Fraenkel Gallery - Friedlander "Signs" Book & Exhibition

I caught the Live Stream from Fraenkel Gallery for the opening of Lee Friedlander’s “Signs” Exhibition which is now showing until August 17th. Without a doubt one of the better Live Stream video’s I have seen lately. Whomever was filming it did a great job showing the entire exhibition as well as details of the prints. Almost felt like being there and walking through the gallery. Good to see Lee was there signing too. Probably will ad this book to my library as well, hopefully I can get up north to see the show before it comes down, looks fantastic. Below is the link to Fraenkel Gallery about the exhibition.

"The Mind and the Hand" by Lee Friedlander

I recently stumbled across Lee Friedlander’s new book “The Mind and the Hand” completely by accident.  I did a search on Amazon looking for new Garry Winogrand material and this book came up.  The book looked interesting so I took a shot and ordered; $90 isn’t cheap but I always enjoy seeing Friedlander’s work.  “The Mind and the Hand” definitely exceeded my expectations

The book is actually six 60 page softbound books in a slip case.  Each book has between 25 and 34 of Friedlander’s photographs and documents a photography icon: William Eggleston, John Szarkowski, Richard Benson, William Christenberry, Walker Evans, and Garry Winogrand.  Each book also has a brief lecture excerpt by the featured photographer which adds the right amount of information to deepen the viewers understanding of the individual.

I was familiar with a few of the photographs but not most.  I would also say most of the images are snapshots.  But these are wonderful snapshots and, in this context, they form a fantastic document of each featured photographer.  These people were Friedlander’s friends and peers and many of the moments he photographed were very personal like Winogrand’s wedding.  I love the images of these photographers out photographing.  As a photographer I am always interested in how other photographers approach the medium and Friedlander’s photographs give a wonderful insight to six icons of photography.

The book was released in April by Eakins Press Foundation and was printed by Meridian Printing in East Greenwich, Rhode Island.  The print quality is beautiful and I really like the intimate size of the book of 8.8” square.  I think Katey Homans did a perfect job with the design and I am assuming that Lee Friedlander’s Archivist, Stephanie Prussin, edited the images.  I am very happy with this purchase and would suggest it to anyone interested in documentary photography.

Featured Photographers

William Eggleston

John Szarkowski

Richard Benson

William Christenberry

Walker Evans

Garry Winogrand


Book Details: 

·        Paperback: 240 pages

·        Publisher: Eakins Press Foundation (April 23, 2019)

·        Language: English

·        ISBN-10: 0871300796

·        ISBN-13: 978-0871300799

·        Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches

Printer: Meridian Printing – East Greenwich, Rhode Island

Lee Friedlander Archivist: Stephanie Prussin

Design & Typography: Katey Homans

New York Galleries - October 2017

I was in New York last month to show my work and to photograph.  I also took some time to hit a few galleries in Chelsea, here is what I found:

Laurence Miller Gallery  521 West 26th Street, Fifth Floor, NYC

I loved the vintage work they had up (new exhibitions up now), some amazing images I had never seen before from the masters.  W. Eugene Smith's image from the 1941 World Series at Yankee Stadium really got my attention.  I have photographed a lot of baseball so I am always interested in how other photographers, especially a master, choose to document the sport.  I also thought it was interesting this image was taken just before the start of WWII.  Robert Frank's prints were another favorite.  I am very familiar with the work but the style of printing for these prints was interesting, gave me more insight of him as a photographer.  I also appreciated the photographic technique and craftsmanship of Erica Deeman’s prints. Her work has received a lot of attention recently.  The gallery staff knows the medium well, I enjoyed talking with them.

Robert Mann Gallery   525 West 26th Street, NYC

What a cool space and I loved Julie Blackmon’s photographs.  Her large prints are amazing, best way to experience her images, they allow you to see all the details.  I especially like her new work, "Trapped" & "Holiday", and I really appreciate her humor.  I also picked up a copy of Julie's book, great addition to the library.  Gallery staff at Mann has energy and you can tell they love what they do.  Can't wait to visit again.   

Friedman Benda Gallery   525 West 26th Street, 1st Floor, NYC

I went to the opening of Misha Kahn's Midden Heap by accident while looking for Kasher Gallery's opening and am thankful I did.  Friedman Benda describes Kahn's exhibition this way: 

By allowing the illogical and the irreverent to take over his creative process, Kahn transforms a white-walled gallery space into a delightfully inventive alternate reality. “Each piece is part of a landscape I imagine as the earth gets swallowed by the sea,” he says. “No single object has any specific meaning. It’s all part of a feeling.”

I have no idea what it was but it was so cool, and describing it as a "feeling" is accurate, especially during the action of a New York opening.  This exhibition runs through December 16, 2017, if you're in NYC it is worth experiencing. 

Steven Kasher Gallery   525 West 26th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC

I enjoyed Jill Freedman’s work. The prints were obviously vintage based on their condition and the craftsmanship; I always like opportunities to see vintage prints because I can learn so much more about the photographer.  Debi Cornwall's work definitely had merit too.

Benrubi Gallery

521 West 26th Street, 2nd Floor, NYC

I thought Matthew Pillsbury’s images were very interesting, unique, and well crafted.  Definitely best to view prints because the images really work at that scale.  I don't know if this will make sense, but for me, when I looked at these images for a few moments, their layers showed themselves and a deeper meaning came through.  I see how it would be possible to move through the gallery quickly and think you saw these images but you really wouldn't have.

Strand Books   828 Broadway, NYC

Okay not a Gallery, and in a different part of the city, but this book store is amazing and worth talking about.  I picked up a copy of Meryl Meisler’s book ‘A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick’.  It's not the tightest edit or greatest printing of a book I have ever seen but I just liked a lot of her images, found it to be an interesting documentation of the New York during that era.  Could have filled my suitcase with everything I found on their racks.



Pier 24 Gallery

William  Karl Valentine's review, and images, of Pier 24 Gallery's exhibition "The Grain of the Present"

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Nik Software - Free from Google

I have used Nik software plugins for a few years, I particularly like the Silver Efex Pro and use it for most of my Black and White digital images.  I have found it to be easy to use and a good way for me to create digital images that are similar to my silver gelatin prints from negatives.  Google bought Nik a while back and this past March they made the Nik software plugins free to everyone.  Works with PS, Lightroom, & Elements. 

Here is the link to download the plug ins: