Gail Albert Halaban photographs communities of mothers. Like an anthropologist, she portrays the private lives of these women as they journey from single life through motherhood. At first glance, they seem to have everything — education, elegance, wealth, and family. Yet for these women, such advantages are not without conflict. They must weigh having children with the desire to maintain an identity as it was prior to entering this stage of motherhood. Continue →

The Argentine artist res, working with collaborator Constanza Piaggio, has produced a remarkable new series entitled Conatus. Each piece is a painstaking recreation of an iconic piece of western art by painters such as Velazquez, da Vinci, and Picasso. In the process of translating the original work from canvas to photograph, res makes alterations that recontextualize the subject and its themes through contemporary perspectives on spirituality, philosophy, politics, and the centuries-old process of image-making. Continue →

In Approaching Nowhere, Jeff Brouws surveys the evolving cultural landscapes of rural, urban and suburban America, from secondary highways to strip malls to decimated industrial sites and inner city housing. Combining bleak beauty with anthropological inquiry, he seeks the significance behind the cycle of construction, decline and renewal. Brouws' photographs go beyond mere description and gather layered meaning, often functioning as antipodal metaphors or asking sociological questions. When captured by his lens, deserted streets and freeways evoke the restlessness of an uncertain nation, and communicate a low-lying foreboding. Continue →

Small Wonders is an exhibition of photographs that are diminutive in size, yet masterful in execution. As the title implies, none of the pieces in the exhibition is larger than 4x5 inches. Although it has become fashionable to make massive photographs, the small — in some cases tiny — pictures in this exhibition offer a different kind of viewing experience. Continue →

In 1975, the landmark exhibition New Topographics: Photographs of a Man-Altered Landscape opened at the International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York. Joe Deal and colleagues Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz, Bernd & Hilla Becher, Frank Gohlke, Nicholas Nixon, John Schott, Stephen Shore, and Henry Wessel rejected the romanticism of their predecessors and attempted to achieve a more accurate depiction of contemporary society by framing their images with emotional indifference. Deal's photographs of suburban encroachment on nature dispelled the myth of the American West as an untamed wilderness, and demanded that we question the outcome of rampant commercial development. Continue →

Silvio Wolf's photographs explore thresholds that simultaneously unite and divide. Working mostly in uninhabited spaces, Wolf reduces his subjects to fields of color and geometrical planes of light. He documents still and timeless places, and uses his lens to convert them into codependent spaces which, as he explains, "could not exist should one of them disappear." Wolf's photographs are meditations on absence and presence — whether of tangible or metaphysical forms. Continue →

In her debut exhibition, Second Nature, Mary Mattingly looks at the distant future of the human race. After the fall of post-industrial civilization, nomads wear their homes on their backs like snails, using patched-together machines to gather resources from the ravaged environment. Forced to be self-sufficient, this new breed of human is detached from its fellow wanderers, isolated in austere but beautiful landscapes, preoccupied with the need for survival. Continue →