OUR PICKS OF THE MONTH
© Imogen Cunn Ingham
“Phoenix Recumbent, 1968” is one of 200 prints on display at
the “Imogen Cunningham” exhibition in Madrid.
In America, Imogen Cunningham is considered one
of the premier modernist photographers, the subject
of numerous monographs and academic studies.
Along with Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and others,
Cunningham formed Group f/64, which advocated for
photography to be accepted as art. But it seems her
work is less-known in Europe. This month, 100 years
after her first solo show, Cunningham is finally getting
a full-scale exhibition in Europe. Fundación Mapfre in
Madrid has gathered 200 prints from every part of her
70-year career into a show that opens September 18.
The images represent all the genres she explored and
experimented in, including nudes, double exposures,
street photography and her well-known botanical
studies, such as the “Agave Design,” a series of images
shot during the 1920s, and her examinations of magnolia
blossoms, which she carried out between 1923 and 1925.
Her portraits of Martha Graham and other artists are
featured as well.
The accompanying catalogue, being published
by Kehrer Verlag, includes biographical and critical
essays by Allen Cunningham, Celina Lunsford and
Through January 20, 2013
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In 1998, Richard Misrach was commissioned
by the High Museum of Art in Atlanta
to photograph the American South as
part of its “Picturing the South” series.
Misrach, who was then best-known for
his series “Desert Cantos,” which explored
the relationship between man and land,
decided to photograph playgrounds, homes
and other places between Baton Rouge
and New Orleans that had been damaged
by pollutants from neighboring refineries
and factories. The resulting work, “Cancer
Alley,” is a chilling documentation of the
impact of industrial pollution along the
Mississippi river. Twelve years later, when Misrach was approached by Aperture about republishing the series in
its entirety as a book, he decided to return to the same stretch of land in Louisiana with landscape architect Kate
Orff to bring a sense of understanding about the rapid and permanent effects of industrialization.
The first section of Petrochemical America contains images Misrach made in both 1998 and 2010, the latter
of which document a few of the small changes being made to help create safer communities within Cancer
Alley. In the second part of the book, Orff, whose firm focuses on creating sustainable communities based on
biodiversity, uses detailed “speculative drawings,” including flowchart-like “Eco-Portraits,” to illustrate the
long- and short-term effects pollution has had on the area’s human, animal and
plant populations. In this unique book, Orff and Misrach have created, as noted in
the introduction, “[a] collaborative examination of Cancer Alley [that] points to the
past and into the future, implicating neighborhoods and corporate states … [a] new
thinking about how we can best divert ourselves of our addiction to petrochemicals
and to sketch the outlines of a more helpful future.”
© rIChard mIsra Ch
Richard Misrach’s “Hazardous Waste Containment Site, Dow Chemical
Corporation, Mississippi River, Plaquemine, Louisiana,” 1998.
Hardcover, 216 pages
This month the inaugural Unseen Photo Fair will be held from September 19 to 23 in Amsterdam.
Co-sponsored by the renowned photography publication Foam Magazine, the fair includes stands featuring
work from 50 galleries across the globe and three unique exhibitions. The Foam Talent Exhibition
showcases Foam Magazine’s picks for its upcoming Talent issue, which highlights young photographers;
Unseen Collection shows approximately 60 prints, all available for purchase at affordable prices; and
Unseen Exhibition displays the collection of a “world-famous international collector,” the name of whom
has not yet been released.
© Laura henno, 2008/Courtesy of ga LerIe Les fILLes du Ca Lva Ire
Held at Amsterdam’s Westergasfabriek,
a former gasworks turned cultural center
surrounded by a spacious park, restaurants
and cinemas, Unseen Photo Fair also includes
screenings of films, panel discussions and
networking parties. Happening concurrently
on site is Offprint, a book fair featuring
photo and art books from international book
publishers, designers and artists. Attendees
can purchase single-day tickets or a pass for all
five days on the fair’s Web site.
Unseen Photo Fair
“La route du retour, 2008,” by Laura Henno. Her gallery, Paris’s
Galerie Les Filles du Calvaire, has a stand at Unseen Photo Fair.
September 19 through 23, 2012
Amsterdam, the Netherlands