (subscription required)

Additional images from this body of work, his intimate Nashville portraits, and work from Atlanta in the 80’s and 90’s can be found on his Lumière artist page.

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Telfair Museum Features Edward Weston

On March 2nd the Telfair Museum in Savannah GA opened an exhibition titled: Bonaventure: A Historic Cemetery in Art, it will run until September 23, 2018. Lumière was pleased to loan a photograph of the iconic cemetery taken by Edward Weston for the exhibition.

In May of 1941 Weston and his recent bride Charis Wilson began a trip working on a commission to illustrate a new edition of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. The journey would cover 20,000 miles through 24 states, after the attack of Pearl Harbor in December they curtailed the project and returned to California. During this trip Weston took between 700 and 800 8×10 negatives as well as dozens of Graflex portraits.

Edward Weston – St Bonaventure Cemetery, Savannah, GA, 1941

Featured Artist: Richard Pare

Richard Pare was born in England in 1948. He studied photography and graphic design in Winchester and at Ravensbourne College of Art before moving to the United States in 1971. In 1973 he graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and since then he has been working as a photographer with a particular affinity for architecture.

Featured below are images of work by Japan’s leading architect, Tadao Ando: The Colours of Light Volume 1 (2nd Edition). The book features digitally remastered photographs by Richard Pare and was re-released on February 19, 2018.

Lumière is proud to feature Richards’s work in two exhibitions – The Lost Vanguard & Le Corbusier.
Additional information and more images can also be found on his recently updated artist page.

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Featured Artist: Cara Weston

Cara Weston is a fine art photographer living and working in the Big Sur area of California. She is the daughter of renowned photographer Cole Weston and actress Helen Prosser-Weston, niece of Brett Weston and granddaughter of Edward Weston. Eighteen new images have been added to Cara’s artist page. Several of these images are displayed below.

Lumière is proud to feature Cara’s work in our exhibition – The Weston Legacy.
Additional information can also be found on her artist page.

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Cole Weston’s 100th Birthday

January 30th, 2019

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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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.

Tour Lumiere

Below is a virtual tour of the gallery. The tour showcases two exhibitions Southern Heritage (front gallery) and Vivian Maier – A Deeper Look in the back gallery.

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Vivian Maier Developed – Ann Marks

Vivian Maier Developed, How Life Events Informed Her Personality, Perspective and Photography.
November 12, 2016, researcher Ann Marks delivered a fascinating look into the genealogy and life of Vivian Maier, the elusive Chicago nanny whose street photography continues to capture the attention of the public and the art world, during a lecture broadcast at Lumière via Skype. Marks shared new insights and previously unknown facts about Maier during this public event.
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Ann Marks, a retired business executive with 30 years of experience in marketing at Kraft General Foods, American Express and The Wall Street Journal, became interested in Maier after watching the documentary, Finding Vivian Maier. A devotee of mysteries and challenges, Marks set out, guided by her curiosity and research skills, to sift through census, court and government records to reveal more of Maier’s past.
Ann Marks

Ann Marks

Despite all the attention devoted to Maier, even the basic facts of her heritage were murky. Maier, who died in 2009, said little about her background and her work as a photographer to her friends and employers during her life. Due in part to Marks research, now it is public knowledge that Vivian Maier was born into a deeply unhappy and neglectful family. Her parents divorced early in her childhood, which led to her father’s disappearance from the family. Vivian and her brother Charles, who was also called Karl, were apparently not given much affection or even basic care from their mother.
Eugenie Jaussaud, Maier’s maternal grandmother, was an island of love and support for her granddaughter. Jaussaud, an immigrant from the French Alps, was employed as a cook for some of New York’s most socially prominent families. Through her work in these grand houses, Vivian was able to glimpse a larger world, though as the grandchild of a servant, she knew that she did not truly belong in this elite world. Jaussaud, who was by all accounts an excellent cook, also supported the Maier family financially through her earnings.
“I found it significant that Vivian started her photography when her grandmother died, severing her last connection to a close relative. I believe this was a trigger for her need to photograph—to capture pieces of life and call them her own for her own sense of identity,“ Marks said in a recent interview.
Perhaps the most significant discovery brought to light by Marks are the government records pertaining to Vivian’s estranged brother, Karl Maier, who was a drug addict and was later diagnosed with schizophrenia. “It had been over a year since the film was produced but there were no new discoveries. At the time, Cook County was looking for Vivian’s brother as he was the designated heir to her estate. I said to myself, ‘I bet I can find him’ and I did,” Marks said. Here she elaborates further:
The most interesting find by far was Vivian’s brother’s file from his three years at the Coxsackie Vocational detention center that I found in the New York Archives in Albany. There were 100 pages about his life including letters from every member of the family and detailed reports on his domestic situation. From this I gleaned an understanding of the family relationships and each member’s personality using their own words. The woman I believe had the most positive influence on Vivian’s life was her grandmother Eugenie Jaussaud. She worked as a cook for the richest families in American and at one point wrote to her grandson from the Vanderbilt estate in Palm Beach, addressing the envelope ‘Coxsackie Vacational.’ She comes across as wise, responsible and charming. When she died in 1948, Eugenie left Vivian money that she used to buy her first camera.
Because her research enabled Marks to gain a deeper understanding of Maier, she takes issue with the often repeated idea that Maier never showed her work to others because she was so private.
“She took pictures because she needed to take pictures for herself. That said, indications are that she thought her work was strong, but even if she wanted to come forth as an artist she didn’t have the skills, means, or relationships to do so. Many have taken this to mean that Vivian Maier was so private that she wouldn’t have wanted her work to be shown. I strongly disagree with this assessment. Vivian wasn’t private, she was secretive because she wanted to hide her sordid family background. She was actually extroverted and opinionated,” Marks said. “She was also obsessed with celebrity, and she chased them like paparazzi do today. I believe she would have been thrilled by the recognition and fame her work has achieved.”
All of Ann Marks’ research on Vivian Maier, can be found on her web site: Vivian Maier Developed
To see more of Vivian Maier’s work visit her Lumière artist page,
Or the exhibition page, Vivian Maier A Deeper Look.
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Wolf Suschitzky (1912 – 2016)


Web of STORIES – Wolf Suschitzky – 3:04

104 year old Austrian born and London based photographer and cinematographer passed away in his home on October 7th.

To the right is a video of Wolf filmed in 2008 (age 95) as he recounts his good fortune in life and the publication of his book Wolf Suschitzky Photos (2006).
New York Times
Guardian (UK)
The Telegraph (UK)
Obituaries from major publications can be found at the links above.
More images and information can be found on Wolf’s Lumière artist page.
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Peter Essick has photographed all over the world, and we’ve been lucky to have had his camera capture the beauty of fall right here in Atlanta.

Peter Essick - Fall Canopy
(Pigment Print - Available in Multiple Sizes)

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Happy birthday to Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, #bornonthisday in 1787. His daguerreotype process was the first commercially successful photographic process, eventually setting the stage for new photographic techniques, careers, and modes of expression.

Robert Glenn Ketchum - The Allen River Enters Lake Chauekuktuli
(Chromogenic Print - 20 x 24)

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