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FEATURED ARTIST:  Chad Kleitsch

Chad Kleitsch’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States such as The Art Institute of Chicago, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum CT, CCS Bard Hessel Collection NY, The Center for Photography at Woodstock NY, Berkshire Museum MA, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art NY, Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery NYC, Yancy Richardson Gallery NYC and Carrie Haddad Gallery Hudson NY. In 2010 he received The Center for Photography Woodstock Photographers Fellowship Fund Award Fellowship.

 

Kleitsch was born and raised in New Jersey.  He earned his B.A. in photography at Bard College in New York.  He has since lectured Yale University, Sarah Lawrence College, and The Center for Photography at Woodstock. As well he has lead classes in photography at several colleges and art centers, such as Bard College, Woodstock Center for photography and LaGuardia College.

 

In his 30 year career Kleitsch has produced numerous essays. A ten year, three part photographic survey of abandoned architectural sites, among them are Remnants of Impermanence, a study of abandoned industrial sites in the American rust belt, Asylum images of vacant psychiatric hospitals in the U.S. northeast and Lost & Found an essay of the Ellis Island’s buildings.

 

Also in it’s tenth year the essay White Box focuses on behind the scenes of museum art installations around the United States. Some of the institutions that have participated in the project are: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, The Menil Collection, George Eastman House and The Whitney and many others.

 

Street Work, a street photography essay which was included in the comprehensive volume Bystander: A History of Street Photography ( Bullfinch 2001) and  accompanying exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago. This Moment is an extensive botanical survey through the new photographic process of scanography.

 

Currently he is working on an essay of scanography of rare documents called Works on Paper housed in the New York Public Library’s special collections. Its first solo exhibition of the essay will be at The Camera Club of New York Exhibition space, May 2011.

 

He has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, ArtNews Magazine, Albany Times Union, Time Out and Fortune Magazine. His work has appeared in publications such as New York Times, Time Magazine, Money Magazine, Chronogram, and The Mountain Record.

 

Please view Chad Kleitsch’s work here.

 

Monia Antonioli

Monia Antonioli is an Italian photographer based in London. While documenting challenging, and sometimes, shocking situations, she aims to capture the strength of those who fight their misfortune rather than surrender. Her work has been exhibited internationally and published in brochures and advertising material.
Her independent project “Kenya Indoors” has been exhibited in London and is currently being displayed in Italy.

 

Please view Monia Antonioli’s work here.

 

Beken of Cowes

Alfred Edward Beken, originally from Canterbury in Kent, moved to the Isle of Wight in 1888 with his son Frank and purchased an existing pharmacy situated in the small port of Cowes, famous for its international Sailing Regatta.  Frank was so impressed by the sight of yachts sailing past his bedroom window that he decided to capture these images on film.  However, the cameras available at the time were not suited to the rough seas encountered, so Frank designed and had built a new style of camera.  It was in fact a forerunner to the later twin-lens cameras. It was his bedroom window that also provided the light source for his ‘daylight powered enlarger’, which enabled him to make saleable prints from his negatives, which he sold through The Beken Pharmacy.

 

In 1930, his son Keith who had skippered an Air Sea Rescue boat during WW11 joined Frank in the business.  Keith photographed the famous J-Class, started the colour photography in the 1950s and later took his cameras to various sailing regattas in the Mediterranean and Caribbean.  Frank died in 1970 and it was decided that the pharmacy should be sold and the photography side of the business should stand alone.  Keith’s son Kenneth joined Keith and a new company called “Beken of Cowes” was established, exclusively photographing afloat and selling the marine photographs that have made the Beken name famous throughout the sailing scene.In the mid 1990s Keith retired from photography afloat after taking the famous photograph of the “Silk 11” pitch-pole incident.  In 1992, Peter Mumford joined the company and in 2001 he steered the company through its recent switch to digital photography, a decision only made once digital quality could exceed results from film-based cameras.

 

Kenneth & Peter operate from two identical 40 knot Boston Whalers, adding approximately 50,000 new images to the Archive throughout the year. The Beken of Cowes Marine Photography Gallery is popular with yachtsmen from all over the World who come to see the classic historical photographs as well as the colour images taken of today’s racing and cruising craft.

 

Please view Beken of Cowes’ work here.

 

Jacques Lowe

Jacques Lowe is an internationally renowned photographer and photo journalist who is best known for his portraiture of the leading personalities of our time, nationally and internationally, in politics, business, and the entertainment world. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the Elysée Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, the European Center of Photography in Paris, the Kennedy Library Museum in Boston, the Sixth Floor Museum in Dallas, Texas, as well as in hundreds of private and institutional collections. Unfortunately, all of his negatives were destroyed in the World Trade Center on 9/11. Only the existing prints remain.

 

Please view Jacques Lowe’s work here.

 

Graeme Montgomery

Graeme Montgomery has established a reputation as one of the world’s leading photographers of luxury fashion items. He is known for his lighting skills and his graphic modern style. Born in England, he splits his time between London, New York and Paris.  His personal work includes “Mysore Style” a book about Ashtanga yoga, its guru Sri K Pattabhi Jois and his students many of whom are the worlds leading practitioners and teachers. Other books include Les Femme Fatales, Dual and Triptych. He is working on a book of “Real Life” nudes – shooting 100 people who have replied to an advertisement in Time Out.

 

Please view Graeme Montgomery’s work here.

 

Elizabeth Stewart

Elizabeth Stewart is a Southern naturalist and landscape artist. She now spends her time living and painting in Mississippi and the Hudson River Valley, where she finds inspiration from the landscapes that both regions have to offer. She has been exhibiting in art galleries for over twenty years.

 

Please view Elizabeth Stewart’s work here.

 

Wall & Rah Productions – Espedito Peluso

Espedito Peluso began recording every day life in Southern Italy where he was born. He was fascinated by the contrast between the beauty of the places around him and the roughness of every day life.  In his work he captures the “story of the moment”.  A part time summer resident of Dutchess County, he also splits his time between Naples and London.

 

Please view Wall & Rah Productions’ work here.