Kent, who lectures at the Victoria and Albert Museum and was a Curatorial Assistant at the Wallace Collection, said:
“[Rogers] is best known for her pioneering use of water and pools in her photography… [Rogers’] art plays with themes of strength and vulnerability, loss and beauty… creating ethereal and otherworldly images full of color and billowing fabrics. They have often been compared to Baroque paintings, in particular the likes of Caravaggio and I certainly think her multi-figure works, with all of their movement, really remind me of Rubens.”
Major photography exhibition (Now on view until May 31). Meet the artist on May 17 at 3:00 p.m. at the Museum for a special appearance (lecture and book signing)
Museum goers will be spellbound by the transformative power of the African masquerade, as the Boca Raton Museum of Art presents Phyllis Galembo:Maske. Her striking photographic series of contemporary mask rituals has drawn national and international critical acclaim. These large-scale images are nearly life-size and explore spiritual realms with brilliant, mesmerizing colors.For more than 30 years, the artist has traveled around the world to photograph participants in contemporary masquerade events that range from traditional, religious ceremonies to secular celebrations.
The exhibition is now on view through May 31. Galembo will visit the museum on May 17 at 3:00 p.m. to share personal stories about her work and her travels, the ritual mask ceremonies, and will sign two of her books at this personal appearance–Maske (published by Aperture), and Mexico, Masks and Rituals (by Radius Books and DAP). Her portraits are celebrated by the world’s leading fine art photography editors for their stunning resonance, setting her work apart from documentary and anthropological studies.
Galembo’s Art Work:
Otoghe-Toghe, by Phyllis Galembo. Aromgba Village, Nigeria, (2005), Ilfochrome
Awo-O-Dudu (A Spirit They Saw), by Phyllis Galembo. Freetown, Sierra Leone, (2008), Ilfochrome.
Akata Dance Masquerade, by Phyllis Galembo. Cross River, Nigeria (2004), Ilfochrome
They will be shown in concert with the Museum’s historical collection of more than 40 African tribal artifacts and indigenous masks in the gallery across from Galembo’s show, for a complementary perspective.
Through her lens, the viewer gains special access to the rarely seen other-worlds, as she captures the raw and sometimes frightening aspects of ceremonial garb. Masking is a complex, mysterious and profound tradition in which the participants transcend the physical world and enter the spiritual realm.
In her vibrant images, Galembo exposes an ornate code of political, artistic, theatrical, social, and religious symbolism and commentary. She has made over twenty trips to sites of ritual masquerades, capturing cultural performances with a subterranean political edge. Her photographs depict the physical character, costumes, and rituals of African religious practices and their diasporic manifestations in the Caribbean and Mexico. Galembo’s images reflect both the modern and ancient worlds.The fifteen portraits by Galembo that were selected for this exhibition reveal the meticulous detail and creative imagination of mask-making.
Affianwan, by Phyllis Galembo. Calibar South, Nigeria, (2005), Ilfochrome
“The tradition of masquerading is universal and timeless, and continues today in most cultures, including western societies,” says Irvin Lippman, the Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art.
“Bringing together the Galembo photographs and masks from the Museum’s African collection underscores the cross-cultural complexity of meaning and purpose. However, what they have in common is their vitality, power, and boldness of humanity.”
Aye Loja (The World is a Market Place that we Visit), Gelede Masquerade, by Phyllis Galembo. Agonli Village, Benin, (2006)
The costumes in Galembo’s photographs are worn in several types of modern-day rituals. They are created to summon ancestral spirits and deities during a range of events, including agricultural hardships,
land disputes, rites of passage, funerals, harvests, moments of gratitude and celebration. Galembo’s large-scale portraits in this exhibition capture the mask-oriented cultural traditions of Nigeria, Benin, Ghana and Sierra Leone.
While traveling and embedding herself for long periods in these societies, Galembo works with local assistants and translators.They negotiate the terms with elders, so that she may be granted permission
to make photos of these masqueraders.
“The translators often find that gaining permission from community leaders can sometimes be quite helpful during these painstaking negotiations,”says Galembo. “Once an agreement has been struck, I set my own lighting and place the subjects in front of a neutral backdrop that enables the eye to focus on the diversity of materials in each costume.”
Two in a Fancy Dress, Red Cross Masquerade Group, by Phyllis Galembo. Winneba, Ghana, (2010), Ilfochrome
The masks and costumes in these photographs are made from a wide variety of surprising materials ─ leaves, grass, patterned fabrics, burlap sacks, full-bodied crocheted yarns, colored raffia, quills, shells, and even lizard excrement. All of her photographs are shot as portraits rather than during the act of ritual. She is allowed to photograph her subjects at the very moment right before their rituals and festivities commence. Galembo prefers her colors to be brightly saturated, enhancing the spiritual and transformative powers of these garments. “I never see my subjects out of costume, although the masqueraders are always men, often paying homage to women,” adds Galembo.
Ekpeyong Edet Dance Group, by Phyllis Galembo. Etikpe Village, Nigeria, (2005), Ilfochrome
Despite secularization and fading traditions, masquerading in Africa is abundant, robust, and far from disappearing. Most of the photographs in this exhibition reflect sacred rituals, the spiritual aspect of masquerading rather than secular celebrations.By donning garments, the masqueraders gain access to traditional knowledge, enabling them to relay critical messages to the community.
Egungun, by Phyllis Galembo. Adandokpodji Village, Benin, (2006), Ilfochrome
“I like the way viewers can grasp the real stories behind each image. Every mask, costume and fiber of material can represent so much to the people in these portraits. Many of these subjects created these ritual costumes because a spirit inspired them. These are people who make masks and costumes that are very spiritually motivated,” says Galembo. The modern world also finds its way into these costumes and masks with the usage of plastic bags, cardboard, and found objects.
Ringo (Big Deer) Masquerade, by Phyllis Galembo. Kroo Bay, Sierra Leone,(2008)
Awo-O-dudu (A Spirit They Saw) reveals a ghost- like shape summoning ancestral spirits during the dry months or times of crisis, when spirits are called to bless the deceased and entire villages.Ko S’Ogbon L’Ate (You Can’t Buy Wisdom at the Market) is a tribute to mothers, goddesses and ancestors. The wooden headpieces represent an animal and a human, each sings a different song during the ritual. Affianwan (“white cat woman”) represents spirit and transparency. The stunning headdress of this work is crocheted from one long flowing piece of fabric. Two in a Fancy Dress and Rasta illustrates the cross of African and European traditions (fancy dress).
More About the Artist: Phyllis Galembo
Phyllis Galembo’s photographs are included in numerous public and private collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the New York Public Library. She is represented by Axis Gallery. She was born 1952 in New York, where she continues to live and work. Galembo graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1977 and has been a Professor Emeritus at Albany, State University of New York since 1978. Using a direct, unaffected portrait style, she captures her subjects informally posed but often beautifully attired in traditional and ritualistic dress.
Attuned to a moment’s collision of past, present and future, Phyllis Galembo is recognized for her ability to find the timeless elegance and dignity of her subjects.She highlights the creativity of the individuals morphing into a fantastical representation of themselves, having cobbled together materials gathered from the immediate environment to idealize their vision of mythical figures.
While still pronounced in their personal identity, the subject’s intentions are rooted in the larger dynamics of religious, political and cultural affiliation. Establishing these connections is the artist’s hallmark. Her work has appeared in Tar Magazine, Damn Magazine, Photograph and Harpers. She has been profiled on CNN, NPR Radio and NBC Today.
Other collections that feature her work include: Oceania and the Americas, Photography Study Collection (New York); the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Houston Museum of Art; the International Center for Photography(New York); the British Art Museum, Yale University; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library; Polaroid Corporation (Boston); and the Rockefeller Foundation, among many others.
MORE ABOUT THE MUSEUM’S AFRICAN COLLECTION
Complementing Galembo’s exhibition are more than 40 African tribal artifacts from the Museum’s collection, including headdresses and masks, each pertaining to masquerades and ceremonies. These are exhibited in an adjacent gallery, across from the Galembo show.
Pictured above are some of the historic African masks from the Museum’s collection that complement Galembo’s contemporary photographs. More than 40 African tribal artifacts will be shown in an adjacent gallery across from Galembo’s exhibition.
The two Kuba masks in the collection (Kuba Bwoom Mask and Kuba Ngaady-A Mwash Mask) are both from the Democratic Republic of Congo, recreating the Kuba dynastic history.
Another work in the museum’s African collection, a Bamana Headdress (Chiwara), represents a mythical character who taught humans to turn wild grasses into grain.
A Mossi Nakomse Headdress (Zazaido), is used in secular and religious rituals by young men. The Zazaido masquerade honors male and female elders at funeral ceremonies, and blesses survivors.
A Yoruba Crown from Nigeria is worn on state occasions, and reflects the spiritual connections of the ruler. The face represents his royal lineage and ultimately the god Oduduwa, who remained on earth and became their first king.
The collection also includes a Dan mask (Deangle), an Ogoni Mask (Nigeria), a Toma Mask (Landai), a Senufo Mask (Kpelie), a Guru Mask (Gu), an Igbo Crest Mask (Nigeria), and a Yoruba Oro Efe Gelede Mask (Nigeria/Republic of Benin).
ABOUT THE BOCA RATON MUSEUM OF ART
Celebrating our 70th anniversary in 2020, the Boca Raton Museum of Art
encompasses a creative campus that includes the Museum in Mizner Park,
Art School, and an Artists Guild. As the “Official Art Museum of the City of
Boca Raton, “the Museum has provided seven decades of cultural and artistic service to the community, and to many visitors from around the world. Open–10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. on Thursdays; and 12:00-5:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
The other night at Morrison Hotel Gallery inside the Sunset Marquis Hotel, the younger generation of today’s Hollywood came out to celebrate the unveiling of the new Condé Nast Collection.
The exclusive event was hosted by John Varvatos and photographer Timothy White. Co-hosts included Hollywood’s new generation, Tommy Dorfman, Adam Faze, Gulliver Oldman, Odessa A’zion, Duke Nicholson and Amanda Steele.
Guests enjoyed signature cocktails like Mr. White’s Red Margarita and the Diltz Daiquiri – both made with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey – and the Mezzin’ Around and Love Live Tequila, each made with Villa One Tequila, who presented the event
The Morrison Hotel Gallery Condé Nast Collection, an exquisite lineup of contemporary photography carefully curated from the extensive Condé Nast archive, featuring work from remarkable master photographers such as Edward Steichen, George Hoyningen-Heune, John Rawlings, and Bert Stern. Famed for their unparalleled perspective, these photographers have captured timeless moments that range from alluring and captivating to unconventional and provocative – images that will be on display as extraordinary archival prints for discerning collectors and lovers of fine art to view, enjoy, and make a part of their personal collection.
Curated by photographer Timothy White and Condé Nast Corporate Photography Director Ivan Shaw, this elegant collection features an exclusive grouping of 30 prints. From Joni Mitchell in a pensive pose to a temple-clutching Jack Nicholson and the ever-elegant Audrey Hepburn, each image was chosen based on having driven the historical direction of photography forward, as well as having left an indelible mark on fashion, art, and pop culture.
After its unveiling, the collection will be showcased on a dedicated wall in each Morrison Hotel Gallery. The prints will also be available for purchase online via all of the gallery’s digital channels.
About Morrison Hotel Gallery:
With over 50,000 photographs in our archive and 18 years of experience, we strive to curate the best collections privately and through our galleries, creating unique offerings to our broad range of diverse collectors.
About Condé Nast:
Condé Nastis a global media company producing the highest-quality content with a footprint of more than 1 billion consumers in over 30 territories through print, digital, video, and social platforms.
Bokeh is the blurry part of an image. It is one of the best effects in photography and is often used but still, not as much as it should. Since your bokeh is the blurry part of an image, it keeps the clear part of the photo in good focus and makes it more noticeable. In fact, bokeh makes the most outstanding effect in photography. However, to achieve that, you have to know how to make one perfectly.
Here are four things you can do to improve your bokeh:
Create your own custom bokeh
This is the first thing to try – creating your own bokeh. In any case, photographers have been doing this for ages.
The main way to do this is to make a cutout in any shape that you fancy. You will then place this cutout on your camera lens such that when you take the photo, the opaque parts of the cutout block the light in the right places.
Preferably, use a black paper to make the cutout. You can always start with the simplest bokeh. Just cut a hole the size of a coin on the paper. Stick the paper in front of the lens and when you take your shot, the part blocking the light will be your bokeh. It will be just perfect.
After you have had some practice with simple circles, rectangles and so on, go for shapes that are more complex.
Use the right lens
This is about the choice of the aperture. They come in two types mostly. Cheaper cameras come with octagonal apertures, which produce bokehs in the same shape. Costlier cameras have more blades or curved blade apertures and they give circular bokehs. If you have good budget to buy quality bokeh lens to add to your camera, you can expect to have the best possible bokeh for your photos.
Create a relationship between focus image and the bokeh
This requires you to be a bit creative, but the effect will be worth all the effort. The best bokeh is when the blurred image is related to the image in focus. For example, a goalkeeper standing with the ball with the net in the blurred background makes a striking effect.
A car in sharp focus looks much better with a big truck in the blurred part of the photo. The reason for this is that there is an interaction, especially when you take the photo of the car on the road. The bokeh effect will be much better if the focus and the blurred images are related.
Depth of field adjustment
Even if the background is out of focus, you still want to be able to tell what is in the blurred part of the picture. It is best to aim for a great field of depth. It is all about just how much of the photo is out of focus. Do not make the mistake of using a low value aperture.
Such has the effect of blurring a large part of the image. Since you just want to keep a small part of the photo blurred, you should use a high aperture value. Likewise, do not go for the blurriest background that you can make. The best bokeh is achieved when you can tell what the blurry objects in your photo are.
It took a one-way road trip for Jeff Langlois to cultivate a passion for photography. The adventure to LA brought forth stunning deserts and mountainous peaks, as he drove from Minneapolis through the Rockies – in a 2002 Honda Civic; eager to jumpstart a career at a commercial house called The Mill. The best way to balance out the fast-paced, unpredictable, and ever-changing environment that is advertising, was to break away and see what the west coast really looks like. Traveling solo allowed him to arrive in beautiful destinations and wait for these locations to unveil their scenic characteristics. Jeff notes that the best shots always come unexpectedly. Now while still mainly shooting the outdoors, he plans just enough to get him out and moving around, but his best and most memorable shots come unexpectedly. It’s about showing up and being patient and receptive to what’s going on.
Harvey Stein is an internationally renowned street photographer. His work spans Mexico to the United States, Italy, India and many other places. His most recent book titled “Mexico Between Life and Death” explores the idea of a culture living in a state of limbo. He travelled to numerous cities throughout the course of 14 trips in 18 years to complete this thorough body of work.
During his presentation at the Mexican Cultural Institute of Washington DC, Stein discussed his particular style and the photographic techniques that he uses to tell stories in his work. He was specific about his straight forward approach towards photographing his subjects to express stark emotion. Stein photographs people head on and without smiles to present a natural and whole form of humanity, without filter. He uses compositional elements, the placement of people, shapes, and 2D vs. 3D planes to create images that challenge the eye. Additionally, his use of film provides another layer of genuine expression in his art.
Stein made the point that although he travelled to Mexico for almost a decade for this series, he does not know Spanish. This did not hinder his ability to interact with his subjects.
Exhibit opens March 25 with ribbon cutting and discussion
featuring David Hume Kennerly and Susan Ford Bales
Pulitzer Prize winning and presidential photographer David Hume Kennerly’s exhibit “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford” will be on display for the first time at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The exhibit is scheduled to open on March 25 with a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. and a presentation at 7 p.m. featuring Kennerly and Ford’s daughter Susan Ford Bales.
“David’s work not only captured historic images of our father’s presidency, but also the personal side of our family,” said Bales. “We are blessed to have this beautiful photography available and open for the public to view.”
“Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford” follows Ford’s presidency from the day he was appointed vice president to the end of his presidency. The exhibit is a collection of behind-closed-door images, including the inner workings of the White House, the Ford family, and the end of Ford’s presidency after losing to Jimmy Carter in the 1976 election.
“Mr. Kennerly’s unprecedented access to President Ford and his family offers a candid look into historic events surrounding some of our nation’s darkest times while highlighting the president’s efforts to heal the country,” said Elaine Didier, director, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum. “We are honored to have these images on display and give the public an opportunity to view history as seen through the eyes of one of the nation’s highest regarded photographers.”
In 1972, Kennerly was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism for a portfolio of his photos from the Vietnam War, the Ali-Frazier fight, refugees from East Pakistan in India, and combat in Cambodia. Two years later, at age 27, he accepted an appointment to serve as Ford’s chief presidential photographer.
“I photographed every major event during President Ford’s time in office. I think the most important image that emerged from the thousands of photos was a close-up portrait of the president’s humanity,” said Kennerly. “It is a privilege to bring these images to the home of President Ford and allow the community to experience his presidency and the Ford family’s personal side.”
Kennerly was named “One of the 100 Most Important People in Photography,” by American Photo Magazine. He served as contributing editor for Newsweek for more than a decade and a contributing photographer for Time and Life magazines. Kennerly has published several books of his work: “Shooter,” “Photo Op,” “Seinoff: The Final Days of Seinfeld,” “Photo du Jour,” “Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford,” and “David Hume Kennerly On the iPhone.” He covered the 2016 presidential campaign for CNN, and was a major contributor to the network’s book, “Unprecedented: The Election that Changed Everything.” His exclusive photo of Trump taken two weeks after he was elected was featured on the cover.
“Extraordinary Circumstances: The Presidency of Gerald R. Ford” will be on display through Sept. 2, 2019. The March 25 ribbon cutting and presentation are free and open for the public to attend
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Secret Room Events presented a Hawaiian Style Retreat in honor of the Nominees for the 2019 Golden Globes . This luxury celebrity gift suite will took place at InterContinental Century City on Friday, Jan. 4th, 2019.
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AJ Calloway is an up-and-coming photographer who focuses on fashion and beauty photography. Recently, he teamed with @littlejohnstyle to create a luxe-meets-fashion editorial, which took inspiration from the celebratory nature of popping that cork on the bubbly for New Year’s Eve.