• The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait Photography

    A Netflix Documentary

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 30th, 2020

    Elsa Dorfman was the limner of the Beat Generation. She made deadpan, large-format Polaroid potraits of her celebrity pals as well as ordinary folks. She passed away a few months ago but is superbly recalled in a Netflix documentary by Errol Morris. It's so like Elsa who is regarded as a major artist but described herself repeatedly as a "nice Jewish girl."

  • Berkshire Artist Museum

    Featuring Work by Eric Rudd and Regional Artists

    By: Charles giuliano - Jun 28th, 2015

    After one season the Rudd Museum of Art in North Adams has been renamed with a new mandate as Berkshire Artist Museum. It recently reopened with a Rudd installation Iceberg in the nave and That '70s show as phase one of Then and Now which will be complete later in the season.

  • Paul Natkin Superstars

    Exhibition at Ed Paschke Art Center in Jefferson Park.

    By: Nancy Bishop - Jul 28th, 2015

    Paul Natkin told an attentive audience about shooting Bruce Springsteen in Minneapolis on his Born in the USA tour for a Newsweek cover. That shoot was described in a story about Natkin in the Chicago Sun-Times. "That's when my family believed I was a real photographer," he said. That publicity also led to five years as the staff photographer for the Oprah Winfrey Show.

  • Ride Hamilton and David Kaplan Collaborate

    The Hotel Plays at Berta Walker Gallery

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 01st, 2015

    Last April, cramped into small rooms in the French Quarter for The Hotel Plays of Tennessee Williams, we first encountered the photographer Ride Hamilton. This past week we again interacted during the Provincetown Tennessee Williams Festival. In addition to the performances we much enjoyed his installation, a collaborator with the festival curator, director and scholar, David Kaplan, at the Berta Walker Gallery. It richly evoked memories of New Orleans.

  • Amy Arbus: After Images

    Provincetown Arts Association and Museum

    By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 02nd, 2015

    Blessed/ burdened with the fame of her photographer mother, Amy Arbus, after youthful resistance and the pursuit of studying music, was lured into a career in photography. She has had some 25 one woman shows and published five books. The stunning and sensual exhibition of modern master appropriations, Amy Arbus: After Images, is on view at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum through November 15.

  • Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival

    Overview of a Week in the Sun: Literally and Culturally

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Oct 01st, 2015

    The 10th Tennessee Williams Theater Festival in Provincetown, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, occurred from September 24 to 27 with great success during a week of daily sunshine. The weather helped: there were outdoor performances on the beach and on a large deck of the Boat Slip. The town took part with venues including Town Hall, the former High School, a radio station and a Night Club. Of course, two major plays were smashingly performed at the Provincetown Theater. And the buzz was all about TW - Tenn at Ten!

  • Journey Poetically Documents a Decade of Travels

    Urban Designer/Artist Mark Favermann's Critical Eye to the Built Environment

    By: By Arthur Birkland - Dec 02nd, 2015

    For the past several decades, photography has been a creative media for urban designer/artist Mark Favermann. However, he came to it rather late only starting to take pictures when he was 33. His current exhibit at Newbury College in Brookline, MA displays his critical and appreciative eye for architecture, environment and culturally relevant structures and details.

  • Sand and Seas – Part One

    A Summer Tale for Winter Days

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Feb 29th, 2016

    It takes time to collect and develop a photo project. The subject may have spooked around my head for days, weeks, perhaps months. The raw material are thousands of digital photographs, which include the subject matter at hand. Then questions arise: What is there to work from? What do I want to say? What can I show? How many images do I need to convey my ideas? Too many sub-categories for one essay? Yes! So, please peruse the first part of 'Sand and Seas.'

  • Sand and Seas - Part Two

    Reflections and Anticipation

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Mar 07th, 2016

    Sand and Seas - Part One found hundreds of viewers and readers. What delight! We are offering in Part Two long views and nearly abstract images and textures that oceans and beaches offer to a keen eye and a camera lense.

  • First Berkshire Mountains Faerie Fest in Adams, MA

    A Family Day Built Around Fun and Fantasy, June 25

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Jun 28th, 2016

    While looking into the concept of Faerie or Fairy Festivals, one might discover that there are quite a number of such events happening each year all over America. 'The Faerie Festival Bug' hit six months ago in the town of Adams, MA, among a group of believers, at the Adams Arts Advisory Board. They enlisted many participants, word spread quickly among like-minded fantasy lovers, and here is the result in photos and report of the First Berkshire Mountains Faerie Festival.

  • Photographer Eric Myrvaagnes' Stunning Book

    Captured by Light: Black and White Photographs- Fifty Years

    By: Charles Giuliano - Nov 22nd, 2016

    The elegant, exquisitely designed and printed book "Captured by Light: Black and White Photographs-Fifty Years" summarizes a lifetime of work by Eric Myrvaagnes.

  • Evocations by Carl Chiarenza

    Photographing Abstract Collages

    By: Charles Giuliano - Dec 16th, 2016

    In 1973 Carl Chiarenza earned a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He was the first to write a dissertation on a living photohrapher, Aaron Siskind. While regarded as one of the foremost scholars in the field he has had more that 80 one-person and participated in some 260 group exhibitions since 1957. This is a review of his 2002 monograph Evocations.

  • Roman Iwasiwka Shows Classic Rock Photos

    At The Falcon in Marlboro, New York

    By: Charles Giuliano - Jan 17th, 2017

    A selection of fourteen rock portraits by Roman Iwasiwka will be on view at The Falcon – 1348 Rte 9W, Marlboro, NY through March 31. A reception for the artist will be held on January 28, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

  • David Ricci’s Edge of Chaos

    Studio Visit with a Berkshire Photographer

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 14th, 2018

    For the past year the Berkshire based photographer, David Ricci, has been working on a large format, expensive and ambitious book. It has a working title of Edge of Chaos and surveys four decades of his oeuvre. During a studio visit we viewed the work and how it is evolving into a publication.

  • Recalling Carol Channing at Lulu White’s

    Boston’s Golden Era of Jazz and Cabaret

    By: Charles Giuliano - Feb 19th, 2018

    Printing four decades of images for, Heads and Tales, an exhibit at Gallery 51 in North Adams this summer has kicked up a treasure trove of memories. A series of photos of Carol Channing with Craig Russel who impersonated her evoked the ambiance of a fabulous night at Boston's jazz club Lulu White's.

  • Leo Mazzeo Photographs MASS MoCA

    The Night Watch

    By: Leo Mazzeo - Jun 24th, 2019

    Working the night shift as a security guard at MASS MoCA has inspired Leo Mazzeo to use his cell phone to make images. They are shared with a growing fan base through Instagram. Here is a stunning sample of these night visions.

  • Carl Chiarenza on Boston Photography

    Harvard Dissertation on Aaron Siskind First on Photography in US

    By: Charles Giuliano - Aug 07th, 2019

    During graduate study at Boston University photographer Carl Chiarenza was a professor, mentor and friend. We spoke at length about how JFK and the Vietnam War nudged him into studying art history. At Harvard he was the first American to write a dissertation on photography. It was a biography and critical study of then living American icon Aaron Siskind. Now retired from the University of Rochester he continues to create new work.

  • Poloroid Photographer Elsa Dorfman at 83

    Known for Studio Portraits Including Allen Ginsberg

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 31st, 2020

    At 83 the reowned portrait photographer, Elsa Dorfman, passed away at home in the People's Republic of Cambridge. As a young women she worked for Grove Press in New York. There she met many writers including Allen Ginsberg who became a lifelong subject and friend. I included her in exhibitions and wrote about her for Art News.

  • Alice Sachs Zimet The Collector

    Follow Your Heart and Eyes, but not Your Ears

    By: Jessica Robinson - Jul 02nd, 2020

    In December of 1984 Alice Sachs Zimet attended an exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York. She had come with Sam Wagstaff, the lover of Robert Mapplethorpe. They were there to see a flower photography exhibition from Wagstaff’s vast and groundbreaking collection.That’s where Zimet saw an image by contemporary photographer Andrew Bush titled Columbines. It was love at first sight.

  • Alice Sachs Zimet The Collector

    Follow Heart and Eyes, but not Your Ears

    By: Jessica Robinson - Jul 05th, 2020

    In December of 1984 Alice Sachs Zimet attended an exhibition at the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, New York. She had come with Sam Wagstaff, the lover of Robert Mapplethorpe. They were there to see a flower photography exhibition from Wagstaff’s vast and groundbreaking collection.That’s where Zimet saw an image by contemporary photographer Andrew Bush titled Columbines. It was love at first sight.

  • Kendall Messick's The Projectionist

    An Outsider Artist's Secret World

    By: Jessica Robinson - Jul 09th, 2020

    How one man lovingly – and obsessively - constructed his very own movie palace in the basement of his suburban home.

  • Kendall Messick’s "Blind Sight"

    To See and to be Seen

    By: Jessica Robinson - Aug 13th, 2020

    In October 2019, I was having dinner with my friend Kendall Messick, an artist who creates installations with still photography, film, video and ever-evolving two-and three-dimensional media. Over dinner he told me he was flying to Bogota, Colombia, the next day for a major installation of his work. The show is an achievement of both patience and memory. It was thirty-four years in the making.

  • From Port of Los Angeles, CA to Hamburg Harbor, Germany

    From Harbor to Hafen

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Feb 06th, 2015

    The Ports of Los Angeles and Hamburg are two of the busiest and most important harbors around the world. One in the USA, the other one in Europe where I lived nearby for the first 20 years of my life. The word and photo essay allows for a glimpse at both ports. One series of photographs were taken in a matter of minutes, the other one during a visit of Hamburg Harbor in 2011 along memory lane.

  • A Secret Passage Way - 2014

    Global Call to Participate in Photo Project

    By: Astrid Hiemer - Jun 17th, 2014

    From February to May we invited participants to submit photographs and words via email and Face Book representing passages in any way real or imagined. Collaborators expanded the project in amazing and unexpected directions. Here is the resulting digital exhibition:

  • Tanglewood at its Finest by Philip S. Kampe

    Opening days of 2015

    By: Philip S. Kampe - Jul 07th, 2015

    Determined to add new audiences to Tanglewood, the BSO has created an All Star lineup of Musical Acts for the Historic 2015 Season.

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