Sunday, November 9, 2014

Gowin and Eggleston -- Distinguished Southern Photographers in Paris

The Foundation Henri Cartier Bresson, in Paris, is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year with a series of shows, including two dedicated to the work of Southern photographers. 

The first of these was up from May 14th to July 27th, 2014, and featured a major career retrospective of the work of Distinguished Southern Photographer Emmet Gowin (see image above). 

For more on this show, HERE, or HERE, or HERE.
This show closed in late July, but it lives on in the Aperture monograph prepared in connection with this exhibition,  Emmet Gowin, available here.

The secpond of these shows features Distinguished Southern Photographer William Eggleston (see image above), and is up now through December 21st, 2014 at the Foundation Henri Cartier Bresson.

The show is entitled William Eggleston: From Black and White to Color. It documents Eggleston's career as a photographer, emphasizing the influence of Cartier-Bresson on his work, and tracing his transformation from a photographer in black and white to a color photographer. 

In the process, of course, Eggleston is credited with transforming the practice of fine art photography.

For more on this show, go HERE.  If you can't make it to Paris to see the show, you can buy the book HERE.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Robert Frank is 90

Robert Frank, the distinguished photographer whose work in The Americans redefined fine art photography in the middle of the 20th century, is now 90 years old. 

Frank's unflinching look at 1950's America produced many of the iconic photographs of that era, including a number made in the American South (see Charleston, SC, and Savannah, GA, above, and Trolley, New Orleans, below) .

There are a thorough, and thoughtful, profiles of Frank in the Guardian newspaper, HERE, and HERE.