Anyone else tired of Tableau Photography? TP is a dressed scene involving one or more people that attempt to tell a story in a single image. So in its loosest definition, a lot of photography would fall under this heading. Tableau Vivant is the more strict definition and refers to the recreation of works of art in live performance or photography. Lately, the young photographers grabbing the spotlight and headlines all work in the tableau style such as: Gregory Crewsdon, Alex Prager, Julie Blackmon. But this style’s artifice seems shallow in a world with so much going on.

So when I visited the AIPAD Photography Show at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC this past weekend, I was not expecting much. Of course, the requisite masters – Steichen, Adams, Kertesz, and the more recent, Mapplethorpe – are always in the house. And I always love to admire their timelessness. But since we in the business of expressing what interest us now, I had to dig deeper. Slightly surprised I found what I was looking for with several artists. The three below are the most interesting and distinct of the six or so that caught my eye. They are instinctive, raw and spontaneous.

Anthony Lepore @ M+B Gallery

Los Angeles based Anthony Lepore’s New Wilderness series of photographs incorporates a mix of the natural and the man-made, making a statement on how both encroach on each others borders.  In such examples as the photograph, Cooler, from a distance one would assume to be an image of the mountainous landscape, upon closer inspection coming to find that it is only a reproduction of such slapped on a cooler. Lepore is taking Ansel Adams’ interpretation of nature and expanding on it, this is what human perception has come to. The photographer’s attention is to human invention and intervention.

Previous collections of the artist include Body Work, focusing on the medical practice, and I Would Make You My Own, addressing the need for relationships in the modern world.

 Olaf Martens @ Galerie f5, 6

Olaf Martens is now commonly known for his often bizarre visuals containing stereotypical Eastern European iconography, but he got his start as the German master of Street Photography.  Martens’ DDR 1979-1989 series, addresses the reality of Communism life in East Germany (the DDR) during the last decade before its fall.   These photographs serve as memorial testimony to the oppression of the state, affecting all citizens and their freedom of art/expression.  The photos in this series shine a light on life in the last years of the Communist regime in Eastern Germany.  Olaf Martens has the range and ability to capture intimate, ironic, and always startling images. Another thing i love about Olaf - THESE ARE INDIVIDUAL PRINTS ON ARCHIVAL PAPER. No edition of 10 in different sizes to sell like loaves of bread at your supermarket.


Christian Patterson @ Robert Morat Galerie

A Brooklyn based photographer by way of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Christian Patterson is Americana.  After discovering William Eggleston, Patterson got in touch with the photographer and headed down to Memphis to assist with Eggleston’s Trust. 
Sound Affects, composed while living in Memphis in 2002, is a testament to the influence of music in the city and the influence of the city in American culture.  The works are all visually striking; Patterson uses instinct and experimentation, to make for evocative colors and lighting that identify his unique style.  Christian Patterson’s photographs are produced organically; these are not premeditated images, and therefore provide the viewer with the feeling of an intransient moment. His instinctual connection with color inspires a primal feeling in the viewer. At least I think so....






i really enjoyed the show

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