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Steve Meltzer Posted: Dec 26, 2014 0 comments

Carleton Watkins was perhaps America’s greatest 19th century landscape photographer yet today he’s largely unknown. His breathtaking landscapes of the Yosemite Valley were instrumental in preserving the valley for future generations and paving the way for both the National Parks system and the environmental movement.

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Steve Meltzer Posted: Dec 12, 2014 0 comments

The sale of Peter Lik’s photograph "Phantom" for a reported record $6.5 million earlier this week has stirred up a firestorm of online commentaries, media chest pounding and a lot of silliness. Critic Jonathan Jones writing in The Guardian (UK), has gone so far as to say that the sale was especially grotesque because in his words "photography is not an art."

Steve Meltzer Posted: Dec 10, 2014 0 comments

Good photographers are said to have a good “eye” that distinguishes them from other photographers. There’s no better way to understand this than to see how several very good photographers photograph the same subject. A case in point is a new exhibition of photographs of Marilyn Monroe titled “Inoubliable Marilyn” (“Unforgettable Marilyn”) at Paris’s La Galerie de l’Instant (December 12, 2014-February 25, 2015).

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Steve Meltzer Posted: Nov 21, 2014 0 comments

Lucien Clergue, one of France’s foremost photographers, died on November 15th at the age of 80 in his native city of Arles after a long illness. A founder of the Rencontres d’Arles international photography festival, he was called the “Eye of the Midi” for his stunning black-and-white images that captured the sensuality of Mediterranean life in the Midi, a nickname for the South of France.

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Steve Meltzer Posted: Nov 14, 2014 0 comments

By any definition, Sebastião Salgado is one the most important photographers working today. Currently he has a large exhibition of his work on display at the International Center for Photography (ICP) in New York City through the very beginning of January 2015. It is will be the last photo show at this location, before ICP’s move next year to a new exhibition space in New York’s Bowery neighborhood.

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Steve Meltzer Posted: Nov 04, 2014 0 comments

Through his camera viewfinder Marc Riboud sees a world of gestures and graceful movements framed by elegant geometrical spaces. For over sixty years, he has photographed people and places with eyes full of wonder. Now in both New York City and his hometown of Lyon, France his delightful images from nearly sixty years of photography are on exhibit.

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Steve Meltzer Posted: Oct 23, 2014 0 comments

Swiss photographer Rene Burri died at age 81 on Monday in Zurich after a long illness. Burri was one of the last of the major photographers of the post World War II generation and was best known for his photographs of artist Pablo Picasso and Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara.

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Steve Meltzer Posted: Oct 15, 2014 0 comments

Ray Metzker was an extraordinary photographer whose work is in the collections of dozens of art institutions. During his photographic career he had more than 50 one-person museum exhibitions and was the recipient of two Guggenheim Foundation Fellowships. His photographs are in museum and art institution collections all over the world. When he died last week on October 9, 2014 his hometown newspaper, The Inquirer (Philadelphia), wrote that, “Ray K. Metzker, 83, (was) widely considered one of the nation's greatest photographers.”

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Steve Meltzer Posted: Oct 01, 2014 0 comments

If, like most of us, you think that you know all about the Dust Bowl/Depression Era photography of the Farm Security Administration, think again. While you may have seen some of the FSA’s greatest hits, like Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother,” there is a rich vein of images still to be discovered.

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Steve Meltzer Posted: Aug 13, 2014 0 comments

In just two weeks on August 30th, Visa Pour L’Image, the international festival of photojournalism kicks off in the Southern French city of Perpignan. In its 26th year the festival is both a celebration of photojournalism and an homage to the photojournalists who have died in the last 12 months.

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