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!

M  oonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico.  Ansel Adams, 1941

Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico. Ansel Adams, 1941


London, Paris, New York...


Only 10 days to go before Under Glass opens at Le Petit Choiseul, and every picture is framed and ready to go.  But my journey to France will be a somewhat circuitous one – I've taken some of my best images in New York over the years, so I'm really looking forward to spending seven days there... en route to Paris!

I have a wish-list of locations to visit photographically, and top of that list are several places where the New York Subway runs on an elevated section above ground – remember that scene from The French Connection with Gene Hackman driving “underneath” the train? A good one seems to be in Manhattan on the Q line, near Canal Street; another out in Brooklyn, where Line 3 runs on Livonia Avenue. We'll see!

Before I go to New York, I'm giving a talk to Pinner Camera Club on my previous project, City Shapes, photographed in London. I've enjoyed re-visiting all my prints in readiness.

So here, in my opinion, is the best of New York and City Shapes...

Crossing Madison Avenue...

Crossing Madison Avenue...