Friday, February 23, 2024

Photography Exhibition

Naples Art has a stunning exhibition of photographs collected by Peter Fetterman.  Originally a filmmaker, Fetterman now runs one of the leading fine art photography galleries in the world.

 On the first panel seen by exhibition visitors, the image on the left is Neil Leifer's famous 1965 photograph of Muhammad Ali standing over Sonny Liston.  The image on the right is Steve McCurry's famous 1984 photograph of an Afghan girl with piercing blue eyes.

Behind that first panel, a visitor spots some well known images and others, perhaps less well known, but still remarkable.  Yousuf Karsh's 1941 portrait of Winston Churchill is the big, dark photo near the center.

What do you do when you photograph a photography exhibition?  I either show the room or part of it (not focusing on the specific photographs, as in the second photo above) or I crop the image in a way that the whole image is not shown (like Churchill, above).  It is not a copyright issue for me.  Just a feeling that one photographer (me) should not appropriate another photographer's work.

Bob Dylan (by Lisa Law) and Frank Lloyd Wright (by Bernice Abbott) are cleverly paired.

William Clift's portrait of Georgia O'Keeffe exudes cold intelligence.

1 comment:

Taken For Granted said...

I would love to see this show. It demonstrates the power of photography to tell a story and capture the essence of a person in a portrait.