May 2011 Exhibitions

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Hugh Bell


Soho Photo Gallery proudly presents legendary photographer Hugh Bell as May’s guest exhibitor. His solo show, entitled Jazz, features some of his best known work including his 1952 photo “Hot Jazz” which was selected by Edward Steichen for the historic The Family of Man exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art in 1954; it became the impetus for Bell’s long career as a photographer of jazz musicians. Included in his exhibition are 16 x 20 inch portraits of Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Sarah Vaughn, Billie Holiday, Lester Young, Brew Moore and Bobby Timmons. Bell is also known for his “Jazz Giants” series, approximately 20 photographs of intimate and revealing moments of jazz greats such as Billie Holiday, Thelonius Monk, Sarah Vaughn and Bobby Timmons that he took during the 40s, 50s and 60s.


Duke Ellington © Hugh Bell

At Auschwitz: A Remebrance

R. Wayne Parsons


The artist explores the Holocaust in a series of small photographs taken at Auschwitz. Parsons believes that pretty pictures of the Holocaust are immoral, but that we still have an obligation to remember it in our art, literature and history. Because the evil of the Holocaust is so immense that we need not emphasize it, these images of ordinary objects are deliberately non-dramatic and unobtrusive. It is our collective memory of what these objects represent that makes them so important.


Untitled © R. Wayne Parsons


Robert Monderer


Between a townhouse and a high rise, these century-old buildings give New York character and remind us of our urban immigrant culture. They are hard to capture. Street widths don’t allow enough distance to frame the entire structure. Lighting conditions are such that the top floors vary greatly from bottom floors in brightness. Parked vehicles obstruct views. Monderer overcame these hurdles by photographing sections of the building and then merging them together.


97 Chrystie Street © David Monderer


Bob Elliott


The underlying theme of this exhibition is “The Blind Men and the Elephant,” the 19th century poem by John Godfrey Saxe. Continuing ‘Bodies of Paint’, my close up photographs of abstract body paintings, I created a series of images with only one model. Using different color palettes, and parts of the body, I created a broad range of photographs, so the same model would appear very different in each image.


Laurel #5 © Bob Elliott

Flying Eggplant #5

Richard Gardner


In Gardner’s first solo show at Soho Photo, the artist fashions a still life from found objects, the only constants being a human icon and the number 5. Photo- graphed in quick succession, using the same camera, lens and aperture, the deliberate image has few chances to emerge, if it happens at all. The sculpture is destroyed and birthed again the following week in another incarnation.


Flying Eggplant #5 © Richard Gardner