live with lions

October 1, 2014

E. 3 st., 1967 James Jowers

E. 3 st., 1967. James Jowers

But luxury has never appealed to me,
I like simple things, books, being alone, or with somebody who understands.
~ Daphne du Maurier

Christopher Makos

Christopher Makos

Photographer, author, vagabond. Christopher Makos has been training his eye on the world’s stage since he came to this earth, creating an understanding of life that integrates everything into a cohesive whole. Whether people, places, or things, Makos’ gift is his ability to embrace them all as subjects of beauty befitting himself. For Makos is nothing if not a presence, a force to be reckoned with.

The author of 21 monographs. Makos’ work has been exhibited around the world since 1975. He first burst onto the photography scene with his 1977 book White Trash, which was recently re-released by Glitterati Incorporated in a deluxe edition titled White Trash Uncut. The book, at once raw and luxurious, chronicled the New York City pink scene, interspersed with portraits of Uptown Boldface names.

Makos 21st monograph, Everything: The Black and White Monograph (Glitterati Incorporated), is a sumptuous retrospective of three decades in the artist’s illustrious career. Weighing in at 352 pages, with 248 photographs, Everything is printed in quadrotone for the richest, most effective reproduction of Makos’ work. The oldest photograph in the book was a taken in 1973. It is a single foot set bare upon the beach in Ditch Plains, Montauk, New York. The journey of a thousand miles had begun. Everything stands as a testament to a life lived in the present tense, forever creating itself anew with every click of the lens.

Everything will launch at Lord & Taylor, New York, on Thursday, October 9 from 6-8pm. Hosted by Manhattan magazine, the event will include a book signing, as well as a fashion presentation, fashion style, a photo booth, grooming stations, and a live DJ. All are welcome to attend, and to RSVP with the subject line “Everything” to

Everything can be seen as a photo-biography, if you will. Here are portraits, landscapes, nudes, snapshots, studio shots, cars, dogs, horses, from Fire Island to Ascot, Mallorca to Moscow, Morocco to Puerta Vallarta, Giza to Palm Springs, as well as portraits of everyone from Elizabeth Taylor to Queen Elizabeth II, from Man Ray to Jean-Michel Basquiat, from Tennessee Williams to John Lennon.

The Lord & Taylor launch is the only New York public appearance Makos will be making this Fall, as he tours the world presenting his original collaborations with Ports 1961 and Kiehl’s, featuring some of his most iconographic images. He chats with The Chic about his life in photography.

Read the full story at THE CHIC.

i will seek my home

September 29, 2014

Thomas Worthington Whittredge - The Glen - 1862

Thomas Worthington Whittredge – The Glen – 1862

Whatever purifies you,
is the right path.

reflections in the water

September 27, 2014

Mark Rothko, Light Earth and Blue

Mark Rothko, Light Earth and Blue

She is richest who is content with the least,
for content is the wealth of nature.

Sissy Spacek by Howard Schatz

Sissy Spacek by Howard Schatz

The craft of acting is not what is seems. The actor is charged with a sleight of hand, so to speak. They must so embody their role that they cease to exist, and what remains is merely the surface of what once was. The actor dips below the surface and travels all the way down to the bone, to the space where boundaries cease to exist anymore. And when they re-emerge they are a character completely their own, words written on paper given voice through their lungs.

The actor’s craft is to become one with the spirit of another soul so that they transform, by all means possible, our understanding of the world. Photographer Howard Schatz intuitively understands this and has used his gift for portraiture to capture the actor’s gift for recreating life’s experiences. In Caught in the Act: Actors Acting (Glitterati Incorporated), Schatz presents a magnificent array of emotional moments.

As Academy Award winning actress Sissy Spacek reveals in her interview with Schatz, “The thing that gets me going about acting is that you’re really exploring yourself/ I think as human beings we all share 360 degrees of emotion, and when you are exploring a character, you are really exploring yourself. You are finding in yourself qualities that help you illuminate this character you are trying to create, and I love that. There’s so much preparation that goes into building a character. But when a scene as really taken off, when the scene plays you, when you get caught up, this life force grabs you.

“I have always thought of it as catching a moving train. You see the tracks and know the train is coming, and as you are getting up to speed and the train comes along and if you are fortunate, you can grab hold and it just takes you away. Sometimes you get hit by the train, you get run over. That’s not so good. But I always have a laugh when the director says, ‘Okay, just do again what you did then,’ and I think, ‘What happened? Where am I?” When a scene plays you, you don’t know what happened. You just take this trip.”

This trip is something we experience as viewers of the form, whether it is film or photography, the reaction bears fruit of the same tree. We are voyeurs, observers, an audience whose eyes insistently feast on creations from the lives of artists. As consumers of art we are equally charged to investigate the roots of the tree that nourishes our minds and hearts. Howard Schatz sat down with The Click to discuss his experiences of the photographic arts.

Read the full story at THE CLICK.

~ 5775 ~

September 25, 2014

Sam Flores

Sam Flores

Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.
~F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jason Nocito

Jason Nocito

Photograph by Mai Lucas

Photograph by Mai Lucas

Mai Lucas is an independent spirit that travels the globe in search of the beauty of every day life. She is drawn to the people whose souls live and breathe on the streets we cruise and the sidewalks we strut. For more than twenty years, Lucas has been documenting the look of urban style as it finds itself moving from continent to continent.

The Parisian native has made her name in fashion, magazines, and advertising, working for clients including Bouygues, Liberto, Comme des Garçons, Xuly Bet, and Vania, and photographing celebrities including as diverse as Amy Winehouse, Celia Cruz, Dwyane Wade and Tricky. Lucas has also been photographing music festivals such as AfroPunk, as sources of culture and pride that transcend the more capitalistic expressions of music for the youth in the twenty-first century.

Lucas sits down with The Chic to reflect on her passion for style as it is most intimately expressed by the people who step in front of her camera lens. The Starter, as Lucas named herself, has had a hand in shaping the look of the world by giving us an intimate and emotional space to gaze upon the beauty of the human race.

Of her first foray into photography, Lucas recalls, “When I was young a friend of my father had a Canon camera and wanted to get rid of it. My father took it and gave it to me. I started taking photographs when I was fourteen years old. It started out with photographs of my friends at school. I became the official photographer for the youth of my generation.

“I went to the School of the Louvre and started freelancing for magazines when I was eighteen. I was hired to illustrated an article on Hip Hop and graffiti for a men’s fashion magazine because most of my friends were in the local scene.

“When you grow up, you become aware that everyone has a personality; photography is one of the ways to capture people as characters. It’s like a movie. ‘This one looks like a queen, this one look like my hero.’ I wanted to be able to show the diverse people around me to the world.”

Read the full story at THE CHIC.

the voice of the heart

September 22, 2014

Wangechi Mutu

Wangechi Mutu

You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it.
That is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies,
that is why you must sing and dance, and write poems, and suffer,
and understand, for all that is life.

a moment of reverence

September 21, 2014

     Tibilisi Botanical Gardens, Georgia. Anna Bogush

Tibilisi Botanical Gardens, Georgia. Anna Bogush

By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest;
and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

ç=Howard the Duck Handball Court photograph by Charlie Ahearn. A photograph of friend Lee Quiñones’ massive 1988 handball court mural, created 10 years earlier and since destroyed, at Corlears Junior High School on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Howard the Duck Handball Court photograph by Charlie Ahearn. A photograph of friend Lee Quiñones’ massive 1978 handball court mural, created 10 years earlier and since destroyed, at Corlears Junior High School on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Perched at the outskirts of Museum Mile, the Museum of the City of New York is a rose in Spanish Harlem. Located at 1220 Fifth Avenue between 103 and 104 Streets, the Museum was incorporated in 1923 to preserve and present the history of New York City and its people. The collection includes more than 1.5 million items, and is known for its comprehensive photography collection, which includes works by Jacob Riis, Berenice Abbott, Andreas Feininger, Byron Company, Irving Underhill, the photographic archives for LOOK Magazine, as well as the photographic work commissioned by the renowned architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White. The collections document the city’s ever changing landscape, reminding us of the ways in which New York presents itself upon the world’s stage, as well as to itself.

Sean Corcoran is the Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Museum of the City of New York. His interests in photography, art, and history overlap in a distinct way within the Museum’s walls. The personal passions of collecting find them manifest in ways that are remarkable. Most recently the Museum hosted “City as Canvas: New York City Graffiti from the Martin Wong Collection” to great acclaim.

The exhibition, which closes on Sunday, September 21, presents 105 works by legendary writers DAZE. DONDI, FUTURA 200, Keith Haring, LADY PINK, LEE, and SHARP among others, alongside historical photographs by Charlie Ahearn, Henry Chalfant, Martha Cooper, Jon Naar, and Jack Stewart. Paired together, the paintings, drawings, and photographs take us back to a time and a place that, though not far away at all, no longer exists in our daily lives.

Corcoran speaks to The Click about the space where his work as a curator and a collector overlap, as made manifest by one of the finest exhibitions of native New York art. Read the full story at THE CLICK.

nothing is black or white

September 18, 2014

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The greatest glory in living
lies not in never falling,
but in rising every time we fall.

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As we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

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There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere,
and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death
again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.

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Live life as though nobody is watching,
and express yourself as though everyone is listening.

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It always seems impossible until it’s done.

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Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.


I am the captain of my soul.

Photographs by Robert Yager
Quotes by Nelson Mandela

Robert Mitchum by Johnny Rozsa

Robert Mitchum by Johnny Rozsa

In the 80s, a time before Photoshop and plastic surgeons offered picture perfect complexions, masking even the slightest imperfections, Johnny Rozsa captured the flawless features of Hollywood’s fresh crop of celebrity beauty. Rozsa captures pristine beauty and the exuberance of 115 stars before they were famous, and shows us what they were like before they began following the plan for eternal youth, an elixir of Botox, surgical procedures, and editorial support in the form of computer generated beauty.

From Hugh Grant to Halle Berry, Janet Jackson to Nicholas Cage, John Malkovich to Natasha Richardson, with a special section dedicated the gay legends including Leigh Bowery, Quentin Crisp, and Divine, Untouched (Glitterati Incorporated), captures the era’s most enduring icons at a time where ingénues rubbed shoulders with luminaries like Charlton Heston, Jane Russell, Joan Collins, Dolly Parton, and Tina Turner.

Rebelling against the paparazzi’s obsession with capturing unflattering shots that compromise the integrity of celebrities to increase sales to a snark-fueled populace, Rozsa’s work pays tribute to the old school Hollywood model of glamour. Be it Rick James or Robert Mitchum, Aretha Franklin or Muhammad Ali, Mariah Carey or Sade, Rozsa’s camera captures all the glitter and glitz of fame, beauty, and celebrity style during the 80s.

Born and raised in Nairobi, Johnny Rozsa spent his earliest years in a beautiful and remote country where every day was an adventure. “Living in Kenya made me curious,” he observes in his introduction to Untouched (Glitterati Incorporated), a collection of celebrity portraiture. He arrived in London in the 1960s and, after college, ran a vintage shop in Covent Garden where he met fashion editors, models, actors, and photographers on a daily basis. Making the rounds at all the parties, Rozsa hobnobbed with the likes of Ian McKellen, Leigh Bowery, and John Galliano while setting off on his own journey as a portrait photographer.

Rozsa recalls, “When I was a teenager I painted. I enjoyed the texture of oil paints and painted almost every day from the age of 15 until I turned 20. In Nairobi, I had several solo exhibitions and sold quite a few paintings, which were mostly of faces, with big eyes, long lashes, and big pouty feminine lips—and that was just the men!

“I loathed filling in backgrounds because they were so time consuming, and often wished I had an assistant to do the boring bits! I studied Communications at College in London and it helped me develop the ability to connect with other people and to comprehend the immense power of journalism, of radio and television.”

Read the full story at THE CHIC.

a door to eternity

September 15, 2014

Sunlight’s Kiss ~ Octavio Ocampo

Sunlight’s Kiss ~ Octavio Ocampo

Being human is a temporary fragment of who we truly are.
~Awakened Vibrations

 Photograph: From New Photographers, Photo Festival Leiden. Photo by Marijke Groeneveld

From New Photographers, Photo Festival Leiden. Photo by Marijke Groeneveld

United Photo Industries is a labor of love: love for the photograph and its ability to convey a complex array of emotions and ideas in a single, silent frame. Founders Sam Barzilay, Dave Shelley, and Laura Roumanos had been working in Dumbo, Brooklyn, together and independently on a wide array of photography, production, theater, and concert productions before joining forces to create UPI in March 2011. UPI opened its gallery doors at 111 Front Street in November of that same year.

In June 2012, UPI introduced Photoville, a free community event conceived as a village for photo-documentary work located on the Brooklyn waterfront with stellar views of the downtown Manhattan skyline. The resounding success of Photoville has resulted in a continuous expansion that makes the festival one of the world premier exhibitions of photo-documentary work.

The exhibitions are housed inside (and out) of repurposed shipping containers, creating a distinctive experience that re-imagines the way in which we view photography in the new millennium. The Do-It-Yourself nature of Photoville allows each exhibitor to transform what is an overlooked industrial space into a gallery of their own design.

For years, Barzilay and the team had been vibing on the idea of repurposing containers for exhibition use, as he was inspired by the majestic East River that flows but two blocks away from the gallery itself. Serendipity being what it is, Barzilay met with Regina Meyer, the president of Brooklyn Bridge Park during the Dumbo Arts Festival the previous year, and they decided to partner to create Photoville in the landmark park.

This year, Photoville returns to Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park and runs from September 18-28. The 2014 edition includes more than 50 photography exhibitions and outdoor installations in partnership with organizations including Instagram, Magnum Foundation, Open Society Foundations, Getty Images, Parsons New School for Design, the School of Visual Arts, the International Center of Photography, The New York Times, the Pulitzer Center, and Time, among many others.

Read the Full Story at THE CLICK.


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