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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For some well done photographic works using non-traditional methods, there were the glass gellage pieces 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.