Dave Heath – Multitudes, Solitude : My Choice For Photo Book Of The Year!

When I left LA, there were 95 boxes of photo books that went into storage.
Since moving into a city where space is at a premium, my book purchases have taken a nose dive, and only a very select few make it through the front door. Yes, I’m talking about the printed books, not the ones that live on my iPad.
Today one of the finest books I’ve seen in a long while showed up in the mail.
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Have to call this my choice for Photo Book of the Year. Rare do you find a combination of salient text, along with a full collection of a master photographers work, brilliantly printed, and the book itself, a tightly crafted item.
The size of the book is right, and no images run in the gutter, a pet peeve.
In the front of the tome, you get a history of Dave Heath that helps give you insight into the man. After a full, rich, collection of photographs, including the out of print book, “Dialogue With Solitude” you also get a an insight into the man as a photographer and artist.
And also maquettes (mocked up layouts) of book he made along the way
Do not pass this up before it goes out of print. I have only done one pass with it, and know that many more are ahead. Michael Torosian has been a maker of fine books for years, and his involvement in the is one, assured quality. It does not disappoint. If you care about photography, and want to make a discovery, buy this book.

Sure, I’ll admit that he was one of my teachers. It was after seeing him do a talk, that I decided on my college.
In looking back at his work I can see why we also connected. His vision speaks to me, and I’ll bet it speaks to you as well.
Even as just a solid book, this is a masterpiece. $52? A fantastic deal!

Now showing at Howard Greenberg Gallery in NYC.

Nikon invites you to school. All over the Place!

Sure, we’re coming into the season of new gear. PhotoPlus Expo will reveal all of the new tools you’ll lust after.
As a matter of fact, I’m working on some new gear reviews of goods that you’ll find useful to add to the bag, or post-production workflow.
But… How are doing with the gear you own now? Could you use an intro to some new skills?Maybe a hands on lesson would increase the blood flow to your creative brain, or maybe add some money to wallet for your photo business.
We have to applaud camera manufacturers who put together these teaching seminars, like the new traveling series from Nikon.
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They use their cameras to teach, but these are lessons that go across brands.
Find the place,and the class that works for you. Treat yourself to knowing how to get more out of what you own.
Then we’ll talk about what you need next.
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PhotoPlus Expo is Just Around the Corner…

Back to School, Pumpkin latte’s, Halloween candy, And Orange is all over the place!
For me, the fall only means that one of the best photo gear expos is coming soon to NYC.
All of us gear monkeys will be seeing, feeling, touching, buying, new kit that will make what we love even better.

Sure,the tools are important, and we all love them. It’s what you do with them that is the key, as you know.
One thing you should not overlook at PhotoPlus Expo is the incredible amount of learning that is available.
Yes, on the floor there are experts teaching while using a manufacturers product ( It ain’t gonna be done for free!). HOnestly you will learn some very cool stuff that you will use. And probably buy the product they are touting.
BUT… and this is a BIG but.. Do NOt Miss The Seminars!!!
Here is a list of what’s in store to help whet your whistle:
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Fashion Week Photography with Katy Winn – What’s In Her Bag?

One of our favorite people, Katy Winn, who is back in NY this week for fashion week, and we’d like to share again a video we made with her.
Watch, listen, and learn.

And some insight from that same meeting:

It’s always a good lesson to see what a working photographer uses to get the job done. Not about endorsements, freebies, or the latest gear that gets written up.
It’s about what works. And works. and works.
It’s about dependable equipment that the assignment photographer can use to make a living. It may get beat up, pushed around, and scarred, but if it works, it’s in the bag.

Dave Heath: A Dialogue With Solitude At The Howard Greenberg Gallery

The sturm and drang of young brooding photographer can cause one to go dark.
Not the dark of violence, but exploring the inner reaches of the psyche. The deep reaches.
Or so I thought.
When I was looking at universities to study film photography and fine art, I knew it was all about the instructors, and not the facilities.
I happened to go to a lecture by one Dave Heath.

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This photographer was a contemporary of Robert Frank, Gary Winogrand, and the whole new movement of street photographers of the 50’s and 60’s.
The intensity with which he spoke, and the emotional impact of the images he shared told me that the place this man taught was the right place for me. The Photo-Arts dept. of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto.
Yep, Toronto.
With a yearly tuition of $424 a year, labs and equipment that was more than I ever dreamed of, and the staff of instructors that touched all of the points I was looking for.
Dave Heath was an especially intense instructor who did not sugar coat any assessment of your work. Why should he? Who would that benefit?
I do remember him telling a 3rd year student that perhaps she should be become a schoolteacher and leave photography, as she had not matured in her vision in 3 years.
Harsh, but probably the best thing he could’ve done.
In my time at the school I developed a relationship with Dave Heath, that manifested itself in a series of portraits as well.
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His body of work culminating in the seminal work, A Dialogue with Solitude, was a book I often went to look at in the school library and became a sought after purchase.
Not that many years ago, the book was reprinted in a larger format, and Dave graciously sent me a signed copy, which holds a cherished place in my library.

Why do I go on about this photographer?

Because Dave Heath was a huge influence on my photographic life. And he is getting his due. Somewhat. At 84.
His contemporaries enjoyed fame and perhaps fortune. What he did was guide the photographic minds of students into, perhaps, a more personal,emotional, vision.

This week, a show opens at the Howard Greenberg Gallery in New York, and a traveling exhibition Multitude, Solitude: The Photographs of Dave Heath will be on view at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, September 19, 2015 – February 21, 2016. A new book of the same title by Keith F. Davis and Michael Torosian will be published in October 2015 by Hall Family Foundation/Nelson-Atkins Museum/Yale University Press. You can pre-order the book here.
Crazy, I remember Michael from school many years ago. He has spent years creating fine photography books.

Go see it, or pick up the book, and know what a great still image can touch inside you.


Upcoming Events

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Current Exhibitions

  • Clampart
  • Jesse Burke | Wild & Precious
  • October 15 – November 14, 2015
  • 531 W 25th St
  • New York,NY 10001
  • Tel: 212-414-0370
  • Getty Center
  • The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography
  • October 6, 2015–February 21, 2016
  • 1200 Getty Center Drive
  • Los Angeles, CA. 90049
  • Tel: 310-440-7300
  • Yossi Milo Gallery
  • Yoon Ji Seon –
    Rag Face
  • October 23–December 5, 2015
  • 245 Tenth Avenue
  • New York,NY 10001
  • Tel: 212-414-0370
  • Howard Greenberg Gallery
  • Jungjin Lee: Recent Projects – Works from Unnamed Road
  • October 29 – December 12, 2015
  • 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406
  • New York,NY 10022
  • Tel: 212-334-0100
  • Staley-Wise Gallery
  • SEPTEMBER 25 –
    NOVEMBER 28, 2015
  • 560 Broadway
  • New York,NY
  • 10012
  • Phone: 1-212-966-6223
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • Ocean of Images: New Photography 2015
  • November 7, 2015–March 20, 2016
  • 11 West 53rd Street
  • NYC,NY
  • 10019-5497
  • (212) 708-9400
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • In and Out of the Studio
    Photographic Portraits from West Africa
  • August 31, 2015–January 3, 2016
  • 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)
  • New York, NY 10028
  • Phone: 212-535-7710

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