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Art Photo Collector

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"The walls are the publishers of the poor."—Eduardo Galeano

You may not know the names Leticia and Stanislas Poniatowski, but these collectors own the most important private collection of Latin American Photography in the world. Major works from their collection will be part of the ICP’s new exhibition, Urbes Mutantes (Mutant Cities), opening on Saturday here in New York.

This show, featuring over 200 images, draws from photographers across the continent, exploring the city as nexus between society’s cultural and political forces. Curator Alexis Fabry writes, "As the 20th century progressed, amidst struggles for social justice and in defense of democracy and freedom, the city became a setting for uprisings and revolutions. Images became as important as the stories covering the events that shaped these Latin American nations.” 

My ignorance of Latin American photography makes me keen to discover more about this significant photographic history. We often read or hear about the events, but we don’t always get the chance to appreciate the artists behind these struggles, to learn who they are and what their contributions mean. Too often it is through the prism of American image makers that we see the world. “Urbes Mutantes” is of the people and for the people, and like a city, may change how we see ourselves. —Lane Nevares 

"It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched for they are full of the truthless ideals which have been instilled in them, and each time they come in contact with the real, they are wounded." —W. Somerset Maugham

The International Center of Photography in New York recently announced their 29th Annual Infinity Awards. In the “Young Photographer” category, Kitra Cahana (b. 1987) is this year’s winner. Unknown to me, I visited her site and was immediately drawn in.

Cahana’s series on nomads and teens, in particular, caught my eye. In photography, the quality of light (and the attention given to it) means everything. Her judicious use of it gives her color images a moodiness that is both pleasing and full of uncertainty—like the kids she photographs. At age 25, Cahana reveals a depth rarely found in the work of her contemporaries. Her ICP award is well deserved. —Lane Nevares

"When I think about it, and when I look closely at my pictures, they are all, in their own way, nothing but self-portraits—a part of my life."  Christer Strömholm (1918-2002)

The great Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm is finally getting his due here in the United States.  The first American museum show of his work is now on view at the ICP in New York featuring his seminal series, Les Amies de la Place Blanche, documenting the intimate world of Paris’s red-light district (and transsexual community) at Place Blanche, in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.

Strömholm’s influence on European photographers, particularly Scandinavian, is well known.  He was an educator and a mentor to many artists, some of whom like Anders Petersen would go on to influence another generation.  I would argue that Strömholm’s impact on photography, though under-appreciated outside of Europe, is much wider felt than we realize.  Though these images were taken 50+ years ago, they are as fresh and engaging as any photographer’s work on view today.  —Lane Nevares

On Love, Loving and what is right

Richard and Mildred Loving with their children Peggy, Donald, and Sidney, 1965.

Today, as we celebrate the importance of Dr. King’s life and legacy, I find it remarkable that the story of the Loving Family and their historic struggle that led the Supreme Court to ultimately strike down laws banning racially-mixed marriages in this country, seems to have been lost in history’s ether.  I had certainly never heard of their story before.  Have you?  This Friday, the 20th of January, the ICP in New York City will launch a new exhibit: “The Loving Story: Photographs by Grey Villet (http://goo.gl/Z3QER), which will go a long way to sharing with the wider public the difficult and ultimately courageous story of the Loving Family.  For those of us who may not remember a time in this country when it was illegal for individuals of differing ethnic backgrounds to marry, this new exhibit and documentary will shed light.  Kudos to the ICP, Grey Villet’s estate, and the Loving Family for reminding us that fighting for what is right, is always right.

  •  “On some positions, Cowardice asks the question, “Is it safe?” Expediency asks the question, “Is it politic?” And Vanity comes along and asks the question, “Is it popular?” But Conscience asks the question “Is it right?” And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must do it because Conscience tells him it is right.”  Dr. Martin Luther King