Karsh_Kennedy_Jackie_1957.jpgI first heard about the impending release of the Jackie Kennedy tapes a few weeks ago when a tabloid called looking for Karsh photographs to illustrate an article. I declined and forgot about it until the tapes started to hit the news and I found myself listening agog.

Yousuf Karsh photographed Mrs Kennedy in 1957, and here is his story:

"Widowhood and adversity had not yet touched the glamorous young wife of the handsome Senator from Massachusetts. Our meeting was at Hammersmith, her mother's home in Newport. I photographed her against a Coromandel screen that complemented her dark beauty. Weeks later, in New York, she saw me walking down Fifth Avenue and rushed toward me to inquire breathlessly about her photographs. Our last meeting was shortly before her untimely death, when she came to my exhibition 'American Legends.' She stood alone at the entrance, her quiet presence penetrating the crowd."

Jacqueline Kennedy, 1957 © Yousuf Karsh



"I owe graffiti for introducing me to the fine art world."

When the Internet began to become an increasingly necessary tool for business and I was still running the photo agency, I was oft peeved by the graffiti artist named Retna for having the same name as my company and showing up accordingly in search results. Licensing images to the press ensured we always had a pretty good presence if you Googled 'Retna' but as time has gone by the graffiti artist has won, and my old agency returns solely because they own the URL.

I'm happy to hereby contribute to the artist's ongoing success, and I actually rather like his work. Plus, he says he got the name from a Raekwon song, which is a better story than any I used to make up if asked.
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Opening at Amador Gallery in midtown NYC on September 13 and running until November 19th, 2011, is an exhibition by Lars TunBjörk. It looks to be most entertaining.

"Amador Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition of color photographs by internationally renowned Swedish photographer Lars Tunbjörk, featuring works from 1988-2002. This exhibition in many ways constitutes a trilogy, focusing on an investigative arc that Tunbjörk has examined through a series of lauded photo-books: Landet Utom Sig (Country Beside Itself), Home and Office."

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All images © Lars TunBjörk courtesy of Amador Gallery

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Nick Brandreth is a freelance photographer in New Jersey. He studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology, whose graduating class I used to welcome to my photo agency each year, prior to my departure in 2006. I was always impressed with the work and the well-rounded skills they learned from top profs Dennis Defibaugh and Doug Manchee. Nick is a contributor to various publications including the Wall Street Journal. He has a self-portrait in the About section of his website, something I live in hope for.

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All images © Nick Brandreth

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Stephen Bulger Gallery "is pleased to present 'Queer', the first comprehensive overview of Sunil Gupta's work to date. Exploring narratives of contemporary gay life in India and other parts of the world, he has tackled issues of gender and sexuality and documented his own experiences of living with HIV."

The Toronto-based gallery is holding a reception with the photographer this Thursday, September 15th, from 5 - 8 pm.

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Ajay Malghan hadn't been in touch since last year, when I looked through some very different, very personal work of his. I had been impressed with his attitude towards a grave diagnosis followed by multiple surgeries (see his light-hearted statement here.)

Studying hard in the interim, and taking advantage of rapidly-disappearing resources (a photo store going out of business; the impending removal of color darkrooms from his school) Ajay produced this camera-less series of fruit and veg - his statement on humans' modification of the natural world around them.

"Naturally Modified deals with how our intake has forced us to modify our crops in order to keep up with our methods of consumption. By altering genes and modifying these crops we're altering nature without fully understanding the consequences. There's a reason the cycle of corn (and other crops) takes as long as it does and I think we're opening up a Pandora's box by speeding up the process.

Nature has developed its cycles over thousands of years and we've managed to alter (them) in the last couple of decades... Our imposition on nature is distorting the line between what is needed and what we construct to support our needs. This is why (in this series) a lemon is purple or an onion is red; because with genetic modification, pesticides and fertilizers, they're no longer what we thought they were." Ajay Malghan

Ajay plans to make this body of work his thesis and aims to present large, mounted prints.

View the full screen magazine photo feature.


My colleagues Stella Kramer, Allegra Wilde and I are proud to announce the launch of our web TV series In The Loupe. Our first episode is an interview with John Botte, photographer and NYPD detective assigned to Commissioner Bernard Kerik on 9/11.

His exhibition opens on 9/11/2011 at Calumet Photographic in New York City. Proceeds from this exhibition will benefit The Detective's Endowment Association Widow's & Children's Fund.

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Tiny Ropes of Misery, 2008. Collaboration with photographer Anja Schaffner

Riitta Ikonen is a self-described "interdisciplinary artist creating visionary images through costume and collaboration." Working across different media, Riitta produces delightful work, insightful work, political work or a combo thereof. Everything on her website is enjoyable (try 'Fantasticology'); she's done some really cool things ('Mail Art') and won some wicked awards (Shortlisted for the London 2012 Olympic Bridges arts commission).

Riitta was born and raised in Finland, and now lectures at the University of Brighton in England.  She has exhibited worldwide regularly since 2004 and been involved in a myriad of creative ventures. Hat tip to photographer Janette Beckman for the intro via her pal, artist Ian Wright.

This was a tough edit to make so better visit her website and see what else you might enjoy.

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This is an important project that deserves your backing if you are in any way concerned about or interested in the business of incarceration in the United States. A nice lad from the north of England, now living in Seattle, Pete Brooks ardently brings illuminating photographs and true stories to our lives.

"I believe the United States needs to pursue large-scale prison and sentencing reform. We must stop warehousing people and be creative with rehabilitation. Prisons in the US are socially and economically unsustainable. As they exist, prisons are a liability ... and they are ignored."

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Senator Barry Goldwater, 1963 © Yousuf Karsh

Out of the corner of the eye I keep on Twitter I noticed my photo-network-pal Pete Brook mention Barry Goldwater. I followed his link through to The Photo Exchange and from there to the Barry Goldwater Photographs website; he was an avid and talented photographer, and all of Goldwater's four children spent time in his darkroom during their childhood.

The senator's estate published a book, "The Eyes of His Soul, The Visual Legacy of Barry M. Goldwater, Master Photographer (2003)" and on its web page Goldwater's son, Michael, writes "Famed photographer Yousuf Karsh, on assignment for Life Magazine, arrived at our home in Phoenix during the 1964 presidential campaign and spent three days surveying sites and checking the light without clicking the shutter once until the last day. The photographs were beautiful. Dad told me later that I had just learned an important lesson from a Master Photographer that he greatly admired."

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