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MORRISON HOTEL GALLERY TWO SHOW OPENING N.Y.C. AND L.A.

Rei and I hope to see you are the shows!

Americana Through the Lens of Nebraska and Tom Joad:

Morrison Hotel Gallery Announces New Springsteen Exhibit

PHOTOGRAPHS BY:

PAMELA SPRINGSTEEN AND DAVID MICHAEL KENNEDY

Opening reception in Los Angeles October 16th. 6-9pm
Morrison Hotel Gallery
Sunset Marquis
1200 Alta Loma Road || West Hollywood, CA 90069

Opening reception in New York City October 23rd. 6-8pm
Morrison Hotel Gallery
116 Prince Street || New York, NY 10012
212.941.8770

Pamela and David will be at both openings.

Morrison Hotel Gallery is once more celebrating the music of Bruce Springsteen with an exhibition opening in Los Angeles on October 16th and NYC on October 23rd. Titled From Nebraska to Tom Joad: Visions of the Heartland, the show will feature the extraordinary photography of David Michael Kennedy and Pamela Springsteen.

 

Last year, the gallery presented the work of photographer Frank Stefanko in honor of the release of his book, Bruce Springsteen: Further Up the Road. Held amidst the buzz created by Bruce’s ongoing successful run on Broadway, the upcoming exhibition will focus on two of The Boss’s most critically-acclaimed albums – Nebraska and Tom Joad.

 

Both albums were heralded for their stripped-down style, as well as their dark and somber themes. After failing to produce the same haunting effect with his E-Street Band that he had on the demos, Bruce recorded Nebraska by himself on a four-track cassette recorder. The result was an evocative folk-style album that showed the flip side of the American dream: desperate characters for whom life has gone off the tracks. The Ghost of Tom Joad once more displayed Bruce’s knack for acoustic storytelling, exploring the stories of immigrants and migrant workers searching for salvation never to be found.

The photo shoots for both of these albums were inspired by the music, and it is these photographs that will be on display in the Springsteen exhibit. Among the iconic photographs in this collection are the bleak, snow-swept landscape shot chosen for the Nebraska cover. The shot was taken by Kennedy, well-known for his breathtaking depictions of New Mexican culture and landscapes, through the windshield of a pickup truck while on a road trip. Andy Kline, one of the art directors at Columbia Records, happened to see a framed print of the shot hanging on the wall of Kennedy’s studio, thought it would be perfect for the album, and showed it to Bruce – who agreed. The pair also felt that Kennedy would be the ideal photographer to convey the album’s raw, stripped-down vibe, so they scheduled a shoot. A series of photos taken at Kennedy’s summer home in upstate New York became the legendary Nebraska sessions – with Bruce and Kennedy wandering the property and backroads to capture images that felt natural and true-to-life.

 

For the Tom Joad sessions, Pamela opted for shots taken in the Mojave Desert and run-down neighborhoods in L.A. Her imagery went hand-in-hand with the album’s stories of desolation and desperation. In her work with celebrities from Trent Reznor to Neil Young and Ice Cube, Pamela has spent years capturing candid behind-the-scenes photographs of larger-than-life screen and music icons. As Bruce’s sister, she had the opportunity to capture intimate portraits of him that are as quiet and introspective as the songs on these two critically-acclaimed albums.

 

“In keeping with Morrison Hotel Gallery’s tribute to Bruce Springsteen, we wanted to focus on a more Americana portrait of the Boss,” says Peter Blachley, co-owner of Morrison Hotel Gallery.  “No finer examples of this can be presented than the photography of David Michael Kennedy and Pamela Springsteen and their work with Bruce on Nebraska and Tom Joad.”

 

About David Michael Kennedy:

David Michael Kennedy’s body of work spans over 40 years and is held in both private and museum collections including The National Portrait Gallery, The Smithsonian Institution and The Harwood Museum, among many others.

Leaving New York and commercial photography in 1986 David Michael Kennedy moved to the northern New Mexico mountains where he resides with his life partner Jacquelyn Rei, who runs their gallery and studio allowing him to focus on his fine art photography. His name became synonymous with New Mexican landscapes and culture including an important body of work focused on American Indian Ceremonial Dancers.

Kennedy’s images are materialized through the traditional analogue technique of Platinum/Palladium printing, of which he is widely considered to be one of the best in the world.

http://www.davidmichaelkennedy.com/

 

About Pamela Springsteen:

Pamela began her photography career over a decade ago, shooting for the motion picture and music industry. Her style has attracted a broad range of celebrities including Keith Richards, Neil Young, Tom Hanks, Ice Cube and Alan Jackson.

Her unique strength lies in her ability to create honest and intimate portraits in a comfortable and collaborative environment.

Pamela’s work has included directing music videos and recently her “Ghost of Tom Joad” images were exhibited at the Cranbrook Art Museum receiving national acclaim.

https://www.pamelaspringsteen.com/

 

About Morrison Hotel® Gallery:

Morrison Hotel® Gallery (MHG) was founded in 2001 by former record company executive Peter Blachley, music retail industry professional Richard Horowitz, and legendary music photographer Henry Diltz. In 2012, author, director and photographer Timothy White joined the team, launching an additional West Coast gallery at The Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood. In 2016, the gallery launched its third location at Mick Fleetwood’s General Store in Maui, Hawaii.

 

MHG is the world’s leading brand in fine art music photography representing over 125 of the world’s finest music photographers and their archives. Their vast catalog of photography encompasses jazz, blues, and rock imagery spanning several generations through to today’s contemporary music artists and now includes iconic photographs in the world of sports as well. MHG has a robust online presence, featuring over 100,000 images searchable by photographer, music artist, band or concert. www.morrisonhotelgallery.com

 

Morrison Hotel Gallery
116 Prince Street || New York, NY 10012
212.941.8770

 

Morrison Hotel Gallery
Sunset Marquis
1200 Alta Loma Road || West Hollywood, CA 90069

310.881.6025

 

Morrison Hotel Gallery

Fleetwood’s General Store

744 Front Street || Lahaina, Hawaii 96761

808.669.6425 (MICK)

 

 

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2018 EL RITO STUDIO TOUR September 29th and 30th.

This year should be an exciting time to come to the tour. We have new artists showing their work and of course late September, early October is a wonderful time to visit Northern New Mexico. Rei and I look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones. The Tour is open 10am to 5pm both days and you can find a map and information on all the great Artist on the tour at:  https://www.elritoartassociation.org/studio-tour/

 

“Why” Podcast with Skip Cohen

Skip Cohen and I talk about the Ghost Dancer Photograph
see more about Skip at:

SkipCohenUniversity

Show Closing Party April 20, 2018. Hope you can make it.

There will be a closing Party for the show on Friday, April 20,2018. Hope you can make it!

Webster Collection

54 Lincoln Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87501

webster collection

“off the Grid” New Group Show I am in. THe WEBSTER COLLECTION, 54 1/2 Lincoln Avenue January 19th. 2018

Hope you can make the opening! “OFF THE GRID” – OPENING THIS FRIDAY, January 19th, IN SANTA FE…

I am pleased to be included in an exciting group show, OFF THE GRID, opening this Friday, January 19, 5-7pm at the WEBSTER COLLECTION, 54 1/2 Lincoln Avenue, (on the west side of the plaza upstairs). Curated by Andrea Senutovitch de Lusignan and Christopher Webster. Artists participating: TASHA OSTRANDER, Robert Stivers, Joanne Teasdale, Tony Bonanno, WILLIS F. LEE, DEBORAH SAMUEL, VICTORIA GOLDMAN AMORE´, Patti Levey, David Michael Kennedy, ANDREA SENUTOVITCH, Alexandra Ewing. Please come join us !

Great Deal Today Only!!!!

darkroom movie 2 hope this link works

Okay folks because I am rebuilding the darkroom sink today ONLY there is a 50% discount on all my prints over $1500.00 but you gotta get them today!!!!!! In person or via email.dmkphoto@earthlink. and I will charge nominal shipping. And I would feel very blessed if you would share this post around the world!!!!!

Irving Penn the real deal this is what photography is all about!

Skip Cohen University Podcast with DMK about Ghost Dancer Photograph

Skip Cohen University Pod Cast with David Michael Kennedy Click on play to hear podcast- link to go to Skip’s site

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Ghost Dancer Lakota Nation

In April of 2016, I launched “Why?” because there were too many photographers who only knew the artists who spoke at the last convention they attended. Well, we’re an industry led by some remarkable photographers who every day set the standard for quality, creativity, and passion for the craft. I simply wanted you to meet more of them!

I’m very excited to have David Michael Kennedy in the “Why?” spotlight today. David and I first met back in the late 80’s when I was with Hasselblad. At that time his iconic image of Debbie Harry was used in the corporate ad campaign. In 1986 he left NYC and his commercial photography business heading for New Mexico and a goal to fine-tune his work in fine art. Since then David has become recognized as one of the finest Platinum Palladium printers in the world with prints in private and public collections.

He’s a phenomenal artist and human being. In fact, it’s his sincerity and passion for the craft and his subjects that makes today’s “Why?” one of the most poignant backstories we’ve ever shared.

Click on David’s image above to link to his website. And, if you’re looking for an incredible one on one workshop, pick up the phone and call David directly. He regularly teaches five-day, one on one workshops, strictly by request.

 

WHY with Skip Cohen

Skip Cohen University Radio Interview

WHY with David Michael; Kennedy

http://www.skipcohenuniversity.com/scu-blog/why-with-david-michael-kennedy

Bill Hearne at La Fonda playen “New Mexico Rain”