Issue #85  2/3/2005
AIPAD Show Coming Up Next Week in NYC

The Photography Show 2005, sponsored by the Association of International Photography Art Dealers [AIPAD], will be open to the general public February 10-13, 2005. The Photography Show will be held in Americas Halls I & II at the New York Hilton Hotel, 53rd and Avenue of the Americas, New York City, NY.

About 80 AIPAD dealers from the United States, Canada and Europe will participate in the 2005 exposition, the 25th such show.

Regular show hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 12 noon-7 pm; Sunday: 12 noon-6 pm. Admission is $20/one-day pass; $30/four-day pass. Admission includes the AIPAD annual Membership Directory and Illustrated Catalogue (360 pages, over 250 illustrations), which is a great resource for researching photographers and galleries and easily worth the price of admission by itself.

The Opening Night Preview on Wednesday, February 9th from 7 pm-10 pm is by invitation of the exhibitors.

In keeping with AIPAD's commitment to educating the public about a range of issues related to collecting fine photographs, the program includes free panels sessions on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the NY Hilton.

On Friday, February 11th, from 7:30 pm-8:30 pm, a panel discussion will celebrate the life of Helen Gee, who owned the legendary Limelight gallery/cafe, one of earliest photography galleries, and who passed away last year. Panelists will include: Stephen Daiter, Gallery Principal of Stephen Daiter Gallery; Gary Schneider, Artist; Margaret Loke, Writer; Susan Kismaric, Curator, Dept of Photography, MOMA; and Ann Thomas, Curator of Photography, National Gallery of Art, Ottawa Canada. The panel will be held in the Gramercy Suite on the Second Floor.

On Saturday, February 12th, from 10:00 am-11:30 am there will be a panel discussion on The Great Photography Collections of the Midwest. Panelists will include: Keith Davis, fine arts program director, Hallmark Photographic Collection, Kansas City, MO; Catherine Evans, curator, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; Ted Hartwell, Curator, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts, Minneapolis, MN; Tom Hinson, curator of photography, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; Karen Irvine, associate curator, Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College, Chicago, IL; and Elizabeth Siegel, assistant curator of photography, The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL. This panel will meet in the Hilton Ballroom.

On Sunday, February 15th, from 10:00 am-11:30 am, a panel discussion will pay Homage to Henri Cartier-Bresson. Photographers Bruce Davidson, Susan Meiselas, Joel Meyerowitz will be joined by moderator Peter Galassi, chief curator of the Dept. of Photography, New York Museum of Modern Art. This group will also meet in the Hilton Ballroom.

I Photo Central dealer Charles Schwartz, Ltd. will be exhibiting at AIPAD in booth 221.

Charles' exhibit will feature:

-Two very rich Roger Fenton images of Crimean War officers.

-Early and very rare prints of the construction of Central Park by Victor Prevost.

-A pair of vintage W. Eugene Smith prints of "Tomoko Uemura Being Bathed by her Mother, Minamata, Japan, 1971." One is a large, exhibition print of the very famous Tomoko image, and the other is a variant of this image.

- A collection of rare, vintage photographs made by Shinzo Fukuhara and four of his contemporaries during the 1920s and 1930s. The collection includes five Fukuhara prints, which are, of course, extremely rare and important. The other photographers represented in the collection are also quite significant in the history of Japanese art photography, and worked with Shinzo Fukuhara at Shiseido: Akira Ibuka, Kanichiro Shimada, Tadashi Murabayashi, Yasuo Hirai. Due to the Allied bombings of Tokyo in 1945, many of the negatives and prints by these artists have been destroyed, which makes this collection of vintage prints exceptionally rare.

- A collection of 10 portraits by the important NY daguerreotypist Abraham Bogardus. These are portraits of missionaries who were photographed just before they left for India (Arcot Mission) and China (Amoy Mission), ca.1857-58. There is also a portrait of Rev. Benjamin Williams Chidlaw who worked in Ohio and Indiana. The prints are large format salt prints (unusual to find), approximately 7x10 inch ovals with excellent tonality.

-And a very rare, historic photograph the Shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald by Jack Ruby, Dallas, TX, November 24, 1963, 9 x 13-1/2 inches. This is an exhibition print made circa 1980. It is very unusual to see the full view that is show in this print; most prints of this image that were published and released were tightly cropped. This photograph won the Pulitzer Prize in 1964.

My company Vintage Works, Ltd. has decided to not to exhibit this year at AIPAD, but I will attend the show and I will be available by private appointment outside of show hours. I will be staying at the Hilton from Tuesday night, February 8th through Wedneday morning February 16th. My cell phone during this week is 1-215-518-6962.

I will bring a small selection of 19th and 20th century masterworks, plus the color portfolios of contemporary photographers Marcus Doyle and Joel D. Levinson.

Some of the vintage masterworks that will be available for viewing include:

-Victor Regnault's circa 1852 "Bords de la Seine, Cours et Logment du Charpentier", a magnificient salt print of the riverside of the Seine.

-Bill Brandt's 1938 "Soho Bedroom" or Attic Room (Top Floor, A Night in London).

-Edward Steichen's 1932 "The May Pole (Empire State Building), NY Multiple Exposure" and an oversized 1921 "Isadora Duncan, the Parthenon".

-Peter Henry Emerson's iconic 1885 Gathering "Water Lilies".

-An important group of Charles Negre images.

-A possibly unique vintage Horst Paul Horst print of his surreal "Barefoot".

-Three published and exhibited large Lewis Carroll images of children, including the 1863 image, " Fair Rosamund".

-Two rare images by Man Ray, 1925 prints "Camion" (possibly unique in this size) and "Fin de l'ere Chretienne" (End of the Christian Era), both from the Breton estate.

-A circa 1970 (before 1973) print by Robert Frank of "Rooming House--Bunker Hill, Los Angeles" from his "The Americans" book.

-A large group of superb 19th-century salt prints by Auguste Salzmann.

-A group of fine images by 19th-century master Louis De Clercq.

-A 1946 print by Walker Evans of "The State Street Theater, Chicago".

-An extensive group of Julia M. Camerons.

-A platinum print by Clarence White of "Nude Beside a Cliff".

-A modern pigment print portfolio of Ten Nude Studies by Frantisek Drtikol (this edition has been sold out and this is the last one available).

-Several Captain Linnaeus Tripe images.

-A very important and possibly unique 1964 porfolio of 27 12-1/4" x 10-1/4" gelatin silver prints, mounted, in a loose-leaf binder, within a black cloth-covered portfolio, with title "HOPE in the BELLEPLAIN PROJECT. Photographs by Sol Libsohn."

Both of the contemporary photographers that I will also be showing are currently working with large scale, very limited color photographs with stunning effect. Marcus Doyle's work consists of striking, highly saturated color images of twilight and evening. All are environmental landscapes that in some way always show the hand of man. Joel Levinson has had two books to date, including "Fleamarkets" and "Joel D. Levinson, Photographs". A third book, "After Eden", which focuses on the nude English garden in Munich, Germany, is currently in the works. This work was very well received at Photo LA, which was the first time it was shown. Levinson has had more than 31 one-man gallery and museum shows and is in the collection of over 30 major museums and institutions.

If you would like to bring a specific photograph or group of photographs and/or set up an appointment to see any of this work, please let me know by phone (1-215-822-5662) or email ( anovak@vintageworks.net ) by this Monday night, February 7th.