Two new Special Exhibits have just gone up on the I Photo Central website.
The first is by Charles Schwartz Ltd. and shows a wonderful selection of rarely seen 19th-century photographs of the first years of New York City's Central Park. It includes some of the first photographs taken of Central Park by Prevost. In addition other important and rare photographs by Holmes, Guild and Langenheim are included. Prices range from $75 to $15,000.
The second is sponsored by Vintage Works, Ltd. and features the new color work of Joel D. Levinson. This new work covers the English Gardens in Munich, Germany--a park known for its public-clothing-optional policy. The images detail the generally accepting and casual nature of people to the nudity in this park, largely desexualizing the context. This desexualization is fairly unique in contemporary art circles. Levinson's new Series is aptly named "After Eden".
In Levinson's words: "When I encountered the English Garden, I found a world I didn't know existed anywhere on this earth. Why is the English Garden unique? Words can only begin to explain. This haven is located in the middle of the city and people from all walks of life, cultures and nations are continuously passing through it. Above and beyond the park's physical beauty, are the people, whose freedom, friendliness and virtually complete unconsciousness of clothing or the idea that one is nude or naked I found to be genuinely sensual and inspiring, even if that was not their intention."
You can see these two fine exhibits, along with 43 others at: http://www.iphotocentral.com/showcase/showcase.php .
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 have not looked lately. In addition, over 66 new images have been added in just the last month to the I Photo Central website.