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Catherine Opie: In & Around L.A.

In her work, Catherine Opie has consistently focused her lens on the subcultural phenomena and the castaways of Los Angeles—lonely, mansard-roofed Beverly Hills mansions, freeway underbellies, and stark mini malls. This enlightening focus has earned the photographer Woodbury School of Architecture’s 2013 Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award, in honor of which an exhibition is being held at the campus’s WUHO Gallery in Hollywood February 16–March 24 with an awards ceremony at the gallery on March 2. The show, a kind of compact retrospective, includes work from five series the artist has produced over the last two decades: Freeways, Houses, Landscapes, In and Around Home, and Shopkeepers. Opie is the fourth photographer to have received the honor after Iwan Baan (2010), Richard Barnes (2011), and Pedro E. Guerrero (2012); she is the first female and Angeleno to have received the award.
February 15, 2013
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Celestial Seasons

As we head into the Year of the Snake celebrations this week, New York gallery Barry Friedman Ltd gears up to present contemporary Chinese artist Wang Wusheng at a solo exhibition, "Celestial Realm," from March 7-April 27. Wusheng, whose work hangs in the Smithsonian, the National Art Museum of China, and others, currently splits his time between Shanghai and Tokyo for work.
February 8, 2013

Hélène Binet's Composing Space

If photography is painting with light, few make better canvases of buildings than Hélène Binet. The photographer has been documenting the world's most important structures for 25 years, and in late January, Phaidon released the limited edition book Composing Space: The Photographs of Hélène Binet. Not so much photographic accounts of a building, a Binet photo is far more interested in the play of light, the cant of an angle, the overlooked work that architecture does. Click through the slideshow to see how her elegant takes on Zumthor and Le Corbusier reveal how the great reaching details of these great designs actually function. From speckles of light to the cobbles on a street, Binet finds a kind of hidden exultant geometry everywhere she points her lens.
February 7, 2013
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Above Santiago's Architecture Biennial

This mesmerizing video comes from one of our favorite photographers, Cristobal Palma. It's incredible what Palma is able to do here, as his camera hovers and rises over the exhibition design that the Chilean firm Lyon Bosch Arquitectos did for the 18th Santiago Architecture Biennial. A landscape of suspended cardboard, the displays hung in the capacious Mapocho Station in Santiago. It's to Palma's credit that he managed to highlight both the design work of Lyon Bosch and the gorgeous structure that houses it all while creating a dreamy atmosphere the viewer is at once a part of and floating above. Instead of making you wish you were at last month's design conference, you rather wish that you were flying above it. How fantastic a simple change of perspective can be!
January 16, 2013
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Balthazar Korab, 1926-2013

Balthazar Korab—whose work and career we profiled in Dwell's Dec/Jan 2013 issue—passed away this week in Troy, Michigan, his hometown of many years. Korab was born in Hungary, escaped Budapest at the onset of the World War II, studied architecture at Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, met an American woman on holiday, then moved to Detroit once they were married. There, he interviewed with and was hired on the spot(!) by Eero Saarinen, one of the most influential modernist architects working the U.S. during the mid-century. He started at Saarinen & Associates as a designer and quickly switched to a new position as the firm's official photographer. In summation, much of the reason we are so familiar with Saarinen's architecture is that someone so talented was around to document it. Click through for more shots taken through Korab's lens, including some lesser-known (but extraordinarily valuable) modernist Midwestern buildings.
January 16, 2013
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Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography

A new biography highlights the rich, black-and-white photography of Balthazar Korab, whose sharp imagery helped give a face to modernist architecture in mid-century America.
December 18, 2012

Ezra Stoller's Photography: A Retrospective

Much like his contemporary Balthazar Korab (whose work is featured in the current issue of Dwell), Ezra Stoller's iconic images of post-war America depict the evolution of the Modernist movement. From industrial and commercial spaces to landmark interiors, his extensive portfolio is reincarnated in a long-awaited new monograph, Ezra Stoller: Photographer (Yale University Press, 2012), written by Nina Rappaport and Erica Stoller. Stoller's camera captured some of the most significant Modernist buildings from the 1940s through the 1970s, and will be presented in a partner exhibition at Yossi Milo Gallery from January 24 to March 2, 2013.
December 5, 2012

Shedding a New 'Lightt' on Photography

The new app Lightt puts a spin on sharing your life moments. By capturing short video clips and highlights, it mixes short video clips into highlight reels. The beauty of Lightt is its creative potential. Rather than being limited to a single frame, users are able to capture that single frame through multiple angles, providing an artistic sharing and viewing experience.
November 15, 2012
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All That's Fit to Print

After years of working as a fashion photographer, Maude Arsenault began toying with the idea of opening her own gallery devoted to photography to reunite with artists she admires or collects. At the request of clients and art buyers who wanted to purchase prints from her, she started The Print Atelier, a print gallery, in 2011. Then, this past September, Arsenault and her team launched The Print Atelier website, representing nine artists and featuring approximately 145 works in an online gallery.  Unlike other print galleries, such as Society 6, The Print Atelier describes itself as a boutique, only offering between two and 100 copies of each print. Arsenault carefully curates the artist’s works and focuses on motifs such as portraits, abstracts, nudes, and landscapes. Each print is sent to customers with a signed certificate of authenticity and the website offers suggestions on proper framing and storing. To give customers a more intimate perspective, The Print Atelier will begin airing video interviews of the artists, including Arsenault, in two weeks, and just launched a tumblr as an ever-changing inspiration board. Blurring the lines between inaccessible online website and thoughtfully curated gallery even further, The Print Atelier plans to throw pop up exhibitions throughout 2013, beginning in Montreal, Canada, this December. 
November 2, 2012