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Elsa Dorfman: Me and My Camera at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

  Over the course of 35 years, the photographer Elsa Dorfman has made some 4,000 portraits with the 20×24 Polaroid camera. Elsa Dorfman: Me and My Camera, which was on view at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, before the pandemic-related closings of non-essential businesses, homes in on her practice…

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Tania Franco Klein: Proceed to the Route at ROSEGALLERY

Tania Franco Klein’s Proceed to the Route, an exhibition named after a frequent Google Maps refrain, had the feeling of a multi-room collage, albeit a tasteful one put together by a judicious minimalist. Some photographs, printed large, adhered directly to the walls, others were framed and hung at eye level,…

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Reimagining Home: Photographs by Bahman Jalali and Gohar Dashti at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Iran was an early adopter of photography. Nasir al-Din Shah became hooked on the art form after receiving a camera from his father, who was given it as a gift from Queen Victoria and Tsar Nicholas I. He established his own photography studio in his palace, presumably where a photographer…

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Miljohn Ruperto and Ulrik Heltoft: Voynich Botanical Studies at Friends Indeed Gallery, San Francisco

Diane Arbus described a photograph as a “secret about a secret.” That quote aptly describes these pictures by the artist-duo Miljohn Ruperto and Ulrik Heltoft. Even when the duo’s process is revealed, the images in their Voynich Botanical Studies remain mysterious, like the manuscript to which they refer: a 16th-century…

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The Legacy of Issei Suda (1940-2014): Human Memory at Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery

A towering figure in Japanese photography, Issei Suda has received little to no attention in the West. This small, focused show was the first posthumous exhibition of his work since he died last year. The 25 black-and-white prints, shot from the late 1970s to the early 1990s, were drawn from…

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Black Is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco

Black Is Beautiful, the robust Kwame Brathwaite retrospective on view this winter, deftly conveyed the spirit of community and entrepreneurship that influenced the fight for self-determination, equality, and civil rights among African Americans in the mid-20th century. Born to Barbadian-immigrant parents, Brathwaite grew up in a multicultural Bronx enclave and…

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John Dowell: Cotton: Symbol of the Forgotten at Laurence Miller Gallery

Fabric panels, printed with images of cotton plants, hung in the center of the Laurence Miller Gallery earlier this winter. They floated down from the ceiling, creating an installation so visually rich that visitors could almost imagine they could smell and feel the “crops.” Entering the small maze elicited a…

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KangHee Kim: Dreamer at Benrubi Gallery

Like a crystallized daydream, KangHee Kim’s photographs seem to capture serendipitous moments and surreal landscapes. Her exhibition Dreamer, on view at Benrubi Gallery through March 7, contains 12 digitally composed photographs in which it’s not always clear whether fantasy is encroaching on reality or the other way around.  Kim is…

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Matthew Pillsbury: Then and Now at Edwynn Houk Gallery

There is no mistaking the grandeur in a Matthew Pillsbury photograph. Façades like the ornate metal and glasswork atop Paris’s Grand Palais des Glaces or the stone passage in which Winged Victory resides at the Louvre are captured in intricate detail with exposures often surpassing an hour. Every building in…

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