As the holiday approaches and moves to the New Year, the activities increase both privately and publicly. Last Thursday, December 12th, Harry Benson and his wife Gigi were joined by more than 400 friends and photography fans for the opening of Harry Benson Behind the Scenes at the Staley-Wise Gallery in Soho.
Harry Benson, CBE, has captured some of the most memorable moments of the 20th century. His latest retrospective, on view at the Staley-Wise Gallery from December 12 to January 25, brings unprecedented style to his prominent portfolio. “It’s a huge show,” says Gigi Benson, Harry’s wife and partner of 52 years. “Hopefully, guests will be surprised and intrigued.”
For the first time in America, Crossroads will present an ensemble of dye transfer and gelatin silver prints illustrating Txema Yeste’s career in fashion photography.
Joel Grey’s The Flower Whisperer, on exhibition at the Staley-Wise Gallery until August 16, is an explosion of floral forms and bold colors. Closely cropped and intensely rich, these images surprise with unconventional dimensions and an intimate examination of familiar flowers. What’s even more surprising is that all of these images were taken on an iPhone.
Mr. Grey recently released his fifth book of photographs, “The Flower Whisperer,” published by PowerHouse Books. And he has opened a companion photo exhibition at Staley-Wise Gallery in SoHo.
The genres of fashion, portrait, art and landscape photography collide in an exhibition of Erik Madigan Heck (b. 1983) at Staley-Wise Gallery. They are tied together by the central presence of fashion – shaping each composition by a distinct relationship to colour, pattern, pose and garment. In most cases, though, the faces are obscured – whether by the subject’s stance or various pictorial elements. This strikes the viewer from the first room, which features large-format photographs of women with their backs turned. Colour delivers another punch, highly saturated and jewel-toned, popping off of the white walled gallery space.
Minimalistic yet chic, elegant yet bold, meticulously planned yet so fun—that is the dynamic that Erik Madigan Heck employs in his compelling images. His incisive painter’s eye with a talent in selecting bright color schemes and ornate patterns, his artistic style is remarkably refreshing in an industry that is so heavily inundated. From the flood of florals in James Harden’s latest GQ shoot, to the obscured faces of fashion models and his preference for natural light; Heck’s photography is striking for his incorporation of unexpected elements that elevates and almost purifies the purpose of fashion photography.
Currently photographer David LaChapelle is exhibiting his series titled, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” at Staley Wise Gallery. David’s photographs center around pop-culture iconic portraiture. David has permanent work in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. From the press release, “The selected photographs not only showcase the famous in defining moments of their careers, but also serve as a mirror to our own obsessions and curiosities with fame itself.” Exhibition runs through March 2, 2019.
“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” is the first exhibition of David LaChapelle’s work at Staley-Wise Gallery in more than ten years. Many of the works included have never been previously exhibited.