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Builder Levy: Appalachia USA

Builder Levy: Appalachia USA

Appalachia USA is a unique documentary project by the New York-based photographer Builder Levy (b. 1942) that explores life and labor in coal mining communities in Kentucky and West Virginia during the span of 40 years. Levy’s arresting black-and-white photographs connect us to the very heart of coal mining. He traces the indelible legacy of the coal industry on the…
Vintage: Portraits of Mary Pickford – Silent Movie Star

Vintage: Portraits of Mary Pickford – Silent Movie Star

Mary Pickford (1892 – 1979) was known in her prime as “America’s Sweetheart” and the “girl with the curls”. She was one of the Canadian pioneers in early Hollywood and a significant figure in the development of film acting. Pickford was one of the earliest stars to be billed under her own name, and was one of the most popular…
Biography: 19th Century photographer John Dillwyn Llewelyn

Biography: 19th Century photographer John Dillwyn Llewelyn

John Dillwyn Llewelyn (1810 – 1882) was a botanist and pioneer photographer. In January 1839, following the announcements of photographic processes by both William Henry Fox Talbot and Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre, Llewelyn, with the encouragement of Henry Talbot, began to experiment himself. He tried all the processes available. His earliest daguerreotype is dated 1840. A few of his early…
Vintage: Christmas Trees in the past

Vintage: Christmas Trees in the past

The relevance of ancient pre-Christian customs to the 16th-century German initiation of the Christmas tree custom is disputed. Resistance to the custom was often because of its supposed Lutheran origins. Other sources have offered a connection between the first documented Christmas trees in Alsace around 1600 and pre-Christian traditions. For example, according to the Encyclopædia Britannica, “The use of evergreen…
Danny Lyon: The Only Thing I Saw Worth Leaving

Danny Lyon: The Only Thing I Saw Worth Leaving

“I am left feeling the people I photograph are the best people in America. I leave to the future the only thing I saw worth leaving.” –Danny Lyon, 1967 Danny Lyon once described the writer James Agee as, “a romantic who adored reality,” an epithet equally apt to characterize him. The photographer made a name for himself in the 1960s…
Rosalind Solomon: Carnival 1980

Rosalind Solomon: Carnival 1980

The gallery Julian Sander is very pleased to show the series Carnival 1980 of American photographer Rosalind Fox Solomon. These works are a compelling example of her humanistic-documentary work as well as a visual manifestation of her seen reality with all its consequences. Rosalind Fox Solomon was born in 1930 in Highland Park, Illinois and currently lives in New York…
Vintage: Mug-shots of Prisoners (1900s)

Vintage: Mug-shots of Prisoners (1900s)

“Some years ago I discovered a cache of glass negative mug shots taken in the early 20th century; each negative was inscribed with the man’s name and alleged crime. In order to research the life of each man pictured in the 500 negatives, I spent the next three years traveling back and forth from New York to the small Northern…
Deck the Walls at Catherine Couturier Gallery

Deck the Walls at Catherine Couturier Gallery

Deck the Walls is an annual group exhibition of vintage and contemporary pieces that allows Catherine Couturier Gallery to showcase a variety of artists, prices ranges, styles, and photographic mediums. Deck the Walls is expected to feature works by Elliott Erwitt, Maggie Taylor, and Stanko Abadzic. Other exhibited artists will include Renate Aller, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Kate Breakey, Susan Burnstine,…
Vintage: Portraits of American Ladies by Mathew Brady (1863)

Vintage: Portraits of American Ladies by Mathew Brady (1863)

During the Civil War, Mathew Brady and his associates traveled throughout the eastern part of the country, capturing the effects of the War through photographs of people, towns, and battlefields. Additionally, Brady kept studios in Washington, DC and New York City, where many influential politicians and war heroes sat for portraits. Brady photographed many subjects in the time of the…
Biography: 19th Century Architecture photographer Albert Lévy

Biography: 19th Century Architecture photographer Albert Lévy

Albert Levy (1844 – 1907) was a French photographer active in Europe and the United States. Most active in the 1880s and 1890s, he was a pioneer of architectural photography. There are indications that Albert Levy was a photographer who also worked variously as bookseller, editor and manufacturer. He was also working in France in 1876 and in the United…
Vintage: Santa Claus in the past

Vintage: Santa Claus in the past

In 1821, the book A New-year’s present, to the little ones from five to twelve was published in New York. It contained Old Santeclaus with Much Delight, an anonymous poem describing Santeclaus on a reindeer sleigh, bringing presents to children. Some modern ideas of Santa Claus seemingly became canon after the anonymous publication of the poem “A Visit From St.…
Louis Stettner: Traveling Light

Louis Stettner: Traveling Light

Over the course of his eight-decade career, Louis Stettner created a singular approach to photographing everyday life. Born in Brooklyn in 1922, Stettner began working as a photographer in the 1930s and served in the U.S. Army in World War II before moving to Paris in 1947. There, he studied at the Institut des Hautes Études Cinématographiques, became friends with…
Martin Ogolter: Citizens, 110 Portraits

Martin Ogolter: Citizens, 110 Portraits

The famous ocean sides neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro’s South Zone are known the world over and are the picture postcards of the city if not the country as a whole. About 35 kilometers inland, in the North Zone of the city, far from the famous beaches these are the suburbs and the hottest neighborhoods of the city. Decidedly working…
Vintage: Street Scenes of the Munster Region, Ireland (late XIX Century)

Vintage: Street Scenes of the Munster Region, Ireland (late XIX Century)

Munster is one of the provinces of Ireland situated in the south of Ireland. In early Ireland, the Kingdom of Munster was one of the kingdoms of Gaelic Ireland ruled by a “king of over-kings”. Following the Norman invasion of Ireland, the ancient kingdoms were shired into counties for administrative and judicial purposes. In later centuries, local government legislation has…
Rhondal McKinney: Midwest Horizons

Rhondal McKinney: Midwest Horizons

Rhondal McKinney’s photographs transport the viewer within the vast and quiet landscape of rural Illinois, reminding them of the importance of stillness, time and memory. The artist affirms, “When I was a kid I used to ride around in my father’s pickup truck. He was a bird hunter and a fisherman and we might be on our way to run…
Vintage: The Balkans (1900s)

Vintage: The Balkans (1900s)

From the album of a prussian revenue man who was stationed in Sofia (about 1900-1918). The photographs could have been taken in any other Balkan countries, because he undertook many journeys. via Wolfgang Wiggers
Ansel Adams at Robert Mann Gallery

Ansel Adams at Robert Mann Gallery

Robert Mann Gallery presents work by Ansel Adams, ranging from vintage prints dating back to the artist’s very early career in the 1920’s, to extraordinary and unique masterpieces of his most iconic images such as Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico and Aspens, Northern New Mexico. Since 1977, Robert Mann has been a preeminent source for Adam’s work with a history of…
Biography: 19th Century photographer Sergey Lvovich Levitsky

Biography: 19th Century photographer Sergey Lvovich Levitsky

Sergei Lvovich Levitsky (1819 – 1898), is considered one of the patriarchs of Russian photography and one of Europe’s most important early photographic pioneers, inventors and innovators. His ability to speak several languages allowed him to participate in a government commission to study the composition and therapeutic properties of mineral waters in the Caucasus. On his mission there in 1843,…
Helen Levitt: Five Decades

Helen Levitt: Five Decades

Laurence Miller Gallery is pleased to present HELEN LEVITT: FIVE DECADES, featuring vintage prints gifted by Levitt to James Agee and his family between 1940 and ca. 2000. These include several of Levitt’s most famous New York images, pictures from Mexico City, and never before exhibited portraits of James Agee. Helen first met James Agee at Walker Evans’ apartment in…