Issue #170  3/10/2010
I Photo Central Dealers Charles Schwartz, Contemporary Works/Vintage Works, and Andrew Smith Gallery Will Exhibit At The AIPAD Show At The Park Ave. Armory in NYC

Several I Photo Central member galleries will be showing at the AIPAD New York Photography Show at the Park Avenue Armory next week, March 17-21.

Contemporary Works/Vintage Works (booth #101) has several featured walls. Among the 19th-century featured material is: "Felix Teynard: Personal Prints" and "19th-century Architectural Masterworks". The former will include prints that were made outside of the normal H. de Fonteny edition, probably for Teynard himself or for an assistant, and hence very rare. The latter will include a stunning 1850s albumen print by Amboise Pierre Richebourg of the Bedroom Chamber in the Palace of the Russian Czar Alexander I, plus four albumenized 1854 salt prints by Gustave Le Gray and photographed by his student, Alphonse De Launay. Large, early salt prints by Auguste Salzmann, Bisson Frères and Charles Marville will also be a part of the display.

There will be several themed walls on 20th-century work. "Experimental Photography: 1930s-1940s" will feature important and rare work from Belgium surrealist Raoul Ubac, including a large "Le Combat des Penthesilees", and a rare positive photogram by Moholy-Nagy. Also on this wall is a spectacular Aaron Siskind 1948 abstraction from his first gallery show with the Egan label on the verso, and several other top pieces from European and Japanese photographers.

The back wall of the Contemporary Works/Vintage Works booth will be devoted to the exhibit, "Facing the Camera: 20th-century Portraits", including important vintage portrait studies by Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Robert Doisneau, Ralph Meatyard, Willy Kessels, Édouard Boubat, Arthur Tress, Ilse Bing, Josef Sudek, Lee Friedlander and others. In the center of the exhibit will be an early contact print made by Walker Evans himself of "Penny Picture Display, Savannah, GA", which was displayed in his first gallery show in 1966-67. A self-portrait by Robert Mapplethorpe will round out the display of portraits.

Other 20th-century displays include sections on Leonard Misonne ("Pictorialism into Modernism") and Jacques-Henri Lartigue ("A Daughter's Dance"). Also, a section entitled, "Flowers and Other Still Lifes", will feature two rare Edward Steichen flower studies, an elegant Robert Mapplethorpe "Parrot Tulips", and vintage prints by André Kertész, Josef Sudek and Laure Albin-Guillot.

Finally, Contemporary Works/Vintage Works will feature the contemporary work of Lisa Holden (from the "Lilith" series) and Arthur Tress. Also on hand will be a large selection of prints by Mitch Dobrowner, including some from his latest "Storm" series, which can be seen on request. Dobrowner's pricing will go up April 1st, so this may be your last opportunity to see the prints in person and buy them at current prices.

Charles Schwartz, Ltd. will be bringing some very rare and important photographs to its booth (#316). Among the highlights will be an incredible, large print of Robert Howlett's powerful portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel posed in front of the launching chains of the Great Eastern (1857). This photograph is considered one of the most important portraits in the history of photography.

Schwartz will also have a very strong collection of 19th-century cased images on hand, including many unique Japanese ambrotypes and a highly unusual half-plate ambrotype from Peru depicting an outdoor scene of a llama herd used for transport.

Notable 20th-century photographs include a 1950s Project print made by Brett Weston of an Edward Weston portrait of Karl Struss with his movie camera (1922). Among the group of 25 W. Eugene Smith photographs that Schwartz will have at the show is a very strong vintage print of the Welsh miners.

The Andrew Smith Gallery booth (#206) this year will have two primary focuses: "The Landscape Tradition from 1860-1932" and "Exquisite Examples of Native American Photography from 1860-1934".

The Landscape Tradition from 1860-1932 will feature, among other important works, an 1867c albumen print by Carleton Watkins, "Rooster Rock, Columbia River, OR", and an 1867 albumen print by Timothy O’Sullivan, "Alkali Lake, Carson Desert, NV (Desert Lake, Ragtown Valley, Carson Desert)".

In the "Exquisite Examples of Native American Photography from 1860-1934" the gallery will show an 1868 albumen print by Alexander Gardner of "Fox Tail, Unid., Yellow Bull, Yellow Top, Bull That Goes Hunting"; an 1858 salt print by Julian Vannerson, "Wa-mdi'U-pi' Du-ta. Scarlet Eagle Tail, A Chief of the Sisiton Sioux"; "Hopi Man", a 1923 silver print by Dorothea Lange; "Navaho Portrait (Ethel Kellywood)", a 1934 silver print by Laura Gilpin; "Po-Go-Nay-Ke-Shick (Hole In The Day). The Celebrated Chippewa Chief", an 1862 salt print by Joel Emmons Whitney; and an 1891 albumen print by Charles Milton Bell of a "Full Delegation Of Sioux Indians".

You can also preview some of these photographs from these dealers here at: http://www.iphotocentral.com/dealer/dealer.php , or search the I Photo Central inventory here: http://www.iphotocentral.com/search/search.php .