Lido Adult Theater, Houston, TX (2013)
Michael Max McLeod is a photographer, bookmaker and self-publisher. He was born in Chicago in 1973 and he currently lives and works in Phoenix, AZ. McLeod studied photography at Arizona State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Art in 2011. Before he studied photography, McLeod worked as a designer for RollingStone.com and a producer for Playboy.com.
In 2011, the artist was first recognized for his self-published ten-photo series, Casual Encounters. The book consists of portraits of men he had met on sex and dating websites. Several of the photographs in Casual Encounters appeared in exhibitions worldwide and were published in Queer Zines Volume 2, Self-Publish Be Naughty, and 10x10 American Photobooks.
Tierney Gearon is an American based contemporary photographer working out of LA. Tierney had no formal photography training and originally studied ballet. While she was studying ballet, she was discovered by a European modeling agency. She then spent five years modeling and traveling the world.
During her travels, Tierney picked up a Polaroid camera and began experimenting. An agency in Paris saw some of her work, and impressed by what they saw, encouraged her to keep it up. Tierney spent several years working as a fashion photographer. She eventually moved on to making more personal work, focusing on her family and the world around her.
Josef Koudelka: Nationality Doubtful
Art Institute of Chicago
June 7 to September 14, 2014
Today, it is an honor to present the exhibition of the artist that made me become a photographer, Josef Koudelka. Nationality Doubtful, is his first retrospective in the United States since 1988. Koudelka started in his early twenties taking photos for Prague’s theatre, but principally worked on his ambitious series Gypsies, a beautiful representation of modern history and timeless humanism. Koudelka became famous in anonymity with his daring photographs of the Soviet-led invasion of Prague in August 1968. As a result, the artist had to flee Czechoslovakia and roamed through out Europe until 1980, until he finally found political asylum in France. Since the late 1980s Josef Koudelka has made panoramic landscape photographs and had not stopped traveling.
I had a different event in mind to talk about today, but a trip to the library, yesterday, postponed my first idea and I decided to share information on the significant exhibition presented by the Chicago Public Library’s Special Collections.
I had written about Vivian Maier in the past months, but for the ones that didn’t make it to the Chicago History Museum, here is a new occasion to discover her work.
Exhibition of Andre Kertesz at Stephen Daiter (Chicago)
From March 7 to May 24, 2014
Well, it has been a while since I sat down and wrote about photo shows. Life never tells you what will come next and what is waiting for you at the next street corner. So to “celebrate” writing again I want to share with you a wonderful exhibition happening right now in Chicago. Stephen Daiter Gallery is presenting one of the greatest photographers ever known, Andre Kertesz.