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December 8, 2016 – February 11, 2017

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Steve Schapiro Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick and Entourage, New York, 1965    
Steve Schapiro, Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick and Entourage, New York (Contact Sheet), 1965
Herb Ritts Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage, 1990    
Herb Ritts Versace Dress, Back View, El Mirage (Contact Sheet), 1990    
Arthur Elgort Kate Moss at Cafe Lipp (Horizontal), Paris, Vogue Italia, 1993    
Arthur Elgort Kate Moss at Cafe Lipp, Vogue Italia (Contact Sheet), 1993    
William Claxton Peggy Moffitt in Rudi Gernreich, Topless Swimsuit, 1964 Ed. 8/12  
William Claxton Peggy Moffitt in Rudi Gernreich, Topless Swimsuit (Contact Sheet), 1964    
Norman Seeff Carly Simon, "Playing Possum", Los Angeles, 1974    
Norman Seeff Carly Simon, "Playing Possum", Los Angeles (Contact Sheet), 1974    
Roxanne Lowit Kate Moss at Vivienne Westwood, 1993    
Roxanne Lowit Kate Moss at Vivienne Westwood (Contact Sheet), 1993    
Julian Wasser Joan Didion at Home in Hollywood, Time Magazine, 1968    
Julian Wasser Joan Didion at Home in Hollywood, Time Magazine (Contact Sheet), 1968    
Bob Willoughby Audrey Hepburn riding her bicycle on the set of "My Fair Lady" with her dog Assam, 1963    
Bob Willoughby Audrey Hepburn riding her bicycle on the set of "My Fair Lady" with her dog Assam (Contact Sheet), 1963    
Bob Willoughby Katharine Ross & Dustin Hoffman, running from the church at the end of "The Graduate", Paramount Studios (REF # A070), 1967    
Bob Willoughby Katharine Ross & Dustin Hoffman, running from the church at the end of "The Graduate", Paramount Studios (Contact Sheet), 1967    
Phil Stern James Dean (Feet Up), 1955    
Phil Stern James Dean (Feet Up), Contact Sheet, 1955    
Stephen Somerstein Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking to 25,000 civil rights marchers at end of Selma to Montgomery, Alabama march, March 25, 1965    
Stephen Somerstein Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaking to 25,000 civil rights marchers at end of Selma to Montgomery, Alabama march, March 25 (Contact Sheet), 1965    
Phil Stern Frank Sinatra and John F. Kennedy, Kennedy Inaugural, Washington, D.C, 1961    
Phil Stern Kennedy Inaugural, Washington, D.C (Contact Sheet), 1961    
Robert Jackson The Murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, 1963 Ed. 29/100  
Robert Jackson The Murder of Lee Harvey Oswald (Contact Sheet), 3 Frames, 1963    
Harry Benson Beatles Pillow Fight, Paris, 1964    
Harry Benson Beatles Pillow Fight, Paris (Contact Sheet), 1963    
Daniel Kramer Bob Dylan and Joan Baez in Crossed Lights, New Haven, Connecticut, 1965    
Daniel Kramer Bob Dylan and Joan Baez in Crossed Lights, New Haven, Connecticut (Contact Sheet), 1965    
Joel Brodsky Jim Morrison, The American Poet, 1968    
Joel Brodsky Jim Morrison, The American Poet (Contact Sheet), 1968    
Norman Seeff Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, New York, "Robert & Patti II", 1969    
Norman Seeff Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, New York (Contact Sheet), 1969    
Julian Wasser Marcel Duchamp Playing Chess with a Nude Eve Babitz, 1963     
Julian Wasser Marcel Duchamp Playing Chess with a Nude Eve Babitz (Contact Sheet), 1963    
Steve Schapiro Andy Warhol, Castelli Gallery, New York, 1965    
Steve Schapiro Andy Warhol, Castelli Gallery, New York (Contact Sheet), 1965    
Christopher Makos Lady Warhol, Altered Images, 1981    
Christopher Makos Lady Warhol, Altered Images (Contact Sheet), 1981    
Lawrence Schiller ”Let's Make Love”, Marilyn Monroe, 1960    
Lawrence Schiller ”Let's Make Love”, Marilyn Monroe (Contact Sheet), 1960    

Press Release

CONTACT

December 8th, 2016 -- January 28, 2017
Opening Reception, Thursday, December 8th

The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present CONTACT, a group exhibition of iconic images and their corresponding contact sheets. Although contact sheets serve a very practical purpose— a tool for editing and archiving a photographer’s negatives—they also provide insights into the working methods of photographers. The relatively straightforward dark room process reveals a great deal about the photographer, his or her approach, and the context in which they were shooting.

Herb Ritts’ contact sheets reveal the precision and exacting detail with which the photographer approached his subjects. The contact sheet of “Versace Dress, Back View” is a record of artistic construction and creation. A statuesque Christy Turlington poses beneath a billowing cloud of black silk amidst a surreal desert landscape.  The consistency of Ritts’ stunning vision remains clear and persistent throughout. Each frame varies only slightly, capturing the subtle play between light and shadow so innate to Ritts’ aesthetic and style.

Norman Seeff’s contact sheet of Carly Simon show the dynamic energy of his legendary, collaborative studio sessions. An image from this session would later grace the cover of Carly Simon’s 1975 album “Playing Possum” and is considered one of the greatest album covers of all time.

Lawrence Schiller’s unique vintage contact sheet records a series of sessions when the photographer was on set with Marilyn Monroe while the actress was filming the 1960 film, “Let’s Make Love”. Notoriously controlling of her own likeness, Monroe sat with Schiller and crossed out with a red marker every image on the contact sheet that she did not approve of. The vintage contact sheet in the exhibition contains Marilyn’s own markings.

Stephen Somerstein’s remarkable contact sheet is a true record of a time and place. Along with the heroic image of Dr. Martin Luther King giving a speech to 25,000 civil rights marchers in Montgomery, Alabama, just a few frames later reveal exhausted students asleep on a bus, and Joan Baez, in front of State Troopers at the Montgomery Alabama State House.

There is a uniquely intimate quality to the contact sheet which may help to explain its broad appeal. The contact sheet is inherently personal and gives the viewer the sense that we are looking at something perhaps not meant for us. “A contact sheet is a diary of experiences, a private tool that records mistakes, missteps, dead ends—and lucky breaks.” (Magnum, Contact Sheet, 2014).

The exhibition includes contact sheets and photographs by Harry Benson, Joel Brodsky, William Claxton, Arthur Elgort, Robert Jackson, Daniel Kramer, Roxanne Lowit, Christopher Makos, Herb Ritts, Steve Schapiro, Lawrence Schiller, Norman Seeff, Stephen Somerstein, Phil Stern, Julian Wasser, and Bob Willoughby.