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Elliott Kaufman

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Accidental Apparitions

Street Dance

 Elliott Kaufman describes New York City as “a laboratory in constant movement."  In his series “Street Dance,” Kaufman photographs repetitive actions of passersby – such as riding a bicycle or entering a subway station – from a single vantage point and arranges the images in a grid.

Key to his series, Kaufman explains, was calculating how changing light would affect the environment.  “The bicycles had to be back-lit at the very end of the day,” he says.  “The subway steps were calculated so that the light would cast perfect north/south shadows.”  He also shot a varying number of exposures at each scene to relay the “staccato rhythm” he sought – as many as 225.  “The camera catches the commonality of movement,” he says, “until what endures is a patter of dance and motion.”

Lincoln Stairs 2011x16

Street Dance 2 21 10 IL, 2012

Street Dance 3.19A x 12(5), 2012

Street Dance 4.27.11 A9, 2012

Street Dance 3.12 x 16, 2012

Street Dance 3.5B6, 2012

Street Dance 3.9B, 2012

Street Dance 3.9B12, 2012

Hudson River 10_2x81, 2010

Street Dance 5 22 10 2, 2012

Hudson River 10c x 210, 2010

Time Warner7-19B x64, 2010

Water Series

 Similar concepts have also been applied to his new work, Water Pictures. Here however the exact opposite technique is used to be able to capture the flow of water. High speed photography of oceans, rivers, streams and especially ponds, swamps and wetlands have contributed to these multiple exposures. Sometimes up to four “layers” of images are used to create one single photograph. One layer literally dissolving into the other and revealing it’s characteristics to the first and then the second can be surprising and very satisfying.


Water Picture #1, 2014

Water Picture #16

Water Picture #17

Water Picture #3, 2014

Water Picture #2, 2014

Water Picture #4, 2014

Water Picture #5, 2014

Water Picture #6, 2014

Water Picture #9, 2014

Water Picture #7, 2014

Water Picture #13, 2014

Water Picture #8, 2014

Water Picture #10, 2014

Water Picture #11, 2014

Water Picture #15, 2014

Water Picture #12, 2014

Water Picture #14, 2014

Water Pictures 1, 2014

Water Pictures 8, 2014

Water Pictures 5, 2014

B&W Water Series

Time Transformations

 Elliott Kaufman’s photographs on the passage of time (Time Transformations) encompass many of the same aspects as his architectural photography. Specifically the observation and the positioning of the sun and how the environment, whether built or natural, is altered by the movement of light. He anticipates exactly what the sun will do when it reaches a certain angle and how it will affect and inform his photograph. The original sources of this imagery are what we see – sky and water. Kaufman sets up a static camera shot, sometimes for 3-4 days or sometimes just a few hours at intervals of every one second to every hour, depending on the view and dynamic movement of the scene.


Variation III

Skies

Variation II

Labor Day

Resume

 

Elliott Kaufman’s photographs on the passage of time (Time Transformations) encompass many of the same aspects as his architectural photography. Specifically the observation and the positioning of the sun and how the environment, whether built or natural, is altered by the movement of light. He anticipates exactly what the sun will do when it reaches a certain angle and how it will affect and inform his photograph. The original sources of this imagery are what we see – sky and water. Kaufman sets up a static camera shot, sometimes for 3-4 days or sometimes just a few hours at intervals of every one second to every hour, depending on the view and dynamic movement of the scene

These concepts have also been applied to his new work, Water Pictures. Here however the exact opposite technique is used to be able to capture the flow of water. High speed photography of oceans, rivers, streams and especially ponds, swamps and wetlands have contributed to these multiple exposures. Sometimes up to four “layers” of images are used to create one single photograph. One layer literally dissolving into the other and revealing it’s characteristics to the first and then the second can be surprising and very satisfying.

For Kaufman, pursuing this type of imagery is not something he would have thought to do with the many analog camera formats he has used in the past. Certainly, the extent to which these types of images can be constructed owe much to the advent of digital photography. Although there have been many photographers who have experimented with multiple exposures over the course of the history of photography, from in camera “rewinds” to complicated overlaying darkroom techniques, few have experimented with direct layering of discordant images.

 

A number of artists have led him in this direction, including the Bauhaus and the collaborative media which they pioneered, the 1977 film Powers Of Ten, which depicts the relative scale of the universe in factors of ten, Mike Figgis’ experimental film Timecode, as well as the multiple sequences by photographers Harry Callahan, Ray K. Metzger, Eadweard Muybridge and Jerry Ulesman.

Exhibitions:

2014       Carrie Haddad Gallery: Water Pictures : December 18th thru January 2015.

2014       International Center of Photography, Juried Group Faculty Show: Photographs in the  Social Landscape

 

                2013       Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY.  Group Show: Street Dance Series

2012       Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY.  Group Show : Time Transformations

2012       The Hudson Studio, Hudson, NY.:  Solo Show : Abandoned Architecture.

 

2011       Garrison Art Gallery, Juried Group Show

2010       Alan Klotz Gallery, Group Show on the 400th Anniversary of the Hudson River.

 

2009       Through the Eyes of Others Photographs of India, Consulate of India 4/26/09

 

                2009       Biggs Museum of American Art, Baltimore MD. National Juried Exhibition 3/09

 

                2009       Cepa Gallery, Buffalo, NY. National Juried Exhibition 3/09

 

                2009       Soho Photo, National juried exhibition “Krappy Kamera” pinhole photography

 

2008       Center for Fine Art Photography EDGY- Stretching the Limits of Photography National juried exhibition. Purchased by the Center.

 

                2008       International Center of Photography, Group Faculty Show 1/08

 

                2007       Solo exhibition: Abandoned Series  B.Thayer + Associates

 

                1987       Light Gallery, New York. Group Show Interiors

 

                1983       Houghton Gallery of the Cooper Union, Solo Show: Photomurals for Astor Place              

               

                1982       Photopia Gallery, Philadelphia Group Show : Portraits

 

                1981       AIA Gallery, Philadelphia  Solo Show :Photomurals

 

                1980       Photopia Gallery, Philadelphia, Solo Show: American Diner

               

                1979       Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Artists for Environment Foundation

 

Books: 

                Author: Numbers  Everywhere, 2013, Abbeville Press, NY.

 

Author: Alphabet Everywhere, 2012 Abbeville Press, NY.

 

                                Co-Author: Mondo Materialis, Abrams+Co, NY. 1993

 

                                Author: American Diner, Harper+Row, NY. 1980.  85 Page B+W Photo essay


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