Leica Gallery Boston is pleased to present their newest exhibition, Cuba: Piercing in the Darkness by Susan S. Bank, with an opening event this Thursday from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.
*Please note a change in the programming: Susan S. Bank will not be in attendance due to an unforeseen schedule adjustment.
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.
The exhibition showcases a profound, lyrical and intimate photographic monograph of the legendary island of Cuba shot during the first decade of 21st century. Working against obstacles from Cuba and the US, Bank documented raw and timeless moments, creating a poetic portrait of daily life of Cuban campesinos and Havana city dwellers. Bank lived and worked over a six-year period with ten families in the countryside of Cuba and continued to visit Havana for about a decade. The variety of human relationships and emotions extends beyond the island of Cuba and challenges the viewer to explore the universal enigma of the human condition.
Máximo Rafael Colón is 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.
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.
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.