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This shot is technically an outtake from Chris Levine's 2004 photoshoot with the Queen. The result is remarkably beautiful.
Lightness of Being, 2004, 30 x 24 inch pigment print
Yugi Obata's microscopic stills capture snowflakes in motion.
Homage to Wilson A. Bentley #7, 2005 - 2006, 23 1/2 x 16 x 3/4 inch pigment print
In Maurice Scheltens' and Liesbeth Abbenes' work, cutouts of flowers are arranged and re-photographed to play with the idealized form and depiction of flowers in art.
Bouquet IX, 2008, 48 x 40 inch enduraflex print
Taken from distant views, Patrick Smith's humans are viewed critically and from above. The rows of skiers in this photo are dwarfed by the massive mountain.
Aiguille du Midi, 2010, 32 x 52 inch c-print
Tereza Vlckova's series "A Perfect Day, Elise..." shows young women exultingly levitating.
A Perfect Day Elise, 2007, 19 x 19 inch pigment print
While this city doesn't lack for cutting-edge art exhibits, sometimes it can be hard to know when "new" means "innovative and worthwhile" and when it means "trendy and pretentious."
"New Photographers," a just-opened exhibit at the Danziger Gallery in Chelsea, is firmly the former: an introduction to five remarkably talented artists who have never before shown in New York, but are on the cusp of international acclaim.
Each of the featured shutterbugs brings his or her signature style to the show, from French photographer Patrick Smith's vibrantly colored, Where's Waldo?-like beaches, ski slopes and canyons to Tokyo-based Yuji Obata's microscopic stills of snowflakes in motion.
The Dutch team of Scheltens & Abbenes (he's a photographer, she's a tapestry artist) questions the medium itself with their large-scale re-photographed flower collages, while beloved Brit Chris Levine challenges the nature of royal portraiture with holographic and unfocused shots of Queen Elizabeth.
Our surprise favorite, however, is Czech photographer Tereza Vlckova. Her collection, "A Perfect Day, Elise..." captures young women in Alice in Wonderland inspired free-falls. Alternately, her series "Two" is darker, focusing on twin girls--some real, some digitized--for a haunting result that's somewhere between Lewis Carroll and Diane Arbus.
"New Photographers" runs through February 25 at the Danziger Gallery, 527 W. 23rd St. (between 10th and 11th aves.); 212-629-6778 or danzigerprojects.com
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