GALLERY CHANGES: BONNI BENRUBI GALLERY is relocating from the Upper Eastside to 41 East 57th St., New York City, in mid-October. It joins several other photography galleries in the Fuller Building between Madison and Park Avenues. The expanded gallery space will be on the 13th floor. The first show planned is an exhibit of new work by Abelardo Morell… London's FOCUS GALLERY has discontinued operations. The gallery had gone through a major expansion just two years ago.
RETIREMENT: MARK HAWORTH-BOOTH is leaving the Victoria & Albert Museum after 34 years. He served as curator-in-charge of photographs from 1977 through this year. His successor is colleague Martin Barnes, currently curator of photographs. Haworth-Booth will continue to work with the V&A on various projects including curating a Lee Miller Centenary Retrospective to be shown at the Museum in autumn 2007. He is also co-editing a series called Exposures for Reaktion Books and is a visiting professor of photography at the University of the Arts, London.
OBITUARIES: VAN DEREN COKE has passed away. Born in 1921 in Lexington, KY, Van Deren Coke began photographing at 15 years of age. He entered the University of Kentucky in 1939 and attended summer classes at the Clarence White School in New York. He earned his M.F.A. in art history and sculpture at Indiana University in 1958 and later became Assistant Professor of Art History and Photography at the University of Florida. He served as director at the University Art Museum, University of New Mexico from 1962 until 1970, when he became director at the International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House. He was curator of photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art from 1979-1987. Coke received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1975 and a Fulbright Fellowship in 1989… DON HONG-OAI died on June 8. Born in Canton, China in 1929, Hong-Oai was first apprenticed to a Saigon portrait studio as a seven-year-old child. He later attended Vietnam University College of Art and began to teach photography. In 1979 He fled Vietnam by boat and became a refugee to the United States, settling in San Francisco. He worked with ancient Chinese themes and printed from multiple negatives to create a sense of timelessness and poetry in his Chinese landscapes, which often resemble traditional watercolors… Photographer JACK LEIGH died on May 19 after a long bout with cancer. Leigh's best-known image of the statue of the "Bird Girl" in Savannah, GA, became the cover of the best-selling novel "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil".