Annie Leibovitz‘s most recent book, Pilgrimage (Random House, November 2011), is a departure for this preeminent portrait photographer. The creation of the book was an exploration for Leibovitz visiting and photographing locations that have historic, artistic or personal significance. Subjects include Niagara Falls, Thoreau’s cabin at Walden Pond, Virginia Woolf’s home in the English country side, Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty and the home of Elvis Presley. The images are landscapes, interiors and still lifes that evoke the meaning or spirit of these places. An introduction by the historian Doris Kearns Goodwin gives context to the importance of many of these locations as well as insight into a historians journey of discovery. Events connected to the release of the book include:
The title of this exhibition, David Burnett: Too Close, may be seen as a challenge to photographer Robert Capa’s famous statement, “If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” On the contrary, Burnett’s work suggests, perhaps photography has gotten too close. He takes a step back, inviting historical context to enter the frame and offering viewers a more expansive perspective on the world. Spanning his over four decades of work as a photojournalist, the exhibition presents images of historic moments from 1968 to 2009 in which Burnett takes the “wide view.” Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah from October 7, 2011 – January 29, 2012.
Public lecture by David Burnett on October 6, 2011 at 6 P.M., more info here
Don McCullin‘s major retrospective Shaped by War has it’s final presentation in the UK at the Imperial War Museum, London from October 7, 2011 to April 15, 2012. This is the largest ever exhibition of McCullin’s work to be shown in the UK. With over two hundred prints that range from McCullin’s earliest work in London, his over four decades of covering conflict around the globe and his most recent works of landscapes. The show also includes personal memorable from McCullin’s career and is accompanied by the book Shaped By War (Jonathan Cape, 2010)
Info on talks with McCullin related to the exhibition can be found here
Simultaneously, the Tate Britain presents a room of works by Don McCullin as part of their collection British Art Displays 1500 – 2011. Moving beyond his conflict photography this exhibition includes work McCullin has produced from the 1960′s to the present on poverty in England, rural English landscapes and one of his earliest reportages, the 1961 construction of the Berlin Wall. On display from August 15, 2011 to March 4, 2012.
Nailya Alexander Gallery, in New York City presents, “Lori Grinker: Distant Relations,” an exhibition of 19 intimate color photographs. Taken in Lithuania (2002), South Africa (2005), Ukraine (2008), and the US (2011) the works create an impressionistic map of her family’s migration since its dispersal in the late 1800s from Western Lithuania. The continuing project has also been featured on the Lens Blog of the New York Times. Further details on Grinker’s continuation of this project can be found on the fundraising site Kickstarter. The exhibition runs from: September 7 – October 15, 2011
Nebraska native and life long Cornhuskers fan, Kenneth Jarecke, has just published, Husker Game Day 2010 – Farewell Big 12, a book on the “Huskers” historic 2010 football season. For those who are not American college football fans, the Cornhuskers are the football team of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and 2010 was their last season in the Big Twelve conference, before moving into the Big Ten conference for the 2011 season. Jarecke covered every game of the season and the resulting book is now available through his imprint eyeQ Press. Orders will be taken through September 30, 2011 and only books ordered by this date will be printed. For more on the project visit Jarecke’s blog Mostly True.
Artist, photographer and pilot Hale Gurland crafts large-size sculptures by welding metal. On September 11, 2001 and in the days that followed, he contributed to the rescue/recovery effort at Ground Zero in New York, cutting steel using his tanks, torches and skill. His black and white images recalling Brueghel’s inferno, were shot on just five rolls of film on those first few nights. As a trusted volunteer he had unbridled access; no media were ever allowed on the “pile.” These never-before-seen photographs from Ground Zero are the subject of Nights of 9/11 commemorating the 10th anniversary of that event. exhibitions will be held simultaneously at Fovea in Beacon, New York and The Everhart Museum in Scranton, Pennsylvania.