AIPAD: The Photography Show 2016

George K. of the Staley-Wise Gallery with a David LaChapelle print

George K. of the Staley-Wise Gallery with a David LaChapelle print

The annual display of photographs put on by members of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD) is one of the highlights of the photography year here in New York and an event that I look forward to attending each year.
This year’s event was held from April 14 to 17 at the Park Avenue Armory and I did indeed have the pleasure of attending the show’s opening night preview. I normally like to return one day on the weekend to see more, but unfortunately, as I had other plans that weekend, most of what I saw were photos placed and the walls and less so those that were in the bins (where one never knows what one will find).
Robert Mapplethorpe prints at Weinstein Gallery

Robert Mapplethorpe prints at Weinstein Gallery

So, how was this year’s show?  It got off on a good note right from the start with a nice presentation of prints by Robert Mapplethorpe by the Weinstein Gallery on the wall to the left right inside the entrance.
"Untitled (Oscillations)" by Peter Keetman at Kicken Berlin

“Untitled (Oscillations)” by Peter Keetman at Kicken Berlin

Another wall with a fascinating series of  images on it was presented by Kicken Berlin, with a 1950 series of oscillations by Peter Keetman (1916 – 2005), a German photographer who I was unfamiliar with but whose work definitely warrants looking into further.
A different European photographer of note whose work was new to me was Gilbert Garcin, represented by the Stephen Bulger Gallery.  I was told that Mr. Garcin, a Frenchman who is now 86 years old, makes photographs of himself and others and places them into other photos via collage.  The results are quite whimsical and very charming indeed.
A photo by Gilbert Garcin at Stephen Bulger Gallery

A photo by Gilbert Garcin at Stephen Bulger Gallery

Of course, the AIPAD show has plenty of photos by the familiar “greats” of photography.  One of those is Edward Weston, and while many of the examples that one sees of his work were printed by his son Cole, it is always good to see prints that Edward made and signed himself, such as the two nudes of Charis Wilson on display at the Scott Nichols Gallery.
Vintage nude by Edward Weston at Scott Nichols Gallery

Vintage nude by Edward Weston at Scott Nichols Gallery

Other figurative photos of interest included Flor Garduño’s classic “Vestido Eterno” at Throckmorton Fine Art, and a couple of charming photos of Bettie Page by Joseph Hanson at Henry Feldstein’s booth.
"Vestido Eterno" by Flor Garduño at Throckmorton

“Vestido Eterno” by Flor Garduño at Throckmorton

On the bizarre side of things, I don’t think anything topped Douchenne de Boulogne & Adrienne Tournachon’s vintage “Terror Mixed with Pain, Torture, 1855-56,” showing a man apparently being shocked by electrodes, at Hans P. Kraus, Jr.  On the other side of the spectrum, Kraus also had a beautiful photograph of the Roman forum, made by an unknown photographer in 1857.
At Hans P Kraus Jr: Douchenne de Boulogne & Adrienne Tournachon's "Terror Mixed with Pain, Torture, 1855-56"

At Hans P Kraus Jr: Douchenne de Boulogne & Adrienne Tournachon’s “Terror Mixed with Pain, Torture, 1855-56”

While my own particular taste in photography leans heavily on the monochrome side, there were some color photographs that I liked too.  Perhaps the most notable of these was Jeffery Milstein’s large aerial photograph of an amusement park at Coney Island at the Kopeikin Gallery.  Other color prints that caught my attention were a large, fun David LaChapelle work at Staley-Wise; a large color portrait of a Chasidic Jewish family (with a bunch of bored looking kids) by Frederic Brenner at the Howard Greenberg Gallery; Ralph Morse’s “Seven Mercury Astronauts” at Keith de Lellis;  Simone Rosenbauer’s 2014 series of ice cream pops, “ Like Ice in the Sunshine,” at Laurence Miller; and a beautiful large 1947 work by Horst at Robert Klein Gallery.
Jeffrey Milstein's aerial photograph of Coney Island at Kopeikin Gallery

Jeffrey Milstein’s aerial photograph of Coney Island at Kopeikin Gallery

For some well done photographic works using non-traditional methods, there were the glass gellage pieces by Michael Macku at Paci Contemporary.
Glass gellage works by Michael Macku at Paci Contemporary

Glass gellage works by Michael Macku at Paci Contemporary

Of course, these photos mentioned are just some highlights of the show, so I’m presenting them here with a few other photos that I have not written about.
Enjoy.
Works by Joel-Peter Witkin at Baudoin Lebon

Works by Joel-Peter Witkin at Baudoin Lebon

 

 Horst's Mainbocher Corset reflected in Southworth and Hawes' vintage "Young Girl with Chair" at Contemporary Works/Vintage Works

Horst’s Mainbocher Corset reflected in Southworth and Hawes’ vintage “Young Girl with Chair” at Contemporary Works/Vintage Works

 

August Sanders' 1914 "Young Farmers" at Deborah Bell Gallery

August Sanders’ 1914 “Young Farmers” at Deborah Bell Gallery

 

A unique Lillian Bassman print from 1947 at Edwynn Houk.

A unique Lillian Bassman print from 1947 at Edwynn Houk.

 

Photographer Judith Stenneken with some of her prints at Galerie 5,6

Photographer Judith Stenneken with some of her prints at Galerie 5,6

 

An 1857 view of the Roman forum by an unknown photographer at Hans P. Kraus, Jr.

An 1857 view of the Roman forum by an unknown photographer at Hans P. Kraus, Jr.

 

Bettie Page as photographed by Joseph Hanson, at Henry Feldstein

Bettie Page, as photographed by Joseph Hanson, at Henry Feldstein

 

Chasidic family (detail) by Frederic Brenner at Howard Greenberg Gallery

Chasidic family (detail) by Frederic Brenner at Howard Greenberg Gallery

 

Gordon Parks' "Harlem Neighborhood, 1952" at Howard Greenberg

Gordon Parks’ “Harlem Neighborhood, 1952” at Howard Greenberg

 

"Seven Mercury Astronauts," a 1960 photo by Ralph Morse, at Keith de Lellis

“Seven Mercury Astronauts,” a 1960 photo by Ralph Morse, at Keith de Lellis

 

Lewis Hine's "Russian Jewess, 1905" at Alan Klotz Gallery

Lewis Hine’s “Russian Jewess, 1905” at Alan Klotz Gallery

 

At Laurence Miller Gallery: Simone Rosenbauer's "Like Ice in the Sunshine, 2014"

At Laurence Miller Gallery: Simone Rosenbauer’s “Like Ice in the Sunshine, 2014”

 

Photographer Earlie Hudnall, Jr. at PDNB Gallery

Photographer Earlie Hudnall, Jr. at PDNB Gallery

 

Baron Adolph de Meyer's 1920 portrait of Mary Pickford in her wedding dress at Richard Moore Gallery

Baron Adolph de Meyer’s 1920 portrait of Mary Pickford in her wedding dress at Richard Moore Gallery

 

At Rick Wester Fine Art

At Rick Wester Fine Art

 

At Robert Klein Gallery: Horst's "Suit and Headdress by Schiaparelli, 1947"

Horst’s “Suit and Headdress by Schiaparelli, 1947” at Robert Klein Gallery

 

Man Ray's 1935 "Portrait of Dora Maar (with Porcelain Hands)" at Robert Klein

Man Ray’s 1935 “Portrait of Dora Maar (with Porcelain Hands)” at Robert Klein

 

Ali Attar's photo of Muhammad Ali and Floyd Patterson at Throckmorton Fine Art

Ali Attar’s photo of Muhammad Ali and Floyd Patterson at Throckmorton Fine Art

 

The author at the event. (Yes, it’s shameless self-promotion, but a lot of people said they liked the hat and bow tie, so why not?)

 

 

 

 

 

About Dave Rudin

Dave Rudin is a fine art photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. He specializes in art nude and travel photography, using black & white film and making silver gelatin prints in a darkroom.
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