September 18, 2015

Friday Round Up - 18 September, 2015

This week on Friday Round Up - Timothy Fadek, Unseen Amsterdam, Getty Legacy Collection, Mick Rock's David Bowie & Co, and exhibitions in Melbourne at Counihan and RMIT and last chance to see Ballarat International Foto Biennale.

Photo Essay:
Timothy Fadek - Requiem for a Dive Bar

American photographer Timothy Fadek's long term project captures the last days of trading for one of New York's iconic dive bars The Subway Inn, which closed at the end of 2014 to make way for a new apartment development.

The Subway Inn on East 60th Street and Lexington Avenue opened in 1937 and for 77 years the bar was a fixture of the neighbourhood. Fadek's classic black and white photographs take us into what he calls "a real-deal New York City bar" where a disparate clientele gather - some come for a quick drink before heading home, others to catch up with old friends, make new ones or to dance to jukebox tunes. 

Fadek's images are rich with atmosphere. Here the stale smoke, cheap aftershave and perfume assail the nostrils, split beer sticks to the soles of shoes and pitted tables scarred by the decades make impromptu head rests. Fadek says The Subway Inn has been an "after-work haven to construction workers, sales clerks and executives. This is representative of everything that depresses me about New York City. The loss of Times Square, all the great bars, CBGB’s, independent diners. All gone and replaced by chains. Like all things that gave this city character, The Subway Inn fell victim to a hot real estate market".

(C) All images Timothy Fadek

Getty Legacy 

In celebration of its 20th anniversary year, Getty Images has unveiled its Legacy Collection – an expertly curated retrospective of Getty Images’ most ground-breaking, significant and memorable imagery. The Collection will be released weekly in sets of 15-20 images available on the Getty Images app, which features behind-the-scenes interviews and videos with internationally renowned photographers.

“Over the last 20 years I have been privileged to bear witness to the defining images featured in the Legacy Collection, and to work with the remarkable photographers responsible for documenting the world’s most important moments. Many of them have contributed to this collection - and had an opinion about it!” said Jonathan Klein, Co-founder and CEO of Getty Images.

“All moments, whether painful, joyful, serious or entertaining, are reflective of the human experience. I am extremely proud to launch this milestone collection in our 20th anniversary year, a collection that, at its core, reflects the world back to itself through the very best imagery. I am grateful to the photographers who have created this extraordinary work and who are the true heroes of our company.”

Amongst the Collection are iconic photojournalist images from the late Chris Hondros (below)

John Moore's photograph of Mary McHugh mourning the death of her fiancé Sgt. James Regan who was killed in Iraq (below)

and Brent Stirton's deceased silverback gorilla being carried out of the jungle by an Anti-Poaching unit, an image which has helped raise over US$50 million for gorilla conservation (below).

The Legacy Collection also features entertainment, sport and historic archival imagery and will be reviewed annually with those images which are memorable, significant and ground-breaking added to the collection over time. To find out more visit the Getty Legacy Collection or download the app.

Fairs & Festivals:
Unseen Amsterdam

All About Me, Nicknamed Beauty Queen Maker, 2014
© Tahmineh Monzavi/Francis Boeske Projects

Naked Light #1, from the series 'Najima', 2013 
© Akiko Takizawa/SAGE Paris

Digitalis Ambigua i.a. - Normandy, France, 2015 
© Laurence Aëgerter/Seelevel Gallery

An initiative by Foam Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam, Platform A and Vandejong Creative Agency, Unseen Photo Fair brings together 54 galleries presenting the most recent developments from the world of contemporary photography. Dedicated to embracing emerging talent and unseen work by established artists, Unseen presents more than 80 world premieres of photographic works that have never been exhibited before at an art gallery, art institution or art fair. The galleries are complemented by artist-run initiatives in the Unseen Niches, and the Unseen Collection.

This year in addition to the Unseen Photo Fair is the 10-day Unseen Festival which celebrates photography in all its forms. Billed as a place for the exchange of dialogue, artistic expression, knowledge and ideas, the Festival is held in various venues across the city.  

Unseen Photo Fair
18-20 September

Unseen Festival
Various venues
Until 27 September

Last Chance:
Ballarat International Foto Biennale

(C) Boryana Katsarova Freezing

(C) Sam Harris Middle of Somewhere

If you haven't made the trip to Ballarat, an hour's drive from Melbourne, this is the last weekend for the Festival. There's some great shows to see. Visit the Ballarat International Foto Biennale site for details.

Book & Exhibition:
Mick Rock - Shooting for Stardust: 
The rise of David Bowie & Co

UK photographer Mick Rock is known as “The Man who shot the seventies.” As well as David Bowie, he has photographed Lou Reed, Queen, Iggy Pop, Roxy Music and Blondie amongst others. He also produced and directed music videos for the classic Bowie songs: “John, I’m Only Dancing”, “The Jean Genie”, “Space Oddity” and “Life On Mars?” The exhibition Shooting for Stardust coincides with the release of a limited edition book The Rise of David Bowie: 1972–1973, with only 1972 copies, each signed by David Bowie and Mick Rock. If you're in LA and you love rock music - and who doesn't - then get down to the Taschen Gallery.

Until 11 October
Taschen Gallery
8070 Beverly Blvd
Los Angeles, CA

Exhibitions: In brief

Group Show - Other Side

(C) Paul Batt

(C) Paul Batt

Curated by Paul Batt and Michael Brennan, Other Side features works from the pair along with Fabrizio Biviano, Nicholas Ives and Aaron Martin. Batt says the exhibition is "based on the idea that every encounter we have is a negotiation – an exchange composed of layers, conflicts, gaps and overlaps. No matter what your position, no matter how many others agree, there will always be a view that is different to your own".

Until 4 October
Counihan Gallery
Brunswick Civic Centre
233 Sydney Road 
Artist talk: Saturday 19 September, 2.30 pm 

Bronek Kozka - The Politics of Remembering

In the catalogue for this exhibition by Melbourne photographer Bronek Kozka, head of RMIT’s School of Art, Associate Professor Julian Goddard writes:

"Kozka castes a critical eye over some of the recreations of particular moments from war that carry strong symbolic meaning. In capturing these symbolic recreations he emphasises how such recreations lend themselves to speak about war and violence in a manner that falls so far short of their horrific realities. By isolating and distancing these recreations through the critical power of the lens his images remind us that history is told and constructed through language which can only hope to simulate history but never be it".

Until 24 September
RMIT Design Hub
Building 100, Level 10
Long Room
Cnr. Victoria Street and Swanston Street

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