French artist Nathalie Boutte captures the allure of the unknown past in her collage recreations of 19th century daguerreotypes and historical photos. Here, Boutte remakes Seydou Keita’s well-known 1958 portrait of a hip young Malian man using strips of paper covered with varying amounts of text. The effect (seen here in detail) is to blur Keita’s sharply clear image, suggesting that the passage of time diminishes the potential to see the subject clearly. (At Yossi Milo Gallery in Chelsea through Oct 21st).
A display of one hundred wedding photos from various photo studios in Wisconsin in the late 1800s at Ricco Maresca Gallery is a fascinating look into past dress and conventions. While most couples stare stoically ahead, betraying no hint of happiness, this groom and bride – decked out in abundant flowers – charm with their hesitant smiles. (On view in Chelsea through Sept 19th).
Spirit photographs from the 19th century and paranormal events from the more recent past have inspired Brooklyn-based photographer Laura Larson. In an image titled ‘Ecstasy,’ we’re tantalized by what might be going on behind the subject’s turned back in this strangely clinical, classroom-like environment. (At Chelsea’s Lennon, Weinberg, Inc through Sept 16th).
Spanish photographer Dionisio Gonzelez ignites the imagination with ideas for redeveloping New York’s skyline, were money no object. Instead of envisioning skyscrapers, Gonzalez proposes connected rooftop parks and walkways that create green space for all. Here, transit routes converge near Central Park on Fifth Ave. (On the Lower East Side at Galerie Richard through August 27th).
Studio portraits and landscape photography merge in Myoung Ho Lee’s series of trees in Mongolia and Korea, set against a white canvas backdrop. Lee digitally removes ropes and assistants, suggesting a less mediated encounter with a solitary and wonderful product of nature. (At Yossi Milo Gallery in Chelsea through Aug 25th).