Hoodlums & pickpockets, The Amusement Center, Washington Street, c. 5pm, The Combat Zone, Boston, MA. 1967. © J. Berndt 1967. Courtesy of the artist.
Jerry Berndt was born 1943 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For more than 30 years he has built a career as a documentary photographer with series on the genocide in Ruanda, civil war in Haiti und homeless people in the US. His photos are represented in the permanant collections of major museums like the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Bibliotheque National in Paris. Today Berndt lives with his wife and son in Paris, France. Learn more.
Ruud Van Empel
Ruud van Empel, World 19, 2005. Gift of Stefan Stux Gallery, New York, and the artist.
Ruud van Empel graduated Cum Laude from the Academie St. Joost, Breda (1976–1981) as a graphic designer. His international breakthrough came with his series of works entitled World, Moon, Venus (2005–2008). These were first exhibited in the Picturing Eden exhibition, compiled by Deborah Klochko at the George Eastman House.
Van Empel’s working method is a complex one. He photographs four or five professional models in his studio and takes many detailed photographs of leaves, flowers, plants and animals. The models pictures are mixed with these images using the Photoshop program and with clothes photographed separately on a tailor’s dummy. In this way he creates new images of mainly children, in black and white, set in a paradisical environment. Learn more.
Jo Whaley, Heliconiidae: Heliconius, 2007. Gift of the artist.
Whaley originally studied to become a painter, putting her abilities to work as a scenic artist for the San Francisco Opera and other Bay Area theatrical companies. Her theater experience openly informs her photography, in which she creates stage sets and employs numerous props, painted backdrops and dramatic lighting. All of her photographic series fuse the language of photography with the language of painting and rely on an expressive use of color. Learn more.
Untitled, (Yosemite Valley), 1865.
Carleton Eugene Watkins (1829-1916) is perhaps the most famous early western photographer. He found international fame for his award winning photographs of Yosemite, San Francisco, the Pacific coast and subjects throughout the western states. Watkins is best known for his mammoth plate photographs but actually published the majority of his work as stereoviews. They represent a comprehensive look into California and the West from the 1860s through the 1890s.
Watkins won many awards during his career, starting in 1865 with an award for "Mountain Views" at the Mechanics' Institute Exhibition in San Francisco. In 1867 Watkins won a medal for landscape photographs at the Paris International Exposition and the following year started printing his stereoviews with an acknowledgment of the medal on the back of the card. Learn more.