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Historic B&W photos of St. Petersburg, Russia in the 19th Century

Historic B&W photos of St. Petersburg, Russia in the 19th Century

With the emancipation of the peasants undertaken by Alexander II in 1861 and an industrial revolution, the influx of former peasants into the capital increased greatly. Poor boroughs spontaneously emerged on the outskirts of the city. Saint Petersburg surpassed Moscow in population and industrial growth; it developed as one of the largest industrial cities in Europe, with a major naval…
Ave Pildas – Bijou: Photographs of Theater Box Offices

Ave Pildas – Bijou: Photographs of Theater Box Offices

Joseph Bellows Gallery is pleased to announce its exhibition, Bijou: Photographs of Theater Box Offices by Ave Pildas. This solo exhibition will be the artist’s first at the gallery. The exhibition will open on September 5th and continue through October 24th, 2015. A reception for the artist will be held on Saturday, September 5th, from 6 – 8 pm. Bijou…
Interview with Nude photographer Igor Amelkovich

Interview with Nude photographer Igor Amelkovich

How and when did you become interested in photography? As a child I dabbled a bit with a photo and I was close to it. After graduation and some construction of my life, I wanted to do something for self-realization in art. Moreover, I have always been close to art. About 10 years I played in a rock band. My…
The Mummy (1932)

The Mummy (1932)

The Tutankhamen Exhibition toured the world in the 1920s and 1930s, and the concept of Egyptologists suffering the effects of an ancient curse was part of contemporary urban legend. Audiences were fascinated by the concept of 3000 year old remains, and the Ancient Egyptians’ rituals that ensured immortality. The film, which may seem overly slow-moving to modern viewers, introduced the…
Lee Friedlander: America by Car

Lee Friedlander: America by Car

Enduring icons of American culture, the car and the highway remain vital as auguries of adventure and discovery, and a means by which to take in the country’s vast scale. Lee Friedlander is the first photographer to make the car an actual “form” for making photographs. Driving across most of the country’s 50 states in an ordinary rental car, Friedlander…
Interview with Black and White photographer Ivan Pinkava

Interview with Black and White photographer Ivan Pinkava

Since graduating from the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) in Prague, Ivan Pinkava (b. 1961) has devoted himself to non-commercial photography. In this time, he has created his own distinctive visual language, which has secured him a prominent place in the arts scene. The figures and still lifes in his works intertwine. The upright…
Manchuria / Northeast Asia in 1930s

Manchuria / Northeast Asia in 1930s

Manchuria is a modern name given to a large geographic region in Northeast Asia. Depending on the definition of its extent, Manchuria usually falls entirely within China, or is sometimes divided between China and Russia. The region is now usually referred to as Northeast China.
Biography: Street photographer Louis Stettner

Biography: Street photographer Louis Stettner

Louis Stettner (born November 7, 1922) is an American photographer of the 20th century whose work includes streetscapes, portraits and architectural images of New York and Paris. His work has been highly regarded because of its humanity and capturing the life and reality of the people and streets of both cities. Since 1947, Stettner has photographed the changes in the…
Black and White Underwater Nudes by Harry Fayt

Black and White Underwater Nudes by Harry Fayt

Harry Fayt is a young Belgian photographer whose work focuses primarily on aesthetic research related to the theme of water. Like many artists both past and present, the female figure, epitome of beauty, fascinates, influences and guides him in his artistic evolution. He has chosen to photograph the female figure in water, a natural and vital component of life, pure…
Interview with Black and White Fine Art photographer Jib Peter

Interview with Black and White Fine Art photographer Jib Peter

1. How and when did you become interested in photography? During a day of introduction to photography (shooting and processing) at primary school it became a dream and then an obsession, I was only 7. Maybe only because the photographer told me my photos were good. But I only started photography when I was 21. 2. Is there any artist/photographer…
Michael Kenna: Between Mountains & Lakes

Michael Kenna: Between Mountains & Lakes

For many years Michael Kenna has been traveling around the world and keeps on revisiting the same places. He understands these places as “friends” and is fostering these relationships to his old “friends” instead of making new, superficial ones. Just as he is revisiting places he repeats certain elements in the images. A moving star sky, wavering clouds or diffuse…
40 Glass Plate Mugshots from the 1920s

40 Glass Plate Mugshots from the 1920s

These are wife killers, petty thieves, dealers of fake opium, hustlers – plucked from the street by the police of 1920s Sydney, Australia and photographed, fresh from the scene of the crime. These photographs reveal a lot more than the usual mugshot. The suspects strike poses. A few look disheveled and deranged, but some look decidedly guilty. They lean casually into…
Neringa Rekasiute: WE.WOMEN

Neringa Rekasiute: WE.WOMEN

What is a beautiful woman? Our media is full of images, attempting to construct what a perfect woman should look like. Sexualisation and standartisation of a female body in the media have direct negative consequences in the society. Objectivisation of body encourages the society to focus on physical appearance of women instead of embracing their personality and inner feelings. As…
Vintage: Paris Under Water (1910)

Vintage: Paris Under Water (1910)

The 1910 Great Flood of Paris was a catastrophe in which the Seine River, carrying winter rains from its tributaries, flooded Paris agglomeration, France. The Seine water level rose eight meters above the ordinary level. Winter floods were a normal occurrence in Paris but, on 21 January, the river began to rise more rapidly than normal. Over the course of…
Alexey Titarenko: New York

Alexey Titarenko: New York

Born in 1962 in St. Petersburg, Titarenko rose to prominence in the 1990s for his series of photographs of his native city, where his application of long exposures, intentional camera movement, and expert printmaking techniques to street photography produced a powerful meditation on an urban landscape still suffused with a history of suffering. In the decade that followed, his pursuit…
Tim Rudman: ICELAND. An Uneasy Calm

Tim Rudman: ICELAND. An Uneasy Calm

Iceland has become a hugely popular destination for photographers around the world. Now ‘Iceland. An Uneasy Calm’ presents 98 reproductions of toned silver gelatine prints taken and printed over the last eight years by Tim Rudman, described by Ilford Photo / Harman Technology as “one of the very finest landscape photographers working today, easily identifiable by his supreme gift as one of the leading…
London in the Blackout (1939)

London in the Blackout (1939)

Even before World War II began, the British Air Ministry had predicted that the United Kingdom would be bombed at night by German air forces. One of the very few precautions the nation could take was the elimination of man-made light. In July 1939 – two months before the declaration of war – the British government distributed Public Information Leaflet…