From Adams & Atget to Edgy!


New York is proving to be a hub of great photography, this week.

A wonderful show of classic Ansel Adam images at the Robert Mann Gallery, in Chelsea – including a huge print of Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico and the iconic Moon and Half Dome, Yosemite. Sooooo expensive: “We don't publicise the prices”!!!

Saw some lovely Eugene Atget photographs of Paris accompanying a brilliant Toulouse Lautrec exhibition at MoMA. The Sebastio Salgardo Genesis show has made it to NYC at the International Center of Photography – seen in London at the NatHist Museum last year. Impressive monochrome landscapes, some slightly over-Photoshopped for my liking. The contrasts were simply not-believable.

For my own work, we visited two or three locations on the Subway before we found a good elevated section in a gritty area. The stretch along Livonia Avenue at the end of Line 3, in darkest East Brooklyn, provided a suitable backdrop for the types of photos I had envisaged. I took the best part of a roll of HP5 there, so hopefully the journey will have been worth it. Edgy photos in an edgy suburb!

Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico. Ansel Adams, 1941

Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico. Ansel Adams, 1941