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Saturday, 30 May 2009


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Tod Papageorge's and Toby Olds' NYC work always feels like the perfect distillation of what it was like to be young in New York in the late 70s and early 80s.

it reminds me of this one by Cartier-Bresson:-


What is a good place to start if one should be interested in getting a few original prints?
Thank you, Nick

Big subject. Briefly, photography galleries if your pockets are deep and a variety of online sources if they aren't. Try AIPAD Members List ( http://www.aipad.com/members/ )for a number of leading galleries in the U.S. and Europe; or call art galleries in your area and ask them if they know of any local galleries specializing in photography. Photo schools used to be a good source if you're willing to buy unknown work, but I don't know what students produce these days. A relationship with a good dealer, even if not local, is a good idea if you plan to spend decent sums of money and don't feel you know your way around. Hmm, that barely scratches the surface; big subject....



to expand on what Mike said, you can often buy prints directly from photographers who have websites. Galleries often only deal in the super-well-known and are good if you know of a famous image you want, and can afford it. If you're looking for work being produced now, today, by photographers who are not ultra-famous, then look on the web. A lot of unknown (to the art world) artists doing magnificent work are showing on their own sites. Today, I just sold another print myself to someone who found my work online and liked one of the images enough to exchange money for it!

I can't find Old's B&W 35mm work, which so brilliantly chronicled the humor and excess of the mid seventies anywhere, and only a handful of his later square format. His work should be better known...

The photo below (can't fully appreciate cause of size) by Papageorge is like a paean to the death of the seventies. An earlier review of his work here: http://www.nytimes.com/1981/05/10/arts/photography-view-arbitrariness-is-the-enemy.html


Robert P,

That was my immediate response as well. The modern version of Henri Cartier-Bresson's famous photo.

"it reminds me of this one by Cartier-Bresson:-" I had the very same thought and knew which picture you meant without using your URL.

I love the way the heads and hats of the fans echo the baselines on the field. Truly a decisive moment.

Thank you Mike and Chris, those are valuable suggestions. I looked into it some more and also found that Aperture.org sells prints. I did also download a free full size tiff from the Library of congress and printed it on Ilford Gold Fibre Silk... Looks good and is a really cheap way to own a print of, for example, Migrant Mother.
Thanks again, Nick

I don't really know Old's 35mm work. I kept running into this guy at Danceateria and Studio 54 and the Mudd Club. I'd been following his square work because I was shooting 70mm Infra Red with a Infra Red flash in clubs. I figured there couldn't be *that* many other people shooting in places like that with a SWC held at knee level and a flash in the other hand, so I said "You must be Toby Old!" and we got to talking for a while every time we ran into each other.

"I don't really know Old's 35mm work."

He really doesn't have much of a presence online at all, does he? Medium format either.


The first time I saw Old's 35mm work (the only time I saw his 35mm work) was at The SoHo Photo Gallery in NYC in the late 70's. I hope someday before I die, I'll get to see it again (in book form?)- this was one dentist who really knew how to use his camera!

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