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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 

“Throughout her life, she behaved as if she had never heard anyone suggest that a woman couldn’t do entirely as she pleased.”—Francine Prose

Motherhood. The Israeli-born photographer Elinor Carucci is no stranger to laying it on the line. In her latest monograph,”Mother”, Carucci takes us on an open journey into being a Mom. As with her other projects, “Mother,” is an affecting chapter of self-revelation. The images will please and upset, but there’s no getting around a search for the truth. 

Parenting, for men and women alike, is a transformative experience. For a photographer like Carucci, balancing the worlds of teaching, shooting commercial work, and staying true to one’s artistic aspirations, motherhood became her muse and her connection to all other mothers. Moms and Dads who view her work will feel it most.

Elinor Carucci’s show opens tomorrow night at Edwynn Houk here in New York, and will be up until the 3rd of May. Carucci will be in attendance and signing books. Looks like it’ll be a “Mother” of a show. —Lane Nevares

"You should never ask anyone for anything. Never- and especially from those who are more powerful than yourself."—Mikhail Bulgakov

Ukraine, and its brave people in Kiev, are in the news these days. Protesters in frigid streets are facing off with riot police as the world watches and wonders, like I do, what the outcome will be.

The Ukrainian-photographer, Boris Mikhailov, is from Kharkov in the eastern part of the country, closer to Russia. Born in 1938, Mikhailov’s artistic sensibilities were shaped by the aftermath of a second World War and the rise and demise of the Soviet Union. His photographic explorations of society, particularly poverty and life on the fringes, have built his reputation as a new kind of voice: an unbound social and artistic documentarian. Mikhailov has created diverse and important bodies of work making him one of the foremost photographers of his generation.

His latest exhibition, currently on view at Dominique Lévy Gallery in New York City, is Boris Mikhailov: Four Decades. The show will be up until February 8th, and offers a terse insight into the former Soviet Union and its people who—like the citizens in Kiev out in the streets demanding their rights—are still grappling with its legacy. —Lane Nevares

"I gotta roll, I can’t stand still. Got a flamin’ heart, can’t get my fill. …Didn’t take long ‘fore I found out, what people mean by down and out."Led Zeppelin

Philip-Lorca diCorcia was awarded a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1989. He took the $45,000 grant money, his 6 x 9 Linhof camera, an assistant, and headed to Los Angeles to create, what has since become, one of his most memorable series, “Hustlers.” These dispassionate portraits of male prostitutes, including a forthcoming monograph from Steidl, are now on display at David Zwirner gallery in New York.

This important exhibit marks 20 years since diCorcia’s first solo show in 1993 at the Museum of Modern Art. The new show offers 40 photographs (along with 15 newly produced works) each notably captioned with the name, age, hometown, and the amount of government-sponsored money diCorcia paid for the hustler’s time.

More than twenty years later these classic, diCorcia images still resonate. What’s different, however, is that now in our 21st Century of universal, instantaneous information, the transaction cost for human flesh is widely understood. —Lane Nevares

"They were … pure and unadulterated photographs, and sometimes they hinted at the existence of visual truths that had escaped all other systems of detection."—John Szarkowski

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has recently opened, for the first time in 25 years, a major retrospective of the singular American photographer, Garry Winogrand. This is a big deal. The exhibit, organized and curated in conjunction with the National Gallery of Art, will later travel to DC and then on to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York this summer. Given Winogrand's importance in the history of 20th Century photography, this will be one of the major shows of 2013.

Professional photographers, long before the days of digital, have always burned through rolls of film, snapping thousands and thousands of images. Winogrand was no exception. When he passed in 1984, he left behind dozens of marked-up proof sheets and more than 6,500 rolls of undeveloped film containing more than 250,000 images. What makes this retrospective particularly important is that nearly a third of the images in the show have never been printed or exhibited, creating a renewed and exciting opportunity to take a greater in-depth look at Winogrand's legacy. 

The forthcoming monograph to accompany the exhibit will also provide scholars and enthusiasts with a comprehensive resource for examining his importance and lasting influence on photography. Winogrand forever changed how photographers see, but it’s also worth noting that he expanded the possibilities of what happens in the frame. —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