Laurence Miller Gallery


Since opening in 1984, the Laurence Miller Gallery has concentrated on the exhibition and sale of museum quality contemporary and vintage fine art photography. We specialize in American photography since 1940, Asian photography since 1950, and international, contemporary photo-based art.

Barbara Jaffe—DARK SUN an online exhibition"When Barbara Jaffe recently presented me with a copy of her beautiful monog...

Barbara Jaffe—DARK SUN
an online exhibition

"When Barbara Jaffe recently presented me with a copy of her beautiful monograph, DARK SUN, I was deeply struck by how sensual and mysterious her pictures were. Working in a technique that made her prints appear as negatives rather than positives, a process I was familiar with, rooted in the mid 19th century, her pictures hovered on the outer boundaries of representation, giving enough details to reasonably recognize her subjects, for the most part people she was close to, at the same time suggesting a reality that was more invention than description. Fortunately, this is what I love about photography. Like great music, it often is the instruments that carry the tune, not just the lyrics." - Laurence Miller

Barbara Jaffe’s series DARK SUN embraces the expressive potential of negative photographic images. The reversed tonal values in her prints opens up a surprising and sensuous view of the world, as if we are seeing a secret side of things. In 1987, after years of working in color, Jaffe was drawn to the hands-on experimentation offered by her black and white darkroom. Struck by the way one of her photographs seemed utterly transformed when printed as a negative, she initiated her three decade exploration into this process of photographic alchemy.

In the introduction to her book DARK SUN, curator and critic Lyle Rexer observes that Jaffe’s prints reverse the normal order of things, where typically we understand light to fall on objects, “it is as if the negative unlocked the unknown capacity of objects in the world to emit light”. This inverted quality of light allows us to see things with fresh eyes, revealing the latent spirituality in our everyday world.

Barbara Jaffe’s work has been widely exhibited, and is in the collection of many museums in the U.S. and abroad, most notably the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Philadelphia Museum; the Brooklyn Museum; Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi, Belgium and others.

Her book, DARK SUN, has been acquired by the libraries at Harvard, Yale, NYU, UCLA, MassArt, and over 40 others in Europe and Asia.

From our Online Exhibition: FRED HERZOG/LEE FRIEDLANDER: A CONVERSATIONFred Herzog and Lee Friedlander's photography is ...


Fred Herzog and Lee Friedlander's photography is easily distinguishable—Herzog used Kodachrome color slide film nearly exclusively, whereas Friedlander primarily shot black and white negative film—yet when seen together they feel like partners in the creation of a North American panorama that spans 60 years. Their photography reveals a shared interest in the unique look of modern life and the ways that urban complexity intersects with people's lives—Both photographers were interested in .

Both Herzog and Friedlander were consciously influenced by Eugène Atget and his pictures of Parisian streets and storefronts. Atget’s use of shop windows as a framing device, as well as the window's ability to reflect the street opposite, is a key inspiration.

The influence of Robert Frank’s unvarnished pictures of American life also can easily be seen in both photographer's work. Frank’s dedication to investigating far flung places along America’s highways is a key precursor for many of Friedlander’s pictures.

Finally, Walker Evans’s clear eyed documentation of vernacular architecture influenced the way Herzog and Friedlander depicted the rapidly changing North American landscape.


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