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Delpire & Co. Opens @ Aperture, Throughout NYC

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Aperture Gallery was abuzz Wednesday evening, hosting the much-anticipated New York City launch of Delpire & Co., the citywide, multi-venue retrospective of the life and work of legendary editor, curator and publisher, Robert Delpire. Following presentations in Arles and Paris, Delpire & Co. arrives to New York City with representation at six venues throughout Manhattan.

Aperture’s Wednesday opening was the first of the week (followed by Thursday night openings at the French Embassy, and Gallery at Hermes), welcoming a strong roster of photography legends and pillars of the photographic community. Sarah Moon, Mary Ellen Mark, and Josef Koudelka were in attendance, standing alongside their own seminal works on view, as well as celebrated photographers Bruce Davidson and Susan Meiselas. Multiple films by filmmaker/photographer Sarah Moon were on screen, including 1970’s TV spots directed by Moon for Cacharel (7 min), as well as “Le Montreur d’images (The Go-Between)” (2009), her feature length documentary on husband Robert Delpire.



Peter Barberie
, Curator of Photographs for the Philadelphia Art Museum was in attendance Wednesday evening, as well as Jeff Hirsch of FotoCare, and Wendy Byrne, former designer for Aperture Foundation. Special thanks to exhibition producer Mike Derez, and Project Coordinator Agnès Gagnès of Idéodis.

Delpire & Co. runs through June at venues throughout the city. Like us on Facebook to view a full album of photos from the opening.

›› Click here for details on all the exhibitions and events.
›› Join the conversation on Instagram and Twitter using #Delpire
›› The New Yorker presents a stunning and concise slideshow summary of books and photographs from among the displays at Aperture, Hermès, Pace/MacGill, and Howard Greenberg.

Kevin Cooley

When I asked my friend J.Wesley Brown to suggest some night photographers for a power point I was creating, he recommended the work of Kevin Cooley. Kevin has a roster of wonderful projects all worth exploring. nachtfluge is featured below, but I also wanted to highlight his fabulous television-based public installation, REMOTE NATION, that is currently on display in New York (viewable from The High Line Park) through October 29th. There is a video of this piece on his site.

Kevin has installed a public art piece at 245 Tenth Ave, a newly completed Manhattan residential condo in Chelsea. On view nightly from the new section of the elevated High Line Park, the piece opens a dialogue about how modern technology simultaneously expands our connection to the world at large and lulls us into a state of entranced isolation, cutting us off from the people immediately around us. Throughout the building’s eleven floors, Cooley has placed 100 reclaimed analog televisions and linked them to a single video feed, creating the illusion that all the residents are home and tuned to the same station. The resulting light is unmistakably electronic, yet it pulses, breathes and changes colors in a manner reminiscent of aurora borealis. Looking from the outside in, the viewer becomes voyeur, witness to the collective solitude of a remote, tv-watching nation.

Inspired by observing his parents watching the same programs, but in separate parts of the house, the pictures flashing across Remote Nation’s TV screens arrive in real-time from Cooley’s father’s own television set in Niwot, Colorado – diverted across the continent with a combination of analog and digital technologies. A single TV set is visible from the High Line, allowing the public to see an abstracted, altered version of the original programming content that more closely resembles a fuzzy over-the-air broadcast from the past than today’s hyper real, crisp digital format.

Remote Nation is viewable every night from the new section of the High Line Park north of West 23rd Street, and on street level on West 24th and 25th street just west of 10th Avenue until September 24th, 2011. This installation was made in cooperation with Prudential Douglas Elliman and through generous assistance from the owners of 245 Tenth Ave.

Statement for nachtfluge: Photography is by nature an exploration of time. The blink of an eye may be frozen by the shutter. Or in the case of this series, many minutes or even hours add up to construct a single image punctuated by the paths of commercial airplanes traversing the night skies. These white streaks, the only aspect of the planes visible in the photographs, are created by the landing and navigation lighting on every plane. Each line represents the amount of time it takes a commercial flight to pass through the frame. The work pays respect to pioneering photographers Edward Muybridge and Etienne-Jules Marey, and their studies of motion, while representing the passage of time in an unfamiliar, challenging, and visually rewarding manner.


In photographing from residential and often marginal areas immediately surrounding large commercial airports, a sense of grace, solitude, and quiet peacefulness is created from the otherwise hectic airport environments. Gone are the long lines, the anxieties, and even the massive planes themselves. The audience is challenged to consider this work as metaphor for our desire for escape and the increasingly interconnected world in which we live. Ultimately, they are asked to reflect on the impact of all of this on the environment.