AIPAD's Photography Show

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Mike Brodie, #5060. Courtesy M+B Gallery

AIPAD’s Photography Show opened last night at the Park Avenue Armory, with more than 70 dealers showing work ranging from historical to contemporary.  A quick sampling of some of my favorites gives an idea of the diversity of photographs on display in this always engaging event, on through Sunday. 

Colorado dealer Joel Soroka is showing a vintage Edward Weston print, Fantastique, a nude from 1921. A platinum print, perched between Pictorialism and modernism, it has had only two previous owners. 

On the opposite end of the historical spectrum is Mike Brodie at LA's M+B Gallery. Brodie’s work, from his series A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, is on view at M+B in through May 11 and at Yossi Milo in New York until April 6.  Untrained as a photographer, Brodie spent several years train-hopping and hitchhiking around the country, and his photographs are loose and limber, freewheeling images of his friends and traveling companions. Some of them capture breathtakingly frightening moments on moving trains, others are quieter shots of his friends sleeping or peering at a map.

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Jim Naughten, from Hereros. Courtesy Klompching Gallery

Carpoolers, by Alejandro Cartagena, on view at the Kopeikin Gallery’s booth, is a series of aerial views of construction workers in Mexico sleeping or resting in the backs of flatbed trucks. Cartagena perched on an overpass and pointed his camera down at the moving traffic, capturing men reading the paper, or sleeping wrapped in a Mickey Mouse towel, or huddling together for warmth at what looks to be the end of a hard day of work. 

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Alejandro Cartagena, Carpoolers. Courtesy Kopeikin Gallery

AIPAD newcomer Klompching Gallery, based in DUMBO, is showing a mix of gallery artists, but a standout is Ed Naughton, whose work is on view at the gallery through May 4.  Naughton’s large-scale color portraits of the Herero people of Namibia emphasize the lush, vividly colorful clothing, adopted from the 19th-century German missionaries who settled there.

There’s much more, of course, including a schedule of panels on Saturday at Hunter College. See the website for a full schedule of events.