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Curated Shows: In The Zone

Aleksandr Rodchenko


  Georgi Zelma


   Georgi Zelma


of our Sepa

 In The Zone
A Century of Black and White Photography

May 13 - June 27
 Opening Reception June 3 from 6-9



IN THE ZONE, a century gathering of  black & white photographs

by past and present masters


May 13 – June 27, 2010

Opening Night Reception Thursday June 3 from 6-9pm


“All will be yesterday,” as the young Hungarian photographer Balazs Turay has observed. Therefore, “nothing has changed, and nothing needs to change, the photo itself will tell its own tale to generations to come.” adds curator/gallerist Henry Andre' Martinez-Reed. “All the photographs in this show, dating from as far back as the 1920s, exemplify the single most important quality to me in a work of art, what the Italians call sprezzatura, an apparent nonchalance, the ability to conceal the careful, conscious effort behind a difficult achievement.” Also a musician, Martinez- adds, “In assembling this show, I wanted to have the feeling Duke Ellington must have had when he assembled his orchestra, mixing the ages and styles of his players to generate the tension and passion that guarantees a knock-out performance.”


HGG’s new show deftly mingles iconic photographs by Robert Frank, Gordon Parks and Russian avant-gardist Aleksandr Rodchenko with sepia-tone masterworks by Georgi Zelma (1906-84), the pioneering Russian photojournalist of the “Eastern Front” school alongside dramatic contemporary Roman cityscapes with crackled surfaces by Balazs Turay. and classic Americana views through the lens of Jim Megargee,  professor, author, master printer and documentarian; portraits of New York visual artists from Peter Bellamy’s monograph, The Artist Project (1981-1990) and of the city’s street life by Brooklyn’s Anthony Almeida. New Yorker Robert Herman also focuses on the city’s streets. His digital prints, particularly of a near-empty 70s-era subway car, stripped and striped in colored light as it crosses a bridge, are as bravura an achievement as Professor Doug Schwab’s gum bichromate nudes and Cornelia Van der Lin’s pinhole nudes in their evocation of eternity. Czech scientist turned poet and fine art photographer, Igor Malijevsky, focuses on city life across Europe while North Carolina’s Bryce Lankard combines old and new photo technologies in photographs of New Orleans. The photomontagist Mark Blanchette conjures surreal visions layering multiple negatives. Of particular note are photographs by the father and son, both known only as Istvan Soltesz: The father was self-taught and never exhibited, much less celebrated, until his son, by then a professional photographer, assembled a posthumous show of his father’s loving pictures of daily life in their Hungarian village. The renowned freelance photojournalist Peter Essick braves impossible conditions the world over, often for National Geographic, to illustrate immediate challenges facing humankind.


“The camera heals us of our separateness,” says co-exhibitor Carole Elchert, native of Ohio and longtime chronicler of village life in the Himalayan Mountains. IN THE ZONE endeavors to prove her point.



 Georgi Zelma




Robert Herman, Armond Assante and André


Gordon Parks


Robert Frank - Self Portrait At 55


​Robert Frank - Panqnirtunet 1992



  Georgi Zelma



 Georgi Zelma

Robert Herman




Peter Bellamy



Istvan Soltesz Jr.


Balazs Turay 




Igor Malijevsky 


Igor Malijevsky


Igor Malijevsky



Favorites: “Best of the Best” Photography Exhibits 2010

In Art MuseumBlack and White PhotographyExhibitsGallery on January 2, 2011 at 12:19 pm


Alexey Titarenko – "Untitled (Crowd 1)"

For 2010 we visited hundreds of exhibits and events as a team and have selected the “Best of the Best” based purely on subjective criteria. The exhibit could be important historically, be exceptional from a curatorial standpoint or just have left lasting impact.

Check out the gallery or Museum indicated and see their archived exhibits for a virtual visit to some of these exhibits.

In no particular order:

  • Houston FotoFest
  • “Ruptures and Continuities”, Museum of Fine Arts Houston
  • William Wylie “Still Water”, Jenkins Johnson Gallery
  • JoAnn Verburg “Interruptions”, Pace/MacGill
  • Alexey Titarenko, Nailya Alexander Gallery
  • AIPAD Annual Show
  • "No Singing Allowed: Flamenco and Photography" Aperture Gallery
  • “Artists See Artists II” – Deborah Bell Photographs
  • Michael Kenna "Venezia"- Robert Mann Gallery
  • Edward Weston, Michener Art Museum
  • Ray K. Metzker ‘s “AutoMagic”, Laurence Miller Gallery
  • Frederick Sommer, Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Collection of Anne and Arthur Goldstein, Allentown Art Museum
  • “Printing With Light”, Museum of Printing History
  • IN THE ZONE, A Century Of Black & White Photos, Henry Gregg Gallery
  • The Mexican Suitcase, ICP
  • The Summer Photo Show, Scott Nichols Gallery
  • Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the Sixties, The Getty Museum
  • Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players, The Met
  • Found: Discoveries of FotoFest and PhotoNOLA, John Cleary Gallery
  • Pictures by Women: A History of Modern Photography, MOMA
  • Behind The Curtain – Tichy and Sudek, Howard Greenberg
  • ”In Review”, Gallery 339
  • Joseph Szabo, “Jones Beach”, Gitterman Gallery
  • Lucien Clergue, Throckmorton Fine Art, NYC
  • "Painted Cubes" Ion Zupcu, ClampArt
  • Robert Adams – Summer Nights, Walking –Matthew Marks Gallery

And the best for last …

Henri Cartier-Bresson – The Modern Century, MOMA


Henri Cartier-Bresson. Juvisy, France

Doug Schwab


Doug Schwab


Doug Schwab


Doug Schwab


Istavan Soltezs


André and Doug Schwab 


Balazs Turay


I also selected some images in color for this show from Robert Herman.


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