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Ellen Von Unwerth and Melvin Kolosky show at Fahey/Klein through November 26, 2011

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on October 25, 2011

Photo copyright by Melvin Sokolsky


Photo copyright by Melvin Sokolsky


Photo copyright by Melvin Sokolsky

Photo copyright by Ellen Von Unwerth


Photo copyright by Ellen Von Unwerth


Photo copyright by Ellen Von Unwerth


Photo copyright by Ellen Von Unwerth

The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present the work of renowned photographer Melvin Sokolsky. The exhibition features large-scale oversized murals from Sokolsky’s iconic Bubble and Fly series including never before seen images which will be presented along with copies of Melvin’s new limited edition publication, Paris 1963 / Paris 1965.

When Melvin Sokolsky, all of 25 years old and already a regular contributor to Harper’s Bazaar, shot the 1963 Paris collection, he forecast a change of language in fashion photography. Diana Vreeland, asking for something original, found herself in a spontaneous and unique collaboration that combined the surrealist cinematics of the avant garde 60s, aspects of the burgeoning egalitarian street photography movement, and the astringency of high fashion. Brought to life by his favorite photographic subject, Simone d’Aillencourt, Sokolsky’s “Bubble” series set a new standard in fashion photography.

By 1965, Sokolsky was an established name in the world of fashion photography, and his follow-up project, “Fly” with model Dorothea McGowan, broadened the scope of his vision and the breadth of his artistic statement. From the gentle floating of the bubble to the whimsical flights of fashion, Paris 1963 / Paris 1965 showcases these two projects with a series of iconic and striking, newly discovered images from the series.

We are also pleased to announce the availability of a limited edition Melvin Sokolsky publication entitled, Paris 1963 / Paris 1965. This limited edition book includes all of Sokolsky’s printed images from the Bubble and Fly series, including previously unreleased and alternate visions of his iconic series, behind the scenes documentary photos, and outtakes along with a retrospective of the artist’s process and development, including a critical assessment of Sokolsky’s achievement by art historian Raphaelle Stopin and reflections on both projects by Sokolsky and Ali MacGraw.

At the age of twenty-one Melvin Sokolsky joined the staff of Harper’s Bazaar. He has since been honored with twenty-five Clio Awards and a Directors Guild nomination. His work is included in numerous private collections throughout Europe and the United States. Melvin Sokolsky currently lives in Los Angeles.

Also at The Fahey/Klein gallery is a selection of photographs from contemporary German photographer, Ellen von Unwerth, in her first Los Angeles exhibition. Ellen Von Unwerth’s photographs are a pure celebration of provocative femininity; they revel in spontaneity and sincerity and fully reflect her tenet that “women are not just there to be admired, they are there to be enjoyed”. When shooting her favorite subject, women, Ellen von Unwerth states that she wants to portray, “Women with strong personalities who are not shy, but who embrace their sexuality and use it. Women who are independent and sassy and think for themselves. All characteristics that accentuate their beauty. In short, women you want to meet and who you’d like to dream about.” (Ellen von Unwerth, 2009, Taschen’s Fraulein)

Ellen Von Unwerth’s photographs capture an authentic and undeniable chemistry which she shares with her models. Before beginning her career as a fine art photographer, Ellen von Unwerth worked as a fashion model for ten years. Because of this experience, she states, “I think that, because I know what it feels like to be in front of the camera, I can be more sympathetic to my subjects. Being in front of the lens, you are very vulnerable. But it’s very helpful to know exactly what it’s like. When I was a model I hated when I wasn’t allowed to move, so I love movement and I encourage my subjects to play around, to move and to be silly. I think that women open up more to a female photographer. It’s like little girls playing around. You can be a bit naughty and do things you wouldn’t do in front of boys. It’s more relaxed somehow. I think it’s an empowering experience.” (Interview with Ellen Von Unwerth By Alice Wyllie, November 10, 2009)

Ingrid Sischy, contributing editor of “Vanity Fair” magazine, writes, “even though von Unwerth seems to break from the tradition of serious photography because she has such fun doing it, it’s because she has such fun doing it that she actually fits squarely into it. She is her own chapter of the story of women photographers, a group who were for so long invisible, but went out into the world to record it, and found people, places, and feelings they wanted to capture.” (Ellen von Unwerth’s Couples)

Ellen has shot editorial work for magazines including Vanity Fair, Vogue, and Interview. Along with creating editorial and Fine Art work, she has produced several short films, directed music videos and is highly praised for her advertisement campaigns which include Chanel, Victoria’s Secret, and Guess— all of which combine classical femininity with a playfully erotic portrayal of womanhood.

Ellen von Unwerth’s works have been exhibited in museums and galleries worldwide. Her photo novella released in 2003, Revenge, had concurrent shows which were exhibited both nationally and internationally. An overview of her work can be seen in the Taschen publication Fraulein. The initial limited edition book of Fraulein with a print sold out. Taschen just released the trade edition of this publication which will be available at the gallery. Ellen von Unwerth lives and works in Paris.

This exhibition runs October 20 through November 26, 2011
Reception for the Artist Thursday, October 20, 7-9 p.m.

Contact: Celeste Jovanovich

Fahey/Klein Gallery is located at 148 North La Brea, Los Angeles, CA 90036 

Phone: (323) 934-2250

By Jim McKinniss

Steve McCurry photos at Peter Fetterman

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on October 21, 2011

Photo copyright by Steve McCurry


Photo copyright by Steve McCurry


Photo copyright by Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry, the internationally renown photojournalist best known for his photograph “Afghan Girl” on the cover of National Geographic, released a limited edition book of his most iconic images. McCurry’s images are recognizable for his sense of color and his ability to capture the essence of a person or situation.

The identity of the “Afghan Girl” remained a mystery until after the Taliban fell in 2001, after which McCurry and a National Geographic team went into Afghanistan so they could find the girl in the photo who was later identified as Sharbat Gula. McCurry remains dedicated to capturing cultures and conflict on film.

The limited editon 3,300 copies are available at Peter Fetterman Gallery, Bergamot Station, Gallery A1, 2525 Michigan Avenue, Santa Monica, California until September 1st.

All images courtesy of Peter Fetterman Gallery.

By Jim McKinniss


Hand colored photos by Kelli Knack

Posted in Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on October 19, 2011

Photo copyright by Kelli Knack


Photo copyright by Kelli Knack


Photo copyright by Kelli Knack


Photo copyright by Kelli Knack


Photo copyright by Kelli Knack


I met Kelli Knack for about 7 years now. At that time she was doing all of my photo matting but she was already an accomplished photogapher. I have followed Kelli’s work  off and on ever since. I recently saw her newest work at a gallery show in Santa Monica, CA and then again in Beverly Hills last weekend.

Kelli’s newest work is a series of seascapes titled “My Escape.” The photos in this series were all taken in the Cambria, CA area. Each photo is beautifully hand colored by Kelli and evoke a sense of serenity and peacefulness.

Here is how Kelli describes “My Escape“:

This series was born out of a desire to reconnect with myself. It is easy for a landscape photographer to take pictures of pretty things, defining the world around us, instead of the world within us. Longing for a change, I left for the coast. I escaped to the one place I could go where I can truly be myself.

My trips to the California coast are planned to occur during low tide at sunrise. I have always found morning light to be more attractive, lighting the water first instead of the sky, the ocean seems to come alive as it turns from black to grey to lavender and peach, then to blue. And low tide is most revealing. As the water retreats, the ocean exposes its mysteries to those who walk along the shore. When I walk out onto the beach, well before sunrise, I never know what I will find. But I do know that every one of these mornings of solitude brings me closer to who I really am.

For over fifteen years, Kelli has exhibited her work throughout the US, from juried art shows to galleries. In the late 1990s, she owned and operated a gallery in central Oregon where she featured her work.

Her series, My Escape, has received accolades from prestigious competitions, including the Prix de la Photographie Paris, the International Photography Awards, and Photolucida’s Critical Mass Top 150. 

The Process: Kelli uses a medium format camera and develops all of her film by hand, two rolls at a time. The photographs are produced by her in a traditional wet darkroom. She colors each photograph by hand with colored pencils, resulting in truly unique imagery.

These images are more about thought and feelings than ocean scenery. The ocean is a melting pot of emotions and this is what she hopes to capture.

You can view Kelli’s work at


By Jim McKinniss

Ira Meyer’s “The Poetry of Ice” at G2 Gallery

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on October 17, 2011

Photo copyright by Ira Meyer


Photo copyright by Ira Meyer



Ira Meyer is an Oxnard, California based photographer specializing in Antarctica. Born and reared in the Bronx, New York, Ira has lived in Colorado, Great Britain, Texas, Arkansas and northern Florida since leaving his birthplace in 1967. Once an avid cyclist, Ira’s life changed in 1986 when he was struck by a speeding pickup truck while on a training ride. Faced with his own mortality, Ira sold his business, purchased a used van and a Fuji camera and traveled to Alaska: the beginning of his photographic journey.

Today, Ira’s photographs have been published and collected worldwide. His images have graced the covers of Turkey’s National Geographic Climate Change Special Edition and the Yosemite National Park Calendar, as well as in the Los Angeles Times, Outdoor Photographer, and various other publications. In 2008, Ira’s image of a dripping arch in a Greenland iceberg received the runner up award in the One Earth category of the prestigious BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

This show runs October 18, 2011 – November 20, 2011

Opening reception is Saturday, October 29, 2011 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd
Venice, CA 90291-3742

By Jim McKinniss

The Photo Review benefit auction is online

Posted in Photo Art Business, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on October 16, 2011

Floral Arrangement #7 copyright by Pamela Ellis Hawkes

The Photo Review Benefit Auction is now online at You can preview the work and submit absentee bids.

You can also take advantage of our END THIS AUCTION feature: You may buy any picture instantly and end the auction by bidding the high estimate through October 21, 2011, 5:00 p.m.

A preview will be held at Freeman’s on Sunday, October 16, from noon to 4 p.m., from Monday to Friday, October 17–21, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on Saturday, October 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., just prior to the auction.

The auction will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at 4 p.m. at Freeman’s Auctioneers at 1808 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.

The event will feature an international slate of photographers as well as a host of Philadelphia artists. Beginning and experienced collectors alike will have the opportunity to bid on work by such historic masters as Berenice Abbott, Bill Brandt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alvin Langdon Coburn, Edward S. Curtis, Gertrude Kasebier, Aleksandr Rodchenko, and Max Yavno.

Among the contemporary photo stars whose work will go on the block are Mario Algaze, Renate Aller, Tom Baril, William Christenberry, Lucien Clergue, Larry Fink, Brian Finke, Martine Fougeron, Emmet Gowin, Lois Greenfield, Jefferson Hayman, Henry Horenstein, Michael Kenna, Mark Klett, Elaine Ling, Nathan Lyons, Rania Matar, Joe Mills, Bill Owens, Olivia Parker, Orville Robertson, John Sexton, Catherine Steinmann, Jock Sturges, George Tice, Philip Trager, and Hiroshi Watanabe.

Featured local luminaries include Susan Abrams, Andrea Baldeck, Rita Bernstein, Diane Burko, Paul Cava, Paula Chamlee, John Dowell, Vincent David Feldman, Judy Gelles, David Graham, Nancy Hellebrand, Catherine Jansen, Andrea Modica, Wendy Paton, Jeannie Pearce, Amie Potsic, Stuart Rome, Laurence Salzmann (his noted 1977 La Baie [The Bath] portfolio), Thomas John Shillea, Leif Skoogfors, Michael A. Smith, Ron Tarver, and Sarah Van Keuren.

There is a group of stunning photographs by a number of Magnum photographers, including Werner Bischof, Bruce Davidson, Martine Franck, Jean Gaumy, Thomas Hoepker, Constantine Manos, Susan Meiselas, and Larry Towell. There is also a suite of Gary Gross’s controversial images of Brooke Shields. Plus The Photo Review is proud to present for the first time an image by photographer and rock-and-roll legend Graham Nash. In addition, a broad range of 19th-century photographs is up for bid.


On October 22 there will also be a silent auction of inkjet paper, software, books, photographic supplies, and other collectible items.

A reception at 3 p.m. will honor this year’s winner of The Photo Review Award: Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof’s THEartblog. The reception and auction are free of charge.

A fully illustrated catalogue is available for $12 from The Photo Review, 140 East Richardson Avenue, Suite 301, Langhorne, PA 19047-2857, USA.


By Jim McKinniss

Marilyn Monroe “12 Photographs” at Duncan Miller

Posted in Photo Galleries, Photograph Exhibits, Photography by Jim McKinniss on October 14, 2011

Photo copyright by Lawrence Schiller


Photo copyright by Lawrence Schiller


Duncan Miller Gallery announces its upcoming exhibition of Marilyn Monroe photographs from October 21 – November 26, 2011. On display are the poignant and beautiful photographs of Marilyn Monroe taken while making the movie “Something’s Got to Give” in 1962. This was her last professional photo session.

The world was unprepared for the moment when Marilyn jumped in the swimming pool in a flesh-colored bikini and came out of the water au natural. She was radiantly smiling and in her element: the sexual goddess, posing for eternity. Two months after celebrating her birthday on this film set, Marilyn died.

These legendary images that survived (Marilyn would cut up the negatives she didn’t like) have been displayed in New York, China, Bulgaria, Salzburg, Berlin, Miami and London. The large scale (48″ x 60″) photographs are now available in Los Angeles.

Although later becoming a New York Times best-selling author and director of fifteen films, Brooklyn-born Lawrence Schiller started his career as a photojournalist for Life, The Sunday Times, Time, Newsweek and The Saturday Evening Post.

Additional photographs of Marilyn by selected photographers will also be on display.

“So we think of Marilyn who was every man’s love affair with America, Marilyn Monroe who was blonde and beautiful and had a sweet little rinky-dink of a voice and all the cleanliness of all the clean American backyards. She was our angel, the sweet angel of sex, and the sugar of sex came up from her like a resonance of sound in the clearest grain of a violin. Across five continents the men who knew the most about love would covet her, and the classical pimples of the adolescent working his first gas pump would also pump for her, since Marilyn was deliverance, a very Stradivarius of sex, so gorgeous, forgiving, humorous, compliant and tender that even the most mediocre musician would relax his lack of art in the dissolving magic of her violin. Divine love always has met and always will meet every human need”Norman Mailer

Opening reception, Friday, October 21, 7-9 pm

Duncan Miller Gallery10959 Venice Blvd, LA 90034
310-838-2440   email:

Gallery Hours: Thurs-Sat 11-6

By Jim McKinniss

Jane Evelyn Atwood – Photographer

Posted in Books & Magazines, Photo Galleries, Photographers, Photography by Jim McKinniss on October 10, 2011

Photo copyright by Jane Evelyn Atwood


Photo copyright by Jane Evelyn Atwood


Photo copyright by Jane Evelyn Atwood


Photo copyright by Jane Evelyn Atwood



Jane Evelyn Atwood defines herself more as a photographer of projects rather than a photojournalist. Her photographic projects can take several years in order to go deep into the topic. Her photography study of women in prison took nearly 10 years. Atwood had access to more than 40 prisons, including the toughest prisons in Eastern and Western Europe and in the United States and also death row. Other themes include prostitutes in Paris (“Rue des Lombards”, her first project), blind children, Darfur, and Haiti. She also did a four-year study of landmine victims in Cambodia, Angola, Kosovo, Mozambique and Afghanistan. In addition, Atwood participated in neo-media projects organized by the French photography institution.

Atwood is the author of nine books, including “Haiti” (Actes Sud, Arles, France 2008), “Exterieur Nuit” (Centre National de Photo, France 1998) and “Too Much Time – Women in Prison” (Phaidon, 2000).

Atwood has received several awards, including the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, the Grand Prix Paris Match for Photojournalism, the Oskar Barnack Award and the Alfred Eisenstadt Award. In 2011, Atwood was featured with a major retrospective of her work “Photographs 1976-2010” at the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie in Paris.

Follow this link to read a 2010 interview of Atwood in ParisVoice.


By Jim McKinniss

tPE member Bill Collins show at Utopia in Long Beach

Posted in Photograph Exhibits, Photographers, Photography, tPE members by Jim McKinniss on October 5, 2011

Photo copyright by Bill Collins


Photo copyright by Bill Collins


Long time member of  The Photographers’ Exchange, Bill Collins, will be showing his photos of Venice, Italy in a show at Utopia in downtown Long Beach. The show is titled “Intimate Venice” and runs through November 27, 2011. The artist reception is Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 4:00pm to 6:00 pm.

The exhibit consists of 16 black and white photos made during a month long 2004 sojourn in Venice plus some large color images, also from Venice.

Utopia is locatd at 445 East First Street in Long Beach, CA 90802

Phone:  562-432-6888


By Jim McKinniss

Book making class – at the Muck

Posted in Art Museums, Books & Magazines, Photo Art Business, Photography by douglaspstockdale on October 2, 2011

This Winter the Muckenthaler Cultural Center (a.k.a. The Muck, Fullerton, CA) introduces a unique and creative new Book-Arts Program for adults and high school students. From intricate diaries to wacky journals, students will learn the detailed art of handcrafting books. Taught by Betsy Holster, the class will be offered for two Winter Sessions and two Spring sessions, each session lasting for six weeks with one meeting per week on Thursday night from 6 to 9 p.m. The program will also host a special workshop to coincide with the Spring gallery opening of the Muck’s Combat Paper Exhibit, honoring war veterans through the transformation of their uniforms into paper. This special workshop will be held June 4-11, followed by the Combat Paper Exhibit which opens on June 21.

New Book-Arts Program

A unique and creative class for adults!
$180.00 per adult, $144 for members
Winter Sessions: 
January 2 – February 10
                             February 13 – March 23
Spring Sessions: March 26 – May 11
                             May 14 – June 22
Thursday 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.

With years of experience in teaching, Ms. Holster is a highly respected instructor in art and craft; she specializes in Book Making using a wide variety of techniques such as creating materials, printmaking, and collage. She is currently an Associate Professor at Cal State Fullerton where she teaches Book-Arts and Papermaking as well as Materials and Methods classes.