Issue #56  5/2/2003
New Special Exhibits On I Photo Central; Plus Over 200 New Images Have Recently Been Added to Website

You will find four new Special Exhibits up on I Photo Central, added to the other 17 exhibits that were already on display. We have also continued to change images and add to our essays for all our Special Exhibits, so they are worth another peek, especially if you haven't looked lately.

Here are our four newest additions:

"New York City's Urban Landscapes", a series of New York images that have a special quality. Most are relatively inexpensive; a few are fairly expensive; but all highlight a special place that is at once familiar to most people anywhere on the globe.

"Paris at Night", another great city with the distinction of being the very place where the invention of photography was first officially announced. Paris seems to shine particularly at night. In this Special Exhibit, you will find everything from lightening striking the Tour Eiffel, to Paris' quiet back streets and alleyways, from its brasseries and follies to its street fairs. As you might expect, the photographers were mostly French or at least based in Paris. Some of Paris' top names are represented here: Laure Albin-Guillot, Brassai, Maurice Chanu, Robert Doisneau, Gabriel Loppe, Roger Schall, the Russian B. Lipnitzki, the German Germaine Krull, and the Swiss Sabine Weiss. But some of the anonymous wire services also made some contributions.

"The Stills: Gone with the Wind", which is still one of the most controversial and beloved films of all time. At least two still photographers worked on the film: Clarence Sinclair Bull and Fred Parrish, both under contract to MGM. Bull had a number of stories about his GWTW role in his autobiography, The Faces of Hollywood. The images in this Special Exhibit probably come from one or both of these photographers. The photographs come from Warner Brothers' publicist Robert S. Taplinger's estate.

"The Technology of 3-D: Stereographs", which, besides offering a great selection of stereo views from the 1850s to the 1920s, has an essay that gives a comprehensive history of stereography.

Other recently posted Special Exhibits include:

"Great Sports Photographs", which shows a diverse group of sports photographs from around the world, with a little something for everyone, including 19th-century images; rare, Pulitzer Prize-nominated exhibition prints by some of the greatest sports photographers (Frank Hurley, Bill Meurer, Charles Hoff); stop-action flash photos by Harold Edgerton; and others.

"Laure Albin-Guillot: Pictorialism into Modernism", which shows the scarce work of this important French woman photographer, who worked with the rare Fresson process (a carbon pigment print) as well as traditional silver prints. I've just posted up an essay on Albin-Guillot to go along with her wonderful images.

"20th-Century Czech Photography: A Dark Modernism", which has been posted up with some very tasty images from a large selection of top Czech photographers--from Drtikol to Sudek. We recently posted up an rather extensive essay written by Maria DiElsi Connolly.

"Trees: Knock on Wood", which takes on the subject with tongue in cheek and an eye for beauty.

"Images of War", which now seems somehow apropos. War is hell, so the saying goes, but some enjoy the pomp while ignoring the reality of the consequences of war.

"Silver Messenger: A Special Selection of Period Daguerreotypes" is a nice companion to our earlier exhibit on "Contemporary Daguerreotypes: Mirrors to the Past and Future." The latest exhibit is just a personal selection of relatively inexpensive but interesting dags. Most are a few hundred dollars to a few thousand.

Finally, "Louis De Clercq: Traveler and Calotypist" which--when announced--was only in the initial stages, but we now have up a large and important group of De Clercq negatives and positives.

You can see all of these fine exhibits, along with ten others at: http://www.iphotocentral.com/showcase/showcase.php . We are constantly changing and updating these exhibits as we get in new items, so if you have not looked at them in the last few days, you probably have not seen a lot of the material on display even in the older Special Exhibits.

You can also find over 200 new images up on the web site. Just go to http://www.iphotocentral.com/search/search.php and go to the drop down menu on "Time Frame of Posting" and click on "Past Month". You will see all of the great images posted up within the last 30 days, some just this week.