Saturday, November 19, 2016

The exhibition Ricardo Martín. Photographer and Observer recalls an author who marked an epoch

The Kubo-kutxa gallery in San Sebastian is devoting the fourth exhibition within the special programming to mark the year of San Sebastian’s designation as European Capital of Culture to the photographer Ricardo Martín. Comprising 98 black and white images, the exhibition is recalling a photographer whose work is well known because he photographed the city of San Sebastian during one of its golden eras, but who went unnoticed as an author. Curated by Juantxo Egaña, the exhibition was inaugurated on 3 November and will remain open until 22 January, 2017. Thanks to the collaboration of the Filmoteca Vasca (Basque Film Archive), the screening of a short film of the 1920s is included; entitled San Sebastián y Lasarte, it contextualises and completes the exhibition by allowing one to see Martín’s scenes in motion.

Ricardo Martín embarked on his professional career in 1914 when the illustrated magazines were at their peak. He set up his photographic studio on Fuenterrabía street in San Sebastian, subsequently to be inaugurated in April 1915 with the name of Photo-Carte.

The photographer and his colleagues used to tour the beach and top locations every day. Their photos reported on the latest trends in fashion, including women sporting their novel bathing suits. They were not random snapshots, they sought distinction in their images. The Avenida de la Libertad, Paseo de la Concha and above all the corner of the Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra turned into their backdrops.

Ricardo Martín was a multi-faceted photographer committed to ongoing experimenting. He was a reporter who bequeathed thousands of testimonies, anonymous portraits, accidents, joys and sadness. Martín used to tour the city, its promenades, its beaches, the neighbourhood festivals as well as those put on for the summer visitors.

The exhibition

The exhibition Ricardo Martín. Photographer and Observer is not organised chronologically but according to subjects, and concentrates on the themes and aspects that made this artist unique.As one goes around the exhibition what becomes clear ishow Ricardo Martín saw the turbulent society around him, the importance of observers in his photographs, the hypnotic nature of crowds, the throngs he loved to photograph.In an evocative text Lee Fontanella describes Ricardo Martín as ubiquitous as he seemed to be at all the events taking place at that time, moving naturally among the different social classes.

Ricardo Martín. Photographer and Observer
From 4 November 2016 to 22 January 2017

Zurriola 1
20002 Donostia/San Sebastián
Tel. 943 012 400

Friday, November 11, 2016

Australia: Black Eye Gallery presents "In the Time of Hope"

'In The Time of Hope' is a photographic observation of American society on the streets of Los Angeles during the Obama era.

On the road and footpaths, Robenstone looks at the visual splendor of the sun bleached and hyper saturated Californian landscape juxtaposed against the deteriorating icons of a once grander America. At times both candid and considered, ‘In The Time Of Hope’ is a complex study of a modern society at battle with itself and it’s staunch values of the past.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Len Speier in Conversation with Miss Rosen

Daniel Conney Fine Arts invites you to see Len Speier in Conversation with Miss Rosen

When? Saturday, October 1 at 3:00 pm.
Where? 508 - 526 West 26th Street, Suite 9C
New York, NY 10001

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

In Australia: Exhibition "Concrete"

An exhibition by Rhiannon Slatter

‘Concrete’, a series of large scale prints, represents both an extension of and departure from Rhiannon Slatter’s architectural photography. Her fascination with scales of production in industry has led her to study the prefabricated concrete forms which appear frequently in our landscape and continue to multiply - simple, austere shapes which represent large scale, fast construction methods themselves while also serving as containers for industrial production.

Where? Black Eye 3/138 Darlinghurst Rd, Darlinghurst NSW 2010, Australia
When? Sept 13 - 25

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Chicago: Lecture with Joel Peter Wilkin

Joel-Peter Witkin is renowned as the creator of elaborately constructed and often erotically charged photographic tableaux exploring grand themes of religion, sex and mortality with continual references to art history. Witkin has pursued complex issues of the human condition for more than 40 years through people most often cast aside by society. Witkin’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles; Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, among many others.

MOCP, Museum of Contemporary Photography

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