Issue #179  3/2/2011
Four I Photo Central Dealers Will Exhibit Rare Photographs At AIPAD's NY Show

Four of the members of I Photo Central will participate in this year's AIPAD Photography Show New York: Contemporary Work/Vintage Works, James Hyman Photography (Flash Projects on the website), Charles Schwartz, Ltd. and Andrew Smith Gallery. You can find their listing on I Photo Central at: http://www.iphotocentral.com/dealer/dealer.php . If you see something on the website that you would like to have one of the dealers bring to the show, please let that dealer know as soon as possible.

Contemporary Work/Vintage Works will be in the very center of the exhibition hall, down the middle aisle in booth 211. The company can be reached at 1-215-822-5662, or by email at info@vintageworks.net . You can see a selection of images from the company here: http://www.iphotocentral.com/search/result_list.php/128/1/0 .

19th-century photographers that Contemporary Work/Vintage Works will have on the front wall, in the bins and in the portfolios will include: Alphonse De Launay, Eugene Atget, Edouard Baldus, Bisson Frères, Julia M. Cameron, Charles Clifford, Louis De Clercq, William Henry Jackson, Gustave Le Gray (seascapes, early Mission Héliographique and Fontainebleau prints), Charles Nègre, Auguste Salzmann, Southworth & Hawes (four very fine and important daguerreotypes), and Felix Teynard--among many others.

On display will be a wonderful 38-inch-long, three-panel albumen print of a hauntingly empty tent of the Shanghai Circus. A large selection of important 1850s-60s Italian views, including salt prints and an important 1860c Italian views album, will also be available at the booth, as well as some rare Iranian calotype material.

20th-century and contemporary artists include: Nobuyoshi Araki, Ilse Bing, Brassai, Janusz Maria Brzeski, Anne Brigman, Harry Callahan, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Heinz Hajek-Halke, Otto Hofmann, Horst Paul Horst, Yasuhiro Ishimoto, Pierre Jahan, André Kertész, Francois Kollar, Dorothea Lange, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Clarence John Laughlin, Robert Mapplethorpe (four or five top pieces), Daniel Masclet, Ralph Meatyard, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Loewy & Puiseux, Barbara Morgan, Helmut Newton, Frank Paulin, Irving Penn, Willy Ronis, Sherril Schell, Osamu Shiihara, Julius Shulman, Arthur Siegel, Aaron Siskind, Robert L. Sleeth, Jr., Edward Steichen, Josef Sudek, Raoul Ubac, Brett Weston and Edward Weston--plus many more.

The company will also have contemporary work on display by Arthur Tress, Lisa Holden and Mitch Dobrowner. Other work by its represented artists can be shown.

James Hyman Photography will be in booth 414. The company can be reached at 011-44 (0) 207 494 3857, or by email at james@jameshymanphotography.com .

The gallery will mark its presence at AIPAD for the first time with a specially curated presentation of British social photography, which also precisely coincides with the 20th Anniversary of the Museum of Modern Art Exhibition "British Photography from the Thatcher Years". Curated by Susan Kismaric, the MoMA exhibition drew attention to a new wave of British photographers who were not only engaged with the transformation of British society during the Thatcher years, but also in many cases placed color photography at the centre of their practice.

In order to build on this earlier New York exhibition, James Hyman Photography's AIPAD exhibition "From Talbot to Fox: 150 Years of British Social Photography" broadens the range of photographers shown in order to provide a wider historical and geographical context.

Starting with the earliest photographers the exhibition explores the importance of class and identifies themes such as work and leisure, the urban and the rural environment, wealth and poverty, home and away, and war and peace to explore not only Britain's changing society but also the development of different photographic approaches to this environment.

The exhibition is accompanied by a new publication on the subject.

The exhibition includes the following photographers: William Henry Fox Talbot, David Octavius Hill & Robert Adamson, Roger Fenton, Horatio Ross, Julia Margaret Cameron, Peter Henry Emerson, Thomas Annan, Bill Brandt, Bert Hardy, Roger Mayne, Cecil Beaton, Caroline Coon, Anna Fox, Paul Reas, Paul Seawright, Jem Southam, Ken Grant, and Karen Knorr.

Charles Schwartz, Ltd. will be in booth 216. The company can be reached at 1-212-534-4496, or by email at cms@cs-photo.com . You can see a selection of images from the company here: http://www.cs-photo.com/search/result_list.php/0/0 .

Schwartz will bring some spectacular 19th-century portraits. One features a self portrait of Lewis Carroll seated on a windowsill of the Old Rectory at Croft, Darlington, Yorkshire [age 25; this was the family home from the time Charles was 11 until his father's death in 1868], 1857 (July or Aug). The albumen print is signed "Charles Lutwidge Dodgson" (Lewis Carroll) on the recto and is illustrated in Camera Portraits, (National Portrait Gallery, London), page 39.

Another great period portrait is a platinum print by A&J Green of John Ruskin in a Country Lane, 1882.

A stereoscopic daguerreotype of Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie at the London Crystal Palace, Sydenham, with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert is one of the world's earliest instantaneous news photographs, and one of the first meant for publicity purposes. In April of 1855 Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie made a state visit to London. Their visit was meant to enhance the close Anglo-French alliance in order to continue with the Crimean War. The photograph was taken at the ceremony in their honor at the Crystal Palace in London on April 20, 1855. This presented a major moment for photography. Negretti & Zamba, who held the monopoly for photography at the Crystal Palace, had a number of cameramen, including P. H. Delamotte, at work to capture the event.

A 1912 silver print by Herbert George Ponting with his Cinematography camera, which was taken in the Antarctic, is a fine example of a 20th-century self portrait being shown by Schwartz.

Another interesting 20th-century portrait is one by Max Penson of an "Uzbek Scholar Reading the Koran". This portrait of a Muslim scholar reading the Koran was acquired directly from Penson's daughter. Jewish Russian photographer Penson hailed from the same vicinity in Russia as Marc Chagall and was a singular talent, receiving his first camera as a teaching prize at the age of 28. He ended up in Uzbekistan after fleeing pogroms with his family in 1915.

Schwartz will also display a rare, early view of Central Park by French-born and trained Victor Prevost (1820-1881). Prevost studied with Delaroche and learned printing from Gustave Le Gray, and was one of the earliest photographers working in New York.

Another 19th-century image that Schwartz will have in his booth is an 1872 albumen print by William Bell, "Grand Canyon, Colorado River, Near Paria Creek, Looking West". Bell was an important contributor to the early American landscape photographic tradition. He was a member of the Wheeler Expedition of 1872 (the U.S. Geographical and Geological Explorations and Surveys West of the 100th Meridian), during which he made this image.

Finally, the company will also have three prints of image made in 1958 by Henri Cartier-Bresson--all of China--on display at the booth, including Urumchi, another untitled image, and Sian. Two are illustrated in Cartier-Bresson book, "The Face of Asia".

Andrew Smith Gallery will be in booth 116. The company can be reached at 1-505-984-1234, or by email at info@andrewsmithgallery.com. You can see a selection of images from the company here: http://www.iphotocentral.com/search/result_list.php/64/14/0 .

The gallery will feature a small group Eugene Atget's sublime and incredibly rich and vibrant masterpieces of the Parks of St. Cloud and Versailles, prints from the collections of Andre Jammes and the Museum of Modern Art. Highlighted include the prosaic and perfectly balanced print of "St. Cloud", 1919-1921; the very modern Bagatelle Nymphea from 1925; and Parc De St. Cloud, 1904, an early perfectly composed print which presaged the great work he did after World War I.

The gallery will also feature classic works by Annie Leibovitz, including her largest prints of two of her most renowned images, "The Blues Brothers" and "John and Yoko, Dec. 8, 1980".

The gallery will also have a selection of vintage prints by Edward Weston, including a fully signed and mounted print of the rare and beautiful Dunes Oceano 1936 (Black Dunes), work by Paul Strand, Minor White, Josef Sudek and Henri Cartier-Bresson, as well as classic work from the 19th century by the likes of William Henry Jackson (including The Loop Near Georgetown, a circa 1885 mammoth-plate albumen print).