Leica Akademie USA and fine art photographer and director Mark de Paola present an exclusive three-day workshop in Boston the weekend of March 29-31, 2019. Building on the success of Mark’s “Photography Wide Open” one-day workshops, this event provides the opportunity to experience the creative process Mark goes through when creating stills and video for some of the biggest names in the fashion industry. The streets of Boston will provide our backdrop for this real world, fashion assignment with Mark de Paola. In salut to this workshop Leica Gallery Boston presents a selection of Mark De Paola’s photographs on view at Leica Store Boston. REGISTER for the Leica AkademieMaster Class→
Exhilarated and Exhausted byNeal Preston April 25 – July 07, 2019 Leica Gallery Boston & Leica Gallery Los Angeles are proud to present, “Exhilarated and Exhausted” by Neal Preston. One of the most highly respected photographers in the history of the music business, Neal Preston’s career has spanned well over 4 decades. Preston has made a profound contribution to the pop culture histories of multiple generations, through every media outlet possible. Best known in rock circles as Led Zeppelin’s U.S. tour photographer in the mid-1970’s, his rock-and-roll travels have taken him around the world many times. Preston’s work has been widely exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., the National Gallery in London, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio Opening Reception: April 25, 6-9pm Artist Talk: April 26, 5-7pm Leica Akademie USA: April 27 One-day Masterclass, MUSIC PHOTOGRAPHY with NEAL PRESTON
Leica Gallery Boston is proud to present “ZOI” by Stella Johnson. The photographs in Stella Johnson’s exhibition, “ZOI”, also the title of her new book, were made in Crete and Lesvos over the post-recession years of the last decade. Stella Johnson is a photographer and educator known for her passionate and honest documentary projects. Johnson’s photographs have been widely exhibited in the United States and internationally. Her work is held in public collections including The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, The Haggerty Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Portland Museum of Art, and The Southeast Museum of Photography, among others.
Past Programming Ghost-Shaped People byRyan Muirhead January 31 – March 3, 2019
Leica Gallery Boston is proud to present “Ghost-Shaped People” by Ryan Muirhead. Ryan Muirhead is an artist interested in using photography to explore what it means to be human and the world around him. He spends his days making personally significant images with old film cameras. His sincere belief in the power of art to be able help us understand who we are, heal emotional wounds, and bridge divides between us, drives a passion for teaching both the technical and artistic elements of photography. He currently resides in Portland, Oregon.
MetropolisbyAlan Schaller January 10 – 27, 2019 Leica Gallery Boston is proud to present “Metropolis” by Alan Schallerwith an opening reception on January 10th from 6-9pm followed by a lively Artist Talk at the gallery on January 11th, 5-7pm to discuss his work in-depth. Schaller will also host a Leica Akademie Master Class entitled Black & White: A Workshop January 12 – 13. Alan Schaller is a London based photographer who specialises in black and white photography. His work is often abstract and incorporates surrealism, geometry, high contrast and the realities and diversities of human life. UK based publications who have featured his work include The Guardian, The Financial Times, Time Out and The Independent. His work has also been internationally published online and in print. Alan regularly has exhibitions, showing recently at the Saatchi Gallery, The Leica Gallery in London and The Edit Space in Milan. Brands he has worked with include Apple, Philips, Huawei Mobile, Union Coffee, Kew Gardens, Huntsman of Savile Row and London Fashion week. He is a brand ambassador for Leica Cameras. Schaller co-founded the Street Photography International Collective (SPi).
Leica Gallery Boston is proud to present “Rebels” by Richard Young, on view from November 15, 2018 through January 06, 2019. “Rebels” by Richard Young at Leica Gallery Boston is an exhibition of punk rock photography featuring both famously classic and never-before-seen images selected from the Richard Young Gallery archive. Beyond The Sex Pistols, this exhibition features photographs from other punk and punk-influenced bands such as The Clash, X-Ray Spex, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Blondie and the Ramones, alongside other lesser known artists like Gaye Advert, even Adam and the Ants. These photographs capture a unique music scene in London in the 70s while also presenting the culture that emerged in reaction to punk.
Punk Rock: A Brief History January 4th, 2019 6-8pm To commemorate the closing of our exhibition Rebels by Richard Young, on view through January 6th, we are hosting and informal talk around Punk Rock and it’s beginnings. Documentary video clips will be shown followed by a lively conversation with Leica Gallery Boston Curator, Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez and local rock ‘n’ roll photographer Paul McAlpine.
November 29th, 6-8pm
Artist Talk with Charles Kronauer
Artist talk entitled “Light and Opportunity” by Charles Kronauer.
Kronauer’s photography spans several decades, with early influence from both Western classical art, and the leading photographers of 20th century.
“My passion for photography covers many genre and formats; I am an opportunist without a strict agenda. My success has partly been due to good tools, an open, active, visual sensibility, and a willingness to experiment and learn. Having a camera at the ready heightens my awareness of the environment—whether on a nature hike or the city streets—and the act of capturing beauty and light becomes its own reward.” Charles Kronauer A Longer View by D. Randall Blythe September 13 – November 11, 2018
Leica Gallery Boston is proud to present A Longer View by D. Randall Blythe, from September 13 through November 11th, 2018. The exhibition features a selection of Blythe’s striking images of the environment and human’s intervention, capturing both the beauty and demise of our surroundings. Blythe’s images of resistance against the currently daunting scenario, give us a sliver of hope.
It is my hope that the intersection of these images of dissent, waste, and beauty will encourage each viewer to take “a longer view” and consider their impact on the environment— I am trying to do the same. Perhaps together we can begin to reject the devastating environmental shortsightedness that has been the hallmark of human expansion in the modern age.
– D. Randall Blythe
November 08, 2018 6-8pm Artist Talk withSusan Flaherty Susan Flaherty is a based Boston photographer who primarily focuses on black and white photography. The Boston Globe has described her images as, “a sprawling and sensational collection”. Her work seeks out composition first and foremost. It often incorporates geometry, shadow, high contrast, and nostalgia. Her training as an Interior Designer has heavily influenced her images. Raised on the South Shore of Massachusetts, Susan is strongly impacted by the history of Boston and New England. Her academic background includes undergraduate degrees in History and Art History with graduate studies from the Boston Architectural College and RISD. Susan manages the online gallery @igermass which highlights the state of Massachusetts through daily images.
November 01, 6-8pm
Artist Talk with Juan Murray Join us for a lively talk with Juan Murray, November 1st, 6pm to 8pm. Murray’s inspiration comes from walking the city to explore street scenes developing within the urban landscape of light, shadow and architecture. He has photographed cities around the world including Paris, Cuba, Colombia, Uruguay and Germany. But most of the time his backdrop is Boston or New York. Influenced by photographers such as Henri Cartier Bresson, Saul Leiter and Ray Metzker, he developed his skills and discovered his love for black and white photography. “Penumbra” by Juan Murray is on view from October 04 through November 25, 2018 at the Leica Store Boston space. Life’s choices are often obscured in uncertainty … yet there is always a hint of what’s true. Penumbra represents that space where clarity prevails yet the true and final answer may still be obscured. – Juan Murray
November 02, 4-6pm Book Signing withMark de Paola Recent Work was created over several years, a series of portraits, nudes, landscapes, and inanimate objects, that narrate de Paola’s memories, feelings and impressions of people, places and objects he has known. Carefully sequenced by de Paola himself, the series invites viewers to leave behind the everyday and journey with him… Provoking us to project meanings into it’s viscerally striking, blurred and saturated forms. De Paola’s desire to wield the lens as an extension of his own body is clear in the subtle way he escorts us through his cinematic world. Published by Alex Ramos Press
In collaboration with The Gallery at Leica Store San Francisco
Softcover 8×12 inches 48 pages Edition of 500, Printed by Brilliant Graphics in Exton, PA
Info-Session PARIS PHOTO 2018 with J. Sybylla Smith
Leica Gallery Boston is pleased to host independent curator and educator, J. Sybylla Smith, a Paris Photo veteran, on an info
session of her guided experience of the world’s largest international photo fair. Explore Photography in Paris! November 7-9, 2018 Paris Photo features 150-plus galleries, 30-plus publishers, the Aperture/Paris Photo PhotoBook Awards, Prismes, the large-format section, Platforms, a speaker series, and 300-plus book-signings. PARIS PHOTO 2018 with J. Sybylla Smith November 7-9, 2018. Pre-Planning Sessions on September 25 and October 9, 2018.
(Please note those who join after the 27th will be personally caught up on the 1st planning session by J. Sybylla Smith)
Join us for an artist talk with our current exhibiting artist, Susan S. Bank & Magnum photographer Constantine Manos.
Cuba: Piercing the Darkness is a selection of an impressive lyrical photographic monograph of both the city and countryside of the mythical island of Cuba. Shot during the first decade of 21st century, working against obstacles from Cuba and the US, with her Leica camera, Bank documented raw and timeless moments, creating a poetic portrait of daily life of Cuban campesinos and Havana city dwellers.
Bank was taught by Mary Ellen Mark and Graciela Iturbide in Oaxaca Mexico 1997-98 and by Constantine Manos in Havana in 2000. We are honored to host both our exhibiting artist Susan S. Bank and her mentor Constantine Manos at this closing exhibition artist talk.
August 23, 2018 Artist Talk withBen McCosh Thursday | 6-8pm
@ Ben McCosh
Ben McCoshis a street photographer who has captured life on the streets of Beijing, Tokyo, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and most predominantly his home town of Boston. He has a passion for capturing the quirky nuances of everyday life on city streets, always unposed, and exclusively on 35mm film. With a minimal approach using his Leica M6 rangefinder, one lens, and a fresh pair of sneakers, McCosh remains as anonymous as possible while capturing images with a philosophy he calls ‘Leave No Trace’ photography. Recently, Ben has self-published a quarterly photography magazine of his Boston street photography work called ‘Fixer.’ He believes strongly in showcasing work beyond digital formats and building the community of local photographers.
Leica Gallery Boston is pleased to present their newest exhibition, Cuba: Piercing in the Darkness by Susan S. Bank, with an opening event Thursday July 12th from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. Join us as we explore the exhibition on view with an in-depth presentation hosted by Curator & Manager of the Leica Gallery Boston, Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez, followed by a delicately catered reception.
*Please note a change in the programming: Susan S. Bank will not be in attendance to the reception due to an unforeseen schedule adjustment. ARTIST TALK SEPTEMBER 6TH 2018, 6-7PM.
Máximo Rafael Colónis an avid analog Leica documentary photographer, with an extensive body of work spanning over four decades. His concerns for social justice are widely express in his photographs, while they also encompasses a wide range of interests, such as; cultural expressions, music, and bringing to light the commonality of the human condition. A number of his photographs form part of the archives at CUNY Hunter College, and of the permanent collection at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Colón’s work was prominently featured in the large-scale, multi venue exhibition, ¡Presente! The Young Lords in New York at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, and The Loisaida Center in Manhattan.
The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma by Maggie Steber ON VIEW May 03 – July 8, 2018
Leica Gallery Boston is proud to present The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma, a provocative photographic sequence, by artist Maggie Steber. Steber a 2017 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, was awarded this prestigious grant for The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma, an ongoing series that embodies Steber’s subconscious captured by her alter-ego, Lily LaPalma. The stunning color photographs, reveal the depth and mystery that lies beyond the artist’s psyche, while creating an irresistible allure. The series also reflects countless influences from Steber’s life, dating back to her childhood. The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma represents a complete reinvention for Steber, a striking departure from their extensive documentary photography body of work. The opening reception will be held on May 17 from 6pm to 9pm, followed by an Artist Talk on May 18 from 5pm to 7pm. Maggie Steber will also host a Leica Akademie two day intensive workshop, May 19 & 20, 2018 entitled, Portraits That Tell Stories.
“The Secret Garden of Lily LaPalma is a series of photographs made in the shadows of a dark side of me that I have, as of late, begun to re-explore. Without meaning to make them so, these photographs reveal my fears and private memories, all the things that are wrapped up, not always so neatly, in someone’s life.” Maggie Steber
RECEPTION Thursday, May 17, 2018, 6-9pm RSVP ARTIST TALK Friday, March 18, 5-7pm RSVP LEICA AKADEMIE WORKSHOP Portraits that tell Stories Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20 REGISTER
ON VIEW May 03 – July 8, 2018
The Myth of Men by Ahmet Polat
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. .
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 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.” Yasemin Elci, Curator and Gallery Manager at Leica Gallery Istanbul
Applications due April 5th ! Calling all photographers! Celebrate the iconic history of Leica in our 38th annual Leica Oskar Barnack Award photo contest. Winners will be honored the Oskar Barnack Award or Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award, plus up to €25,000, Leica M-system, M-lens & more. Submissions are not limited to photos taken with Leica cameras. To enter, submit a visual story of 10-12 images that encapsulates the interaction between man and the environment with a creative, contemporary visual style.
Reality-Deconstructed by MICHAEL BENARI January 04 – February 25, 2018
RECEPTION January 18, 6-9pm RSVP ARTIST TALK February 01, 5-7pm RSVP
“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.
Jazz Festival by Jim Marshall On view: November 02 – December 31, 2017
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.
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. The exhibit includes photographs from the book “Jim Marshall: Jazz Festival” published by Reel Art Press, and will feature historic artifacts from his life.
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.
RECEPTION September 21, 6-9PM RSVP ARTIST TALK September 22, 5-7PM RSVP AKADEMIE September 23, 10AM – 6PM REGISTER
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.