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B&H Refractions: Nicholas Fahey in conversation with Stephen Mallon

Refractions are live videocasts hosted by award-winning photographer and filmmaker Stephen Mallon. Conversations will be with a select group of guests discussing creativity, imagery, business, fine art, and light! Curators discuss working with new and established artists. Photographers talking about their careers. Festival directors sharing what challenges face them. Directors will talk about all aspects of filmmaking. Photo editors will discuss the changing world of editorial and what they need from today’s assignment shooters. The mostly one-on-one conversations will have a diverse group of image makers and the people that work with them.


Nicholas Fahey

Nicholas Fahey is an American art dealer at the Fahey/Klein Gallery, a prominent art gallery located in Los Angeles, California. Born and raised in Pasadena, Ca, Fahey developed an early interest in art, particularly photography, as his father David Fahey was the founder of the Fahey/Klein Gallery. He spent his youth taking party pictures at the openings of people like Peter Beard and Herb Ritts. While also traveling with his father to install and produce exhibitions around the world.

After completing his education, Fahey returned to Los Angeles where he began working for nature photographers tracking and shooting Polar Bears across the Arctic while at the same time assisting commercial photographers on advertising and editorial jobs. Fahey co-founded Glitterati Magazine in 2007, an art and fashion magazine focused on creating a conduit from 20th century photography into 21st century audiences.

Nicholas then pivoted his career to a marketing coordinator for a small software firm, where he quickly developed a passion for technology and innovation. He went on to hold various roles in sales and business development for several companies in the technology sector, honing his skills in sales strategy, customer relationship management, and negotiations. His expertise in identifying market trends and developing sales plans has helped his companies stay ahead of the competition and maintain a strong position in the industry.

Later, he moved into the art world, first as a gallery assistant, and later as a consultant and advisor to private collectors. Until finally in his current role as director of the Fahey/Klein Gallery. The Fahey/Klein Gallery quickly gained a reputation as one of the leading galleries in the country for photography and fine art. Over the years, the gallery has represented and exhibited the works of numerous artists including Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Edward Weston, and Annie Leibovitz, among others.


Stephen Mallon

Stephen Mallon is a photographer and filmmaker who specializes in the industrial-scale creations of mankind at unusual moments of their life cycles. 

Mallon’s work blurs the line between documentary and fine art, revealing the industrial landscape to be unnatural, desolate and functional yet simultaneously also human, surprising and inspiring. It has been featured in publications and by broadcasters including Smithsonian Magazine, The New York Times, National Geographic, NBC, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Mail, MSNBC, PBS, GQ, CBS, the London Times and Vanity Fair. Mallon has exhibited in cities including Miami, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, St. Louis and New York, as well as in England and Italy. 

Stephen’s project following the MTA’a artificial reef project where over 2000 subway cars were placed in the Atlantic was shown at The New York Transit Museum’s Grand Central Terminal Gallery. Over 60,000 people experienced the exhibition and was featured by Gothamist, Artnet, Yahoo, Fox News, and numerous other outlets. 

As David Schonauer wrote in Pro Photo Daily, “Mallon’s word harkens back to the heroic industrial landscapes of Margaret Bourke-White and Charles Sheeler, who glorified American steel and found art in its industrial muscle and smoke during the Great Depression.” He has also been compared to photographers including Edward Burtynsky, Thomas Struth and Chris Jordan. 

Mallon served as a board member of the New York chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers from 2002 until 2020 and served as president from 2006 to 2009. He is represented by Front Room Gallery in New York.

Interview recorded on May 10, 2023