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Photo by Stanley Kubrick, 1950

Photo by Stanley Kubrick, 1950

Listening to jazz records. Mississippi, 1956

Listening to jazz records. Mississippi, 1956.

Vampira 

Vampira

Sophia Loren in London, 1958

Sophia Loren in London, 1958.

Carmen Dell'Orefice for Lastex corsets, 1950s

Carmen Dell'Orefice for Lastex corsets, 1950s.

Anita Ekberg

Anita Ekberg

“Pins ‘n Needles"  Mademoiselle Shoes, 1951. Photo by Mark Shaw

“Pins ‘n Needles" Mademoiselle Shoes, 1951. Photo by Mark Shaw

Anita Ekberg photographed by Andre de Dienes

Anita Ekberg photographed by Andre de Dienes

1951 kitchen design

1951 kitchen design.

Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren

Pin up art by Gil Elvgren

Pin up art by Gil Elvgren.

Anita Ekberg

Anita Ekberg

‘Dance Party’ - pin up art by Harry Ekman, 1950

‘Dance Party’ - pin up art by Harry Ekman, 1950.

Mitzi Gaynor

Mitzi Gaynor

Nan Goldin’s latest show “Scopophilia” (the love of looking) is luscious in its use of color and light, and with the pairing of works fro…

Nan Goldin’s latest show “Scopophilia” (the love of looking) is luscious in its use of color and light, and with the pairing of works from the Louvre, creates something altogether sublime. Of course there’s been blather about taking historic works of art and pairing theme with a contemporary photographer’s work, but it’s not too often a great photographer is given permission to work alone in the Louvre, and given a show there as well. The French certainly appreciate her. Describing her …

“She had few boundaries and made art out of nothing: empty rooms with peeling wallpaper and just her figure

<i>“She had few boundaries and made art out of nothing: empty rooms with peeling wallpaper and just her figure. No elaborate stage set-up or lights. Her process struck me more the way a painter works, making do with what’s right in front of her, rather than photographers like myself who need time to plan out what they’re going to do." –Cindy Sherman on Francesca Woodman</i><p>After a successful run at the SFMOMA, the Francesca Woodman show opens today at The Guggenheim here in New York. While a lot of …

“Everything is a subject

<i>“Everything is a subject. Every subject has a rhythm. To feel it is the</i> raison d'etre. <i>The photograph is a fixed moment of such a</i> raison d'etre<i>, which lives on in itself.”</i> <i>André Kertész</i><p>Tomorrow the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit, “Naked before the Camera” opens. This exploration of photography’s depiction of the human body doesn’t seem ambitious, but rather a thoughtful treatment of how the human body has been depicted and what this means in the context of the respective times. Cultural …

“One day Paula (my daughter) came back from horseback riding

<i>“One day Paula (my daughter) came back from horseback riding. She took off her cap and I was struck by the image of her hair held together by a hair-net. It reminded me of the portraits by the Dutch masters and I portrayed her in that fashion.” Hendrik Kerstens</i><p>Hendrik Kersten’s photographs, particularly this noted series of his daughter, “Paula Pictures,” are known for referencing the work of Vermeer and other great Dutch masters of the 17th Century, while maintaining their delicate sense of …

“Pop-culture has a lot of influence on my work. I like to re-contextualize art historical pieces with a twist of pop.” Awol Erizku 

<i>“Pop-culture has a lot of influence on my work. I like to re-contextualize art historical pieces with a twist of pop.” Awol Erizku</i><p>The young, Bronx-raised photographer Awol Erizku’s work is gaining considerable attention. A 2010 graduate of Cooper Union, he has managed, early in his career, the elusive feat of a solo show that opens tomorrow night at Hasted Kraeutler here in New York.<p>At a time when I see many young artists struggling to keep it going, someone like Awol Erizku demonstrates what …

“Nature is a mirror in which I am reflected, because by rescuing this land from sad devastation (through recreating it in photographs), I…

<i>“Nature is a mirror in which I am reflected, because by rescuing this land from sad devastation (through recreating it in photographs), I am in fact trying to save myself from my own inner sadness.” –Mario Giacomelli</i><p>The Israeli born, South African reared, and London-based artist Nadav Kander’s latest solo exhibit at Flowers Gallery in New York, takes us on a journey deep into China. Following the Yangtze River, from mouth to source, Kander’s images are vast and melancholy. We see a river, vital …

“I find that through the study of women, you get to the heart–the truth–of the culture.”–Shirin Neshat 

<i>“I find that through the study of women, you get to the heart–the truth–of the culture.”–Shirin Neshat</i><p>The first New York solo show for Vienna-based artist, Sissi Farassat, recently opened at Edwynn Houk. Farassat, born in Iran, but reared in Austria, brings a unique fusion of Persian and Viennese influences into her work. A careful study of these photographs, reveals thousands of hand-stitched sequins, crystals and beads she uses to transform her photographs from one medium into another.<p>Of …

“I think of my work as documentations of transformation and performance

<i>“I think of my work as documentations of transformation and performance. While gender is undoubtedly always a question in my work, I don’t see it as a boundary.” --Martín Gutierrez</i><p>As we know, things aren’t always what they seem. The artist, Martín Gutierrez, explores this ambiguity and the Real Doll phenomenon by casting himself into domestic scenes that float somewhere between suburban bliss and the Stepford Wives.<p>I am always inspired by artists who challenge convention, and in the case of …

“The desire to discover, the desire to move, to capture the flavor–three concepts that describe the art of photography.”–Helmut Newton

<i>“The desire to discover, the desire to move, to capture the flavor–three concepts that describe the art of photography.”–Helmut Newton</i><p>Helmut Newton’s work is familiar to us because he’s had such an indelible impact on photography. His images have stretched our cultural psyche to accept, even embrace, the possibilities for fashion photography and portraiture. He has influenced many photographers and has shaped our ideas of how far an artist can push the boundaries and still get paid.<p>Paying …

“The nature of creation is that you have to go inside and dig out

<i>“The nature of creation is that you have to go inside and dig out. The very nature of creation is not a performing glory on the outside, it’s a painful, difficult search within.” –Louise Nevelson</i><p>There is power in abstraction. The latest exhibit, Remnants, at the Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York combines the considerable talents of Louise Nevelson and Aaron Siskind into a show that is both contemplative and refreshing. These two major 20th Century artists, while contemporaries, have never …

“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life." –Federico Fellini 

<i>“There is no end. There is no beginning. There is only the infinite passion of life." –Federico Fellini</i><p>Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of being introduced to Marjorie Salvaterra and her work at the wonderful Palm Springs Photo Festival. There is an exuberance and fearlessness in her images that I find appealing. Ms. Salvaterra isn’t afraid to take chances. In her series, "Her”, she turns the mirror on herself and her own tangled feelings of what it means, in a universal sense, to be a …

“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality."—Alfred Stieglitz  

<i>“In photography there is a reality so subtle that it becomes more real than reality."—Alfred Stieglitz</i><p>It is one thing to have an idea, and quite another to realize it. The artist Lori Nix sees the world her own way. In fact, she constructs it. These images may look like post-apocalyptic, photoshopped phantasms, but they are each painstakingly and time-consumingly made, with each diorama taking up to 7 months to complete.<p>By shooting these handcrafted sets with an 8 x 10 camera, Nix is able to …

“It only takes a second for an impression to become a vision."—Bill Viola

<i>“It only takes a second for an impression to become a vision."—Bill Viola</i><p>Like you, I am fascinated by artists who help us see things differently. Beautiful, engaging work is always easy on the eyes, but sometimes a bit of guile and deception can take you somewhere new.<p>Danish artist, Asger Carlsen’s, manipulated images contort and distort bodies, while Roger Ballen’s drawings and cut-outs touch the psyche in a disarmingly simple and unsettling way. Last July, as part of their annual photography …

“Those were the reasons and that was New York, we were running for the money and the flesh…”–Leonard Cohen

<i>“Those were the reasons and that was New York, we were running for the money and the flesh…”–Leonard Cohen</i><p>The Hotel Chelsea has a storied history. It has witnessed the comings and the goings of generations of men and women who have believed in the independence of their minds and their abilities to create.<p>The artist, Linda Troeller, knows the Chelsea. For twenty years she’s documented and lived in its interiors. Her most recent book, “Hotel Chelsea Atmosphere: An Artist’s Memoir,” takes us into …

“What’s left after what ‘one isn’t’ is taken away—is what one is.”—Diane Arbus

<i>“What’s left after what ‘one</i> <i>isn’t’ is taken away—is what one is.”—Diane Arbus</i><p>If the “selfie” reflects the current zeitgeist, then hard-working artists like Austrian photographer, Flora P., show us beyond its possibilities. A professional model and self-taught photographer, Flora P. has amassed a considerable body of self-portraiture work (and media attention) exploring her body’s relationship with light, nature, and her camera.<p>What impresses me about Flora P. is her commitment to <i>doing the work</i>. …

“Nobody knows what art is, and it can’t be taught

<i>“Nobody knows what art is, and it can’t be taught. It’s the mind and the talent of the eye of the individual, who is operating the machine, that produces what comes out of it."—Walker Evans</i><p>Some people can paint, others can’t. Some folks can sing, I cannot. And some individuals take great photographs, while others can only aspire. The Rome-based photographer, Giovanni Cocco, was unknown to me until last week. I stumbled upon his work online and in a moment, knew, this is a photographer with …