ArtBeat: Keith Carter @ Galerie BMG & the Center for Photography at Woodstock, 6/18-19/10

June 14th, 2010, 4:05 pm by Greg

Keith Carter @ Galerie BMG

Keith Carter: By Twilight

One of our very favorite art exhibitions of last year was the stunning display of work by photographer Keith Carter, “Poet of the Ordinary: Photographs by Keith Carter,” which was on exhibit last fall and winter at the College of St. Rose’s Massry Gallery.

Carter’s current area exhibition, “By Twilight,” is a haunting and intensely intimate series of photographs of the photographer’s mother as she descends into Alzheimer’s disease. The exhibit is currently on view at Galerie BMG in Woodstock, and Carter will be on hand for a reception at the gallery from 7-8pm Friday. The exhibition will remain on view through Monday, June 28.

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Media Watch: A Moment In Time, Yesterday

May 3rd, 2010, 1:50 pm by Sara

More than 10,000 photos have already been uploaded to the New York Times’ “Moment In Time” global portrait project, where photographers around the world were asked to shoot a photo at exactly 15:00GMT (11:00am our time) yesterday and upload it to the project site.

There were some technical glitches that have since been ironed out, and they’re accepting photos through this Friday, May 7. A slideshow that shows a sampling of some of the photos is up already, with several thousand more slated to be posted tomorrow and a gallery of all submitted photos soon after this Friday’s deadline.

O What a Site to See…

February 22nd, 2010, 3:30 pm by Greg
Young Me/Now Me

Young Me/Now Me

It’s all about the photograph…

Internet adventurer (and Nippertown native) Ze Frank‘s Young Me Now Me, in which people re-create a photo from their youth.

Sharon Montrose’s The Dog Photo Booth because, well, we like dogs and photo booths

Black & WTF, an offbeat, oddball collection of vintage black & white photographs

ArtBeat: Dona Ann McAdams’ “Some Women” @ the Opalka Gallery

December 4th, 2009, 10:04 am by Greg

Dona Ann McAdams: Pro Choice Rally, New York City, 1994

Dona Ann McAdams: Pro Choice Rally, New York City, 1994

Documentary photographer Dona Ann McAdams’ exhibit “Some Women” opened at the Opalka Gallery in Albany on November 1, but since the local papers have abdicated pretty much all responsibility for reviewing local art, it’s gone practically unnoticed. This is a shame, if not something more, because McAdams is a tenacious soul, and her pictures have an acute and mordant mystery.

Widely known as the chief photographic witness of New York’s downtown performance scene in the 1980s (her work chronicled artists from John Cage to Karen Findley), McAdams has, for this exhibit, put that work aside in favor of an eclectic range of other projects, from AIDS activism and nuclear energy to Appalachian farm women and Roman nuns.

She’s a traditionalist, technically (working with a manual Leica and black and white film) and philosophically. There’s not a single staged tableau or rephotographed miniature landscape among these images, but rather instances of dignity, struggle and fantastic weirdness drawn from life itself.

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41 Years Ago: George Wallace in Albany

October 7th, 2009, 1:05 pm by Greg

Nippertown reader Mary Paley takes a look back at another of Albany’s historical moments – George Wallace’s presidential campaign rally in Albany’s Capital Park on October 10, 1968:

“Forty-one years ago this Saturday, segregationist candidate and Governor of Alabama, George Wallace held a presidential campaign rally on the steps of the New York State Capitol in Albany, NY. My father, Bob Paley, a Knickerbocker News photographer, covered the event. The primary themes of the rally – race relations, war and dissent – remain relevant today.

In 2004, while looking through a collection of my father’s photographs, I decided to bring his work to light and share it with a new audience over the Internet. I worked with the interactive design firm Tubehead to create a website that included an interactive piece about the Wallace Rally. For the 41st anniversary of the event, we adapted the interactive Wallace Rally to video.”

To see more of Bob Paley’s wonderful photography – including a great section on the 1969 Woodstock Festival – please visit the website “Close to This Moment: The Photography of Bob Paley.”

Martin Benjamin’s “Atomic Age”

October 5th, 2009, 10:49 am by Greg

Photographer and Union College professor Martin Benjamin has an eye for composition. He’s been one of Nippertown’s very finest lensmen for years.

Now he’s finally gathered together a large collection of more than 100 of his photographs into a long-overdue book, “Atomic Age.”

Benjamin is celebrating the publication of “Atomic Age” with a solo exhibition of the same title, that’s currently on view in Atlanta, Georgia at Pace Academy Fine Arts Center. The exhibit is being held in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography month.


With the help of Nina Witschonke, a visiting international student from Germany at Union College, Benjamin sequenced the photographs, selected text and completed the final layout of the book. The photographs included in the book were shot over a span of 30 years, featuring pictures from such locations as Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Alamagordo, Three Mile Island, White Sands Missile Range, Hiroshima, Cuba, China and Vietnam. Also included are many personal images made near home in Albany and Schenectady.

The book is published by Atomic Age/Digital Press and will debut at 7pm tonight (Monday, October 5) at the reception for Benjamin’s exhibition at Atlanta Celebrates Photography. It’s not available in the Albany area just yet, but will soon be on sale through a variety of other local outlets including the Union College bookstore and Benjamin’s website.

Stay tuned to, and we’ll alert you to upcoming book signings by Martin Benjamin.

ArtBeat: Portia Munson @ CPW, 9/5/09

September 3rd, 2009, 11:31 am by Greg

Portia Munson: Cut Dafodils (billboard) at The Fields Sculpture Park, Art Omi

Portia Munson: Cut Dafodils (billboard) at The Fields Sculpture Park, Art Omi

Catskill artist Portia Munson is conducting the two-day workshop, “The Scanner as Camera,” at the Center for Photography at Woodstock on Saturday and Sunday, September 5-6. Learn how to use a flat-bed scanner as a camera to capture images and ideas. No previous experience is required to register for the workshop.

Munson works in a variety of artistic media, including painting, installation, photography and sculpture. Since 2002, she has created an ongoing series of flower mandala prints utilizing the flat-bed scanner.

In addition to the workshop, Munson will also be conducting a lecture on scanner photography at 8pm on Saturday, September 5. Admission is free, and the lecture is open to the public.

Other workshops offered at the Center for Photography this month include:

  • Craig J. Barber: Experimental Pinhole Photography – Sat-Sun, 9/5-6
  • Dan Burkholder: The Art of the High Dynamic Range [hdr] Image – Sat-Sun, 9/19-20
  • Fawn Potash & Danielle Correia: Encaustics & Photographic Processes – Sat-Tues, 9/12-15
  • NYC Portfolio Review – Friday 9/18
  • Eugene Richards: Photographing People – Sat-Sun, 9/19-20
  • Mark Citret: The World Around Us Interiors/Exteriors – Sat-Sun, 9/26-27
  • Angelika Rinnhofer: Basic Studio Lighting – Sat-Sun, 9/26-27

ArtBeat: Melinda McDaniel’s “New Work” @ Carrie Haddad Photographs

September 2nd, 2009, 10:35 am by Greg

Melinda McDaniel: Spurt

Melinda McDaniel: Spurt

One of the stand-out artists represented in the 31st annual Photography Regional currated by Elizabeth Dubben at the Opalka Gallery earlier this year, Melinda McDaniel translates photography into the realm of sculpture in an intriguing fashion, often deconstructing and then reconstructing images as collages or unexpected three-dimensional objects.

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