Photo exhibitions to see in March and April 2022

Humans have created artistic renderings of their natural surroundings for thousands of years. And as a photographic genre, “landscape” dates back to the early days of the medium. Today, many people work in the landscape tradition, such as Michael Kenna, a photographer famous for his stunning black and white images. He is currently presenting an exhibition at the Robert Mann Gallery with photographs taken in the 1980s during a series of visits to his childhood home in the north of England.

Of course, the notion of landscape is not always to be taken literally. An ongoing exhibit in New York called “Storming of the Capitol” captures the political landscape of the United States on January 6, 2021.

Check them out and other must-see fine art photography exhibits below:

Michael Kenna: North of England, 1983-1986

“Sheep Pastures, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, England, 1983”, by Michael Kenna. Toned silver print, 6.25 x 9.38 inches, edition of 25. © Michel Kenna

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Michael Kenna took the photos for this exhibit over forty years ago, during a series of trips to places important to his childhood. But it was only recently that he rediscovered the negatives, lost in his archives for decades. The Covid-19 pandemic and confinement provided him with the downtime needed to review these shots and make prints for this show.

According to the curators, Kenna was influenced by many photographers of the past to create this work, in particular Bill Brandt and Eugene Atget. Kenna was based on long exposure photography to a number of shots and experimented with different printing techniques to “capture the mystery and atmosphere” of each monochrome scene sorry.

Or: Robert Mann Gallery in New York

When: February 3 to March 25, 2022

For more information on the exhibition, visit the gallery’s website at Robertmann.com/upcoming

Capture of the Capitol

“Protesters attempt to break through the US Capitol during a day of protests against the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021,” by Victor J. Blue, The Bronx Documentary Center. © Victor J. Blue

“Storming of the Capitol”, exhibited at the Bronx Documentary Center in New York, includes photos, videos and multimedia captured January 6, 2021 by a series of photographers and journalists present that day. In fact, the work of over 25 artists represented in this exhibition, including photographs of heavyweights like Ashley Gilbertson photojournalism and Ron Haviv. The images of this exhibition can be hard to watch, but they tell the important story of a divided political landscape.

Or: Bronx Documentary Center in New York

When: January 29 – March 20, 2022

For more information on the exhibition, visit the center’s website at Bronxdoc.org

Our Selves: Photographs of Female Artists by Helen Kornblum

“Untitled, 2010”, by Sharon Lockhart. Chromogenic print, 37 × 49 inches. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2021 Sharon Lockhart

This exhibition presents 90 photographic works of female artists of the last 100 years, and begins with the recognition that history of feminism and photography are closely related.

Many parts of the exhibition look intriguing: for example, the exhibition will include a small but powerful monochromatic series, Details (1996), by Lorna Simpson. This portfolio of 21 photographs explores the African American female experience, focusing on topics such as identity, representation, and history. What’s also fascinating about this series is that it includes a mix of found, original, and archival footage.

Another essential part of the exhibition is the opening section, which includes a wall portraits / self-portraits depicting female artists, including photographers of historical importance as Lola Alvarez Bravo, Gertrude Arndt, Lotte Jacobiand Lucie Moholyas well as contemporary newcomers.

Or: Museum of Modern Art, New York

When: April 16 — October 2, 2022

For more information on the exhibition, visit the museum’s website at Moma.org

What the eyes can’t see: Eugene Cambre’s astrophotography

“1870 New Almost Isle Lighthouse”, by Eugene Cambre. © Eugene Cambre

Astrophotographer Eugene Cambre has been capturing photographs of the night sky for over 50 years. And his first exhibition – at the Besser Museum in Michigan – is a showcase of some of his most stunning works. These images beautifully juxtapose mundane structures against a dramatic star-filled sky, creating colorful scenes usually invisible to the naked eye.

Or: Besser Museum for Northeastern Michigan, Alpena, Michigan

When: January 29 – April 19

For more information on the exhibition, visit the museum’s website at bessermuseum.org

Alan Karchmer: the photographer of the architects

“Agricultural Buildings, Spring, Orgiano, Province of Vicenza, Italy”, by Alan Karchmer. © Alan Karchmer

This exhibition focuses on the work of architectural photographer Alan Karchmer. Famous for his ability to convey “the ideas and intent of the architect” in his images, Karchmer has made a career out of photographing some of the world’s most famous buildings. He earned a master’s degree in architecture before becoming a photographer, which might explain why he’s so good at capturing “the essence of a building.”

The show includes a mix of professional shots, personal images and artifacts, all to help tell the story of his career. It also explores how advances in camera technology, particularly the development of digital cameras, have influenced the field of architectural photography.

Or: National Building Museum in Washington DC

When: April 9, 2021–June 5, 2022

For more information on the exhibition, visit the museum’s website at nbm.org.

The art of illusion: photography and perceptive play

“Still Life with Peace Sign and Sundial, 1979”, by Zeke Berman. Gelatin silver print, 15 x 18 15/16 inches. © Zeke Berman

“Art of Illusion: Photography and Perceptual Play” asks the question: Is seeing really believing? Featuring the work of 25 artists, this show includes images that challenge the viewer’s sense of reality and perception. In particular, the majority of these images were taken without a darkroom or digital manipulation. Instead, photographers rely on in-camera techniques and conceptual approaches to distort reality.

The exhibition draws from the museum’s private collection and includes some recent acquisitions, presented for the first time.

Or: Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

When: October 22, 2021– April 25, 2022

For more information on the exhibition, visit the museum’s website at nelson-atkins.org

Stewart C. Hartline