Classic Photographs Los Angeles: January 30-31, 2016

Nailya Alexander Gallery is pleased to be participating in Classic Photographs Los Angeles 2016. The fair will take place at Bonhams, 7601 West Sunset Boulevard, and will be open on Saturday, January 30 from 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM and Sunday, January 31 from 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM.

We invite you to visit Alexey Titarenko's book-signing at Classic Photographs LA, taking place on Saturday, January 30 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM. Titarenko will be signing copies of his new monograph The City is a Novel (Damiani, 2015), which features over 140 photographs of his work in St. Petersburg, Venice, Havana, and New York and was recently selected by The Wall Street Journal as the of the best new photography books of 2015.

The gallery will remain open on Saturday, January 30 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

We look forward to seeing you in LA!

Annemarie Heinrich: Glamour and Modernity in Buenos Aires

Annemarie Heinrich, Doble Perfil (Double Profile; French actress Florence Marly), 1942

Happy New Year from Nailya Alexander Gallery! We are excited to announce our next show, Annemarie Heinrich: Glamour and Modernity in Buenos Aires, the photographer's first exhibition in New York. The show, recently named by the Wall Street Journal as one of its "Shows to See in 2016," opens Thursday, January 7 from 6 – 8 PM at 41 East 57th Street, Suite 704, and runs through Thursday, March 3. Gallery hours are 11 AM – 6 PM, Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment.

Annemarie Heinrich was born in 1912 in Darmstadt, Germany. Her father, a concert violinist and socialist who feared another war in Europe, moved the family to Argentina in 1926. Before settling on photography, Annemarie studied dance, music, and scenography, which had a great effect on the lighting and composition of her later work and served as an entrée into the worlds of art and entertainment.

Heinrich began her career as an apprentice to European émigré photographers. In 1930, at the age of eighteen, she set up her first studio in Buenos Aires. Surrounded by artists of every discipline – celebrities, film and radio stars, opera singers, ballerinas, tango dancers, and writers – Heinrich was central to the development and popularization of a new kind of photograph: the celebrity portrait. As Juan Travnik writes in Una cuerpo, una luz, un reflejo (Ediciones Larivière, 2015), “Annemarie Heinrich so became the creator of a genre which in Argentina, as well as in other countries, developed side by side with the growth of the film industry and the popularization of the radio.” For over forty years, she provided the cover photos for Radiolandia, Argentina’s most famous show business magazine, and worked regularly for almost every other major entertainment publication in the country. Her subjects included the 20-year-old actress Eva Duarte, who went on to become First Lady of Argentina Eva Perón; American singer and civil rights activist Marian Anderson; writers Pablo Neruda and Jorge Luis Borges; ballet dancers Anthony Tudor and Serge Lifar; and prominent South American celebrities Tita Merello and Carmen Miranda.

Heinrich’s work as a celebrity portraitist and professional photographer is supplemented by an extraordinary series, Desnudos (Nudes) which she began as early as 1934. Heinrich’s nudes demonstrate not only her thoroughly modern understanding of the female form, but also her technical mastery and attention to light. Rarely exhibited during her lifetime, these photographs are all the more remarkable for having been produced in almost total isolation from emerging trends in nude photography in Europe.

Throughout her life, Heinrich was deeply involved in avant-garde circles both in Argentina and abroad. She served as a founding member of the Foto Club Argentino, the Argentine Council on Photography, and the Latin American Council on Photography, and was a prominent member of the photoclub La Carpeta de los Diez (Group of 10). She also served as an academic on Argentina’s National Committee for Culture. During the 1940s, she was active in the antiwar movement, and in the 1950s, she travelled to Europe, where her work was exhibited in Rome, Milan, Paris, Zürich and Cologne.

Heinrich’s photographs can be found in public and private collections worldwide, including the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) and Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA), Buenos Aires; the Museu de Arte Moderno, São Paolo; the Fototeca de Cuba, Havana; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She holds a distinction of Honorary Excellence from the International Federation of Photographic Art (FIAP), and was a recipient of the Alicia Moreau de Justo Prize as one of 100 Outstanding Women of the Twentieth Century. Heinrich passed away in Buenos Aires in 2005.


Miami Project 2015: December 1-6 at the Deauville Beach Resort

Nailya Alexander Gallery is excited to be participating in Miami Project, taking place from December 1-6 at the Deauville Beach Resort in Miami Beach. We will be showing work by photographers Alexey Titarenko, Denis Brihat, Pentti Sammallahti, George Tice, Jane Hilton, and Nicholas Hughes in Booth N2. We will also be hosting a book-signing for Alexey Titarenko's new monograph The City is a Novel (Damiani, 2015), which was just named by The Wall Street Journal as the of the best new photography books of 2015. The signing will take place in the gallery's booth on Saturday, December 5 from 4:00-6:00 PM.

Now in its fourth year, Miami Project brings sixty top galleries from around the world to the waterfront Deauville Beach Resort. Miami Project runs concurrently with Art on Paper Miami at the Deauville, and tickets and passes grant access to both fairs. Complimentary shuttle service will be provided between Miami Project and Art on Paper Miami at the Deauville, Art Basel Miami Beach at the Miami Beach Convention Center, and SATELLITE, as well as neighboring fairs.

Tuesday, December 1 | 5:00 – 10:00 PM
General Hours:
Wednesday, December 2 | 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Thursday, December 3 | 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Friday, December 4 | 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday, December 5 | 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Sunday, December 6 | 12:00 – 6:00 PM

Complimentary VIP passes and one-day tickets are available on the Miami Project website courtesy of the gallery. Please email for more information.

Winter Tales: November 17-December 22


We would like to wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving, and to announce that we will be celebrating the upcoming holiday season with our new show Winter Tales. The exhibition runs now through Tuesday, December 22, 2015. Gallery hours are 11 AM – 6 PM, Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment.

Winter Tales features the work of four contemporary photographers from northern Europe and Russia, all of whom have dedicated significant portions of their careers to capturing the singular beauty and poetry of the region’s harsh climate. The exhibition includes the St. Petersburg cityscapes of Alexey Titarenko (b. 1962, St. Petersburg); photographs from northern Russia, Finland, and Bulgaria by Pentti Sammallahti (b. 1950, Helsinki); panoramas and unique paper positives from Belarusian photographer Igor Savchenko (b. 1962, Minsk); and selected large-format snowscapes from British photographer Nicholas Hughes (b. 1963, Liverpool), whose work is included in the new Harvard University Press publication Photography and the Art of Chance.

A shared concern with the unique environmental qualities of the northern winter, as well as a commitment to craft and fine printmaking, unite the four photographers’ distinct bodies of work. In Titarenko’s images of St. Petersburg, figures and façades disappear behind a windswept scrim of snow and mist, the atmosphere made manifest by the photographer’s characteristic long exposures and meticulous hand-toning. Snow in the city has the quality of a palimpsest, recording and erasing the footprints and tire tracks that serve as signs of human life; while in Hughes’ photographs, it is so untouched as to appear eternal and abstract. Sammallahti’s masterful gelatin-silver prints, fruits of his travels through the remote villages of the far north, are animated by the lived experience of the season – as are Savchenko’s panoramas, which call to mind the winter landscapes of Brueghel. His “paper shots” offer a more intimate, immediate point of view. Each print is a unique positive image, the paper exposed in-camera and processed to reveal an icy step or a fragile sapling.

Alexey Titarenko: Paris Photo book-signing and Milan exhibition

We are pleased to announce that we will hold a book signing at Paris Photo for Alexey Titarenko's new monograph The City Is a Novel. The book-signing will take place in Damiani's booth, EE15, at 5:00 PM on Saturday, November 14.

The monograph, Titarenko's first major publication, features over 140 photographs of his work in St. Petersburg, Venice, Havana, and New York. The book also includes Titarenko's autobiographical essay entitled "City of Shadows" and essays by curator, writer, and art historian Gabriel Bauret; Brett Abbott, curator of photography at the High Museum of Art; and Sean Corcoran, curator of prints and photographs at the Museum of the City of New York.

Alexey Titarenko's work will also be featured in a new exhibition, Italia Inside Out, at the Palazzo Della Ragione Fotgrafia in Milan. Italia Inside Out opens Tuesday, November 10 and runs through Sunday, February 7, 2016.

We are also excited to announce our next show, Winter Tales, which opens on Wednesday, November 17 and runs through Tuesday, December 22. More information will be sent in the coming weeks.

Classic Photographs Los Angeles 2016

Nailya Alexander Gallery is proud to be included in the list of exhibitors at Classic Photographs Los Angeles, taking place from January 30-31, 2016 at Bonhams on Sunset Boulevard.

"Classic Photographs Los Angeles began in 2010 when a small group of leading galleries and photography dealers, looking for an alternative to over-sized art fairs, organized an intimate photography show at the Michael Dawson Gallery in Los Angeles. The following year, three of the original participants, Michael Dawson, Amanda Doenitz and Richard Moore formed Classic Photographs LLC and successfully expanded the size and scope of the show, while preserving the emphasis on quality of work and expertise of exhibitors. Classic Photographs Los Angeles is now recognized as a favorite fair of discerning collectors and the one show in January to attend for the best of vintage, modern & contemporary  photographs."

Soviet Photography: 1920s-1930s


Nailya Alexander Gallery is pleased to present Soviet Photography1920s-1930s, opening Wednesday, September 9 from 6 – 8 PM at 41 East 57th Street, Suite 704. The exhibition runs through Friday, October 30. Gallery hours are 11 AM – 6 PM, Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment.

Nearly a century ago, the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution shook the world, changing the course of history and the fate of photography in Russia. The decades that followed were a time of great experimentation inphotography and film, as artists looked forward to a bright proletarian future powered by new media, mass production, and exciting technological advancements. Deviating from straightforward reportage,photographers began to experiment with collage, photomontage, constructivist compositions, and novel stylistic choices like dramatic angles and close-ups and unconventional framing.

Soviet photographers in the 1920s and 1930s created a new mythology, founded on vivid symbols of collective progress, patriotism, and self-sacrifice. Advancements in printing and publishing technologies led to the proliferation of magazines, journals, and posters, and allowed their images to reach vast, largely illiterate swaths of the Russian population, for whom the sight of modern machinery and massive military and athletic formations was an extraordinary revelation. Images like Arkady Shaikhet’s “Komsomol Member at the Wheel” (1929), which features a handsome youth in control of an imposing new machine; the powerful modern engine in “Express” (1939); and the jubilant sky in Emmanuil Evzerikhin’s “Paratroopers” (1939) gave voice to the optimism of the era and a widespread faith in industrial achievements. In this sense, the Soviet photographers of the 1920s and 1930s were true visionaries.

Many pioneers of Soviet photography came from Jewish backgrounds, including Arkady Shaikhet, Semyon Fridlyand, and Max Alpert, the founders of Soviet photojournalism; Georgy Zelma and Max Penson, who documented the transformation of Central Asia; Moisei Nappelbaum, a master of studio portraiture; and Emmanuil Evzerikhin and Yakov Khalip, part of the younger generation that followed in the footsteps of the famous Aleksandr Rodchenko and Boris Ignatovich. This background was inseparable from their careers as photographers in the Soviet Union, particularly after World War II, when many Jewish photographers were forced out of their positions as a result of Stalin’s anti-Semitic campaigns.

Soviet Photography1920s-1930s is timed to coincide with The Power of Pictures: Early Soviet Photography, Early Soviet Film, opening September 25 at the Jewish Museum in New York. The Power of Pictures runs through February 7, 2016.

We are also pleased to announce the release of Alexey Titarenko’s monograph The City is a Novel (Damiani, 2015), the photographer’s first major publication. There will be a book signing for The City is a Novel in the gallery during the opening of Soviet Photography1920s-1930s, and copies of the book will be available for sale.

Alexey Titarenko: The City is a Novel

Nailya Alexander Gallery is excited to announce the release of Alexey Titarenko's monograph The City Is a Novel, published in Italy by Damiani. The monograph, Titarenko's first major publication, features over 140 photographs of his work in St. Petersburg, Venice, Havana, and New York. The book also includes essays by curator, writer, and art historian Gabriel Bauret; Brett Abbott, curator of photography at the High Museum of Art; and Sean Corcoran, curator of prints and photographs at the Museum of the City of New York. Damiani writes, "Famous for introducing long exposure and intentional camera movement into street photography, Titarenko created powerful metaphors to document the century's historic changes. His haunting, ghostlike images have become icons of the era of the collapse of the Soviet state."

Nailya Alexander Gallery will hold a book signing for The City is a Novel on Wednesday, September 9, from 6 - 8 PM, during the opening of our fall show, Soviet Photography: 1920s-1930s. The book will be available for purchase at the gallery for $60.00. It can also be preordered from Amazon in advance of its September 29 release date.

Jane Hilton: American Cowboy

Red Rock, Valley of the Gods, 2015

Nailya Alexander Gallery is pleased to present American Cowboy, an exhibition of photographer Jane Hilton’s work documenting the 21st-century cowboys of the American West. American Cowboy opens Thursday, July 9 from 6 – 8 PM at 41 East 57th Street, Suite 704, and runs through July 31. Gallery hours are 11 AM – 6 PM, Tuesday through Friday, and by appointment.

Please note that the gallery will be open for the month of July from 11 AM – 6 PM, Tuesday through Friday, and by appointment. We will be closed for the month of August, and will reopen and resume normal hours on Tuesday, September 8.

Photographer, filmmaker, and former classical musician Jane Hilton was born in England and received a degree in Music and Visual Art from Lancaster University in 1984. Her fascination with the American West was sparked on her first trip to Arizona in 1988. “I grew up with the Hollywood cowboy movies of John Wayne and Gary Cooper,” Hilton told The Telegraph in 2010. “I remember watching them on television with my dad on Sunday afternoons. Those gunslinging cowboys defending their land and women folk, all played out in the spectacular scenery of the American West – it seemed a long way from suburban England.”

American Cowboy, Jane Hilton’s third solo show at Nailya Alexander Gallery, marks the culmination of nearly three decades documenting the striking landscape and unique culture of the American West. In Dead Eagle Trail (2010), Hilton photographed cowboys in their houses, surrounded by Western iconography and memorabilia; in American Cowboy, she captures them where they are truly at home, on the land, both dwarfed and ennobled by the vast plains and endless highways that have defined their way of life for almost two hundred years. Shot largely on color film with a 4 x 5” view camera, the resulting prints replicate the region’s deep, dusty earth tones and diffuse light with startling richness and detail. Yet Hilton is neither nostalgic nor naive. In “Big Chief Gas Station, New Mexico,” a shuttered Native American business stands as a derelict memorial to the ancient cultures that American cowboy helped displace, and speaks to declining economic prospects for tribes and ranches alike. As Hilton writes in the introduction to Dead Eagle Trail (Schilt, 2010), “Real cowboys will not disappear, but every generation produces fewer and fewer of them.”

In addition to American Cowboy and Dead Eagle Trail, Jane Hilton’s documentation of the American West includes extensive work in the wedding chapels of Las Vegas, as well as a fifteen-year span photographing and filming working girls and madams in the legalized brothels of Nevada. A book of portraits from the brothels, Precious, was published in 2013, and the series was featured in a solo show at Nailya Alexander Gallery. Hilton also produced a ten-part documentary film series for the BBC, “Love for Sale,” on life in the Nevada brothels.

Jane Hilton’s work has been exhibited widely in galleries and art fairs throughout Europe and the United States. This spring, photographs from American Cowboy were shown at the inaugural edition of Photo London, London’s first international photography fair. Her portrait of cowboy Pate Meinzer was shown at the National Portrait Gallery in London as a nominee for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize in 2009. Her work can be found in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and her photographs are published regularly in The Sunday Times Magazine and the Telegraph Magazine. In 2013, Jane Hilton was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Photographic Society.

William Meyers book signing: Thursday, June 18 4:30 - 5:30 PM

Nailya Alexander Gallery is pleased to announce that photographer William Meyers will be holding a book signing on Thursday, June 18, from 4:30 - 5:30 PM. Meyers will be signing copies of his new book Outer Boroughs: New York Beyond Manhattan (Damiani, 2015). The photographs from this series are on display at the New York Public Library through June 30.

The NYPL writes, "Photography's longtime love affair with New York City has typically been centered on Manhattan, rather than on any of the city's four other boroughs, the 'outer boroughs.' For nearly two decades, between 1990 and 2008, William Meyers sought to correct this imbalance by taking his camera to overlooked and underexplored locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island. The photographs in this exhibition represent Meyers’s selection of images from that project, printed as a portfolio and acquired by The New York Public Library in 2008. Organized visually rather than thematically or geographically, the images are meant to be encountered as the photographer did himself — 'as a curious pedestrian willing to be surprised as he wanders the streets and boulevards of his city.' The photographs, the earliest of which were taken twenty-five years ago, also stand as visual reminders of New York City's constant evolution. 'The city I photographed,' says Meyers, 'has been replaced by a much more vibrant one.'"

The signing will take place at Howard Greenberg Gallery, located on the 14th floor of the Fuller Building at 41 East 57th Street. Nailya Alexander Gallery is located on the 7th floor. We invite you to visit the gallery before or after Meyers' signing.