So Jim (aj-images) and I went to the AIPAD Photogrpahy Show 2007 yesterday at the Park Avenue Armory. Awesome show. Very similar in concept and size to Photo LA 2007 - except this show did not have lectures or seminars like Photo LA did.
OK so we enter this grand complex and the first I say is Wow! The Park Avenue Armory is a fantastic venue. Large chandeliers, grand lobbies, magnificent staircases with hand carved mahogany handrails, interior details in the mouldngs, large magnificent windows, and too much more to describe here.
So on Jim's insistence to follow a grid pattern, not dis-similar to a search pattern - what are you looking for Jim? Actually this is the best way to go when going one of these. We first did the perimeter and then zig-zagged the interior booths. So these notes are of booths and photographers that had an impact on me. Film photographers only.
First stop was the Peter Fetterman Gallery where several Sebastian Salgado prints amazed me. The three were the quarry in South America, The Penguins and the surreal Iceberg image. Selgado doesn't let grain bother him.
Peter Hugo is a South African photographer who had one image that stood out - a gang of Nigerians who had hyenas as pets. This huge image was shown at the Yossi Milo Gallery booth. I can't help but compare this image to those who have pitbulls as an expression of power. Like some images I have seen of these pitbull, the hyenas are chained and muzzled. The men are displaying their show of fierceness.
Jim introduced me to Rolfe Horn. Just amazing work of his shown at the Scott Nichols Gallery. At the end of the day we went back there and the following conversation ensued:
- 20 Year Old Looking Rave Dressed Art: I'd like to buy the Rolfe Horn first edition book please.
- Snooty Gallery Owner: You know it's $250?
- Me: Yes, I'd like it couriered to me.
- bla, bla, bla ...
- Decrepit Jim Looking Like a Bum from Jersey: Yeah, I'd like the book and this print too.
- Snooty Gallery Owner with a jaw dropping look trying to pull his entire leg out of his mouth: Um ... the First Edition too?
- You know, if these art dealers start to realize there is a market out there who would buy prints as long as they aren't looked down upon by pretentious a$$holes, maybe they would sell more. Dunno? Just a thought.
The Zabriskie Gallery had googlegrams from Joan Fucoberta. These are images made from images searched using Google and stitched together. Not traditional by any means, but I thought it was interesting.
Lots of foreign galleries with great images - here's a couple that impressed me:
- Daniel Blau Gallery from Munich, Germany.
- This is the second time I have seen The Picture Photo Space gallery from Osaka, Japan. Again, I loved the work of Kunihiko Katsumata. His work shows industrial city scape horizons where the city is small sliver in the overall scene.
- Toronto's own Stephen Bulger Gallery showed a couple Edward Burtynsky images of quarries and large ships in dry dock. Part of his Manufactured Landscapes series. As well, there were fine b&w images from Dave Heath.
- Vee Speers likes to dress up kids with props of machine guns and other firearms, gas masks and dead rats, and an assortment of other stuff that would require a serious model release. Shown at the Josef Lebovic Gallery from Australia.
- I got a nice desk calendar for free at the Byron McMahon Gallery, also from Australia.
The Charles Isaac Gallery had interesting images from Heather Lin. Haunting images of out of focus shadows.
Industrial power plant images from the photographic duo of Jonathan Anderson and Edwin Low were shown at the David Gallery.
I thought the collage of images of pliers and other tools by Rondal Partridge were interesting. In part they were being shown in the charmingly named Winter Works on Paper Gallery. They also had a series of mug shots with the following provenance - "Photographer: Police Department".
Jeff Thomas, a native Canadian Iroquois, had a series of an Indian figurine in various locations from rail tracks to suburbia. Reminiscent of the travel gnome or the hijacked pink lawn flamingo series. His bio and his study of Indian-ness can be read here: http://www.bruntmag.com/issue2/thomas.html
Looking through some of the many bins of photographs, I came across an image of a woman with several iguanas balanced on her head by Graciela Iturbide
Little people were captured by Livia Corona. Honestly these were a bit freaky.
Then there was Joseph Mills. What can I say? Here's a photographer who decided one day take his photographs; cut up pieces of wood, furniture, suitcases and other household items; a gallon of lacquer and paint; and combine it all together. I can't really describe it any more than that. The fact his work was on display at Hemphill is not a coincidence. And of all places, they're located in Washington, DC. The ironic satire, eh?
Another single photograph that was striking was one taken by Ernst Hass, former Life photographer and Magnum photographer, in 1969 of Route 66 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was a large three colour dye transfer.
Couple things I noticed -
- Mona Kuhn images were everywhere - must be the beautiful naked women
- Ed Burtynsky was everywhere - must be the large gaping holes in the earth
- And images of naked fat people were everywhere - not that there's anything wrong with that
Gallery 19/21 is just down the street in Guildford, CT and this where I bought a Ryuijie platinum print when I was in Photo LA 2007. The owner, besides being very down to earth, had a cute French accent - helps with sales.
Hand painted vintage tintypes were on display at the Gary Edwards Gallery. I found these a bit disturbing. Like colouring black and white movies. It's blasphemous, isn't it?
Now let's pause for a moment and go through the Bill Schwab sightings -
- We enter the Halsted Gallery booth and there's Bill talking a tall guy and short guy. So, we look around. Beautiful Michael Kenna prints. Nice George Tice prints. Wondering how Bill gets the nice clean borders on his platinum/palladium prints. 20 minutes later, Bill's still talking to the same people. We move on.
- Come back later and what's Bill doing. Talking to George Tice who appears to be rifling through family pictures. Go into the booth again and look at his work some more. Owner guy looks at us and asks us if we know who Bill is. Sadly we say yes and point him out. Leave again.
- Walking around we see Bill talking with more people. Who is this guy anyway? The mayor of New York?
- After talking a mid afternoon snack of a gyros and a Philly cheese steak burger at a corner street vendor, who do we see? Why, it's Bill talking it up some cutey Korean ladies. Very young, very giggly. Bill's enthralled. He's gone to us now!
- Anyway, heading back to the Halsted booth, we give Wendy my cell number. I figure sometime next year after his smitten 'discussion' with the ladies, he'll call us.
- Finally around 5pm, Bill calls me and voila! We get to finally talk with him. I have to say he was protesting too much about the cutey Koreans, claiming they were gallery owners, yadda, yadda, yadda, sure Bill. Whatever. Anyway, Bill's a nice guy and I think APUGers should go to his northern Michigan outing. Plus I have to buy another one of his prints. You should too.
The Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla, CA had many interesting photographers.
- First were the unique Polaroids by George Schumacher. Now, my Polaroid images never looked this good and I am now embarrassed to show them. The inspiration is that George is a part timer like most of us in APUG.
- Then there were out of focus nudes by Robert Heinecken.
- And finally there was the Raft of GW Bush - satire of the famous painting the Raft of the Medusa - by Joel Peter Witkin, who's famous for making these large production type images.
The Fahey Klein Gallery had too many great portraits from several artists. Two most notables were the images of the pimp and his girls and the polygamist and his wives.
Finally, I bought another signed first edition book from the Candace Dwan Gallery. People here are much nicer. The book had panoramic works from Finnish photographer Pentti Sammallahti.
So anyway, that was a good day. Too cold to take images afterwards though. Thanks Jim for telling me about AIPAD.
Those of you going this weekend, I know you'll enjoy this show tremendously.