Raised in Long Island, New York, Joan Marie Archibald (b. 1932) shed the garb of a thirty-year-old all-American housewife––wed then divorced with children––and headed to Los Angeles to don that of “Kali,” an artographer creating visions of psychedelia. Staley-Wise Gallery’s KALI is the late artist’s first major exhibition. It comprises a collection of largely unseen works, the discovery of which incidentally began by her daughter, Susan Oddo, and former son-in-law, photographer Len Prince, in 2017 while assisting Kali’s move into a nursing home, and which continued posthumously after her death following her battle with Parkinson’s in 2019.
Flooded with swirling, multilayered psychedelic hues, Kali’s portraits, often of wide-eyed young women, can feel like the ultimate distillation of an expansive, naïve and chaotic place and time. Despite her innovative techniques, her work has remained almost entirely unknown, but can now be seen in a new volume, “Kali".
The photos of Joan Archibald—or Kali, as she styled herself in about 1964— evoke a deep feeling, or better yet, realization of Los Angeles, or greater Los Angeles. The photos in these volumes, for the most part, came from a similar, timelessly picturesque canyon; they were developed in makeshift darkrooms. Those that didn’t come from the garage darkroom in the nearby canyon, came from the desert, developed in a master bath darkroom in Palm Springs, to be specific.
The story begins in 1964. A Long Island housewife named Joan Archibald loads up her old Studebaker and takes off for the West Coast, leaving behind two children and a soon-to-be ex-husband, never to return. She ends up in Malibu, where for a time she lives out of her car, and she soon falls in with the Hollywood hippie crowd, becoming best friends with the actor Richard Chamberlain, deflecting advances from Frank Sinatra, and taking up photography—Southern California providing a revolving door of beautiful young muses. She also changes her name to Kali Archibald.
Featuring more than 120 photographers from over 20 countries, The New Woman Behind the Camera explores the diverse "new" women who embraced photography as a mode of professional and personal expression from the 1920s to the 1950s. The first exhibition to take an international approach to the subject, it examines how women brought their own perspectives to artistic experimentation, studio portraiture, fashion and advertising work, scenes of urban life, ethnography, and photojournalism, profoundly shaping the medium during a time of tremendous social and political change. Work by Lillian Bassman, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Toni Frissell, and Genevieve Naylor, among others, is included.
When Vogue 100: A Century of Style, a large-scale and far-ranging historical exhibition celebrating Vogue’s first 100 years, opened at London’s National Portrait Gallery in the spring of 2016, it was the culmination of five years of research. As chief curator, I pored over every issue of the magazine, over 1,500 and counting. As far as we could for the early decades, we wanted to go right back to the very prints that Vogue had published all those years ago. If they were torn, abraded or otherwise displayed the patina of age, then so much the better, we thought, for this was the very stuff of Vogue, its history.
Known for his stunning, raw, and authentic images, Kurt Markus returns to the Staley Wise Gallery for a career retrospective. Markus grew up in rural Montana and gained prominence through documenting American cowboys for the magazine Western Horseman. Many of these timeless images are shown in the gallery; the portraits are delicate and balanced — words not usually synonymous with cowboys.
In New York, Staley-Wise Gallery celebrates the long and illustrious career of American photographer Kurt Markus, known for the distinct monochrome style he has applied to everything from lyrical landscape imagery to portraiture and fashion photography.
Priscilla Rattazzi sealed her reputation as a fashion photographer in the 1980s. By the end of that decade, Ms. Rattazzi, a Roman living in New York, had turned from fashion to portraiture, capturing the likenesses of Diana Vreeland, Loulou de la Falaise, Gianni Agnelli (her uncle), and other contemporaries with an unexpected combination of astringency and warmth.
I territori incontaminati dell’Ovest, negli Stati Uniti, che accolgono le tribù dei nativi americani, sono in pericolo. Come testimonia il nuovo progetto fotografico di Priscilla Rattazzi, in mostra a New York, che attraverso il suo lavoro contesta la decisione di Trump di espropriare due milioni di acri di territorio protetto nello Utah
“When Trump put those lands in jeopardy I was horrified. How could anyone want to ruin a landscape of such staggering beauty?” said Ms. Rattazzi, sitting among the thirty-six black and white pictures that are part of her exhibit. They will be shown for seven weeks until November 7. “The land is stunning and you feel you are walking on sacred grounds.”
“Hoodooland,” an exhibition of photographs by Priscilla Rattazzi, is opening today at the Staley-Wise Gallery in SoHo, continuing through Nov. 7. Ms. Rattazzi, who lives in New York City and East Hampton, photographed the weathered, mushroom-like rock formations in southwest Utah known as “hoodoos,” a name brought to the Americas by enslaved Africans.
“When Yermo and I went to the Wahweap hoodoos for the first time at 3:30 A.M., he gave me a headlamp and insisted he didn’t need one,” says Priscilla Rattazzi, whose photographs of southwestern Utah, featuring the primeval rock formations known as hoodoos, go on display at New York’s Staley-Wise Gallery next week.
If you head out to the desert of Utah (perhaps for a stay at the remote Amangiri resort, which recently opened a set of luxury tented camps deeper into the property) you are likely to find hoodoos: tall, thin, mushroom-capped columns of rock formed by years of weathering and erosion. These geological wonders have enchanted the celebrated photographer Priscilla Rattazzi since she first visited southwest Utah 10 years ago and explored Lake Powell and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.
The shots on display on the Staley-Wise Gallery website in New York are a work of David LaChapelle, Herb Ritts, Slim Aarons, Phil Stern and other photographers: a cross-section of style, charm and male beauty that distances itself from univocal interpretations.
Two times of modern age. Two chapters of fashion history. Two different visions of sensuality and femininity. Two iconic artists. Louise Dahl-Wolfe and Stephanie Pfriender Stylander are featured at the ongoing exhibition at Staley-Wise Gallery of New York (currently available online and extended through the summer). Stars of magazines over thirty years apart, the works of the two fashion photographers reveals the evolution of elegance from the 40s-50s to the 90s-2000s. “Louise and myself approach fashion photography from opposite directions. Opposites eventually strike each other out which brings you to zero. Zero is our equal and our equal is our behavior.”
Interview by Fiammetta Cesana
This week, the Annenberg Space for Photography is pleased to announce “Casual Conversations: The Vanity Fair Talks,” a four-part series of virtual conversations between lauded Vanity Fair photographers and some of the publications current and former editors. Over the course of four weeks, ASP will host four presentations and conversations about the iconic imagery that accompanied the magazine’s investigative reportage and signature wit via Zoom Webinar.
Se titula Lagarteranas en misa, está fechada en 1925 y es, seguramente, una de las imágenes que mejor haya ilustrado nunca lo que significa la fotografía al servicio de la etnografía. Ahí están, de la mano, historia y tradición, las invariables que apuntalan el concepto de nación. La cámara de José Ortiz Echagüe fue uno de los instrumentos que, desde una perspectiva tan política como filosófica, ayudó a principios del siglo XX en la reconstrucción del mito nacional español –entonces tan necesitado tras la crisis de 1898–, documentando el legado de usos, costumbres, ritos e indumentarias de un país que, en realidad, ya no tenía interés alguno en perpetuarlo. Lo contó el propio fotógrafo: los lugareños que retrataba protestaban por tener que posar con las viejas vestimentas que identificaban sus orígenes. En todas partes, menos en Lagartera, un pequeño pueblo al oeste de la provincia de Toledo, donde las mujeres siempre se han sabido fabulosas en sus trajes tradicionales.
In 1979, a group of women in Santa Rosa marched in a DIY parade holding up a banner that read “Sonoma County Celebrates Women’s History Week”. No one could have foretold that this grassroots initiative, founded in 1978, would become the foundation of a worldwide Women’s History Month.
In the years that followed, the National Women’s History Project was born, just as women’s history made its way into school curriculums across the country. In the 1980s, President Jimmy Carter recognized Women’s History Week, and Bill Clinton recognized Women’s History Month in 1995. This year, there are numerous exhibits across the US that celebrate great female artists. Here are eight of them.
NEW YORK, NY.- In this exhibition of fashion photography and portraits, Staley-Wise celebrates the work of two artists whose work appeared in magazines over 30 years apart.
Where are all the great women fashion photographers? Ahead of women’s history month in March, one exhibition is looking at two key figures of the female gaze in fashion. Opening March 5, the Staley Wise Gallery in New York features two trailblazing women who broke ground in fashion photography; 2 Women of Style is the name of this two-woman exhibit showcasing the works of Louise Dahl-Wolfe; who shot for Harper’s Bazaar in the 1930s, and Stephanie Pfriender Stylander; a New York photographer who shot Kate Moss in 1991, when she was just 17. Granted, there are countless women fashion photographers who changed the game, from Regina Lelang to Deborah Turbeville and more recently, Ellen von Unwerth. Here, Pfriender Stylander shares her personal history as a photographer, her triumphs, challenges and what she respects most about actors.
Staley-Wise will be hosting a book signing at the gallery on Thursday, February 6 from 6 pm until 8 pm to celebrate photographer Ben Hassett’s first book “Color”. The photographer will be present and signing copies of this limited edition book.
A photographers instinct powerfully captures unparalleled moments. Offering a rare focus on fashion through the lens of renowned socio-political photojournalist Harry Benson, Staley Wise Gallery is exhibiting a series of 90 photographs--in time for the photographer's 90th birthday.
Photojournalist Harry Benson has been a witness to a great many of the major political and social events in modern history. With an uncanny instinct for being in the right place at the right time, his unforgettable photographs have found their way into the national consciousness.
As the holiday approaches and moves to the New Year, the activities increase both privately and publicly. Last Thursday, December 12th, Harry Benson and his wife Gigi were joined by more than 400 friends and photography fans for the opening of Harry Benson Behind the Scenes at the Staley-Wise Gallery in Soho.
Iconic photographer Harry Benson, who just celebrated his 90th birthday (December 2), took a very fashionable victory stroll (victory strut?) last night at the opening of “Harry Benson: Behind the Scenes,” his latest Staley-Wise Gallery exhibition (through January 25).
Harry Benson, CBE, has captured some of the most memorable moments of the 20th century. His latest retrospective, on view at the Staley-Wise Gallery from December 12 to January 25, brings unprecedented style to his prominent portfolio. “It’s a huge show,” says Gigi Benson, Harry’s wife and partner of 52 years. “Hopefully, guests will be surprised and intrigued.”
For the first time in America, Crossroads will present an ensemble of dye transfer and gelatin silver prints illustrating Txema Yeste’s career in fashion photography.
Joel Grey’s The Flower Whisperer, on exhibition at the Staley-Wise Gallery until August 16, is an explosion of floral forms and bold colors. Closely cropped and intensely rich, these images surprise with unconventional dimensions and an intimate examination of familiar flowers. What’s even more surprising is that all of these images were taken on an iPhone.
Mr. Grey recently released his fifth book of photographs, “The Flower Whisperer,” published by PowerHouse Books. And he has opened a companion photo exhibition at Staley-Wise Gallery in SoHo.
The genres of fashion, portrait, art and landscape photography collide in an exhibition of Erik Madigan Heck (b. 1983) at Staley-Wise Gallery. They are tied together by the central presence of fashion – shaping each composition by a distinct relationship to colour, pattern, pose and garment. In most cases, though, the faces are obscured – whether by the subject’s stance or various pictorial elements. This strikes the viewer from the first room, which features large-format photographs of women with their backs turned. Colour delivers another punch, highly saturated and jewel-toned, popping off of the white walled gallery space.
Minimalistic yet chic, elegant yet bold, meticulously planned yet so fun—that is the dynamic that Erik Madigan Heck employs in his compelling images. His incisive painter’s eye with a talent in selecting bright color schemes and ornate patterns, his artistic style is remarkably refreshing in an industry that is so heavily inundated. From the flood of florals in James Harden’s latest GQ shoot, to the obscured faces of fashion models and his preference for natural light; Heck’s photography is striking for his incorporation of unexpected elements that elevates and almost purifies the purpose of fashion photography.
Currently photographer David LaChapelle is exhibiting his series titled, “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” at Staley Wise Gallery. David’s photographs center around pop-culture iconic portraiture. David has permanent work in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. From the press release, “The selected photographs not only showcase the famous in defining moments of their careers, but also serve as a mirror to our own obsessions and curiosities with fame itself.” Exhibition runs through March 2, 2019.
“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” is the first exhibition of David LaChapelle’s work at Staley-Wise Gallery in more than ten years. Many of the works included have never been previously exhibited.
Galerie Magazine recently featured Staley-Wise Gallery in a list of must-see winter gallery exhibitions in New York City. The article describes Sheila Metzner’s process of fresson and platinum printing process to create work that is in the realms of fashion commercial and fine art.
TheCut.com features the opening of “Women Seeing Women,” at Staley-Wise Gallery that opened on June 20th. The article spotlights Marilyn Monroe photo by Arnold, and an image of Coco Chanel by Louise Dahl-Wolfe that are on view in the “Women Seeing Women” exhibition.
Musee Magazine features an article on their website about the Staley-Wise exhibition, “Women Seeing Women”, highlighting the contrast of works of Magnum Photographers and women photographers in advertisement and editorial fields in the exhibition. Women Seeing Women, is on view from June 20th – August 31st.
Wall Street International features the exhibition “Women Seeing Women,” at Staley-Wise Gallery describing the visual and thematic dialogue of the works exhibited by the twelve photographers in the exhibition. The “Women Seeing Women” exhibition is on view till August 31st, 2017.
AnOther Magazine released an article and interview with photographer, Sheila Metzner. The spread features our current Staley-Wise exhibition, “Sheila Metzner: From Life.” This exhibition is now on view from October 19th 2017 – January 20th, 2018.
The Cut released an article on Sheila Metzner’s book, “Sheila Metzner: From Life.” The article highlights the current Staley-Wise exhibition displaying Sheila Metzner’s work that is now on view until January 20th, 2018.
Paris Photo features Sheila Metzner’s life and work saying, “Every photograph tells a story of personal involvement and deeply felt emotion…We see a life lived to the fullest – professionally and personally.” The publication highlights our most recent exhibition at Staley-Wise Gallery called, “Sheila Metzner: From Life.” This exhibition will be on view till January 20th, 2018.
New York Magazine‘s The Cut features the opening of “Deborah Turbeville, 1977–1981,” at Staley-Wise Gallery on May 4th in conjunction with the Metropolitan Museum’s Comme des Garçons retrospective.
The exhibition revisits photos of Comme des Garçons clothing by the late fashion photographer Deborah Turbeville in three series of photos: Comme des Garçons, Women in the Woods, and The Glass House.
The New York Times features a look at Harry Benson’s incredible life and photography, including his upcoming show Harry Benson: Get The Picture, opening Thursday, December 15th at Staley-Wise Gallery, and the new film Harry Benson: Shoot First, opening in theaters on December 9th.
Daily Photo News features an article on their website about the current Staley-Wise exhibition, “Garbo’s Garbos, Portraits from her collection”, now on view from September 16th – October 8th, 2016.
L’oeil de la Photographie features an article on their website about the current Staley-Wise exhibition, “Garbo’s Garbos, Portraits from her collection”, now on view from September 16th – October 8th, 2016.
Photograph Magazine features an article on their website and in their September / October print issue about the current Staley-Wise exhibition, “William Helburn: Ad Man”, on view from July 15th – August 26th, 2016.
Art Zealous features an article that mentions Staley-Wise Gallery exhibiting Arthur Elgort’s image “Romance: Christian Lacroix Couture Atelier, House and Garden Magazine, 1988″ now on view at AIPAD: The Photography Show, 2016 through April 17th.
New York Social Diary features an article that mentions Staley-Wise Gallery, and co-founders Etheleen Staley and Taki Wise, exhibiting David LaChapelle’s “Milk Maidens, 1996”, now on view at AIPAD: The Photography Show, 2016 through April 17th.
David LaChapelle’s photographs have been installed on top of London bus shelter’s around the city as a part of Transport for London’s Year of the Bus. The photographs are on display from September 12th-22nd, be sure to spot them before they’re gone!
The V&A Museum, which is currently exhibiting a career retrospective of photographer Horst P. Horst, has created a short film on Horst’s groundbreaking color fashion photograph. Watch it in preparation for Staley-Wise’s Horst exhibition, opening September 19th, with a reception on September 25th.
The Wall Street Journal has featured the Horst P. Horst retrospective exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Staley-Wise will open its Horst retrospective, thirty-three years after our first Horst exhibition, on September 19th.
The Los Angeles Times reFramed column interviews Phil Stern about his long and fascinating career, spanning from his time as a combat photographer in World War II to capturing the stars of both movies and music in behind the scenes moments.
Staley-Wise Gallery has been featured in a number of articles covering the the AIPAD Photography Show, including Artsy, New York Social Diary and L’Oeil de la Photographie. The AIPAD Photography Show is currently at the Park Avenue Armory until Sunday, April 13th, be sure to stop by Booth 113.
Staley-Wise photographers Bob Willoughby, Alfred Eisenstadt, Roy Schatt, David LaChapelle, Edward Steichen, Ron Galella, Leo Fuchs and Jim Marshall are all featured in the exhibition “American Cool” now on view at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.
Priscilla Rattazzi’s upcoming exhibition at Staley-Wise Gallery “Selected Photographs: 1975-2013” is featured in the February issue of Town and Country Magazine’s Social Calendar.
Priscilla Rattazzi: Selected Photographs: 1975-2013 opens on Thursday, January 30th with our reception for the artist from 6-8pm.
Howard Schatz’s new book Caught in the Act was featured on CBS This Morning. In this, his 20th book, Howard directs 85 actors to explore a range of emotions and situations, capturing their dynamic transformations on camera.
Staley-Wise Gallery is pleased to announce their representation of William Helburn.
William Helburn worked extensively in fashion, editorial and advertising throughout the early 1950s and 1960s, capturing the feeling and look of the time. Helburn started his fashion photography career shooting young Grace Kelly and Tippi Hedren and studying graphic design with legendary Harper’s Bazaar art director Alexey Brodovitch. Success came to Helburn and he shot some of the most recognizable models and celebrities of the fifties and sixties from Jean Shrimpton to Suzy Parker to Dovima.
Ormond Gigli’s new book Girls in the Windows and Other Stories chronicles not only the incredible (and serendipitous) tale of his iconic work Girls in the Windows, 1960, but also spans a long career as a photojournalist capturing the celebrities, fashion, theatre and film of the era in which he worked.
At the opening of an exhibition of Louise Dahl-Wolfe's photographs this week at the Staley-Wise Gallery, Mrs. Dahl-Wolfe sat surrounded by hundreds of admirers, surrounded, too, by some of her most famous photographs: the langourous nude on a sand dune, Suzy Parker in a Balenciaga suit and her luminescent portrait of Colette.