Bruce Silverstein Gallery

Bruce Silverstein Gallery Bruce Silverstein Gallery is a contemporary art gallery specializing in photography.
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ARTISTS:
Bernd and Hilla Becher
Erwin Blumenfeld
Constantin Brancusi
Marie Cosindas
Mishka Henner
Todd Hido
Estate of André Kertész
Alfred Leslie
Nathan Lyons
Shinichi Maruyama
Daido Moriyama
Estate of Lisette Model
The Barbara Morgan Archive
Eileen Neff
Max Neumann
Marvin E. Newman
The Frank Paulin Archive
Larry Silver
Aaron Siskind Foundation
Keith Smith
Frederick & Frances Sommer Foundation
Tri

ne Søndergaard
Brea Souders
Alfred Stieglitz
Marjan Teeuwen
Penelope Umbrico
Joel-Peter Witkin
Michael Wolf
John Wood

František Dritkol, a notable Czech photographer of the early 20th century, distinguished himself within avant-garde move...
01/06/2024

František Dritkol, a notable Czech photographer of the early 20th century, distinguished himself within avant-garde movements, navigating through early Pictorialism, Art Nouveau, and Cubism. Earning recognition as a modern art master, Dritkol crafted pioneering compositions that served as dynamic expressions of a distinctive visual language, pushing the boundaries of conventional portrait photography.⁠

For Dritkol, the camera evolved into a tool for artistic expression and technical mastery. His photographs transcended static and flat representations, instead becoming illustrative masterpieces. His ingenious approach breathed new life into portraits, particularly evident in his N**e Portrait series. In these intricate compositions, each curve and contour contributed to a significant geometric dance.⁠

Influenced by Cubist principles and Art Deco aesthetics, Dritkol elevated the human body to an aesthetic and somewhat erotic element, surpassing the confines of reality and metaphorical constraints. The outcome was a symphony of emotional abstraction, a visual poetry that provocatively challenged the conventional imagery prevalent during his time.⁠

Featured image: František Drtikol, Profile, 1930s *cropped for Instagram⁠

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Currently on view at Bruce Silverstein Gallery is Todd Hido: The End Sends Advance Warning, open from November 2nd, 2023 through January 14th, 2024. Bruce Silverstein Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor/ Suite 3W, New York, NY 10011. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

"Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York City presents an online exhibition featuring a retrospective of photographer Fran...
01/05/2024

"Bruce Silverstein Gallery in New York City presents an online exhibition featuring a retrospective of photographer Frank Paulin’s work through their viewing room through the end of January. Entitled Frank Paulin: Fashion, Culture and The Golden Age, the exhibition includes a collection of images that were mainly shot on the streets of New York City during the 1950s. All of the images are in the classic documentary style he first learned while serving in the military during World War II." - Eye of Photography⁠

Read the full review by clicking the link in our bio! ⁠

The online exhibition is currently featured on our website; you know where the link is! Let us know which image is your favorite in the comments below! ⁠

Featured image: Frank Paulin, Makeup, Central Park, New York City, 1955⁠


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Currently on view at Bruce Silverstein Gallery is Todd Hido: The End Sends Advance Warning, open from November 2nd, 2023 through January 14th, 2024. Bruce Silverstein Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor/ Suite 3W, New York, NY 10011. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

British photographer Bill Brandt dedicated his life to exploring the camera's capabilities. A visionary in photojournali...
01/05/2024

British photographer Bill Brandt dedicated his life to exploring the camera's capabilities. A visionary in photojournalism, his roots in Surrealism and Abstraction led him to a profound realization: the camera transcends mere documentation. In alignment with fellow contemporary Edward Weston’s sentiment, 'The camera sees more than the eye, so why not use it,” Brandt once said: “My new camera saw more, and it saw differently. It created a great illusion of space, an unrealistically steep perspective, and it distorted.” Brandt embraced this perspective wholeheartedly. His chosen tool––an old wooden camera equipped with a wide-angle lens, devoid of a shutter and featuring an aperture akin to a pinhole––became an instrument of profound revelation.⁠

During his time with Lilliput, Picture Post, and Harper’s Bazaar in the late 1940s, Brandt ventured into photographing landscapes, portraits, and nudes—his fascination with antiquated cameras, eschewing the human perspective, aimed to broaden the artistic horizon. As a true champion of photographic technology, his images were imbued with drama, presenting expansive mountainous scenes, lush landscapes, and gleaming highlights. This dramatic flair extended to his portrait and nudes, where acute distortions induced by the camera created captivating juxtapositions between foreground and background. Each image emerged as a unique exploration of abstract perspectives and experimental vision.⁠

Visit the link in our bio to learn more about Bill Brandt and his work. ⁠

Featured image: Bill Brandt, Gull’s Nest, Isle of Skye, 1947 ⁠

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Currently on view at Bruce Silverstein Gallery is Todd Hido: The End Sends Advance Warning, open from November 2nd, 2023 through January 14th, 2024. Bruce Silverstein Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor/ Suite 3W, New York, NY 10011. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

Focusing his lens on the individual, Motorcycle, Times Square, 1957, depicts a young boy standing by his motorcycle, smo...
01/04/2024

Focusing his lens on the individual, Motorcycle, Times Square, 1957, depicts a young boy standing by his motorcycle, smoking a cigarette, as if starring in a feature film. Perfectly captured in the background of this photograph is a billboard advertisement for Hit Parade, a popular cigarette brand; the viewer draws the connection between the young smoking boy and the ad – a play on words and a commentary on the influence of advertisements in the 1950s, Paulin’s known wit is reflected.⁠

In this photograph, he focuses on the fender of a Packard Caribbean, and as cars move from right to left, it is unclear who the subject is – the human or the machine. Frank Paulin’s lens offers a dual perspective on the prosperity and growth of the 1950s, encompassing both a documentary viewpoint and individual experiences while highlighting the style, culture, and elegance of the period.⁠

If you haven’t yet, view our current online exhibition, Frank Paulin: Fashion, Culture, and the Golden Age, link in our bio!⁠

Featured image: Frank Paulin, Motorcycle, Times Square, c. 1957⁠

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Currently on view at Bruce Silverstein Gallery is Todd Hido: The End Sends Advance Warning, open from November 2nd, 2023 through January 14th, 2024. Bruce Silverstein Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor/ Suite 3W, New York, NY 10011. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

“Hido captures a blonde young woman, posing for the camera draped in yellow light as a soft wind sweeps her hair and the...
01/03/2024

“Hido captures a blonde young woman, posing for the camera draped in yellow light as a soft wind sweeps her hair and the beach grass behind her. It feels like a memory of someone we once intimately knew.” – Madeline Lerner, Museé Magazine ⁠

Happy New Year from the staff at Bruce Silverstein Gallery! ⁠

This week, we resume our usual gallery hours from Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6pm. Todd Hido: The End Sends Advance Warning is currently on view at Bruce Silverstein Gallery, through January 14th, 2024. Bruce Silverstein Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor/ Suite 3W, New York, NY 10011.

Hungarian Photographer André Kertész’s brilliance lies in his unwavering dedication to imagination. His love for creatio...
12/28/2023

Hungarian Photographer André Kertész’s brilliance lies in his unwavering dedication to imagination. His love for creation drove him to continually challenge the limits of photographic representation, urging his audiences to contemplate each image and themselves deeply. His series Distortions effectively illustrates this invitation. Kertész compels the viewers to question and unravel the dynamic compositions before them. Grappling with fundamental questions of representation: How should the body be portrayed in an image? How should the female body be portrayed in an image? His uncanny and innovative photographs intricately capture beauty while deliberately sparking a spiraling discourse on the intellectual pathways of thought about our reality. His genius unfolds as he abstracts institutional representation, prompting viewers to scrutinize their expectations and differentiate between actual perspectives and fixed perceptions. In this exploration, he masterfully crafts a visual discourse that challenges conventional norms, leaving an indelible mark on how we perceive and question our subjective experience of the world.⁠

The revered Hungarian photographer etched his legacy through a distinctive street style that captured the effervescent streets of Budapest, New York, and Paris. Acknowledged as a founder of photojournalism, Kertész found inspiration and mentorship with fellow visual artists of his era, including Piet Mondrian, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, and Brassai. His commitment to photo realism resonated throughout his journalist pursuits, capturing everyday moments in the frame of his poetic lens. Kertész's imagery reflects his association with surrealism and echoes the influences of Cubism and Dada, showcasing his evocative evolution as a multifaceted artist. ⁠

Featured image: André Kertész, Distortion #98, 1933⁠

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Bruce Silverstein Gallery will be closed for the winter holiday from December 24th, 2023 through January 1st, 2024. We will resume our usual hours January 2nd, 2024. Bruce Silverstein Gallery is open from Tuesday through Sunday, 10 AM - 6 PM; we are located at 520 W 20th Street, New York, NY 10011.

Often dubbed the “man of the people,” American photographer Elliot Erwitt distills the essence of humanity into his work...
12/26/2023

Often dubbed the “man of the people,” American photographer Elliot Erwitt distills the essence of humanity into his work with a remarkable simplicity. Infusing humor and irony into his compositions, Erwitt offers a distinctive vision of humanity within documentary photography. His artistic perspective took shape in Post-War America, introducing a fresh outlook to the socio-political landscape, rich with life’s paradoxes and vernacular elements of universally candid human emotions. ⁠

Erwitt’s artistic career spans photojournalism, fashion, portraiture, printmaking, and filmmaking. He has immortalized figures such as Marilyn Monroe, Richard Nixon, Fidel Castro, Salvador Dalí, and Jack Kerouac in whimsical portraits. Apart from his prolific photographic career, Erwitt has notably published several books, many of which contain his favorite subject to document–dogs and their owners. While his images are entertaining and humorous, each serves as a poetic line, weaving together to construct a philosophical narrative on the human experience––embracing both the good and the bad with an undeniable worthiness of life.⁠

Featured image: Elliott Erwitt, Lucienne and Cat, 1953 (cropped version for Instagram)⁠

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Bruce Silverstein Gallery will be closed for the winter holiday from December 24th, 2023 through January 1st, 2024. We will resume our usual hours January 2nd, 2024. Bruce Silverstein Gallery is open from Tuesday through Sunday, 10 AM - 6 PM; we are located at 520 W 20th Street, New York, NY 10011.

Happy Holidays from the staff at Bruce Silverstein Gallery!⁠⁠The gallery will be closed for the winter holiday from Dece...
12/24/2023

Happy Holidays from the staff at Bruce Silverstein Gallery!⁠

The gallery will be closed for the winter holiday from December 24th, 2023 through January 1st, 2024. We will resume our usual hours January 2nd, 2024. Bruce Silverstein Gallery is open from Tuesday through Sunday, 10 AM - 6 PM; we are located at 520 W 20th Street, New York, NY 10011.⁠

Featured image: Adger Cowans, White Umbrella, 1961

In case you missed it! The Griffin Museum of Photography: In Conversation: Sarah Sense and Marina Tyquiengco, recording ...
12/23/2023

In case you missed it! The Griffin Museum of Photography: In Conversation: Sarah Sense and Marina Tyquiengco, recording is now available to view on our website! ⁠

The original virtual event took place on November 27th and brings Indigenous lens-based artist Sarah Sense, and Marina Tyquiengco, the Ellyn McColgan Associate Curator of Native American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston together to discuss Sense’s most recent body of work, Hinushi. ⁠

“This discussion will kick off a virtual exhibition of the artist’s recent work Hinushi, and will explore her creative process. Sense utilizes techniques typically found in traditional Chitimacha and Choctaw basket weaving and modernizes them to create two-and three-dimensional woven pieces using her own photographs and ancestral designs to create tribal patterns.⁠

Sarah Sense’s work comments on stereotypes in popular culture; tells stories of colonialism, resistance, and resilience; re-indigenize landscapes; and explores identity and family history. Sense cuts materials such as her own landscape photography, images of Hollywood posters, family photos, maps, and manuscripts and reassembles the imagery. She has travelled through the Americas, Europe, and Southeast Asia, inspiring her interest and research in Indigenous arts and histories.⁠

This event will be the first of a series designed for those interested in learning more about art and engaging with the key issues of our time.” ⁠

Visit the link in our bio to watch the event and let us know what you think in the comments! ⁠

Featured image: Sarah Sense, Hinushi 10, Woven archival inkjet prints on Hahnemuhle bamboo paper and Hahnemuhle rice paper, beeswax, tape, 2023⁠

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Bruce Silverstein Gallery will be closed for the winter holiday from December 24th, 2023 through January 1st, 2024. We will resume our usual hours January 2nd, 2024. Bruce Silverstein Gallery is open from Tuesday through Sunday, 10 AM - 6 PM; we are located at 520 W 20th Street, New York, NY 10011.

Frank Paulin: Fashion, Culture, and the Golden Age is now online through January 31st, 2024. ⁠⁠Frank Paulin: Fashion, Cu...
12/22/2023

Frank Paulin: Fashion, Culture, and the Golden Age is now online through January 31st, 2024. ⁠

Frank Paulin: Fashion, Culture, and the Golden Age, an exhibition of photographs taken during the period of remarkable economic and cultural growth in the United States, the 1950s. Featuring a selection of forty-six photographs, this exhibition highlights some of Frank Paulin's most striking images - some of which have never been exhibited - that truly capture the zeitgeist of the time and reinforce Paulin as a true visual poet. One of the few known early graduates of the Institute of Design in Chicago (New Bauhaus) to become a member of the New York School, his pursuit of capturing the city streets of New York, Chicago, and New Orleans was informed by his experience as a fashion illustrator, and helped create a new vocabulary for street photography - one that emphasizes subjectivity and personal experience - during a time of rapid social, cultural, and political change.⁠

Viewed against the backdrop of the post-war economic surge and the prevailing cultural ethos of the time, the 1950s in the United States were characterized by an unparalleled wave of economic prosperity and a quest for the “American Dream." The surge in the economy fueled the growth of the middle class, as many American families experienced increased disposable income and leisure time, and the rise of television and technicolor in Hollywood, featuring now household-name stars like Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, epitomized the American Dream. The rise of Rock and Roll and new forms of social spaces, such as the dance hall and the “movie palace,” created new forms of leisure. These developments played a crucial role in fostering consumer culture, with advertising as a key driver. The 1950s laid the foundation for a quality of life that would continue to shape American culture in the decades to come. During this era, photographer Frank Paulin found himself at the center of it all, with camera in hand.⁠

To view this exclusive online exhibition, visit the link in our bio! ⁠

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Featured image: Frank Paulin, Central Park, 1956.

Winter fits by  ⁠⁠Bill Cunningham, a trailblazer in the world of fashion photography, revolutionized the genre by captur...
12/08/2023

Winter fits by ⁠

Bill Cunningham, a trailblazer in the world of fashion photography, revolutionized the genre by capturing candid street styles of New York City residents. Rather than focusing on the glitz and glamour of high fashion, Cunningham believed that true fashion resided within the city streets. His vibrant photographs provide a nostalgic journey through the ever-changing fashion landscape of New York throughout the years. Cunningham's keen eye for fashion and mastery of technique brought to life dynamic portraits of models, actresses, socialites, and everyday people.⁠

Approaching fashion with the mindset of a photojournalist, Cunningham injected a new energy into the industry. He saw fashion as more than just a display of trends; it was a documentation of the subtleties of society. Through his camera lens, he revealed that the true heart of fashion and the spirit of Fashion Week can be found on the streets, transcending the glossy image created by the media and celebrity-driven fashion world. Cunningham's work demonstrated that fashion is a fundamental form of self-expression, showcasing the unique personalities and creativity woven into everyday life.⁠

In the realm of fashion photography, Cunningham added depth and created exquisitely refined images that embodied his unwavering dedication to capturing style in its purest form. His photographs serve as a testament to his remarkable talent and ability to capture fashion's essence with grace and artistry.⁠

Featured image: Bill Cunningham, Untitled, New York City, c. 1970-80⁠

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Currently on view at Bruce Silverstein Gallery is Todd Hido: The End Sends Advance Warning, open from November 2nd, 2023 through January 14th, 2024. Bruce Silverstein Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor/ Suite 3W, New York, NY 10011. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

“So many interesting and unusual combinations of people getting into my cab. Photographing seemed like the only thing to...
12/06/2023

“So many interesting and unusual combinations of people getting into my cab. Photographing seemed like the only thing to do. The backseat image was constantly in a state of flux, thronged with interesting looking people that were exciting and inspired, creating their own unique atmosphere.” – Ryan Weideman⁠

For Weideman, the taxi was a photo studio. Between 5pm and 5am during the night shift, Weideman would pay close attention to the backseat scene, waiting for the opportune moment to pop the flash. Weideman recalls, “I drove a Checker cab but I usually got the wrecks because I only drove three or four nights a week. I spent the rest of the time in my darkroom, printing and developing film.” Accompanied by his camera, Weideman felt at home. ⁠

Featured image: Ryan Weideman, Punk Donna in Boots and Backseat, 1982⁠

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⁠For more information on Ryan Weideman, please visit the link in our bio!

Currently on view at Bruce Silverstein Gallery is Todd Hido: The End Sends Advance Warning, open from November 2nd, 2023 through January 14th, 2024. Bruce Silverstein Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor/ Suite 3W, New York, NY 10011. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

"As if choreographed by nature itself, Hido’s images are seamlessly constructed scenes, masterfully composing light, wat...
12/05/2023

"As if choreographed by nature itself, Hido’s images are seamlessly constructed scenes, masterfully composing light, water, color, and reflection into brilliantly cinematic landscapes. The ease with which it seems to take him exhibits Hido’s masterful abilities to seek out brilliance in otherwise mundane rural and urban landscapes." - Madeline Lerner (Musée Magazine)⁠

To read Musée Magazine's review of our current exhibition, please visit the link in our bio!⁠

Featured image: Todd Hido, 11685-2448, 2018⁠

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Currently on view at Bruce Silverstein Gallery is Todd Hido: The End Sends Advance Warning, open from November 2nd, 2023 through January 14th, 2024. Bruce Silverstein Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor/ Suite 3W, New York, NY 10011. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

“The color palette I work with is really intense […] I like to push it to the limit.” – Pete Turner⁠⁠In 2006, The Color ...
12/05/2023

“The color palette I work with is really intense […] I like to push it to the limit.” – Pete Turner⁠

In 2006, The Color of Jazz, a collection of more than eighty of Pete Turner’s album covers, was published. This book features the photograph Moon’s Moon, 1964, and its original application for Hubert Laws’ 1972 album, Morning Star. ⁠

“Another foray at matching a strong, lyrical solo voice with orchestral string backing that worked. Another image caught in the Libyan desert near an oil refinery.”⁠

Pete Turner recalls, “Remember that shot of the flames licking the moon? This is the other side. I simply turned around, and there was this glow from the gas fires lighting up a small desert hill with a bunch of rocks on top. This album came out during the time when all the moonwalks were taking place, so the idea that this might be a moonscape was in people’s imagination.” ⁠

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Featured image: Pete Turner, Moon’s Moon, 1964 (cropped for Instagram)⁠

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Currently on view at Bruce Silverstein Gallery is Todd Hido: The End Sends Advance Warning, open from November 2nd, 2023 through January 14th, 2024. Bruce Silverstein Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor/ Suite 3W, New York, NY 10011. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

Barbara Morgan (1900-1992) emerged as a feminist pioneering force in the mid-20th century, reshaping conventional approa...
12/03/2023

Barbara Morgan (1900-1992) emerged as a feminist pioneering force in the mid-20th century, reshaping conventional approaches to documentation. By embracing emerging techniques of the time, she redefines the possibilities of visual storytelling but also demonstrates a unique ability to authentically capture the complexity of emotional depth embedded in rhythmic movements of modern dance, showcasing the inherent power of motion.⁠

Morgan’s captivating exploration of dance encompasses her ventures into photograms and photomontages influenced by her early exposure to the Russian Constructivist movement. After spending the middle of her career exploring other interests in the photographic medium, she eventually revitalized this artistic practice, enriching her photographic repertoire by layering multiple visual dimensions onto a foundational image. These intricate photomontages, like Frolic in the Lab, 1965-79 (featured here), created toward the end of her career, serve as visual commentary on the socio-political events of the time. Her abstract compositions showcase her artistic ingenuity, underscoring her prowess in pushing the application of narration within visual systems. ⁠

Featured image: Barbara Morgan, Frolic in the Lab, 1965-79⁠

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Currently on view at Bruce Silverstein Gallery is Todd Hido: The End Sends Advance Warning, open from November 2nd, 2023 through January 14th, 2024. Bruce Silverstein Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor/ Suite 3W, New York, NY 10011. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

“I am interested in capturing and preserving subjective memories, time and tranquility […]” – Elger Esser⁠⁠Elger Esser i...
12/02/2023

“I am interested in capturing and preserving subjective memories, time and tranquility […]” – Elger Esser⁠

Elger Esser is a German photographer known for his poetic landscapes characterized by soft colors, deep horizons, and powerful perspectives referencing early art historical movements of the Dutch Golden Age and Romanticism, specifically the compositions of 19th-century painter Casper David Friedrich. His landscapes approached with a theatrical sensibility, reflecting a nuanced discussion between nature and man, inviting theoretical dissections of the interwoven threads of present and past, space and time, action, and consequence. In 1991, he attended Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, where he studied under Bernd and Hilla Becher, where he diverged from the affluent style of the time and formed his deconstructive language of the medium.⁠

During Esser's career, he explored photomechanical processes and material manipulation. Applying this mastery to image manipulation, he deftly accentuated compositional elements like color, light, and texture, bestowing his work with an ethereal quality. Esser represents his innovative spirit and commitment to reshaping our perception of the world through a thought-provoking lens where he diverged from the affluent style of the time and formed his own language of the medium.⁠

Featured image: Elger Esser, Chamesson, 2018. Direct print on silver-coated copper plate⁠

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Currently on view at Bruce Silverstein Gallery is Todd Hido: The End Sends Advance Warning, open from November 2nd, 2023, through January 14th, 2024. Bruce Silverstein Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor/ Suite 3W, New York, NY 10011. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

Winter fits by  ⁠⁠Bill Cunningham, a revolutionary in fashion photography, redefined the genre through his candid street...
12/01/2023

Winter fits by ⁠

Bill Cunningham, a revolutionary in fashion photography, redefined the genre through his candid street-style captures of New York City inhabitants. To him, the true heart of fashion lies within the city streets, and his vibrant images serve as a retrospective journey through the evolving fashion web of New York over the decades. Cunningham’s discerning eye for fashion and astute technical prowess brought dynamic portraits of models, actresses, socialites, and everyday individuals to life.⁠

Embracing a photojournalist’s approach, Cunningham breathed new vitality into fashion, seeing it not merely as a showcase of trends but as a documentation of societal nuances. His lens unveiled that the meaning of fashion and the true spirit of Fashion Week beats on the streets––a reality that transcends the glossy impression presented by media and celebrity-centric high fashion. Cunningham’s work emphasized that fashion is an integral aspect of human expression, showcasing character and creativity woven into the framework of everyday life. In fashion photography, he added depth and crafted characteristically beautiful and technically refined images, a testament to his unwavering dedication to capturing the essence of style in its purest form.⁠

Featured image: Bill Cunningham, Untitled, New York City, c. 1980s⁠

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Currently on view at Bruce Silverstein Gallery is Todd Hido: The End Sends Advance Warning, open from November 2nd, 2023, through January 14th, 2024. Bruce Silverstein Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor/ Suite 3W, New York, NY 10011. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

Hungarian photographer André Kertész etched his name into the photographic canon through his idiosyncratic street style ...
11/30/2023

Hungarian photographer André Kertész etched his name into the photographic canon through his idiosyncratic street style that depicted the rich environments of Budapest, New York, and Paris. Acknowledged as a father of photojournalism, Kertész found inspiration and mentorship with fellow visual artists of his era–– Piet Mondrian, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, and Brassai. Kertész's imagery reflects his association with surrealism and echoes the influences of Cubism and Dada, showcasing his evocative evolution as a multifaceted artist.⁠

Being introduced to Piet Mondrian through fellow Hungarian artists marked an essential moment for Kertész, sparking his fascination with Cubism and the elegant simplicity of form that classified Mondrian’s oeuvre. Henceforth, Kertész’s lens shifted towards geometric elements, abstract shapes, and still lifes of personal artifacts. These compositions, characterized by simplicity, exude a harmonious convergence of aesthetic principles seen in works like the work featured here, Triangle and Key, November 28, 1958. Yet, beneath the surface of this visual symphony lies unique depth and character, adding a nuanced dimension to Kertész’s images. Each aspect of the composition, meticulously ordered for perfection, invites the viewers into a realm where minimalism coexists with complex characters.⁠

Featured image: André Kertész, Triangle and Key, November 28, 1958 ⁠

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Currently on view at Bruce Silverstein Gallery is Todd Hido: The End Sends Advance Warning, open from November 2nd, 2023, through January 14th, 2024. Bruce Silverstein Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor/ Suite 3W, New York, NY 10011. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

Larry Silver, an American photographer best known for his images of New York, California, and Connecticut life, captured...
11/29/2023

Larry Silver, an American photographer best known for his images of New York, California, and Connecticut life, captured a diverse array of subjects, from intimate portraits of New York Streets to the body-building culture of Santa Monica. His photographs serve as a personal chronicle, offering a close look into the social landscapes of these locales. Silver’s journey is not just a visual exploration but a documentation shaped by his affiliation with the New York Photo League, as he was mentored by legendary photographers Lou Bernstein, W. Eugene Smith, and Weegee.⁠

In 1973, Silver relocated from the vibrant cultural landscape of New York City to the serene landscapes of Connecticut, marking a transformative shift in his artistic perspective. Transitioning from the concrete jungle to the tranquility of suburbia, his lens embraced the subtleties of this new environment. In this photograph, Man and Cabanas Sherwood Island State Park, Westport CT, 1982, he ventured beyond the familiar, pushing composition boundaries to infuse his work with curiosity. Through experimentation with foreground, middle ground, background, lines, and shapes, he assumed a renewed vigor in his images, creating dynamic vector segments. Silver’s artistry challenges ideas of spatial confines while simultaneously introducing a novel approach to constructing and interpreting the aesthetic values of a photograph and the way socio-political contexts are embedded in suburban landscapes.⁠

Featured image: Larry Silver, Man and Cabanas Sherwood Island State Park, Westport CT, 1982⁠ (cropped for Instagram)

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Currently on view at Bruce Silverstein Gallery is Todd Hido: The End Sends Advance Warning, open from November 2nd, 2023, through January 14th, 2024. Bruce Silverstein Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor/ Suite 3W, New York, NY 10011. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

After Elizabeth Kertész, André Kertész’ wife and lifelong companion, passed away after battling lung cancer for eighteen...
11/28/2023

After Elizabeth Kertész, André Kertész’ wife and lifelong companion, passed away after battling lung cancer for eighteen months, Kertész found himself in the next chapter of his life. With only memories to substitute the physical presence of Elizabeth, Kertész had all but stopped photographing and spent his days struggling to describe his feelings. ⁠

Kertész purchased a small glass bust at the window of Brentano’s bookstore on 8th and University Place. When recalling his encounter with the object, he says: ⁠

“I was very touched… The neck and shoulder…it was Elizabeth.” ⁠

With this object and the new Polaroid SX-70 camera, Kertész began creating simple compositions – with newspaper, flowers, stacked on glasses – these images allowed Kertész to reminisce and romanticize his relationship with Elizabeth. Kertész crafted poetic, loving narratives, producing polaroids reflecting longing, frustration, joy, and mortality – fragments of a life together. ⁠

Featured image: André Kertész, November 28, 1979, SX-70 Polaroid⁠

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Currently on view at Bruce Silverstein Gallery is Todd Hido: The End Sends Advance Warning, open from November 2nd, 2023 through January 14th, 2024. Bruce Silverstein Gallery is located at 529 West 20th Street, 3rd Floor/ Suite 3W, New York, NY 10011. Open Tuesday – Saturday from 10am – 6pm.

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