February 24, 2014 Donald Scarinci

The Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition exhibition just closed to make more room for the 2014 Whitney Biennial.  Since three floors of the museum were closed, it was a rare pleasure to spend time with Steichen’s work without the crowds Edward Steichen, who has been referred to as the godfather of modern fashion photography, had a long career prior to taking his most well known position as head photographer for Condé Naste. He first entered the art world at the age of fifteen when he began a lithography apprenticeship with the American Fine Art Company…

January 27, 2014 Donald Scarinci

If you live far from the art Galleries of Chelsea in New York City and you are interested in collecting phototographs, take a look at Artspace, http://www.artspace.com/ Artspace is a good place to find limited edition pieces and to learn about photography as art. ArtSpace provides buyers access to limited editions of artwork from museums, cultural centers, and galleries on a global scale, the likes of which cannot be purchased anywhere else. Collections range from the recently-included Marilyn Monroe suite of images to “the Grid,” which is a series of visual structures in contemporary art. Photographers interested in international landscapes…

July 22, 2013 Donald Scarinci

Anna-Lou “Annie” Leibovitz is one of America’s most celebrated portrait photographers. Leibovitz has shot portraits of iconic celebrities and political figures from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Demi Moore and Johnny Depp. Her work remains influential to portraitists and enjoyed by people around the world. Leibovitz was born in 1949 in Waterbury, Connecticut, and started her career at the San Francisco Art Institute where she specialized in painting. Following a brief stint in Israel where she worked as a photographer, Leibovitz earned the opportunity to truly showcase her talents as a staff photographer with Rolling Stone magazine in 1970….

May 13, 2013 Donald Scarinci

It is always a great thing when a contemporary photographer’s work is exhibited in an art gallery that does not normally carry photography.  Liz Nielsen’s solo exhibit at the Benrimon Contemporary in Chelsea is good news for Liz, for collectors of fine art photography and for the art of photography. The Benrimon Gallery made a good decision to offer photography in its gallery and it could not have picked a more talented artist to represent than Liz Neilson. Neilson received her MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2004 and her BFA from the School of the Art…

April 15, 2013 Donald Scarinci

Cindy Sherman grew up in Glen Ridge New Jersey where she gets surprisingly little attention in contrast to the international attention this Essex County native enjoys. Sherman’s photographic art appears in her 8 books and it has been exhibited in museums around the world including the New York Museum of Modern Art in 2012.  Her earliest works were also included in an important 1999 Christie’s auction where some sold for a record $190,000, an unprecedented amount for fine art photography at that time.  Those prices are a bargain today. While Sherman’s art is exhibited as photography, her work pushes boundaries…

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Along with Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andre Kertesz was a pioneer of what has become known as “street photography.”  They captured people doing every day things in Paris between the wars using angles, line and form to compose their image. The Hungarian-born photographer died in 1985, but his art lives on. Kertesz was born on July 2, 1894 in Hungary and purchased his first camera when he was 18 years old. His earliest pictures included photographs of people, ranging from his family to his fellow soldiers when he enlisted in the military at the onslaught of World War I. His photographs were…

January 14, 2013 Donald Scarinci

MacLean’s ‘Up on the Roof’ Inspires Rare Glimpse of New York City Did you ever wonder what was on the rooftops of New York City buildings? Alex MacLean’s book of photographs, “Up on the Roof: New York’s Hidden Skyline Spaces,” provides a wonderful glimpse of what the country’s largest metropolitan area looks like from the air. MacLean is not only an accomplished photographer, but also a pilot who has created a name for himself by taking aerial images from across the country, ranging from urban areas and city grids to the shapes and textures of fields in the Midwest. “Up…

November 12, 2012 Donald Scarinci

I learned the subtleties of using my Nikon D7000 from Steve Simon not long after the camera was introduced.  The small class size and personal attention was exactly what I needed. This year the two-day mastery workshop for Nikon users will be held in November in New York City.  Anyone who owns a Nikon D700, D7000, D800, D300/D300s, D3, D3s, D3x, or D4 should take this intensive two-day course, which will focus on the more technical aspects of shooting with a Nikon camera. This includes autofocus settings to white balance, histograms, image review and other shortcuts that enable you to…

October 8, 2012 Donald Scarinci

Bryan F. Peterson Photography When it comes to finding a talented photographer who has his hands in nearly every aspect of the photography industry, you can’t go wrong with following famed commercial photographer Bryan F. Peterson. As a professional photographer, professor, blogger and best-selling author, Peterson has shared his expertise with the world and come up with a variety of activities to help photographers of all levels improve their skills. One of his more popular activities that I have become interested in are his year-round photography workshops, which take place on-site in several locations around the world. The opportunity to…