Taking the name from the second chapter of Germaine Greer’s landmark text “The Obstacle Race” from 1979, “How They Ran” brings together a selected group of LA-based artists whose diverse practices represent the heartbeat of the Los Angeles art scene today. Greer’s book presented an art historical account of artists who are missing from academic literature and how they overcame historical obstacles to achieve notoriety anyway. Through this lens, Over the Influence will present a group exhibition of LA-based artists from different backgrounds, practices, and generations. "How They Ran" is on view through September 5th at Over The Influence 833 East 3rd Street Los Angeles. photographs by Lani Trock
Rikki Wright presents new work and a short film at J3Collection Gallery. This series of images are based around sisterhood. Wright analyzes the themes of the sibling relationship and explores how it shapes the future of those involved in it. Photos by Lani Trock
Scott Nichols Gallery will be presenting a delicious display of rock n' roll photography from the likes of Ebet Robert. Michael Zagaris, Jim Marshall, Baron Wolman, Linda McCartney, Bob Gruen, Brad Temkin, William Coupon, and more. A highlight from this exhibition is Bob Seidemann's controversial, banned photo artwork for Blind Faith's 1969 self-titled EP. Opening reception for It's Only Rock and Roll will be held on August 6th and the exhibition will run until September 16, at Scott Nichols Gallery. 49 Geary St # 415, San Francisco, CA
Rita Lino is a photographer that Autre has been following for a little over five years now. The first picture she ever sent us is a photograph of her reading a National Geographic atlas with a hand down her panties. We've also featured editorials and an exclusive short video feature. What we didn't know is that Lino was in the process of a decade long photographic exploration of her own sexuality and femininity through a series of self portraits that are captured in a gorgeous and provocative new monograph called Entartete (German for Degenerate) – published by Éditions du LIC. "Despite their raw unselfconsciousness, Lino’s images are more than mere snapshots; touching simultaneously on voyeurism, loneliness, the manipulative power of the camera, and the urge to connect with others, through, within, and apart from technology and media. Repeatedly concealing their message, necessarily strange and ambiguous, Lino´s images construct a self that is mutable and elusive." With Entartete, it is proof that this emerging Portugese photographer is moving to a newer, more mature chapter of her artistic career. Click here to purchase.
Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson is most known for his photographs of the teenage gangs of New York City in the 1950s. In 1964, Esquire magazine commissioned him to take photographs of Los Angeles. For whatever reason, the photographs were rejected. In Davidson's own words: "Esquire’s editors sent me to Los Angeles, and when I landed at L.A. International Airport I noticed giant palm trees growing in the parking lot. I ordered a hamburger through a microphone speaker in a drive-in called Tiny Naylor’s. The freeways were blank and brilliant, chromium-plated bumpers reflected the Pacific Ocean, but the air quality was said to be bad. People looking like mannequins seemed at peace on the Sunset Strip while others were euphoric as they watered the desert. I stood there ready with my Leica, aware of my shadow on the pavement. I walked up to strangers, framed, focused, and in a split second of alienations and cynicism, pressed the shutter button. Suddenly I had an awakening that led me to another level of visual understanding. But in the end, for some unknown reasons, the editors rejected the pictures, and I had to return home with a big box of prints, put them in a drawer, and forgot all about the trip." Today, venerable publishing house and champion of print, Steidl, is releasing the photographs in beautiful book form. You can purchase here.
Casemore Kirkeby presents its inaugural exhibition, Todd Hido: Selections from a Survey, which is currently being held at the gallery's interim project space in San Francisco's Mission District. This installation, drawn from Oakland-based Hido's ever-expanding archive, invites viewers to dwell on the images and ideas that have followed him throughout his career, continually finding new manifestations in his work. This selection focuses on Hido's primary model Khrystyna - a tacit partner in his cinematic narratives, and a shape shifter in the nightscapes, interiors, and psychological landscapes that she haunts. The result is a deeply personal collection of imagery, often drawn from Hido's own biography and his childhood home of Kent, Ohio - the place that has guided his sustained inquiry into the darker aspects of American suburban life, investigated through the lens of his own imperfect memory. The selection includes several new, never before published works by Hido, along with classic pieces that become elements in the carefully composed sequences of this exhibition. Todd Hido: Selections from a Survey will be on view until August 15, at Casemore Kirkeby, 3328 22nd St. at Valencia in San Francisco.
J.W. Anderson is currently hosting an exclusive, online exhibition and print sale of photographs by English photographer Ian David Baker. Baker's intimate, black-and-white portraits and collages offer a rare glimpse into gay youth subculture of 1980s England. The 50 images displayed in the exhibit have been personally curated by designer Jonathan Anderson and selected from Baker's archive. Many of the negatives no longer exist, making these original prints the last remaining copies of Baker's early work. Visit J.W. Anderson's website to view the exhibition and purchase prints.
What happens in New York definitely doesn't stay in New York thanks to Patrick McMullan. With a career spanning over three decades, McMullan is one of the world’s most celebrated party, fashion, and society photographers on the New York beat. Currently, Salomon Contemporary is presenting Pictures from the Patrick McMullan collection. The eclectic ensemble of over 200 artworks ranges from his own prized photographs, those from renowned photographers David LaChapelle, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Steven Klein, Peter Beard, Harry Benson, Mary Ellen Mark, Todd Eberle, Kelly Klein, Michael Thomson, Roe Etheridge, Jessica Craig-Martin, Scavullo to Salgado to outsider art, Hollywood studio shots, and familiar kitsch. Some were gifts, some were trades, some were purchased from charity auctions, which he often photographed. Each of course has a story and a sentiment. Pictures will be on view until July 31, 2015 at Soloman Contemporary, 525-531 West 26 Street, 4th Floor
Started in 1970 by the late Arles based photographer Lucien Clergue, the writer Michel Tournier and the historian Jean-Maurice Rouquette, Rencontres d'Arles Photography Festival in the South of France has become a preeminent photography festival. The festival is on view now and runs until September. Here are Autre's picks for the must see exhibitions at this year's festival: 1. The Discovery Award honors photographers who deserve to be discovered - one of this year's highlight nominees is Delphine Chanet, who was once a student of legendary fashion photographer Frank Horvat 2. Stephen Shore will be showing off an extensive exhibition of his American backdrops in glorious saturated colors the Espace Van Gogh 3. Eight Japanese photographers will be presented in an exhibition called Another Language at the église Sainte-Anne 4. The Musée Réattu shows off its impressive collection of photography that it has been building over the last 50 years in an exhibition called Daring Photography 5. Check out Guy Bourdin's photography work for Boz Scaggs' album Middle Man and more in an exhibition of album cover photography on view Ateliers des Forges
"Opening Night" is the latest sexy, sleek and glamorous photo book by Imperial Pictures Publishing and Paperwork NYC. The book features never before seen photographs by Elliott Landy who is known for his photographs of Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, Hendrix and more. In this gorgeous edition, you'll be able to find images of Elizabeth Taylor, Barbara Streisand, Faye Dunaway, Marlene Dietrich, Dustin Hoffman, Andy Warhol and more, all dolled up to the nines and ready for the flash bulbs. “My pictures reflected the aspects of those events that impacted me the most—the falseness and superficiality,” writes Landy in the intro. “They were a reflection of my inner feelings toward what was happening—a flow of energy, channeled and filtered through my own person.” Even though Landy has moved on from the world of celebritydom, he will get his fair share of the limelight tomorrow night at the Jane Hotel Ballroom, starting at 10pm, to celebrate the launch of Opening Night. You can also purchase Opening Night here.
Opening tonight in Tokyo, at the Matchbaco Gallery, wunderkind Chinese photographer Ren Hang will present new photographs taken in New York City. A new publication featuring works from this series will be published by Session Press and distributed by Dashwood Books. Ren Hang "New Love" will open tonight at Matchbaco Gallery and it will run until July 25, 2015.
"Frida" by Ishiuchi Miyako is a photographic record of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe and belongings. She respectfully sifts through the remaining ephemera and in doing so makes intimate revelations about one of the twentieth century’s greatest artists. Frida will be on view until July 12, 2015 @ Michael Hoppen Gallery, 3 Jubilee Place, London
Castor Gallery presents "Cirrus," an exhibition of photographs by London-based artist, Micaela McLucas. McLucas’ photographs document her offbeat perspective of daily life by attempting to blur the lines between reality, and fiction. Set in a parallel world of fantasy and altered existence, her explorations of daily life become a realm of foreign familiarity and surreal monotony. McLucas uses her photographs as not only a reflection of her own dream-inspired environments, but also as a manipulation of her daily routines and life. 'Cirrus' will be on view until July 1, 2015 at Castor Gallery, 254 Broome St, New York.
Zines are really hot right now. If you haven't made one yet, maybe you should. The latest zine to come off the press comes from Chloë Sevigny who has released a little chapbook with photographic collages of all her ex-boyfriends. The zine was published on the occasion of the I Never Read Art Book Fair, which is being held alongside the Art Basel festivities in Switzerland. Entitled "No Time for Love," the zine is published by venerable cool zine publisher Innen. The I Never Read Book Fair will be on view until June 20, 2015 in Kaserne Switzerland.
German-based artist Isabelle Wenzel creates colorful sets on which to enact bodily performances, the evidence of which appear only as fixed photographs. These final images depict women’s bodies fragmented and abstracted like mannequins whose limbs have not yet been pieced together. In the following interview, Wenzel discusses her process, philosophies, and next projects. Click here to read the interview.
“I’m now seeing things from the side of death. I’m looking at the world from the other side of the sky. That’s why it’s mirrored.” – Nobuyoshi Araki. This spring, Araki started shooting 6×7 color positive film and black and white photographs with date inscriptions in a diaristic manner documenting daily events and his emotions regarding life and death. In the current series, Araki presents everyday scenes in mirrored images to express the sense that he now sees the world from the side of death, i.e. the other side of the mirror. In 2013, after experiencing the onset and removal of prostate cancer and the death of his beloved cat Chiro, Araki suffered from central retinal artery occlusion and lost sight in his right eye. Despite this loss, he has continued to produce photographs at a prolific pace, transforming his sadness and thoughts on death into fuel for shooting photographs. This series is his first foray into shooting images with his perspective from “the other side.” The exhibition will be on view until June 20, 2015 at Taka Ishii Gallery Photography / Film in Tokyo.
"This word exploitative is pathetic. It’s actually pathetic. It shows an inability to understand anything about photography. What does anybody know about being the subjects? They could have gotten on their hands and knees and begged me to take their picture." Click here to read our interview with legendary photographer Roger Ballen.
Wilding Cran Gallery Unit B is pleased to present "Disconnection," a group show curated by Justin Tyler Close of Lab Magazine, featuring new work by Eliot Lee Hazel, Ariana Papademetropoulos, Nouel Riel, Logan White, Darian Zahedi, and Amanda Charchian in collaboration with Eli Craven. "Disconnection" explores ideas about living in today's world where everyone is more connected than ever and how that has led to a loss of mystery and suspense within relationships because of the constant need for immediacy. Disconnection will be on view until June 13, 2015, at Wilding Cran Gallery in Los Angeles.
Benrubi Gallery, in collaboration with the International Center of Photography, presents "Southern Rites," the new exhibition from award-winning photographer Gillian Laub, whose previous exhibition at the gallery, "Common Ground," dealt with the relationship between Israeli Jews, Israeli Arabs, and Palestinians. With "Southern Rites," she again takes on a story steeped in generations-long tensions, and tells it with power, sensitivity and enduring poignancy. "Southern Rites" is a provocative twelve-year visual study of one community’s struggle to confront longstanding issues of race and equality. In 2002, Laub was invited to Mt. Vernon, Georgia, to photograph its segregated homecoming celebrations. She kept returning to the community and in 2009, The New York Times Magazine published a photo-essay by Laub titled, “A Prom Divided,” which documented Georgia’s Montgomery County High School’s racially segregated prom rituals. Laub’s photographs ignited a firestorm of national outrage that, remarkably, led the community to finally integrate the proms. Laub continued to travel to Mt. Vernon to document the aftermath, which was welcomed in some circles and decried in others. In 2011, amid newfound hope, the murder of a young black man (portrayed in Laub’s earlier prom series) by an older white town resident reopened old wounds. Through her intimate portraits, first-hand testimony, and video installation, Laub reveals in vivid color the horror and humanity of these complex, intertwined narratives. Southern Rites will be on view until June 27, 2015 at Benrubi Gallery, 521 West 26th Street, New York. You can also purchase a monograph (Damiani) of the work here.
Her photography addressed such social issues as homelessness, loneliness, drug addiction, and prostitution. She worked primarily in black and white. She described her approach to her subjects: "I’ve always felt that children and teenagers are not "children," they’re small people. I look at them as little people and I either like them or I don’t like them. I also have an obsession with mental illness. And strange people who are outside the borders of society." Mark also said, "I’d rather pull up things from another culture that are universal, that we can all relate to….There are prostitutes all over the world. I try to show their way of life…" Mary Ellen Mark - March 20, 1940 - May 25, 2015