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Documenting the lives of his subjects with sensitivity and sympathy, Bruce Davidson's photographs express his own desire to observe, understand, and reveal the complexity of people and their communities.
Born in Chicago in 1933, Davidson attended the Rochester Institute of Technology and Yale University. After completing military service in 1957, he worked as a photographer for Life magazine and in 1958 became a member of Magnum Photos. He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, the International Center of Photography, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, the Aperture Foundation, and the Fondation Cartier-Bresson in Paris. His work has been recognized through numerous grants and awards, his photographs have appeared in many publications, and his prints have been acquired by many major museums worldwide. He has also directed three films.
Davidson married Emily Haas in 1967 and they have two daughters. He continues to lecture, conduct workshops, and produce astounding images.
Best known for life-size photograms of water, Adam Fuss's evocative imagery is imbued with the spiritual and poetic. His deliberate distillation of the essence of photography—a flash of light on a sensitized surface—emphasizes themes of transformation and perception. Intentionally avoiding the detailed clarity of traditional photography, his works are ghostly manifestations of light and shadow.
Fuss was born in London in 1961 and grew up in rural England. He has lived and worked in New York City since 1982. Widely shown, his work is represented in many American and international collections, including: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. He is represented by Cheim & Read, New York.
Fuss's work is distinctive for its contemporary reinterpretation of photography's earliest techniques, particularly the camera-less methods of the daguerreotype and photogram. He believes that photographic techniques should be personalized and transfigured into a greater metaphor, engaging processes that occur in the natural world.
Alexei Hay spent his early years in Miami, Tehran, and New York. After graduating from Brown University in literature, he worked as an assistant to a range of photographers. Drawing upon the eclectic lighting techniques that he encountered as an apprentice, he began to develop his own approach to portrait photography. Known for playing light and fast with different genres and applications of the camera, he cast his net far and wide over the commercial arena. His work has appeared in major fashion magazines—Vanity Fair, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire—and his celebrity sitters include Robert De Niro, Julianne Moore, Pavement, 50 Cent, J. Lo, David Bowie, and Angelina Jolie.
Hay feels that photography is one way of living up to his rabbi's maxim—"keep your eyes on your teachers." He lives with his wife Batsheva and daughter Ruth Freydel on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
One of the most challenging and provocative artists in photography and film, Steven Klein has produced a riveting body of work that consumes viewers and lures them into his extreme vision. Grounded in reality but with a template constructed from elements of allure and dark glamour, his work seduces the eye and turns the mind to that which might have been forbidden or offensive.
Trained as a painter at the Rhode Island School of Design, Klein is regularly commissioned by the world's top designers and publications and his work has been exhibited worldwide in galleries and museums. The most celebrated of his pictorials are the groundbreaking 1999 Fight Club portfolio with Brad Pitt, the 2001 feature of a bloodied Justin Timberlake in Arena Homme Plus that was banned from newsstands, and the 2005 Brad Pitt–Angelina Jolie sendup of mid-century suburban life.
Klein collaborated with Madonna in 2003 on X-STaTIC PRO=CeSS, which included photographs, a video installation at Deitch Projects, and a book. Other noted works include his collaborations with Lady Gaga on Alejandro and Fame.
Klein is currently working on a book due for release in 2015, as well as a feature film and a major traveling exhibition.
*Note: Klein session will be done in full frontal nudity.
Writing in The New York Times, Charles Hagen observed that, "What distinguishes Mr. Levinthal's work is his interest in emotionally charged historical material. But the real force of his images comes not from his choice of subjects but from the way he tells their stories."
Levinthal is the author, with Garry Trudeau, of Hitler Moves East, originally published in 1977. Dark Light, a survey covering ten years of his work, was organized in 1994 by The Photographers' Gallery in London and traveled throughout the United Kingdom. In 1997, the International Center of Photography presented his first retrospective, David Levinthal: Work from 1977 to 1996.
Levinthal has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. His work is held in numerous museum collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Gene Autry Western Heritage Museum, and The Menil Collection.
Mary Ellen Mark
Mary Ellen Mark has achieved worldwide visibility through her numerous books, exhibitions, and editorial magazine work. Her photo essays and portraits have appeared in publications such as Life, The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair.
For more than four decades, she has traveled extensively to make pictures that reflect her deep commitment to humanism. Today, she is recognized as one of our most respected and influential photographers. Her images of the world's diverse cultures have become landmarks in the field of documentary photography. Her portrayals of Mother Teresa, Indian circuses, and brothels in Bombay were the product of many years of work in India. A photo essay on runaway children in Seattle became the basis of the Academy Award–nominated film STREETWISE, directed and photographed by her husband, Martin Bell.
Mark was presented with the Cornell Capa Award by the International Center of Photography in 2001. She has also received ICP's Infinity Award for Journalism, among other outstanding honors and recognition.
Steve McCurry has been an iconic figure in contemporary photography for more than 30 years. Born in Philadelphia, McCurry studied cinematography at Pennsylvania State University, before landing a newspaper job. After two years, he made the first of what would become many trips to India. Traveling with little more than a bag of clothes and film, he made his way across the subcontinent, exploring the country with his camera.
Crossing the border into Pakistan, he met a group of Afghani refugees, who smuggled him into Afghanistan just as the Soviet invasion was closing the country to Western journalists. After months embedded with the Mujahideen, McCurry returned to Pakistan with film sewn into his clothing. His photographs were among the first to show the world the brutality of the Soviet occupation.
Since then, McCurry has created unforgettable images over six continents. His body of work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions, and contemporary culture— yet always retains the human element that made his celebrated Afghan Girl such a powerful image.
McCurry has been recognized with prestigious awards, including the Robert Capa Gold Medal, the National Press Photographers Award, and an unprecedented four first-prize awards from the World Press Photo contest.
Platon is renowned for his iconic portraits of world leaders, activists, celebrities, and athletes. His Images have graced the covers and spreads of the most influential international publications. The award-winning photographer has spent his life and career making pictures of the movers and shakers of our times.
Platon developed a special relationship with Time magazine, producing more than 25 covers, including the award-winning photograph of the 2008 Person of the Year, Vladimir Putin, and later, Aung San Suu Kyi—just days after her release from house arrest in Burma. Platon has photographed more world leaders than anyone in history and in between his work for magazines such as Time, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ, and WIRED, he dedicates his energies to social change. He has established his own foundation called The People's Portfolio, which partners with NGOs to promote awareness of civil and human rights issues through portrait photography.
Born and raised in Texas, Mark Seliger moved to New York City in 1984 to pursue editorial photography. In 1987, he began shooting for Rolling Stone. Appointed their Chief Photographer in 1992, he photographed more than 150 covers for the magazine. In 2001, he moved from Rolling Stone to Condé Nast, where he shoots frequently for Vanity Fair, Details, Italian Vogue, L'Uomo Vogue, and German Vogue. He also hosts the Emmy-nominated show Capture on YouTube's Reserve Channel, which features candid conversations with established photographers such as Platon, Mary Ellen Mark, and Benjamin Lowy.
Seliger continues his love of the darkroom by using the platinum palladium process to create large-scale, 30x40-inch prints, and his photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries. His many books include Listen (Rizzoli, 2010), Mark Seliger: The Music Book (teNeues, 2008), In My Stairwell (Rizzoli, 2005), Lenny Kravitz/Mark Seliger (Arena, 2001), Physiognomy (Bulfinch, 1999), and When They Came to Take My Father: Voices from the Holocaust (Arcade, 1996).
Seliger is the recipient of many awards including the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, the Lucie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Portraiture, and a Clio Grand Prix.