Dialogues with Great Photographers - Flor Garduño

Flor Garduño interview - Sara: What first drew you to photography and what keeps you there? Before you studied visual art at Antigua Academia de San Carlos, did you have an interest in photography or practice it at all? Garduño: It was during my visual arts studies at San Carlos that I had my first experience with photography. I entered Kati Horna’s atelier as part of my studies and she used to speak about life and about her experiences. At some point she was interested in my work and in me...

Dialogues with Great Photographers - Michael Massaia

Michael Massaia interview - Sara: Your prints are highly labor intensive. Where did you first learn how to print in platinum and silver gelatin processes? Do you ever wish you had an assistant? Massaia: Nowhere specifically. I consider my basement nowhere.  I simply taught myself through trial and error.  Many years ago I became very interested in a slew of handmade printing processes, and out of all the ones I experimented with, platinum and silver gelatin were the most appropriate fit for...

"The Face of Beauty: The Photographer's Quest for the Inspired Portrait"

The Face Of Beauty: The Photographer's Quest for the Inspired Portrait examines the diversity of subjects and manners in which artists choose to utilize the photographic medium to create powerful and intimate, yet oftentimes mysterious portraits. Reaching beyond the superficial exteriors of an individual and revealing a sense of aesthetic and emotional depth through the unique qualities of photography, the variety of strategies which artists employ in photographic portraiture is as diverse as the...

Dialogues with Great Photographers - Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher

Carol Beckwith & Angela Fisher interview - Sara: What brought you two together? Did it start as a friendship and evolve into a working relationship? Or vice versa? Beckwith & Fisher: We first met in Africa in 1979. Carol was working on her book, Maasai, and Angela on her pan African study of jewelry, Africa Adorned. Carol’s father came to Kenya to visit her and offered her a hot air balloon ride over Maasai Mara for her birthday. The hot air balloonist was Angela’s...

Dialogues with Great Photographers - Paulette Tavormina

Paulette Tavormina interview - Sara: You said that you were a “collector” before you became a photographer; what drew you to pick up a camera and shoot what you had been collecting? Tavormina: Yes, I have always loved the “magic of things” that tell a story. In my baskets of found items, everything is a treasure. My grandfather’s dice, coral from Australia, Roemer glass from Bruges, old brass keys from a deserted mansion in Newport and broken Venetian glass. Sara: ...

Dialogues with Great Photographers - Clive Arrowsmith

Clive Arrowsmith interview - Sara: What first drew you to photography and what keeps you there? Arrowsmith: I was a painter for three years after art school and was influenced by the Italian Renaissance and its clarity; the way light embraced the figures in the works of da Vinci and Caravaggio. Then I discovered the 10x8 camera when I became an art director out of necessity, simply to make a living. My paintings took three months to complete, while the 10x8 camera captured the moment...

Cathleen Naundorf: Fashion Origins

Renowned fashion photographer Cathleen Naundorf creates art. She tells stories. She does not want to just shoot haute couture, but to captivate the viewer with an aura from her chosen models and the settings she places them within. Departing from merely having her models as figures upon which to place haute couture, Naundorf’s work embraces the individuals wearing them, giving them equal measure along with vibrant environments to create romantic and painterly vignettes. Surprisingly, the roots of...

"Portals To The Human Spirit:
 A Survey Of Cultural Diversity"

Photography has an innate ability to establish human connections. This exhibition centers on the work of six photographers that produce images that bind us to the human spirit. The color of our skin, the clothes we wear, the shelters and social groups we live in have great diversity, but the fundamental, non-visual, human needs of all these groups are fundamentally the same as our own. The nature of the global village acts to homogenize our customs and differences. It is counter productive in preserving a...

“Life: Frame By Frame”

Portrait photography is often a dialog between the outward physical appearance of a subject and their inner, invisible qualities. The success of a strong portrait transcends the merely visual. In the photographs of “Life: Frame By Frame” the artists use various strategies in engaging with their subject matter to develop and expose the deeper and individual qualities of the sitters. They work to reveal an inner drama and to bring the two dimensional limitation of the photographic paper into a...

"From New York to Paris Seen Through the Eyes of Master Photographers"

New York City and Paris may seem a world apart, but despite the 3600 miles that separates the two great cities similar human dramas have continued to be scripted and enacted for as long as the cities have existed. The physical structure, social fabric, personal and public histories of Paris and New York are rich, multi-faceted, complex and challenging. They have been a fertile ground for many of the master photographers to explore over the last century. Cities are living, breathing entities that have...