William Klein - Club Allegro Fortissimo, Paris
William Klein
Club Allegro Fortissimo, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1990, printed later
15 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

William Klein - Opera + Blank Faces, Paris
William Klein
Opera + Blank Faces, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1963, printed later
19 5/8 X 23 5/8 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

William Klein - Dorothy + Scout + Ball, Paris (Vogue)
William Klein
Dorothy + Scout + Ball, Paris (Vogue)
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1960, printed later
15 3/4 X 11 3/4 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

William Klein - Dorothy + Formfit, Paris
William Klein
Dorothy + Formfit, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1960, printed later
19 5/8 X 15 3/4 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

William Klein - Models backstage, film "Who are you, Polly Magoo?"
William Klein
Models backstage, film "Who are you, Polly Magoo?"
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1966, printed later
15 1/4 x 19 1/2 inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso.

William Klein - Dorothy + Japanese Lights, Paris
William Klein
Dorothy + Japanese Lights, Paris
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1962, Printed Later
19 1/2 x 16 Inches

Signed, titled and dated in pencil on print verso

Norman Seeff - Robert Mapplethorpe & Patti Smith, NY Robert & Patti II
Norman Seeff
Robert & Patti II, Robert Mapplethorpe & Patti Smith, NY
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1969, printed 2014
28 x 42 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff - Robert Mapplethorpe & Patti Smith, Mine
Norman Seeff
Mine, Robert Mapplethorpe & Patti Smith, New York
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1969, printed 2015
Paper: 50 x 38 inches, Image: 42 x 28 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff - Steve Jobs Woodside, Mac on Lap Bel Air
Norman Seeff
Mac on Lap Bel Air, Steve Jobs, Woodside, CA
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1984, printed 2014
Paper: 38 x 50 inches, Image: 28 x 42 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff - Steve Jobs, Cupertino, Striped Sweater Classic
Norman Seeff
Striped Sweater Classic, Steve Jobs, Cupertino, CA
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1984, printed 2014
Paper: 38 x 50 inches, Image: 28 x 42 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff - Mick Jagger - Los Angeles - Mick Saluting
Norman Seeff
Mick Saluting, Mick Jagger, Los Angeles
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1972, printed 2014
41 1/2 x 28 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff - Ray Charles Classic
Norman Seeff
Ray Classic, Ray Charles, Los Angeles
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1985, printed 2014
Paper: 38 x 50 inches, Image: 28 x 42 inches

Signed and numbered 24/50 on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff - Keith Classic, Keith Richards, Los Angeles
Norman Seeff
Keith Classic, Keith Richards, Los Angeles
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1972, printed 2014
41 1/2 x 28 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff - James Taylor,  Martha's Vineyard, James with Tools
Norman Seeff
James with Tools, James Taylor, Martha's Vineyard
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1969, printed 2014
Paper: 38 x 50 inches, Image: 28 x 42 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff - Joni Mitchell, Los Angeles, Joni Hejira
Norman Seeff
Joni Hejira, Joni Mitchell, Los Angeles
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1969, printed 2014
Paper: 38 x 50 inches, Image: 28 x 42 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto by artist.

Norman Seeff - Frank Zappa, Los Angeles, Frank Classic
Norman Seeff
Frank Classic, Frank Zappa, Los Angeles
Archival Pigment Photograph on Entrada Rag Paper
1976, printed 2014
Paper: 38 x 50 inches, Image: 28 x 42 inches

Signed and numbered (edition of 50) on recto by artist.

Albert Watson - Cecilia Chancellor, London
Albert Watson
Cecilia Chancellor, London
Archival Pigment Photograph
1984, Printed 2008
56 x 42 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 10) on verso.

Albert Watson - Gisella, Paris
Albert Watson
Gisella, Paris
Archival Pigment Photograph
1990, Printed 2012
56 x 42 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 10) on verso.

Albert Watson- Sebastian in Issey Miyake, New York City
Albert Watson
Sebastian in Issey Miyake, New York City
Archival Pigment Photograph
1989, Printed 2012
56 x 42 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered ( edition of 10) on verso.

Albert Watson - Charlotte in Prada Blouse, Milan, Italy
Albert Watson
Charlotte in Prada Blouse, Milan, Italy
Archival Pigment Photograph
1989, Printed 2008
56 x 42 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 10) on verso.

Albert Watson- Keith Richards, New York City
Albert Watson
Keith Richards, New York City
Archival Pigment Photograph
1989, printed later
56 x 42 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 10) on mount verso.

Albert Watson - Christy Turlington, Luxor, Egypt
Albert Watson
Christy Turlington, Luxor, Egypt
Archival Pigment Photograph
1987, Printed 2012
30 x 24 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 25) on verso.

Albert Watson - Charlotte, New Mexico
Albert Watson
Charlotte, New Mexico
Archival Pigment Photograph
1986, Printed 2009
56 x 42 inches

Signed, titled, dated and numbered (edition of 10) on verso.

Sabine Weiss - Garçon sur Planche à Routlettes
Sabine Weiss
Garçon sur Planche à Routlettes
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1952, Printed Later
15 5/8 x 12 inches

Signed in ink on recto. Signed in pencil on verso.

Sabine Weiss - Violoneux, Porte de St. Cloud
Sabine Weiss
Violoneux, Porte de St. Cloud
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1950, Printed Later
15 7/8 x 12 inches

Signed in ink on recto. Signed in pencil on verso.

Sabine Weiss - Petit Garçon Regardant Oeuvre de Miro
Sabine Weiss
Petit Garçon Regardant Oeuvre de Miro
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1955, Printed Later
15 7/8 x 12 inches

Signed in ink on recto. Signed in pencil on verso.

Sabine Weiss - Je Suis un Cheval
Sabine Weiss
Je Suis un Cheval
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1952, Printed Later
12 x 15 7/8 inches

Signed in ink on recto. Signed in pencil on verso.

Sabine Weiss - Manège Petite Fille, Bastille
Sabine Weiss
Manège Petite Fille, Bastille
Silver Gelatin Photograph
1952, Printed Later
15 7/8 x 12 inches

Signed in ink on recto. Signed in pencil on verso.

Living Legends: Career Highlights of Eight Master Photographers

Harry Benson, Bruce Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Frank Horvat, William Klein, Norman Seef, Albert Watson, Sabine Weiss

12/27/2014 - 1/17/2015

INSTALLATION IMAGES

The history of the medium of photography is relatively brief, and the way we know it today stretches back only to World War II as a contemporary medium. Many of the photographers who laid the foundations are deceased, but fortunately some are still with us as key figures. This exhibition provides us with the opportunity to celebrate the incredible impact that eight seminal photographers have made upon the medium of photography through their unique styles. In the post-war era, photography was not as pervasive as it is today and a process of discovery and time spent in the darkroom existed within this kind of era of straight photography. Images had a different impact at the time with people relying on them to be informed about the world near and far. Today, with the advancement of new digital technology and printing techniques that make images omnipresent, many contemporary photographers utilize the camera for only its expressive qualities.

The eight individuals in the exhibition can be thought of as absolute photographers whose technical aptitude within the medium is as great as their use of it to creatively shed light on their subjects and present them to the world. United by a dedication to the craft, each photographer has left their own unique thumbprint and developed their own exceptional styles and choice of subjects. Capturing aspects of the world through perhaps a humanist approach of the beauty inherent in the day to day, artfully capturing the innovative and creative personalities of the 20th century, or presenting imaginative fashions in a unique manner, the distinct personalities in the exhibition celebrates the legacy and exceptional voices that each of these individuals has given to the history of photography.

Harry Benson penetrating portraits and incisive photojournalism bring the world to a standstill capturing the legacies of the world. His portraits breathe life into history, while at the same time preserving them for future generations. In order to capture these moments, Harry has spent over 60 years making sure to be in the right place at the right time whether with the Beatles on their first trip to the United States or capturing Robert Kennedy’s assassination.

Bruce Davidson began his career in humanistic documentary photography in the late 1950s with a renowned series on a youth gang in Brooklyn that was followed by a further focus on social groups and changes in America in the 1950s and 1960s. He tends to develop bodies of work as photographic essays and is often an insider looking out spending long periods of time with his subjects uncovering meaning with a visual vitality that is uncanny. He was the youngest member of Magnum Agency.

Elliott Erwitt is a master of the “indecisive moment,” images of people and animals frequently resulting in comedic commentary about the everyday world around us. His unique style is born out of an innate capacity for translating his subtle sense of irony, his wit, and his attraction to paradox into images so that he shows the innate humor in the often ordinary. Erwitt has had a celebrated career spanning over half a century and has been the president of the Magnum Agency twice.

In Frank Horvat career he has never limited himself to a single subject, nor to a single technique although he became renowned for his first fashion pictures in the 1950s. These pictures were highly innovative images that were more spontaneous than any contemporary artificial studio poses. He placed his models in everyday contexts shooting them in natural lighting allowing for chance and an element of surprise. Also producing serious reportage, Horvat moves easily from one genre to another, always enriching and renewing his evolving style and subjects.

William Klein was a painter by training and merged his concerns with painting and collage into photography. He developed an aesthetic of blurring, distorting size, pushing the gradient into photography with the emerging genre of street photography. He expanded these techniques in shooting glamorous yet innovative pictures for Vogue and other publications, breaking through the limits of acceptability in fashion photography. Klein often used unconventional wide angle and telephoto pictures, lenses to make his exposure in addition to innovative lighting and flash effects. His pictures have achieved the safe notion of conventional beauty while finding their own distinct voice.

Norman Seef has over the past 45 years been a photographer and filmmaker that has captured many of the world’s most recognizable faces— from Ray Charles and Carly Simon to Robert Mapplethorpe and Andy Warhol—in their most unguarded moments. The authenticity of his images reflects his skills as a communicator and his ability to create an environment for artists and innovators conducive to the revelation of how they function creatively. He documents the creative process and in doing so captures the passion and essence of the creators.

Albert Watson has brought his training in graphic design and filmmaking to creating an innovative aesthetic in photography whether he is photographing renowned portraits, fashion, or interiors. Utilizing a softly filtered range of colors to create a unique as well as sophisticated lighting has created way of lighting has created a meditative atmosphere in the photographs. Through the wide variety of his images reflects an effortless versatility, they are united by Watson’s technical virtuosity and unique vision. He has worked successfully in fashion, documentary, film, and advertising.

Sabine Weiss photographs people going about their daily lives capturing emotions through her innovatively humanist photographs. Her camera has enabled her to keep an authentic visual record of life and the people around her through the gestures, facial expressions, body language, and oftentimes even hidden thoughts that she deftly captures in her intimate images. She champions life’s small and fleeting moments. She is the last remaining living legend of the French Humanist School.

The eight photographers represent a cross section of the variety of voices that has shaped and enriched the medium of photography. Fortunately we can celebrate their careers and lives through their wonderful pictures. They have stood the test of time and maintained their originality. These eight legacies are seminal figures in the history of photography and we are lucky enough to have them around today celebrate their rich lives.