Issue #92  9/8/2005
News About The I Photo Central Website and Its Dealer/Members


Famous Faces Fine Fotos has joined the I Photo Central website group and moved its own website to the I Photo Central server and database. The company specializes in masterworks (limited edition and vintage prints) by 20th and 21st century photographers with an emphasis on famous and interesting people.

Subjects include entertainers, sports stars, rock legends, presidents, spiritual leaders, change advocates and others who have made an impact on culture, politics and even religion. The company features images from many top photographers, including Alfred Eisenstaedt, Yousef Karsh, Phillipe Halsman, George Hurrell, Roy Schatt and Andre De Dienes. Famous Faces is also a Master Dealer for TIME-LIFE and will be adding many of their photojournalistic images shortly.

The company, run by Robert Jones, also represents many of today's best contemporary photographers. Among them are Mark Seliger, Mary Ellen Mark, Harry Langdon, Len Prince, Neil Leifer and Patrick Alt.

You can find all of Famous Faces inventory on I Photo Central and on its website at: http://www.famousfacesfinefotos.com . Famous Faces is a private dealer, by-appointment only, located at 14547 Granada Circle, Leawood, KS 66224. The phone number is 1-913-851-1451. You can also contact Bob Jones by email at famousfaces@aol.com .



You can find nearly 150 new images up on the I Photo Central web site, posted up just this week. Photographers, whose important images have just been posted up to the website, include: Adam-Solomon, Aubry, Auradon, Baldus, Bayard, Bellon, Berthier, Bisson Freres, Cartier-Bresson, Demachy, Doisneau, Halsman, Hardy, Karsh, Lauschmann, Leifer, Marville, Nadar, Petiot-Groffier, Pruszkowski, Comte Roger du Val, Spagnoli, Van Vechten, Weiss and many others. This brings the total to nearly 5,400 images up on the website, making I Photo Central, by far and away, the largest and most important website for fine photography on the Internet.

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 Week" or "Past Month". You will see all of the great images posted up within the last 30 days--most just this week.


You will find seven new Special Exhibits up on I Photo Central, added to the other 31 current exhibits that were already on display. We have also continued to change many images and add to our essays for all our Special Exhibits, so they are worth another peek, especially if you have not looked lately. You can find all of these Special Exhibits at: http://www.iphotocentral.com/showcase/showcase.php .

The first of the new Special Exhibits is "The Crimea: First War to Be Documented in Detail by Photography" and includes a major new essay on the war and its photographers, plus 18 important and rare photographs relating to the Crimean War and one engraving (Fenton's photography wagon). To view the exhibit and essay, just click: http://www.iphotocentral.com/showcase/showcase_view.php/68/1/1 .

"Robert Doisneau: Seconds Snatched from Eternity" is another Special Exhibit that features important vintage or near vintage work by this French photographer, who recently set a new world auction record for post-war 20th-century French photography. To view the exhibit and essay, just click: http://www.iphotocentral.com/showcase/showcase_view.php/74/1/0 .

Ray Bidegain is a talented photographer from Portland, OR, whose work in hand-coated platinum and platinum/palladium just sparkles with creativity. Vintage Works, Ltd. has just become Bidegain's exclusive photography dealer. His prints are elegant and understated works of art. I was first attracted to one of Bidegain's iconic images, "Tulips", which I bought from a friend and fellow dealer. After promptly reselling the stunning piece, I felt I had lost a friend. In the search for biographic information, I wound up getting in contact with Ray directly. His unassuming and friendly nature just sealed the deal, and I found myself representing a lot of new friends in the wonderful images that I invite you to take a peek at yourself. These beautiful nudes, still lifes and northwest landscapes are featured in the Special Exhibit "Ray Bidegain: Precious Light, Precious Platinum", which can be found at: http://www.iphotocentral.com/showcase/showcase_view.php/73/1/1 .

Eyes are supposed to be the windows of our souls or minds, but then what of the window itself? Is it not a means to capture a symbolic message? What does it mean to look through, at and be looked at through a window? Windows provide a literal and figurative opening. They access light for the photographer and so much more. "The Windows of Our Souls" is a Special Exhibit devoted to this topic, which you can find at: http://www.iphotocentral.com/showcase/showcase_view.php/72/1/0 .

Vintage Works has also put up three Special Exhibits that feature some of the company's newest acquisitions. "A Few Favorite Recently Acquired 19th-Century Photographs" can be found at: http://www.iphotocentral.com/showcase/showcase_view.php/70/1/0 . "A Few Favorite Recently Acquired 20th-Century Photographs" can be found at: http://www.iphotocentral.com/showcase/showcase_view.php/69/1/0 . And, if you are either on a budget or just like a bargain, you can see "A Few Favorite Recently Acquired Photographs Priced under $1,000" at http://www.iphotocentral.com/showcase/showcase_view.php/71/1/0 .



I Photo Central photo dealer Charles Schwartz's camera obscura images will be part of a group show at Alan Klotz Gallery, 511 W 25th St, Suite 701, New York City.

The show,"Contemporary Obscurists: The Camera Obscura in Contemporary Photography" runs from September 15-November 12, 2005. It will feature the work of Stephen Berkman, Rebecca Cummins, Vera Lutter, Abelardo Morell, Shi Guorui, Charles Schwartz and Bill Westheimer.

The opening reception will be held on Thursday, September 15 from 6-8 pm.

Charles Schwartz has also published a four-color catalogue of his and Bill Westheimer's work with the camera obscura, which contains an essay by Gail Buckland on the work itself and a short description of Schwartz's camera obscura and how it works by Jennie Hirschfeld. Copies of the catalogue are available from Alan Klotz gallery for $15. Klotz can be reached at 1-212-741-4764 or by email at: info@klotzgallery.com .



I Photo Central dealer Vintage Works, Ltd. has announced the publication of its first limited edition book, which is entitled: Marcus Doyle: Night Vision/Intimacies of an Unblinking Eye. Twenty-six photographs by Doyle will be reproduced in full color and will be accompanied by an essay by noted photography critic Matt Damsker.

The 32-page book will be offered in a special edition, which will be cloth hardbound (plus color dust jacket) and slip-cased and will come with an 8 x 10 inch signed photograph and be limited to only 100 copies (ISBN 0-9771415-1-9), for a starting list price of $500 U.S. (prices will go up $100/20 copies). A softbound edition, which is limited to 1,400 copies (ISBN 0-9771415-0-0), is list priced at $39.95 U.S. Both versions of the book will be available October 15, 2005. If you order before October 15th, shipping will be included free of charge.

To quote Matt Damsker's essay: "The photographs of Marcus Doyle transform the familiar spaces and landscapes of the modern world into twilight zones--nearly surreal, almost alien, yet always recognizable for what they are…Doyle's large-format approach, with saturated colors that result from exposures as long as three hours, turns his unstaged tableaux into visions of exalted expectancy amidst man's tendency to trivialize. Indeed, it is as if these easily overlooked spaces are awaiting the arrival of nothing less than an intergalactic mother ship. But Doyle doesn't strive for any rhetorical or ironic effect, although his photographs are rich with aesthetic ironies. Photography, after all, is fundamentally about light, yet for the most part Doyle photographs darkness, painstakingly capturing the fugitive illumination that is always there yet often invisible to the naked eye. Just as ironic is the rigorous absence of human figuration, yet all of Doyle's deserted landscapes have been impinged upon by human development, urban sprawl or feeble gestures that aim to reincorporate the natural world where man has more or less rolled over it."

To view some of the images in the new book and for more information on the photographer, you can go to http://www.iphotocentral.com/showcase/showcase_view.php/57/1/1 .

To order copies of the book, contact: Vintage Works, Ltd., 258 Inverness Circle, Chalfont, PA 18914 USA. Phone: 1-215-822-5662; Fax: 1-215-822-8003; email: anovak@vintageworks.net .



A major redesign of the I Photo Central site is coming shortly. But while the site will look considerably different, it will still function much the same--only better.

Award-winning designer Eva Stoermer and programmer/data base expert Stephen Toth have been working diligently to bring this new design together. Expect to see a new I Photo Central by October. There will be more details in the next newsletter.