Encountering William Burroughs at AIPAD 2012
I normally write about my own photography here on the blog, but occasionally I write about other things of photographic or artistic interest. So it is now, as I’m writing about one of the biggest events in New York’s photographic calendar: the annual Photography Show put on by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD).
Instead of going all around to dozens of different galleries, they’re all here under one roof. This year’s event features 75 galleries from around the world, from Boston to Beijing to Buenos Aires, and runs from now through Sunday, April 1 at the Park Avenue Armory, at Park Avenue and East 67 Street in Manhattan.
Mel Etherton at the Etherton Gallery's space
When I first attended this show in the mid or late 1990’s, it was held on two floors at the New York Hilton in midtown. I can still remember how I was in a daze from looking at so much photography in such a short time. Seeing so much work can be a daunting thing, but if one paces oneself well, doing so can be an exhilarating experience. Although the dealers come to the show to sell their prints, buying is certainly not mandatory, so that shouldn’t stop anyone from attending.
So, how does this year’s show match up to previous years? The one thing I seemed to notice was that there was less of an emphasis on oversized color prints as there has been. Being someone who photographs and prints in black and white, that suits me fine.
At Throckmorton Fine Arts' space
Still, how can someone report on an event like this with literally thousands of images to look at? I think that everyone who comes to an art show like this has their personal favorites, so I’ll recount some of mine, most of which are illustrated below. I began at Hyperion Press where I liked the photos of hands wrapped in bandages, looking like Boris Karloff in “The Mummy,” by Dieter Appelt. The John Cleary Gallery had some wonderful platinum-palladium on gold leaf prints by Dan Burkholder, with some lovely platinum prints by Ruth Bernhard. A Walter Chappell print of a plant, looking like curlian photography, was a standout at Richard Moore.
L. Parker Stephenson featured a beautiful vintage fashion study by Anton Bruehl, and Eric Franck from London had a Martine Franck photo of two Nepalese monks, a bird sitting atop the head of the older one. Rick Wester had some large, stunning prints by Richard Avedon of Marilyn Monroe and William Burroughs. Classic artists like Ansel Adams and Edward Weston were represented by the Weston Gallery from Carmel and Scott Nichols from San Francisco, while Alex Novak’s Contemporary Works/Vintage Works had a beautiful display of large prints by Andre Kertesz.
Renowned photographer Lucien Clergue, with friend, in front of his photos at Throckmorton
Another set of photos worth mentioning were those at the Catherine Edelman by John Cyr, who made color photos of the developer trays used by photographers like Ansel Adams. (As someone who does his own printing, I can appreciate a series like that!)
I could go on further, but I won’t. Instead, I’ll let the images speak for themselves below. As good as they make look here, nothing beats seeing the real thing. If you’re interested in going, find out more on the AIPAD website here.
Dieter Appelt's hands photo at Hyperion Press
Walter Chappell's eerie plant study at Richard Moore
Anton Bruehl at L. Parker Stevenson
Martine Franck's Nepalese monks at Eric Franck
An Edward Weston print at the Weston Gallery
Color nude portraits by Mona Kuhn at Jackson Fine Arts
Yousuf Karsh's portrait of Pablo Picasso at Scott Nichols
Bert Stern's Marilyn Monroe series at Staley-Wise
A super-sized Helmut Newton print at Staley-Wise
Richard Avedon's portrait of Marilyn Monroe at Rick Wester
An abstract by Laszlo Moholy-Nagy at Howard Greenberg
Edward Steichen's Greta Garbo portrait at Howard Greeenberg
A detail of Chester Higgins' stunning print at Throckmorton
Platt Babbitt's lovely ambrotype of Niagara Falls, held by Charles Schwartz
One of the four Kenneth Josephson book abstracts at Yancey Richardson
Louis-Emile Durandelle's beautiful 19th century albumen print at Hans Kraus
Joel-Peter Witkin's beautiful (!) nude at Etherton
Peter Fetterman featured many works by the late Lillian Bassman
Fashion work by Herb Ritts at Edwynn Houk
John Cyr's developer tray series at Catherine Edelman
A Mark Sink and Kristen Hatgi tintype at Paul Cava
Weegee's Bubble Gum Girl at Henry Feldstein
"Linda, the Llama, in Times Square" by Inga Morath at Contemporary Works/Vintage Works
Beautiful large size Robert Mapplethorpe prints at the Weinstein Gallery