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Dirk Braeckman

Belgian photographer Dirk Braeckman is famous for his dark, enigmatic images and experimentation with printing techniques, exploring different textures, materials, and exposures. Braeckman shoots only analogue, and always showcases his images unglazed and uncovered.

Dirk Braeckman, Z.Z.-T.T.-17 #2, 2017 © the artist and courtesy of Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

All images © Dirk Braeckman / Courtesy of Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp

Josef Breitenbach

Josef Breitenbach (1896 Germany – 1984 New York) was a photographer best known for his sensitive and dynamic portraits of artistic luminaries and for his early use of color as an expressive element in photography.

Breitenbach began taking photographs while working in the family wine merchant business. Proving less than successful at the latter, he opened his first photographic studio in 1932 which was closed one year later, after Hitler took power.
Breitenbach was forced to flee to Paris in 1933 where he opened a new studio. He became friends with Andre Breton, yet never truly joined the Surrealist group of his peers. However, he did show his photographs alongside such luminaries as Man Ray, Cartier-Bresson, and Brassaï. During the six years he lived in Paris, he experimented with many newer photographic techniques, mainly superimpression. Most notably, he was one of the first photographers to produce work in color.

Bruce Davidson – Brooklyn Gang

In 1959, Bruce Davidson, the 25-year-old photographer embedded himself with a gang of teenage New Yorkers across Brooklyn Bridge to create a moving portrait of postwar inner-city youth culture.

 

SHOMEI TOMATSU

Shomei Tomatsu, was one of the leading post-war Japanese photographers one of the most influential photographers of his era. Tomatsu’s expressionistic images portrait the issues of love, pain, fear and other powerful human emotions.

 

 

 

Harry Callahan

“Experience is the best teacher of all. And for that, there are no guarantees that one will become an artist. Only the journey matters.” – Harry Callahan:

Harry Callahan, born in Detroit, Michigan, was an influential 20th century American photographer.

He photographed his wife and daughter and the streets, scenes and buildings of cities where he lived, showing a strong sense of line and form, and light and darkness. Even prior to the birth his daughter showed up in photographs of Eleanor’s pregnancy. From 1948 to 1953 Eleanor, and sometimes Barbara, were shown out in the landscape as a tiny counterpoint to large expanses of park, skyline or water.

Detroit 1943

Lake Michigan

Callahan photographed his wife over a period of fifteen years, as his prime subject.

A master of multiple exposure (many of the photographs here are layered with ghost images), Callahan was also capable of disconcerting concentration on objects that most people wouldn’t bother to call subjects – a lamppost, a flagpole, a Florentine alleyway.

Harry Callahan Self portrait

Callahan was one of the few innovators of modern American photography noted as much for his work in color as for his work in black and white.

 A large collection of Harry Callahan‘s works are now showing @ Tate Modern

Frank Paulin

Frank Paulin is an American artist and photographer, best known for his street photography in NYC taken in the late 1950s.

Fifth Avenue Coach Line Bus, pedestrians and a Corvette, 1956

Phonecall, New York, 1970

Grant’s Bar, New York City, 1956

Flower Messenger, Times Square, 1955

 Doll, New York, 1956

Mourning John Lennon, New York, 1980