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Feature Shoot Recommends: Top 10 Photo Events and Happenings in New York (Dec 15-21)

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BOOK SIGNING: Ken Schles, Dashwood Books, 33 Bond Street
December 16, 6:00-8:00pm

Photographer Ken Schles will be signing two new titles published by Steidl, Night Walk and Invisible City. The reprint of Invisible City examines New York City’s Lower East Side in the 1970s-80s. Twenty-five years later, Schles revisited his archives and developed Night Walk, a book that examines the youth culture of downtown New York City in a pre-internet world.

AUCTION: The Art of Fashion Photography, Bonhams, 580 Madison Avenue
December 17, 1:00pm

Bonhams’ department of photographs will host the inaugural auction of The Art of Fashion Photography. This selection of images includes iconic images by fashion photography legends including Irving Penn, Horst P. Horst, and Garry Winogrand. The auction is comprised of 102 lots and is divided into editorial fashion, celebrities and style icons, and nudes.

EXHIBITION: About Land: The Landscape in Contemporary Photography, Klompching Gallery, 111 Front Street, Suite 206, Brooklyn
November 19 – December 20

This group show examines the wide variety of landscape photography as practiced by contemporary photographers John Blakemore, Tessa Bunney, Odette England, Doug Keyes, Brad Moore, Simon Roberts, Lisa M. Robinson, and Helen Sear.

Ten Balloons, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. 1993 Michael Kenna, Ten Balloons, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, 1993 © Michael Kenna/Courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

EXHIBITION: Michael Kenna: Oh the Places You’ll Go!, Robert Mann Gallery, 525 West 26th Street
December 11 – January 31

Coinciding with the release of his second monograph, France, this exhibition features photographs by Michael Kenna that present many of the iconic and lesser-known site of France.

EXHIBITION: Contemporary Reconfigurations, The Walther Collection Project, 526 West 26th Street, Suite 718
September 12 – January 17

This exhibition presents an intelligent commentary on ethnography and other stereotypes in our photographic language. Contemporary Arfican and African-American artists use photographic archives to show how these stereotypical images can be reworked into a timely and important visual conversation.

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© William Mortensen/Courtesy Stephen Romano Gallery

EXHIBITION: William Mortensen: American Grotesque, Stephen Romano Gallery, 111 Front Street, Suite 208, Brooklyn
October 15 – December 31

Rescuing photographer William Mortensen from near-obscurity, Stephen Romano’s wildly popular exhibition features these early photographs full of darkness and magic.

EXHIBITION: Activist New York, The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
September 1 – December 31

Photographs, video, and artifacts document the history of political and social activism in the five boroughs of New York. Reflect on the history of New York’s protests.

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EXHIBITION: Bruce Wrighton: The Downtown Men, Laurence Miller Gallery, 20 West 57th Street
October 30 – December 20

At the young age of 38, Bruce Wrighton died an unknown photographer. His large format portraits of the residents of Binghamton, New York provide a moving portrait of an American Rust Belt City on hard times in the 1980s. This series was his final body of work and has been rediscovered by Laurence Miller Gallery.

EXHIBITION: Camille Seaman: Melting Away, The Half King, 505 West 23rd Street
December 16 – January 27

In conjunction with the release of her new book of the same name, Camille Seaman’s exhibition Melting Away is a beautiful documentation of a ten-year exploration of the Arctic regions of the earth. The icebergs she photographs take on their own unique characteristics to achieve a portrait-like status. Join the artist for a signing of the book, one of American Photo’s best photo books of 2014.

EXHIBITION: Disturbing Innocence, FLAG Art Foundation, 545 West 25th Street
October 25 – January 31

Eric Fischl curates an exhibition of 58 artists employing dolls, toys, and mannequins as surrogates for themselves. The exhibition invites questions about sexuality, gender roles, and identity. Artists include Loretta Lux, Gregory Crewdson, and David Levinthal. A fully illustrated exhibition catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

Along with most exhibition venues, Feature Shoot Recommends will be taking a holiday hiatus next week. We look forward to bringing you new events in 2015.

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