ABSENCE OF SUBJECT AT GALERIE RUTH LEUCHTER, DUSSELDORF
Exhibition views at Galerie Ruth Leuchter in Düsseldorf, show organized with Julian Sander gallery, 15.01.–05.03.2016
ABSENCE OF SUBJECT AT VILLA VAUBAN – LUXEMBOURG
A MOMENT: MASTER PHOTOGRAPHERS PORTRAITS AT THE SOL MEDNICK GALLERY
May 22—Jul 31 2015
Sol Mednick Gallery
University of the Arts, Philadelphia
Between 1977 and 1983, Michael Somoroff, then a young New York photographer, had the privilege of photographing photographers who played a dominant role in shaping the medium during the climax of analog image making, including Robert Doisneau, Elliott Erwitt, Ralph Gibson, Jacques Henri Lartigue, Duane Michals and Helmut Newton, among others. He was first introduced to many of these icons through his father, Ben Somoroff, who studied under Alexey Brodovitch at the School of Industrial Arts in Philadelphia, now the University of the Arts, and had become a well-known and respected still life photographer working in both Philadelphia and New York. These portraits were originally created as a kind of visual journal, a tribute to the modern masters of the medium by a young photographer. Intensely personal, the images were never intended for publication and were put aside for many years. Thirty-five years later, this body of work is finally being shown and published.
Pictures of the show
211 S Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
MARY ELLEN MARK
I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend Mary Ellen Mark. For over thirty-five years she made herself available to support me and my efforts to find my authentic artistic voice as she did for many others. It is well known she was a master of the art of photography, but more importantly, she was an extremely caring and compassionate human being who had the courage to express that care through her stunning imagery. Although as of late we spoke only occasionally, I will forever miss her as I know that the world was truly a better place while she was around. Thankfully we have her vision to forever inform us.
ABSENCE OF SUBJECT AT VILLA VAUBAN – LUXEMBOURG CITY ART MUSEUM
On view from April 24 through September 13, 2015
Absence of Subject by Michael Somoroff (*1957) is a poignant homage to August Sander (1876-1964) and the legendary German photographer’s monumental work People of the 20th Century. It is a thoughtful and passionate meditation on memory, imagination, human resilience and creativity.
It is part of the European month of photography 2015.
For more information, visit: www.villavauban.lu
ABSENCE OF SUBJECT AT THE MUSEO NACIONAL DE ARTES VISUALES DE MONTEVIDEO, URUGUAY
Ausencia de Sujeto, August Sander – Michael Somoroff is on view through January 15, 2015.
VOGUE REMEMBERS FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER FRANCES MCLAUGHLIN, PORTRAIT BY SOMOROFF
Portrait of Frances McLaughlin-Gill by Michael Somoroff, New York City in 1978
Frances McLaughlin-Gill was a staff photographer for Condé Nast Publications from 1944 through 1955. She was the first woman photographer under contract to Vogue. She went on to produce television commercials between 1964 through 1973. One of her enduring qualities was the ability was to develop empathy for models in their work and foster real friendships. In a male-dominated industry, this set her apart. She made models out to be real people and her work reflected this. She was married to the still-life photographer Leslie Gill.
Somoroff’s mother, Alice Bruno, modeled for her. He took her portrait in 1978, the first of a series of portraits of master photographers featured in the book A Moment, Portraits of Master Photographers by Michael Somoroff (Damiani, 2012).
Read the article in Vogue here.
THE EYES INVITE MICHAEL SOMOROFF
The Eyes magazine invites Michael Somoroff to present the series Absence of Subject and Photo-Plastik in a 24 pages publication featuring video and 3D in augmented reality.
Texts by Peggy Sue Amison and Thomas Ruff
Published by The Eyes
The publication will be released on Friday November 14 at La Gaîté lyrique in Paris and will be inserted in the #3 of The Eyes, available at the VIP lounge of Paris Photo fair.
JULIAN SANDER / FEROZ GALERIE PRESENTS MICHAEL SOMOROFF AT PARIS PHOTO 2014
MICHAEL SOMOROFF SHOOTS FOREVERMARK DIAMONDS FOR RESERVED MAGAZINE, NOVEMBER 2014
NEW WORK: LONGABERGER STORYBOOK
Michael Somoroff worked as Creative Director for Longaberger Company, the 40-year-old maker of the highest quality hand-crafted, American-made baskets and life style products. He conceptualized their catalogue as a magazine: StoryBook, for which he worked with the Home Office and Sales Directors and Home Consultants. He hired the former Design Director of Life magazine Tom Bentkowski and designers and photographers from around the world. This first issue of StoryBook is a completely new innovation in the industry, the first of its kind, that chronicles the essence of the Longaberger culture and tells stories of people throughout the Longaberger extended family. It was presented at the Longaberger Annual Convention (Bee) on August 8, 2014, ultimately reaching an audience of 16,000 people. It has already proven to have increased demand of the fantastic Longaberger merchandise. Longaberger was featured on August 26 on the David Letterman Show.
PICTURES OF ABSENCE OF SUBJECT AT THE FESTIVAL DE LA LUZ IN BUENOS AIRES
MASTER PHOTOGRAPHERS SERIES FEATURED IN ESQUIRE KAZAKHSTAN, JULY 2014
ABSENCE OF SUBJECT AT THE ENCUENTROS ABIERTOS IN BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
More information: www.
Master Photographers featured in Off the Wall magazine, July 2014
LATE PLATES: INTERVIEW OF MICHAEL SOMOROFF IN GEAR PATROL
Michael Somoroff chatted about art, philosopohy and cooking over an Italian dinner with Jeremy Berger, editor of Gear Patrol.
Read the feature here: http://gearpatrol.com/2014/06/27/late-plates-michael-somoroff/
A MOMENT. MASTER PHOTOGRAPHERS: PORTRAITS BY MICHAEL SOMOROFF
ADMIRA BOOTH PRESENTED SOMOROFF AT MIA ART FAIR IN MILAN, MAY 2014
PARIS PHOTO L.A., MICHAEL SOMOROFF ON FEROZ GALLERY BOOTH
Somoroff shares the walls with such great photographers as August Sander, Louis Faurer, Weegee, Anton Corbijn, and his father Ben Somoroff among others.
Paris Photo Feroz Galerie, Stage 31, booth 15
Paramount Pictures Studios
5555 Melrose Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90038
April 25 and 26: noon – 7 pm
April 27 : noon – 6 pm
VIEWS OF ABSENCE OF SUBJECT AT SIRIUS ARTS CENTRE, CORK, IRELAND
The show is on view through June 1st, 2014.
JULIAN SANDER / FEROZ GALERIE PRESENTS MICHAEL SOMOROFF AT PARIS PHOTO L.A.
Feroz Galerie Stage 31, booth #15
PARIS PHOTO L.A.
Paramount Pictures Studios | 5555 Melrose Avenue | Los Angeles, CA 90038
April 25 and 26: noon – 7 pm
April 27 : noon – 6 pm
ABSENCE OF SUBJECT AT SIRIUS ARTS CENTER, CORK, IRELAND
Absence of Subject
August Sander / Michael Somoroff
Sirius Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland
April 18-June 1, 2014
FEROZ GALERIE PRESENTS MICHAEL SOMOROFF AT AIPAD NEW YORK
AIPAD, New York
April 10-13, 2014
Julian Sander of the Feroz Galerie will present at AIPAD New York a selection of works which includes two pictures by Michael Somoroff from the series Absence of Subject, a poignant homage to August Sander’s monumental “People of the Twentieth Century”, and Two Crowns of the Egg, a collaborative work of art about enduring love and the search for Truth.
Absence of Subject is a thoughtful and passionate meditation on memory, imagination and creativity. Seemingly simple at first, it is a complex elliptical ambitious work comprised of forty photographs and seven animations as well as forty August Sander original photographs. Here is a conceptual artist using photography as a communicator contemplating the relationship between Photography and Truth.
The project was published as book, and exhibited first in Venice, in conjunction with the 2011 Biennale. An exhibition of this work continues to travel to venues in Europe and will be on view at Sirius Arts Centre in Cork, Ireland from April 16 through June 1, 2014.
Two Crowns of the Egg is a poignant reflection on love, mortality, sexuality, desire and spirituality. Published as a book (Damiani, May 2014), Two Crowns involved a creative team comprised of Michael Somoroff, art critic and distinguished professor of Art and Philosophy Donald Kuspit and cutting-edge Latin American writer Giannina Braschi. An ode by Somoroff to his wife through a series of portraits and nudes, the book is divided into four dreamlike narratives, each of them introduced by a “Vanitas” still life composed in response to Braschi’s exuberant poems from her postmodern poetry classic Empire of Dreams. Somoroff’s still lifes are described by Kuspit as “a photographic version of a Dutch Old Master allegorical composition—oddly abstract, not to say eccentrically sculptural, a pictorial tour de force as well as a slyly minimalist installation, as the organization of the objects in the center along the vertical axis suggests—conveying proverbial truth.”
left: Farmer’s Child, 2007 © Michael Somoroff
Right: Vanitas revisited, 2013 © Michael Somoroff
SNEAK PEEK AT ABSENCE OF SUBJECT SHOW BY MICHAEL SOMOROFF AND AUGUST SANDER BEFORE THE OPENING AT THE BENAKI MUSEUM IN ATHENS
ABSENCE OF SUBJECT BY SOMOROFF AND SANDER OPENS AT THE BENAKI MUSEUM, ATHENS ON FEBRUARY 11TH, 2014
Absence of Subject, Images by Michael Somoroff and August Sander opens at the Benaki museum in Athens, Greece on February 11th. It is on view through April 6, 2014
Through Absence of Subject, Michael Somoroff honours the monumental work of the legendary photographer August Sander entitled People of the 20th Century (Menschen des 20 Jarhunderts). It is a thoughtful and passionate meditation on memory, imagination, human resilience and creativity .
The originality in this body of work is based on Somoroff’s keen sense of observation and interpretation. Absence of Subject lets you revisit August Sander’s work allowing you to understand the richness of Sander’s intent. In each of August Sander’s pictures Michael Somoroff has erased the subject retaining only the background. The unprecedented digital revolution has brought the potential for manipulation into focus. Through the use of software Somoroff has taken out what we have always believed to be the “essential element” – the subject, the portrait. The backgrounds once a secondary fragment now become the primary motivator. They have now been translated into new fully conceived images that rightfully belong to the “post-modern” idiom.
The exhibition Absence of Subject is a perfect example of a delicate balance of alchemy and inquiry. Conceptually and humanistically oriented each of Somoroff’s images demonstrates the persuasive power and aesthetic of August Sander’s oeuvre even without the human subject. This is not photography as we are accustomed to but more about the idea of creativity. The images embrace chance and acceptance. What Somoroff celebrates is to establish that post-modern art isn’t dislocated, but something with roots, tradition and continuity.
MILTON GLASER PORTRAIT PUBLISHED IN RESERVED MAGAZINE
MICHAEL SOMOROFF @ PARIS PHOTO 2013
MICHAEL SOMOROFF @ MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON
Absence of Subject a part of Digital Age Exhibition
June 19 Through September 8, 2013