The Photography Show (aipad) at The Park Avenue Armory

Posted: April 28, 2016 in NYC Art Shows
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The Photography Show, which is held at The Park Avenue Armory and presented by aipad, is now in it’s 36th year. There  are over 85 photography galleries combining contemporary, modern and nineteenth century art. With so many exciting photos and galleries to choose from, I had to narrow it down to just a few that intrigued me.

The Fahey/Klein Gallery, based in the La Brea area of Los Angeles, has quite a long list of exhibiting photographers. Here are just two of them:

Norman Seeff, who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and moved to New York, captures pop cultures icons like The Rolling Stones. His portrait of Mick Jagger, titled “Saluting,” defines the lead singer to a “t” in fabulous black and white. But it’s his portrait of Keith Richards that really caught my eye. This is one of the best posed photos of Keith that I’ve seen. This was when he was in his prime. Both of these photos are from 1972. Mr. Seeff captures that moment in time so well!

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Another great photographer, Steve Schapiro, has his work in Life, Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone and The New York Times Magazine. In the 1970’s, he was working in Hollywood, creating movie stills for Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather”; Martin Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver”; and John Schlesinger’s “Midnight Cowboy.”

There were some great photos that he took of The Velvet Underground. These were taken in a intimate setting outside a house somewhere in the country. I have seen many photos of The Velvet Underground but nothing quite like these.

He also has taken great shots of Andy Warhol and Eddie Sedwick.

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Moving on now to The Benrubi Gallery  located in New York’s Chelsea area:

The work of Roger Steffens, a Brooklyn born photographer, as well as an actor, author, lecturer and producer has “The Family Acid,” an amazing series. One painting, “Paradise Lost,” was featured in The Village Voice ‘Voice Choices’ section. This image captures a bunch of Stoners laying out by a swimming pool during the 1970’s heyday. It’s a great time capsule photograph that reminds us how society was much freer back then. Another photo is his take on a bikini girl smoking weed or maybe a cigarette!

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That’s my brief zoom into the eyes of The AIPAD Photography Show

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