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Stanek Gallery: The Cake That Survives Its Eating

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STANEK GALLERY: EXHIBITION ANNOUNCEMENT

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PHILADELPHIA

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STANEK GALLERY: Exhibition Announcement

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The Cake That Survives Its Eating

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Opening Reception: Friday, April 6, 2018

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FEATURED ARTISTS

Michael Ananian

Phillip Geiger

Mel Leipzig

Scott Noel

Patrice Poor

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To learn more about Stanek Gallery, click herehttps://www.stanekgallery.com

 

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George Krause: Lunch With a Legend

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Martha Gibson. George Krause. Lunch at the White Dog Cafe, March 8, 2018. Photo: Tony Ward, Copyright 2018.

 

 

Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2018

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GEORGE KRAUSE: LUNCH WITH A LEGEND

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I first met my friend and mentor, George Krause in 1975 at Photopia Gallery on South Street. The Philly based gallery was located in the same neighborhood where Man Ray was born and where Ray K. Metzker, also a legendary photographer and friend of George, lived by converting an old 19th century fire house into his studio. Metzker’s studio was located just around the corner from where George Krause lived for several years before relocating to Wimberly, Texas, where he currently resides with his girlfriend, the artist, Martha Gibson.  Photopia was the place to see fine art photography during those days and George Krause was amongst the finest artists to exhibit at the avant-garde exhibition space.  A couple of years earlier,  Krause had  published GEORGE KRAUSE-1, his first book of groundbreaking photographs, which became a visual bible for anyone interested in photography as a fine art at the time. Toll & Armstrong of Haverford, Pa. published the monograph with forward by Mark Power, in 1972. I have a signed copy proudly displayed of GEORGE KRAUSE – 1 in my personal library. 

Before I was informed George would be visiting Philadelphia this year to install his latest exhibition, Introspective 1957 to 2017 at the University of the Arts, I had already introduced his work to my photography students at the University of Pennsylvania. In September, I assigned the class a book review of John Szarkowski’s classic, Looking at Photographs.  George was  selected by Szarkowski to  be represented in this  iconic representation of the history of photography published by the Museum of Modern Art in 1973.

Needless to say, my students were thrilled to learn that the legendary, George Krause would be visiting their class during his visit to Penn’s campus.  When I showed the students the signed copy of his first book, I completely forgot that it contained personal letters. I  shared with the class that I had received letters from George during the 1970’s when we corresponded while he was working in San Miguel, Mexico or at the American Academy in Rome. I was a graduate student studying photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology where many of Georges contemporaries lectured at my graduate seminars including: Ralph Gibson, Emmet Gowin, Duane Michals, Susan Sontag and Peter Bunnell. The list would also include George Krause after he accepted an invitation that I forwarded to him on behalf of the masters program at R.I.T. We’ve stayed in touch ever since.

George was thrilled to see an exhibit of the students work at the Clutter Gallery in Addams Hall.  The class had the good fortune of reading about photographic history and then to meet a living embodiment of its history made for an amazing learning experience for the students. George mentioned during his talk that it was the first time he had been asked to speak about his work by accessing his web site: www.GeorgeKrause.com.  George also mentioned that he may have been the first photographer in photographic history to cut a beveled mat window to present his photographs. After his talk we enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the White Dog Cafe on Penn’s campus with his girlfriend; the artist, Martha Gibson.

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George Krause: Exhibition Announcement. UArts.

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George Krause with Photography Students at UPenn

George Krause with Photography Students at UPenn. Photo: Martha Gibson.

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George Krause and Tony Ward at Introspective opening reception, UArts. March 28, 2018.

George Krause and Tony Ward at Introspective opening reception, UArts. March 28, 2018.

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About The Author: Tony Ward is a fine art photographer, author, blogger, publisher and adjunct professor of photography at the University of Pennsylvania.  His published works can be accessed herehttp://tonyward.com/shopping-cart/books-bonus-gift/

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Editor’s Note: Tony Ward used the new Sony RX100V to make the portrait of George Krause during lunch with an ISO setting of 320, White Balance: AWB, Shutter: 1/30th, F-Stop:1.8.

 

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Diary: Hannah & Heidi

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Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2018

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HANNAH & HEIDI

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I first met Hannah through the gentlemen’s club scene in Philadelphia during the late 1990’s. She was a popular adult entertainer with an exotic look and a charming demure personality.  I was shooting material at the time for a company online called MET who catered to an audience that liked soft delicate romantic pictures of young women who were natural beauties. No cosmetic surgery allowed for any model submission to the publication . Hannah was a perfect casting for MET. The bonus surprise on the day of the shoot was her childhood friend, Heidi also wanted to be photographed with Hannah, but not totally nude.  It was a typical hot and humid day in Philly that August, so I suggested to Hannah; that she take a shower conveniently located on the grounds of the property that served as a backdrop for the series. 

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To access additional Diary entries about Hannah, click herehttp://tonywarderotica.com/diary-portrait-day/

 

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Diary: Cathy Jean

Photography and Text by Tony Ward, Copyright 2018

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Cathy Jean

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Looking through the archives recently I came upon this photograph of Cathy Jean, who’s musical achievements spans a wide range: rock, blues-rock, jazz, funk and gospel.  I’ve had the pleasure of photographing her twice, once at my studio in Philly, the second time at the Elkins Estate not far from my home in Montgomery County, Pa.  This topless photo was produced during our second shoot in one of the marble bathrooms of the historic 42-acre estate. In February, 2009 the Dominican Sisters sold the property to the Land Conservancy of Elkins Park.  

Cathy is from Baltimore, Maryland. It has been noted she was born into an abusive but musical family. She recorded her first musical album at the age of 9. Inspired early on by various women in rock, Ms. Jean was then introduced to the blues. It was this introduction as a teen that led to her love and respect of the genre.

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To access additional articles from Tony Ward’s diary, click herehttp://tonywarderotica.com/diary-maggie-portrait-day/

 

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