Tuesday, October 16, 2012

This summer, my family and I had a wonderful trip to Chicago to attend the opening of FILM AND PHOTO IN NEW YORK at the Art Insitute of Chicago. The show includes my father, Morris' Engel's photos and films in a group show that also highlights: Louis Faurer, Helen Levitt, Robert Frank, Paul Strand and Weegee. It will be up until Thanksgiving if you are in the area, but unfortunately, it isn't going to travel at this point. I attended the US Open in September, and I was very pleased to see some moving photos by Rowland Scherman of Arthur Ashe in a small exhibit there. The new Fall season is in full swing with many solo shows for APAG members including: Len Speier (NYU), Jackie Weisberg, (St. Peter's church) Harold Feinstein (Panopticon Gallery in Boston), Gordon Parks (Howard Greenberg Gallery) Philip Trager (New York Public Library) and Helen Marcus (The Century Association). There is more information about all of these shows on the APAG Facebook page. I had a wonderful evening several weeks ago at the Studio Museum of Harlem, and saw some great photographs in the main gallery exhibit, such as Sandra Eleta, Rachelle Mozman and Rene Pena. Downstairs was an exhibit of James Van Der Zee's photos interwoven with some very strong high school photographers, who participate in a special program at the museum. I was at the museum for a wonderful tribute to filmmaker Bill Miles, who unfortunately was too ill to attend. The entire program was video-taped so he will be able to watch all the tributes from old friends and associates such as Melvin Ming, Hugh Price and Stanley Nelson. Bill Miles is known for films such as "Liberators", "The Black West" and "I Remember Harlem." There is an interesting copyright seminar coming up from the ASPP, and the Aperture Foundation 60th Anniversary Dinner and Auction is on 10/23, and PDN Photoplus Expo will be from 10/24 - 10/27 at the Javits Center. The Radical Camera: New York's Photo League, 1936 - 1951 is currently at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco from October 11, 2012 - January 21, 2013. Regards, Mary Engel

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Hi, Last weekend Tory Lynford (Photo Legacy Foundation Project Manager) and I went to Photoville! www.photovillenyc.org. It is a small photo fair with photographs exhibited in shipping containers in Brooklyn Bridge Park on Pier 3. It is a walk from any train station, and was hot, hot, hot. However, you can take a taxi or have a car drop you off right at the entrance on Furman Place reachable from either Old Fulton Street or Atantic Avenue. Conceptually, it was very unique, and an interesting location right on the East River. I thought the larger format worked better in the spaces, such as the photos on Transgender Teens by Josh Lehrer. APAG member, Julie Grahame will be on a panel on music photography this Saturday 6/30 at 1:30pm. There have been some important curatorial appointments recently, which mean some changes in the photo world. Mark Robbins is the new head of the International Center of Photography,(ICP). Robbins comes from the school of Architecture at Syracuse University. Quentin Bajac is the new chief curator at the Museum of Modern Art, (MOMA). Bajac comes from the Pompidou Center in Paris. Also, Jessica S. Mcdonald is the new chief curator at the Harry Ransom Center in Austin, Texas. Mcdonald comes from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. I have been posting APAG member news for now on our facebook page, until our website is revised, which should be completed in September. Plans for our symposium are shaping up, and it will most likely be on a Saturday in late October. We will keep you posted. Have a great summer! Best, Mary Engel

Thursday, April 26, 2012

HI, It is already April, and the auctions were earlier this month, with some stronger then others. AIPAD, the annual photo show at the Park Avenue Armory (www.aipad.org) was last month. Opening night is always fun, as is the rest of the show, since I enjoy seeing many dealers, friends, and curators who are in NY for the big event. I enjoyed going to a seminar at Hunter College that Steven Kasher moderated with Joe Baio and a collector from Toronto. Both collectors were both very interesting and candid, and explained how they got started, and why they collect what they do. Went to the Brooklyn Museum for two great events recently. One was at First Saturday, which is the first Saturday of every month, and it is free! They had over 20,000 people that evening, which was a record. There was the Keith Haring Exhibit, Jellybean Benitez iconic DJ who had thousands dancing in the main court, and then Christopher Makos (www.makostudio.com)who gave a lecture about his work. He was a lot of fun, and talked about The Factory and Andy Warhol, and Keith Haring, Bianca Jagger, Liza Minelli, and many more who appear in his photographs. Also, went to the FIRST AWARDS at the museum, which was sponsored by The Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art, and it was an incredible event. 16 women were chosen, and almost all of them were there including Jessye Norman, Connie Chung, Toni Morrison, Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Susan Stroman, Faye Wattleton and others. I just read about the Nordic Light International Festival of Photography which is happening now in the Norwegian coastal town of Kristiansund, (www.nle.no). It sounds great and there are some important photographers in attendence, including Mary Ellen Mark and Martin Bell, Greg Gorman, Bruce Davidson, and our own Abe Frajndlich and I think Julie Grahame. I hope they give us a presentation at the next meeting so we can all learn about it! More soon... Best, Mary Engel

Friday, September 16, 2011

It is already September and the galleries and museums are full of many new photography exhibits! There were some openings last week, including ICP, that has the wonderful Peter Sekaer show, a moving 9/11 show, and a fun Harper's Baazar exhibit. Other new shows include the New Yorker Photographs at the Howard Greenberg Gallery, George Tice at Danziger Projects and Lisette Model at Bruce Silverstein among others. I try to take a day off from the archive every so often, and go to Chelsea or 57th Street to catch up on all the shows, and hope to do it again soon!

I got back a few weeks ago from Toronto where we had the 60th Anniversary of my mother's photograph, "American Girl in Italy". It was taken on August 22, 1951, so we had a celebration on August 22, 2011 in Toronto at a wonderful Italian restaurant called GRANO. It was in Toronto because that is where Ninalee Craig who is the woman in the photo lives. If you want to see any press, you can go to www.orkinphoto.com/news. Also, the opening at the Stephen Bulger Gallery was lots of fun, with so many people excited to meet Ninalee. She barely had a minute to relax and take a break, as she was so busy signing catalogs and taking photos with all her fans!

Back in May, APAG was invited to a photography conference in Warsaw, Poland, titled "The Archive as Project" and I wasn't able to attend. However, Grayson Dantzic went and had an incredible but short whirlwind trip, and absorbed every minute of it. He gave a presentation about APAG, and also discussed his father's work, who was Jerry Dantzic. Part of his background is Polish, so he really enjoyed also being able to learn more about his heritage.

I've been working hard on The Photo League film with Nina Rosenblum and Daniel Allentuck who are the directors/producers. We are trying to finish to coincide with the important exhibit about The Photo League that will open at The Jewish Museum in November. Many APAG members were also Photo League members, including Arthur Leipzig, Marvin Newman, Erika Stone, Ida Wyman, and the archives of Max Drucker, Sol Lipsohn, Sol Prom, Arthur Rothstein, Aaron Siskind, John Vachon, Weegee and my parents Morris Engel and Ruth Orkin. So, please go see the show to learn more about the Photo league and spread the word.


Mary Engel

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

AIPAD was already almost a month ago, wow, it felt like yesterday. It was a whirlwind of activity, seeing lots of old friends, and always meeting lots of new people. Of course, I saw everyone from the Howard Greenberg Gallery, but I get to see them in NY fairly often, which is great. However, I see some of these dealers only once a year, and would love to see them more often, such as Burt and Missy Finger, Wendy Halsted and Thomas Halsted, Catherine Couturier, Stephen Bulger, and everyone from the Stephen Daither Gallery in Chicago, including Stephen Daiter, Paul Berlanga, and Michael Welch. I went to two of the panels, the first one on book publishing. It was titled: PICTURES INTO PAGES: PHOTOGRAPHY BOOK PUBLISHING NOW. It had a stellar panel, including Eric Himmel from Abrams and Gerhard Steidl from Steidl, and it was fascinating to hear everyone discuss the current state of publishing, and the fast rising ebooks. How the ebooks will effect the photography art book market is a big question, but they are certainly here to stay. Then I stayed on for more, and next panel was about the current state of photography at museums. That was titled NEW CURATORS/NEW DIRECTIONS and included Brian Wallis from ICP, Matthew S. Witkovsky from the Art Institute of Chicago and several others. It was a very enlightening discussion that touched on what different institutions are exhibiting, and how they feel photography works with the other departments at their museums. There were several other panels that seemed really interesting, but I wasn't able to attend any others. For more info go to www.aipad.org.

More to come soon...
Mary Engel

Friday, March 4, 2011

Sam Shaw Book Signing - Tuesday, March 8

Tuesday March 8, 2011
Cocktails: 6:30 p.m.
Program: 7:00 p.m.
Admission: Free

The Players
16 Gramercy Park South
New York, NY 10003

Reservations: 212-475-6116

Join Lorie Karnath (who will sign her new book, Sam Shaw, available for purchase) and other guests as they discuss the influential photographer and film producer. As a chronicler of America in the 1940s and 1950s, Shaw's photos were featured in many of the important periodicals of that period. His pictures of a great Hollywood Era are legendary. (His most iconic photo is Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch over the subway grate.) Ever the maverick, he evolved into a film producer in the 1960s, producing many of the acclaimed films of John Cassavetes, helping to pave the way for independent filmmaking.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

2011 is going to be an exciting year for APAG, as we continue to grow as an organization. We had over 30 people at our last meeting at ICP, and hope to find a slightly larger space for the next one. We now have almost 70 members, with most people in the NY Tri-state area, however, there is a small group on the West Coast.

We are planning a meeting in late February, and also two workshops and more archive tours. They were a big success last year, when most of us had the opportunity to tour ICP's archive courtesy of Chris George.

I read about a great organization that I thought people should know about called Camera for Kids Foundation. It makes a lot of sense as photography is something I've always thought everyone should be able to do. Everyone should have access to a camera, since the results are so quick and satisfying, especially now with digital cameras.

I also wanted to mention an upcoming show titled, Esther Bubley: Selected Photographs that will be at the National Arts Club at 15 Gramercy Park. Jean Bubley who is Esther's neice, has done an amazing job archiving and promoting Esther's work, and has also been an invaluable member of APAG. So if you have a chance to go the opening, it will be on Thursday, February 24, from 6 - 8 pm, and stays up until March 9.

Thats all for now.