All tagged Black and white photography

Mark Cohen's arresting work at Danziger Gallery with a few animals that Sizzle spotted

Working in the environs of his small town of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Mark Cohen shows that you don't have to travel far to unleash a distinctive photographic vision.  Cohen got closer to his subjects and looked more closely at the texture of the world around him than anyone shooting on the street had before and went on to influence countless photographers and the way we see the world. Come join us at Danziger Gallery to see this wonderful work on May 10th.


As a Feature Shoot fan, I am always surprised by the fabulous talent I come across, one discovery being Ibarionex Perello, a famed photographer, lecturer and professor. I asked him his relationship to taking photos of dogs and this is what he shared, "I have always loved dogs. After I left for college, I was without a dog for years and it wasn't until my wife and I moved into our first house that I was able to have a dog in my life again. I think having dogs has made me that much more sensitive to them as subjects as I walk the street making my images. They are real unique characters and it’s that personality that often draws me to photograph them.

ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE, MY OLD BOSS, DID TAKE A DOG PICTURE OR TWO and some of them now appear in the new book entitled, "Robert Mapplethorpe - The Archive" by Frances Terpak and Michelle Brunnick

Thankfully I am able to expand on this notion of Robert and dogs to announce a new book out entitled, "Robert Mapplethorpe: The Archive", by Frances Terpak and Michelle Brunnick.  It is with painstaking detail that this meticulous collection of Mapplethopre art and artifacts are brought to life by the two authors. Robert Mapplethorpe was my boss and a prolific artist.  He, "challenged the limits of censorship and conformity, combining technical and formal mastery with unexpected, often provocative content that secured his place in history. Mapplethorpe’s artistic vision helped shape the social and cultural fabric of the 1970s and ’80s and, following his death in 1989 from AIDS, informed the political landscape of the 1990s. His photographic works continue to resonate with audiences all over the world.

As a dog lover and a lover of photography, what more could have drawn me to Elliott Erwitt's studio?  The man had been hounded by me for months since I started this blog, and we finally met up one fine day in January.  The girls and I sauntered up to the Upper West Side to join Elliott walking down Central Park West.  He wanted to sit a bit, get to see the dogs and let them sniff him before we went on our loop that ended up at his studio. A few stories were told and I must have passed muster, as I was invited upstairs for a delicious espresso that he made me.

Tricia Rosenkilde from Camerawork Studio reached out to me to present her gorgeous platinum portraits of animals. Her own dog, Katie, came from a kill shelter in Georgia; she was originally found in the woods with her three sisters, living in an old wood pile with no food.  The puppies all found wonderful homes when they were brought up to New Jersey by Eleventh Hour Rescue.

From its soulful origins of Blues and Jazz, to the vast lands filled with cotton, the Delta is the land of many stories some good and some bad.  Armed with her camera, Maude Schuyler Clay photographed those who have had all access to the stories and mysteries of the Mississippi Delta. In her book Delta Dogs, Clay photographs dogs as they roam the mysterious yet majestic lands of the Delta and their interaction with the people who call the Delta home.

My friend and wonderful art advisor, Barry Podgorsky, sent me this magical series of Bob Kolbrener works. Bob shares a bit about his new series, “AUTOGRAPHS”. "The photos address road signs and other auto-related subjects.  This ongoing series represents 5 decades of nomadic travel throughout the American West.  I believe my vision celebrates a sense of joy and freedom to what is otherwise mundane subject matter.