Understanding Africa with Frans Lanting

Frans Lanting has been photographing for National Geographic for over thirty years, offering an eye to a world that mostly goes unseen. With his lens, we’re able to catch a glimpse at that world from the pages of a magazine and the pixels on our screens, experiencing that which would otherwise be impossible to experience. National Geographic is celebrating this collaborative history that spans these three decades with “National Geographic Into Africa: The Photography of Frans Lanting,” a gallery show that displays many of Frans’ most iconic work. The more than sixty images that hang as a part of the show are an example of the important work Frans has done with the magazine and the results of their collaboration. Frans’ work is particularly prescient now that we have reopened the debate of how human’s are to interact with the wildlife in places like Africa. As we discuss the best


Our Private Thoughts Exposed by Stefan Kuhn

For many, our technology filled world elicits anxiety over an almost total lack of privacy. Constant cellular geotagging and deep data mining can surrender an incredible amount of information that tells prying eyes where we are and what we’re thinking about. But even if we abandon technology in preference of a digitally clean life, we’ll always leave traces of ourselves behind and sometimes in disconcerting ways. In Stefan Kuhn’s series, “Hidden Messages” he explores the lives of people we’ll never know by revealing the clues they thoughtlessly left behind. Stefan’s photographs feature rubbings of hotel note pads where the fictional previous guest had written a memo that was torn away. But thanks to a little archeological knowhow, we can see what they took the time to doodle, note, or write to companions with a little rubbing of a pencil. The messages offer a taste of a story, inspiring the imagination


Andrew McGibbon’s “Caiman crocodilus,” 65 Million Years in the Making

As far as biologists can tell, crocodiles and alligators are the least changed reptiles in history. In fact, over the last 65 million years they’ve hardly changed at all. In many ways we are already living in our own version of Jurassic Park by sharing land with these ancient creatures living and breathing beside us. But unlike some kind of living fossil, we regard them as simply as we do squirrels or antelope: just another member of our earthly community. Except Andrew McGibbon. He takes them a little more seriously. In Andrew’s series “Caiman crocodilus,” which happens to be the Latin name for the common caiman crocodile, he explores our feelings for these creatures and fits them into a context that is alien to most of us. Photographing this series of images in blisteringly colorful lighting and in front of a live audience made for moments with the live crocodiles


Greg Girard “Selects” How His Vancouver Has Changed

Greg Girard began his photography career in the 1970s by photographing his hometown of Vancouver. Then, after spending almost forty years in Asia, Greg moved back and rediscovered a different town on the other side of his lens. In his exhibition “Selects” opening on August 15, he presents photographs from both eras in Vancouver as a sort of bridge over time. Both Vancouvers that Greg presents are completely different. As much as he changed over the intervening decades, Vancouver changed as well. We see this represented not only in the fact that Greg started in black and white and moved to color, but the cultural cues coming through his framing and composition that show a development of eye and a shifted understanding of the world. The title of the show is a cheeky nod to the photographer’s process. “Selects” are what a photographer pulls out of their rolls to distinguish


New York and Los Angeles Through Lloyd Ziff’s Unique Eye

When Lloyd Ziff decided to take on photography as his career, he already had decades of work under his belt. He had been shooting since the late 1960s as a hobby, and his new tack in the early 2000s was engendered by a huge amount of experience and deep archive. His previous jobs at Vanity Fair, House & Garden, Condé Nast Traveler, and Rolling Stone had helped shape his eye and form the way he saw and experienced the world in his travels. When he was working on album covers he had the chance to work with Lee Friedlander who told him something that has stuck with him to this day: “There’s pictures everywhere, your job is to find them.” Now, Lloyd is releasing a twin pair of books that feature his work from Los Angeles and New York. Lloyd studied his craft in New York, and in many ways


Bernd Ott Explores Gender in “All The People”

For a lot of people, gender is something they don’t have to think about. The duality of male and female has made gender exploration unnecessary for most people, but the reality is far more complex. The world is moving in the direction of understanding and truly seeing people whose gender identity doesn’t fit so neatly into the binary. We’re learning that it’s far closer to a continuum, which isn’t particularly tidy but is much more honest. That honesty provides for crucial self-expression. Photographer Bernd Ott teamed up with Emily Besa on “All The People,” a new book that pairs photographs of subjects with more complex genders alongside interviews that shed light on their places in the world. The project started in Amsterdam, London, and Los Angeles with friends but has since expanded New York and Berlin. In order to make the images as representative as possible, Bernd allowed each participant


Time Slips Through Joachim Ladefoged’s Grasp

On September 11, 2001 the world changed but Joachim Ladefoged wanted nothing to change. He had just had a child, something he and his wife had been wishing for, and suddenly the world became terminally unsafe in totally new ways. As a photojournalist, the impulse within him to run towards conflict had been well exercised, but in the face of true danger and the prospect of leaving his children fatherless, he ran away from conflict. Instead, he went home. Really, home. He went back to Denmark and began photographing the world of his childhood. Visiting the homes he lived in when he was younger, he approached the craft of photography in an entirely new way. He was looking to create “slower, more introspective work.” The images that resulted from this decade of work are a marked change from what he was creating before. A swing in a playground he frequented


Stephanie Pfriender Stylander Lets You Get Your Piece of Kate Moss

When Stephanie Pfriender Stylander was hired to shoot a romantic fashion editorial in 1992 she was looking for a relatively unknown model to play the girl. Following a lead from a friend of hers, she found Kate Moss on the other side of her lens. At the time, Kate Moss had just made it over to the US, in fact the story became Kate Moss’ editorial debut stateside and would prove another major step in the model’s meteoric rise. Few faces are as recognizable as Kate Moss. She has been a staple in fashion for almost thirty years, and for all this time has been an icon of timeless beauty. Her elegance is uncomplicated, making her the most highly polished everywoman in the world, and earning her the obsessions of her fans. Stephanie Pfriender Stylander is currently offering a limited run of archival prints from this shoot from almost 25

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Gallery Stock Congratulates Our Communication Arts Winning Photographers

Every year Communication Arts Magazine awards recognition to the photographers it deems the best in visual communications . Whether it is for personal projects, large scale advertisement campaigns, or editorial stories, Communication Arts is focused on highlighting the best of the best. This year, no fewer than eight photographers from Gallery Stock’s roster were awarded the distinction. Here they are and the stories that earned them this well deserved praise:​ British Airways High Life, an inflight magazine of the international aviation giant, featured Michael Turek’s award winning photography for a story on the Amazonian city of Manaus, one of the World Cup host cities in Brazil. The imagery captured draws a line of distinction between the glossy expectations of the world, and what’s left for the people of Brazil when the world changes its gaze. Adam Voorhes uniquely laid out the answer to Wired Magazine’s question of “Why Are We


LA Gangs vs the LAPD by Joseph Rodriguez

Just last week Barack Obama became the first sitting US President to visit a Federal Prison. This is in large part the result of cries for change after decades watching a bruised prison system. Photographer Joe Rodriguez spent time in that system when he was at Rikers Island for his own offenses in the 1970s, but it opened his eyes to the pipeline that feeds in and out of American prisons. Through his two books “East Side Stories” (2000) and “Juvenile” (2004) Joe explored how different systems, both governmental and cultural create lifelong criminals and uphold each other. For Joe, it’s not just about shining a light on these issues, but also making room for them to enact change. “The magic word for me is redemption,” Joe says. “A lot of us people can make mistakes, and mess up our lives, but people can turn [their] lives around.” Joe likes


Jason Madara Gets Personal with San Francisco

Few cities are better known for their people than San Francisco. Photographer Jason Madara counts himself among the artists of San Francisco, operating his studio with George McCalman, Art Director of MCCALMAN.CO. Together they decided to take a look at their community and document the individuals that make their hometown so unique. Photographers, Writers, Chefs, Architects, Designers, Florists are all featured in “Individuals.” These are the people that stand behind storefronts and prepare the morning coffee. They design the buildings and paint the walls inside them. They are how a city works. “For me and George this is to show the creativity of San Francisco,” Jason tells Bernstein & Andriulli​. “It’s such an amazing, creative place where a lot of people just stay in the shadows. They don’t really come out and be seen. Especially artists.” “Individuals” is an ongoing collaboration and Jason and George intend to continue with the


Joey L Lifts the Veil in Kurdistan

Joey L was so captivated by the conflict in Kurdistan that he felt compelled to head into the fire and see what he could find there. “I set out to uncover the truth, or at least to better understand the nuances behind the headlines,” he explains on his blog. “Portrait photography has a strange way of humanizing even the most distant of situations, and that was my goal with this project.” He knew it was going to be a terrific challenge, too much to ask his regular crew to attend, so he ventured out on his own. What he found on the ground is incredible. His images show these usually shadowy fighters in a way that we are not used to seeing them. But they remind us that they are human beings fighting for a land they love and for a people they call their own. “Most residents and refugees