RECEPTION Thursday, March 01, 2018, 6-9pmRSVP ARTIST TALK & PANEL Friday, March 02, 5-7pm RSVP LEICA AKADEMIE WORKSHOP Saturday – Sunday, March 3rd & 4th, 10am-6pm REGISTER ON VIEW March 01 – April 29, 2018
Leica Gallery Boston in collaboration with Leica Gallery Istanbul is proud to present, for the first time in North America, THE MYTH OF MEN by Ahmet Polat from March 01 through April 29th 2018. The opening reception is on March 1st, from 6pm to 9pm, followed by an Artist Talk on March 2nd from 5pm to 7pm with panelist Maggie Cavallo and Anthony Palocci Jr, co-directors of Castledrone, moderated by Leica Gallery Boston Curator, Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez. . Ahmet Polat will also host a Leica Akademie Workshop March 3rd and 4th, titled Reframing the Frame: Reflective Visual Storytelling, limited to 12 participants.
This exhibition is part of an ongoing theatre, film and photographic collaboration between Ahmet Polat, Lucas de Man (theatre,storyteller) and Rashif EL Kaoui (radio, actor). “The Myth of Men” exhibition premiered at Leica Gallery Istanbul during the Istanbul Biennial in 2017, and simultaneously began its theatre production at Zuidplein Theatre in Rotterdam, currently on tour throughout the Netherlands and Belgium.
The project was initiated in the Netherlands and continued in Turkey, with interviews and photo- and film shoots. “The Myth of Men” was shot through the implementation of innovative production methods, using Leica cinematic lenses, enabling Polat to output stunning moving images and stills. The visual representation and narrative of Polat’s project has the characteristics of an experimental documentary, portraying people from different geographies bearing different identities, while still accessible and evocative of its theme. In its iteration at Leica Gallery Boston, Polat presents a video and photographic installation revealing the multiple layers of manhood presented in The Myth of Men. Polat immerses himself in multiple situations and happenings and takes on a personal approach beginning from the character’s social status and identity, down to their relationship with city, ways of living, traditions, and individual perspectives.
“The topic of “men” is not the first myth Ahmet Polat has aimed to shake up. His dual identity allows for him to be suspicious of accepted truths yet gives him a birds eye view of the communities he is in. Polat experiences and anticipates the outcomes of injustices, and instead of focusing on the results of preconceived notions, he looks beyond and into their historical backgrounds. His method is scientific, his language unifying, and his discourse engaging to all minds. He implemented this approach when questioning the Turkish identity, Dutch society, and African descendants in Turkey. In “The Myth of Men” his research is directed towards a global audience. “Men” is a broader concept that uneases all groups and genders. We will have to open up and face our true beliefs about what a man is and what a woman is in 2018. This will hopefully help create better listeners, happier relationships, more conscious parents, a fresh look on patriarchy and it’s spoken and physical violence. Leica Gallery İstanbul is proud to have hosted the premiere exhibition of “The Myth of Men” and to have organized various discussion groups on this topic during the course of the show “
Yasemin Elci, Curator and Gallery Manager at Leica Gallery Istanbul
Ahmet Polat is a photographer whose work is connected to his habit of observation and directing. Motivated to capture the unexpected, the quality of his work has earned the deserved respect of serious critique. Since graduating from the St Joost Academy in Holland, Ahmet has won several awards and grants like the ICP Infinity Award 2006, Laureate Photographer of the Dutch Nation 2015 and he has exhibited, lectured and published prolifically, ranking Bozarts in Brussels, the Istanbul Modern, Rijksmuseum, FOAM and Stedelijk Amsterdam, the NY Times, French and Turkish Vogue as some of the prestiges places. Born of a Dutch mother and Turkish father, Ahmet integrates his bi-cultural perspective in all his work.
“Reality-Deconstructed”, by Michael Benari. The Boston / New York based artist, examines the urban landscape through the use of abstract photographic visual language. Benari, who shot the photographs exclusively with his Leica M6, utilizing black and white film, used the landscape to create his own ocular vocabulary. Reality-Deconstructed surveys nature and architecture through a selection of Benari’s projects, including: “Guggenheim Museum Bilbao”, “Nature Abstracted” and “Holocaust Memorial Berlin”. He aims to use these visual elements in ways that surprise, and at times, provoke, so as to invite the viewer into new realms. Benari’s work questions what we assume to know and his use of abstraction further challenges our understanding of what defines photography.
It’s been said that all reality is ultimately abstract, meaning that our shared perception is ultimately filtered by our own, personal, yet still, universal experience as living, conscious beings. —– Michael Benari 2017
Michael Benari is a Boston / New York based artist working in black and white, film and digital. His educational training is in science and medicine but ten years ago he decided to commit fully to art and photography. Essentially self-taught, he has drawn inspiration from the lives and works of Minor White, Aaron Siskind, Callum Innes, Richard Serra and many others.
Benari has had several individual and group exhibitions, in Boston, New York and Tel Aviv. He has also published four books covering several completed projects including SHOAH and most recently GREY published the spring of 2017.The exhibition will be on view January 04 – February 25, 2018 with an opening reception January 18, 6-9pm, and an artist talk and book signing, February 1st, 5-7pm.
Jim Marshall (1936-2010) has been called the most celebrated and prolific photographer of the twentieth century. During the extraordinary rise of popular culture and counterculture in the 1960s, Marshall seemed to be everywhere that mattered. His images of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Brian Jones and Johnny Cash, amongst many more, are woven into the lore of the era. Because Jim lived life alongside his subjects and never betrayed their trust, he was granted second-to-none access. Jim Marshall and Leica Camera are synonymous. Jim used his beloved Leica cameras up until his death in 2010.
Before Jim walked out his front door, he always reached for a Leica to put on his shoulder. It was a ritual he performed every day of his life. Every iconic photograph Jim took was captured with his Leica camera. As Jim once said, “it’s never been just a job it’s been my life.”
The exhibit includes photographs from the book “Jim Marshall: Jazz Festival” published by Reel Art Press, and will feature historic artifacts from his life.
Jazz Festival will debut at the Leica Gallery Boston on view November 02 – December 31, 2017. With a guest panel and book signing with Amelia Davis, Marshall’s assistant for 13 years and now the sole owner and operator of Marshall’s archive of photography, from 5-6pm followed by a reception from 6-9pm.
Organized byBoston Center for the Artsand Bodega, the inaugural Boston Art Book Fair is an innovative and cutting edge event where international and local artists, thinkers, collectors, publishers and anyone drawn to the rich intersection of text and image convene to celebrate and trade print in all forms—including art books, zines, prints, catalogs and analog recordings.
Boston Art Book Fair brings together exhibitors and collectors for a full weekend of presentations and programming that facilitates progressive discourse and encourages publishers and patrons at all levels to embrace print as a celebration of the cultural vanguard.
The Leica Gallery Boston is proud to unveil, for the first time in New England, Alain Laboile’s Quotidian from August 31st through October 29th. The opening reception is September 21st, from 6pm – 9pm, followed by an Artist Talk on September 22nd from 5pm – 7pm. Alain Laboile will also be host a Leica Akademie Workshop on September 23rd, from 10am – 6pm. Quotidian, the word for “daily,” captures just that through a series of photographs by the artist. It is a testimony to Laboile’s life with his family in the French countryside, showing what he calls “intemporality,” or timelessness, and the universality of childhood. A sculptor by training, Laboile began his journey with photography in order to document his creations. As he became accustomed to photography, he turned the camera around and began capturing his own life and family. The free-spirited and carefree nature of his children became the primary theme of his artwork. “Though my work is deeply personal, it is also accessible, addressing human nature and allowing viewers to enter my world and reflect on their own childhoods,” says Laboile.
Without any staging, Laboile catches them in symbiosis with nature. The house, the field, the woods and the pond are some of the open-sky sets where earthly forces seem to possess the young moving bodies. Given his training as a sculpture, Laboile sees beyond his subjects: he gives depth to the images by highlighting a precious detail in the background revealing a treasure, a mystery, a child up in a tree. His decision to capture the “state of nature” removes a filter of modesty by harnessing complex energy in his work.
Join us for a lively and insightful conversation with our exhibiting artist, EJ Camp. Her unique photographs were shot exclusively with the medium format Leica S camera. Her favorite subjects, The North and South Forks of Long Island, have some of the most beautiful coastlines in North America, making Camp’s quest for unique images inexhaustible. Stemming from a career in capturing light and emotion in her portraits, Camp has developed an interest for the way light reflects off the changing surface of the ocean.
Join us and experience EJ Camp’s ravishing and alluring photographs of some of the most beautiful coastlines off Long Island, exclusively taken with her medium format digital Leica S.
“What inspires me in my portrait work is love and respect for people. I want to capture a feeling that takes me further into that person. Similarly, I love the sea. It changes moment to moment and I never tire of its fusion of light, movement and complexity. The sea is like a face; it has many expressions. Both genres are about catching the moment.” -EJ Camp
Leica Akademie : Photography Wide Open with Mark de Paola
Saturday, November | 10am – 5pm
For the first time, on the east coast, fine art photographer and director Mark de Paola presents an exclusive one day workshop at Leica Store Boston Saturday, November 5, 2016 from 10 am – 5 pm.
Focused on “Photography Wide Open”, this seven hour, shooting intensive, workshop is designed for creative photographers interested in stretching their imagination and expanding the traditional definition of portraiture.
For over 40 years Mark has used Leica cameras and lenses, especially the 50mm Noctilux, to deliver projects for clients ranging from Vogue and Gucci to Superbowl commercials and fine art photographic exhibitions.
His first hand experience and wealth of still and motion imagery will provide a foundation for the class and serve as a point of inspiration during an afternoon of in depth discussions and practical exercises.
Topics covered include:
Historical overview of Leica glass and evolution.
Impact of lens choice on the creative process.
Maximizing your use of Leica lenses.
Working with natural light indoors and on-location.
Techniques for working at minimum focusing distance.
Capturing motion in a still image.
Understanding the collaboration between photographer and model.
After a morning of lectures the class will break up into small groups to work with models on location both at the Leica Gallery and at selected outdoor locations. The sessions will conclude with a brief review of work from the day.
Owning a Leica is not required for this event. We will have a selection of both M and the newest Leica SL available for you to use.
Don’t miss your chance to discover how Mark came to find his own visual aesthetic and experience for yourself the process that allows him to dance on the threshold of exposure and minimum focus distances.
This program is scheduled to coincide with the opening of Mark’s “60 Seconds” exhibition at the Leica Gallery Boston.
Artist Talk: Renowned Magnum Photographer Constantine Manos
Friday, September 16 | 6:30PM-8:00PM
Join us for a special artist talk with Leica Gallery Boston Featured Artist Constantine Manos. Get a behind-the-scenes perspective of his “Looking Back” exhibit as the long time Bostonian shares stories and slides from his illustrious photographic career. The talk will conclude with a special Q&A session and book signing. Books will include out-of-print collectibles that will be available for sale at the event.
Street Photography Workshop, Leica on Loan & Photowalk
Saturday, September 17 | 3:00PM-6:00PM
Meet us at the Leica Store Boston to learn the techniques for shooting captivating street images. Check out a Leica camera and lens for a guided photowalk with one of our knowledgeable instructors and experience the art of street photography through the Leica perspective.