April 2021

Gypsies | Josef Koudelka

Josef Koudelka (1938) is a Czech-French Photographer. He is a member of Magnum Photos and has won awards such as the Prix Nadar (1978), a Grand Prix National de la Photographie (1989), a Grand Prix Henri Cartier-Bresson (1991), and the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography (1992). Exhibitions of his work have been held at the Museum of Modern Art and the International Center of Photography, New York; the Hayward Gallery, London; the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; and the Palais de Tokyo, Paris.

March 2021

Dal Lake | Shahidul Alam, Kashmir India, 2008

Shahidul Alam (born 1955) is a Bangladeshi Photographer, writer, curator and human rights activist. Alam founded the Drik Picture Library in 1989, the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute in Dhaka in 1998, "which has trained hundreds of photographers", and the Chobi Mela International Photography Festival in 1999. His books include Nature's Fury (2007) and My Journey as a Witness (2011).

Untitled | Paulo Nozolino 

Well-known in the world of European photography, Paulo Nozolino was born in Lisbon in 1955. In the seventies, he lived in London, in the eighties and nineties in Paris, and recently he moved back to Portugal. He travelled extensively in Europe, the Arab world, North and South America and Macao, and published his photographs in numerous books, the most well-known being Penumbra (1996), a collection of pictures taken in countries including Syria, Yemen, Jordan, Egypt and Mauritania.

Richard Villegas Jr., friend, and Enrique, Miracle Mile | Reynaldo Rivera,1996

Reynaldo Rivera was born in Mexico but spent his childhood traveling across the border and within the United States—mostly between San Diego de la Unión, Mexico; Los Angeles; and Stockton, California—before settling as a young adult in East L.A. Rivera’s large (and largely unseen) body of photographic work captures the city’s queer clubs and house party scene in the 1980s and 1990s.

Hippi, Hippinn, Goan Archetypes | Alex Fernandes

Alex Fernandes is a photographer with professional experience in the advertising industry in Mumbai and West Asia. In 2001, he returned to his home, Goa, to become its best-known portrait artist.

Indira Gandhi, Women of India | Mukul Roy8

Mukul Roy is a well-traveled, accomplished, and award-winning anthropological photographer. Freelancing since 1981, she has been at the forefront of helping define women’s career choices.

Untitled | Neil Krug

Neil Krug (1983) is an American visual artist, photographer and director based in Los Angeles, California. Neil is best known for his work with Lana Del Rey, Tame Impala, The Weeknd, Cage The Elephant, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bat For Lashes, Bonobo, Boards of Canada, as well as his early monographs, Pulp Art Book (I & II).

Civilians sift through the rubble looking for survivors following an Israeli air raid | Paolo Pellegrin9

Paolo Pellegrin (1964) is a photojournalist. He was born in Rome, Italy, into a family of architects. He is a member of the Magnum Photos agency and has won ten World Press Photo awards. Paolo Pellegrin has documented many of this generation’s major disasters and conflicts, from revolutions to wars to tsunamis. He has photographed in Lebanon, Iran, Palestine, Romania, Afghanistan, Libya, Cuba, the United States, Mali, Egypt, Algeria, Haiti, Tunisia, and Indonesia.

There are no hands to caress my face | Mario Giacomelli

Mario Giacomelli was born Senigallia, Italy. As a young man, he worked as a typographer, painting on weekends and writing poetry. Inspired by the wartime movies of filmmakers like Fellini, Giacomelli taught himself photography. The Italian photographer Giuseppe Cavalli had moved to Senigallia and was eager to form a club that would promote photography as art. In 1953 the Misa club was formed, with officers Cavalli as president and Giacomelli as treasurer. In 1956, Giacomelli joined the La Bussola group of photographers and then the national ANSA agency. He specialized in black-and-white land scenes, devising his own way of shooting, using the little-known Kobell Press camera.

Sunset on Kent Avenue and South 3rd in Williamsburg | Christopher Anderson, New York 2016

Christopher Anderson (born 1970) is an American photographer. Christopher Anderson is known for his emotionally charged, artfully drawn images that explore themes of truth and subjectivity. He is one of today’s most influential photographers, whose origins began in war reporting and later transformed into something more intimate, blending the worlds of commercial, art, and fashion work, but always with a foundation in the documentary approach

A Sea of Steps, Wells Cathedral, Steps to Chapter House | Frederick H. Evans, 1903

Frederick H. Evans (1853 –1943) was a British photographer best known for his platinum prints of architectural interiors of English and French cathedrals. Before devoting his time solely to the art of photography, Evans owned a small bookshop in London where many artists and writers, including George Bernard Shaw and Aubrey Beardsley, came together.

Mary’s Middle Class | Les Krism 1985

Les (Leslie Robert) Krims is a conceptualist photographer living in Buffalo, New York. He is noted for his carefully arranged fabricated photographs (called "fictions"), various candid series, a satirical edge, dark humor, and long-standing criticism of what he describes as leftist twaddle. His controversial images resembling tableaus deal with taboos surrounding sex, race, and consumer culture. He often portrays nudes in unusual, shocking, or comical situations as seen in his photobook Making Chicken Soup (1972).

February 2021

Hustlers, Chris, 28 years old, Los Angeles, California, $30 | Philip-Lorca diCorcia, 1990-92

Philip-Lorca diCorcia is an American photographer, living in New York City. He teaches at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. DiCorcia studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and received his MFA in 1979 from Yale University. His works encompass both documentary and staged photography, lending his large-scale color prints a narrative mixture of truth and fiction.

India | Carl De Keyzer, Mumbai 1985

Carl De Keyzer is a Belgian photographer. Major subjects in his work have included the collapse of Soviet Union and India. He became a full member of Magnum Photos in 1994. De Keyzer has exhibited his work in many European galleries and has received several awards, including the Book Award from Rencontres d'Arles, the W. Eugene Smith Award and the Kodak Award.

Speed | Robert Demachy, 1904

Robert Demachy was a French Pictorial photographer of the late 19th and early 20th century. He is best known for his intensely manipulated prints that display a distinct painterly quality. He was influenced by the Impressionist painters and spent most of his time making photographs and developing his theories on photography, both technical and aesthetic. He wrote thousands of articles and several books on photography and was a strong proponent of techniques used to manipulate a photograph such as the gum bichromate process, oil transfers and scratching of the gelatine.

Cuba | Walker Evans, 1932

Walker Evans (1903-1975) was an American photographer best known for his photographs of American life between the world wars. Everyday objects and people—the urban and rural poor, abandoned buildings, storefronts, street signs, and the like—are encapsulated in his laconic images of the 1930s and 1940s.

Burning Man, Nevada © Cristina Garcia Rodero 1990s

Cristina García Rodero (born 1949) is a Spanish photographer based in Puertollano, Spain. She studied painting at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Madrid, before taking up photography. She then qualified as a teacher and worked full-time in education. For the next 16 years, she also dedicated her time to researching and photographing popular and traditional festivities – religious and pagan – principally in Spain but also across Mediterranean Europe.

Naples man shooting | Patrick Zachmann 1982

Patrick Zachmann was born in 1955 in Choisy-le-Roi, France and became a freelance photographer in 1976. For more than 40 years, Patrick Zachmann has produced acclaimed, long-term projects that use photography and film to explore themes of memory, identity and immigration. He has documented the Chinese Diaspora, Jewish identity and the plight of migrants in Marseilles, all the while pushing himself to subvert his ‘style’ by working with both analogue and digital, colour and black and white, and using multimedia formats.

Mushroom | Edward Weston, 1940

Edward Henry Weston (1886 – 1958) was a 20th-century American photographer. He has been called "one of the most innovative and influential American photographers…" and "one of the masters of 20th-century photography." Over the course of his 40-year career, Weston photographed an increasingly expansive set of subjects, including landscapes, still lifes, nudes, portraits, genre scenes, and even whimsical parodies. It is said that he developed a "quintessentially American, and specially Californian, approach to modern photography" because of his focus on the people and places of the American West.

Women playing a board game | Raja Deen Dayal | 1900

Lala Deen Dayal famously known as Raja Deen Dayal was an Indian photographer. His career began in the mid-1870s as a commissioned photographer; eventually, he set up studios in Indore, Mumbai, and Hyderabad. He became the court photographer to the sixth Nizam of Hyderabad, Mahbub Ali Khan, Asif Jah VI, who awarded him the title Raja Bahadur Musavvir Jung Bahadur, and he was appointed as the photographer to the Viceroy of India in 1885. 

Japan Albums | Felice Beato 1850s

Felice Beato (1832 – 1909), also known as Felix Beato, was an Italian–British photographer. He was one of the first people to take photographs in East Asia and one of the first war photographers. He is noted for his genre works, portraits, and views and panoramas of the architecture and landscapes of Asia and the Mediterranean region. Beato's travels gave him the opportunity to create images of countries, people, and events that were unfamiliar and remote to most people in Europe and North America. His work provides images of such events as the Indian Rebellion of 1857 and the Second Opium War and represents the first substantial body of photojournalism. He influenced other photographers, and his influence in Japan, where he taught and worked with numerous other photographers and artists, was particularly deep and lasting.

Untitled | Ren Hang, 2015

Ren Hang was a poet and photographer born in Nong’ An, a suburb of Changchun, capital of the northeastern province of Jilin, called the “Detroit of China” for its automotive industry. At the age of seventeen, he left his hometown to settled down in Beijing to study marketing. His college work didn’t interest him so – in order to kill boredom - he bought himself a point-and-shoot film camera and taught himself to use it. He first took pictures of his roommates and friends in 2007, shooting them in the nude as all were close and seeking excitement. In an interview, he also admitted: “I usually shoot my friends, because strangers make me nervous.” He arranged his subjects' naked limbs in his photographs. He then created several series during a decade, in concomitance with poems and free verses.

A Fox Hunt in Delhi led by Col. Sahni © Homai Vyarawalla, early 1940’s

Homai Vyarawalla (1913 – 2012), commonly known by her pseudonym Dalda 13, was India's first woman photojournalist. She began work in the late 1930s and retired in the early 1970s. In 2011, she was awarded Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award of the Republic of India. Vyarawalla was known for widely photographing India's transition from the British Raj to an independent country after its subsequent partition.

Adolf, the Superman, Swallows Gold and Spouts Tin | John Heartfield 1932

John Heartfield (1891 - 1968) was a German visual artist who pioneered the use of art as a political weapon. Some of his most famous photomontages were anti-Nazi and anti-fascist statements. Heartfield also created book jackets for book authors, such as Upton Sinclair, as well as stage sets for contemporary playwrights, such as Bertolt Brecht and Erwin Piscator.

Untitled, from the series Libido Uprising | Jo Spence 1989

Jo Spence was a British photographer, writer, cultural worker, and photo therapist. She has been an integral figure within photographic discourse from the 1970s onwards. She began her career in the field of commercial photography but soon started her own agency which specialized in family portraits and wedding photos. Her early experiences led her to an acute understanding of the mechanics of photography from the practical to more theoretical considerations.

Lake Baikal, Russia | David Gilkey 2012

David P. Gilkey (1966 – 2016) was a U.S. photojournalist for National Public Radio in the United States, for whom he covered disasters, epidemics, and war. He had photographed wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, the end of the apartheid regime in South Africa, an earthquake in Haiti, famine in Somalia, and the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.

The Hotel | Sophie Calle 1981

Sophie Calle, born in 1953 is a French conceptual artist, installation artist, writer, and photographer. She mixes image and text to provoke an emotionally intense response typically stimulated by epic film or literature. Calle's work is distinguished by its use of arbitrary sets of constraints and evokes the French literary movement of the 1960s known as Oulipo.

January 2021

Veruschka Von Lehndorff  | Richard Avedon 1967

Richard Avedon, (1923 - 2004) is one of the leading mid-20th-century photographers, noted for his portraits and fashion photographs. Avedon began to explore photography on his own at age 10 and was immediately drawn to portraiture. His first sitter was the Russian pianist-composer Sergey Rachmaninoff, who then lived in the same New York City apartment building as Avedon’s grandparents.

I Am As I Am | Dayanita Singh, 1999

Born in New Delhi in 1961, Dayanita Singh attended the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad from 1980 to 1986 and studied documentary photography at the International Center of Photography in New York between 1987 and 1988. For the next eight years, she tracked a wide array of social issues in India, including Bombay sex workers, child labor, and poverty, and published numerous articles in European and American magazines. She continued to photograph scenes from Old Delhi for The Times of London over 13 years, which she published in the collection Myself, Mona Ahmed (2001).

El Caso | Christian Boltanski 1988

Christian Boltanski is a contemporary French Conceptual artist best known for his photographic installations. The artist explores life, death, and memory in his practice, often focusing on the Holocaust as he blurs the boundaries between truth and fiction. Born on September 6, 1944, in Paris, France to a Jewish father, the impact of World War II loomed throughout the artist's life. Boltanski often has objects stand-in for absent subjects, bringing spirituality and meditation to his practice.

Vaikom Muhammad Basheer | Punalur Rajan 1980 

Punalur Rajan (1939-2020) was one of the first photographers in Kerala who popularised the social documentary genre. He studied cinematography at the famous All Union State Institute of Cinematography in Moscow. Rajan is most recognized for his portraits of litterateurs, politicians, and cine-personalities. Photographing notable personalities, especially literary icons, has been a trend that continues to be widespread in Kerala, supported by the many weekly and daily publications.

50 Years After Independence | Robert Nickeslberg 1997

Robert Nickelsberg worked as a TIME magazine contract photographer for nearly thirty years, specializing in political and cultural change in developing countries. After covering Central and South America and the conflicts taking place there in the mid 1980s, he established his base in Asia. Living in New Delhi from 1988 to 1999, Nickelsberg recorded the rise of religious extremism in South Asia. His work has also encompassed Iraq, Kuwait, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Indonesia. Nickelsberg has documented Afghanistan since 1988 when he accompanied a group of mujahideen crossing the border from Pakistan. His 2013 book, A Distant War, published by Prestel, captures his 25 years of work in Afghanistan. 

Ready for the long haul | Vinit Gupta 2020

Vinit Gupta is an emerging Indian Photographer based in New Delhi. He has a master degree in economics and Anthropology. Vinit Gupta’s project, Where They Belong- portrait from Mahan forest was exhibited at the United Art Fair in 2013, Delhi Photo Festival 2015, and Fotofest Huston in2018. He is a recipient of the Neel Dongre Photography Award/fellowship 2013-2014 and 2014- 2015 supported by India Photo Archive Foundation. He received the National Foundation of India Media Fellowship for 2018-2019.

Untitled, from the series Flowers | Robert Mapplethorpe 1983

Robert Michael Mapplethorpe was an American photographer, best known for his black-and-white photographs. His work featured an array of subjects, including celebrity portraits, male and female nudes, self-portraits, and still-life images. His most controversial works documented and examined the homosexual male BDSM subculture of New York City in the late 1960s and early 1970s. A 1989 exhibition of Mapplethorpe's work, titled Robert Mapplethorpe: The Perfect Moment, sparked a debate in the United States concerning both use of public funds for "obscene" artwork and the Constitutional limits of free speech in the United States. 

Black Antartica | Adriana Lestido 2012

Adriana Lestido (born 1955) is an Argentine photographer. Her black-and-white photographs document the often difficult place of women in society. Adriana Lestido studied photography at the Institute of Photographic Art and Audiovisual Techniques in Avellaneda. From 1980 to 1995, she worked as a photojournalist for newspapers La Voz del Interior and Página/12, and the agency DyN. Photography is a tool that allows her to understand the mystery of human relationships. The basic emotions give meaning to her black and white photographs of teenage mothers, women prisoners, mother-daughter relationships, and love through abstract and misty landscapes.

Budapest | Ferdinando Scianna 1990

Ferdinando Scianna is an Italian photographer. Ferdinando Scianna started taking photographs in the 1960s while studying literature, philosophy, and art history at the University of Palermo. It was then that he began to photograph the Sicilian people systematically. Feste Religiose in Sicilia (1965) included an essay by the Sicilian writer Leonardo Sciascia, and it was the first of many collaborations with famous writers. Scianna moved to Milan in 1966. The following year he started working for the weekly magazine L’Europeo, first as a photographer, then as a journalist from 1973. He also wrote on politics for Le Monde Diplomatique and on literature and photography for La Quinzaine Littéraire.

Red Scarf, Jerusalem | Parthiv Shah 2017

Indian Photographer Parthiv Shah is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design, India. He has been the recipient of several awards including a senior fellowship in Photography by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, Charles Wallace Fellowship, UK, and Fulbright Lectureship award to teach photography at the UCLA, USA. He is the Founder-Director of the Centre for Media and Alternative Communication (CMAC).

Touki, Rikishi series | Hiroshi Watanabe, 2005

Hiroshi Watanabe is a California-based Japanese photographer. Born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan in 1951, Watanabe graduated from the Department of Photography of Nihon University in 1975 and moved to Los Angeles where he worked as a production coordinator for Japanese television commercials and later co-founded a Japanese coordination services company. He obtained an MBA from UCLA in 1993, but two years later his earlier interest in photography revived. In 2000, he closed the production company in order to devote himself entirely to art and became a full-time photographer. His work has been published around the world, and has been exhibited in many galleries across the United States and Japan.

Nevermore | Keith Carte 2016

Keith Carter is an American photographer known for his dreamlike images of animals, still lifes, portraits, and figures in landscapes. Using black-and-white photography and varied focuses, he creates a mysterious sense of mythology and disorientation, making strange the familiar places and people of his native East Texas. 

Death by Selfie | Martin Parr

Martin Parr is a British documentary photographer, photojournalist, and photobook collector. He is known for his photographic projects that take a critical look at aspects of modern life, in particular provincial and suburban life in England. He is a member of Magnum Photos. With over 100 books of his own published, and another 30 edited by Parr, his photographic legacy is already established. Parr also acts as a curator and editor.

Young man, three veiled girls in a four-seater motorbike | Abbas Attar, Iran, 1997

Iranian Photographer Abbas Attar took religion as his main concern.  While Abbas’ images document spiritual contemplation of the different religions, they also observe the shift of religions from cultural phenomena to ideologies with the power to cause wars. They capture the tension between tradition and modernity.

Tokyo Comedy | Nobuyoshi Araki 1998

Nobuyoshi Araki is a celebrated and controversial Japanese photographer whose work revolves around female eroticism and his fascination with his birthplace of Tokyo, Japan. While sometimes focusing on quotidian subject matter, including flowers or street scenes, it is Araki’s sexual imagery that has elicited controversy and fascination. Araki often addresses subversive themes—such as Japanese bondage kinbaku—in his provocative depictions of female nudes.

Space Writing, Marcel Duchamp | Man Ray 1937

What is striking throughout Man Ray Portraits is the realization of the extent to which we have seen Parisian society through Man Ray’s eyes and lens. Not only are the people in his photographs familiar, but so are the images: his portraits of Picasso, Braque, Duchamp, Hemingway, Joyce, Breton, Schoenberg, Stein, and dozens of other luminaries are among the most celebrated and familiar images of these figures.

Couple in Bed, Chicago | Nan Goldin 1977

Like Diane Arbus and Larry Clark, to whom she is often compared, Nan Goldin expands and embellishes on the informal, content-driven aesthetic of the snapshot. Her style is one of sensuous immediacy, fueled by a potent fusion of opulent, saturated colors and artificial light. Her preferred settings are the interior spaces in which private dramas get played out: cluttered kitchens and bathrooms, downtown bars and rumpled beds. And her eye is acutely attuned to the intricate negotiations between people and their surroundings: women scrutinize their images in bathroom mirrors, men gaze pensively out of car windows, couples colonize the intimate geography of the bedroom. Among Goldin's greatest strengths is her use of color as a catalyst for amplifying the emotional tenor of the moment.

A militia member training on the beach outside Barcelona | Gerda Taro photo 1936

G[/fusion_dropcap]erta Pohorylle 1910 – 1937), known professionally as Gerda Taro, was a German Jewish war photographer whose brief career consisted almost exclusively of dramatic photographs from the front lines of the Spanish Civil War. She is regarded as the first woman photojournalist to have died while covering the frontline in a war. Taro was the companion and professional partner of photographer Robert Capa. The name "Robert Capa" was originally an alias that Taro and Capa (born Endre Friedmann) shared, an invention meant to mitigate the increasing political intolerance in Europe and to attract the lucrative American market. A significant amount of what is credited as Robert Capa's early work was actually made by Taro.

Capitol Studios, Connaught Place, Delhi | Ram Rahman 1986

Photographer, artist, curator, designer, and activist Ram Rahman initially studied physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Later, Rahman completed a degree in Graphic Design from Yale University’s School of Art in 1979. Born in 1955, Rahman has shown his photographs in individual and group shows in India and around the world. His most recent shows include at The Pompidou Centre, Paris, 2017, Houston Fotofest, 2018, Gwangju Biennale, 2018 and the Chennai PhotoBiennale 2019.‘Bioscope: Scenes from an Eventful Life’presented by Bodhi Art at Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, in 2008.

Pablo Picasso playing with his son Claude| Robert Capa 1948

While Robert Capa is best known for his war photographs, his portrait of Picasso with his son Claude is an important example of the artist's lighter and rather truer side. Capa had a lively social life, surrounding himself with a circle of talented and famous friends, including Picasso. He spent several days photographing the Picasso, his young wife Gilot and their one-year-old son Claude in August 1948, while on assignment in the south of France for the British magazine Illustrated.

Untitled #611 | Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman, in full Cynthia Morris Sherman (born January 19, 1954) is an American artist whose work consists primarily of photographic self-portraits, depicting herself in many different contexts and as various imagined characters. Her breakthrough work is often considered to be "Complete Untitled Film Stills," a series of 70 black-and-white photographs of herself in many of the roles of women in performance media (especially arthouse films and popular B-movies). 

Man Diving | Raghubir Singh

Raghubir Singh (1942–1999) was a pioneer of color street photography who worked and published prolifically from the late 1960s until his death in 1999 at age 56. Born into an aristocratic family in Rajasthan, he lived in Hong Kong, Paris, London, and New York—but his eye was perpetually drawn back to his native India. During his career he worked with National Geographic Magazine, The New York Times, The New Yorker and Time.

Three Women in Black with Bread, Morocco, 1971 | Irving penn

In a career that spanned nearly seventy years, arresting portraits, exquisite flowers, luscious food and glamorous models populate Irving Penn's meticulously rendered, masterful prints. Penn employed the elegant simplicity of a gray or white backdrop to pose his subjects, be it a model in the latest Parisian fashion, a famous subject or veiled women in Morocco. Irving Penn's distinct aesthetic transformed twentieth-century elegance and style, with each brilliant composition beautifully articulating his subjects.

Charles Jourdan Spring 1979 | Guy Bourdin

Guy Bourdin (1928-1991) is a French artist. This autodidact was born and lived in Paris, where he practiced his art from the 1950s to the end of the 1980s. For more than thirty years, he pushed the boundaries of fashion photography and his work still remains a source of inspiration and fascination. He is considered as one of the best-photographers of fashion and advertising of the second half of the 20th century. 

The Soul has no Gender | Joel-Peter Witkin

The photography of Joel-Peter Witkin depicts the macabre and thrives with controversy. Narrating a darker, often grotesque, or gruesome view of society for more than 40 years, his photographs leave the viewer restless at least. Portraying dark tableaus and still lifes using subjects ranging from various societal outcasts to rotting corpses and dismembered body parts, Witkin creates photographs that resemble a freak show circus from the turn of the century but are painstakingly constructed and imbued with complex meanings and metaphors behind them. His world is both hauntingly beautiful and grotesque, both fascinating and frightening.

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