New York Photo Review
Volume 2 Issue 45 December 20 to January 3, 2012

Making Caribbean Dance by Susanna Sloat
The Genetic Wars by Barbara Confino
Soho Photo Gallery
Central Booking Magazine

Double Visions

Mirrors and Reflections: a group show
Distortion by Andre Kertesz. Source: robertandersongallery.com
Andre Kertesz, "Distortion"

Mirrors and Reflections, a small well-crafted show at Robert Anderson, is a good introduction to one of photography’s great themes. Consisting mostly of black and white work, the exhibit offers us the chance to meditate upon one of the medium’s essential characteristics: its intrinsic relation to reflected light. From here it is not a great leap to consider the camera’s relationship to reflections of all kinds, particularly those we find in mirrors. There our doubles reside, those welcome or worrisome doppelgangers who present us with ourselves outside ourselves.

From W. Eugene Smith’s photograph of Chaplin looking at himself, to Kertesz’ model lying beside her distorted reflection in the funhouse mirror, to the 19th century lady photographing herself, to Joan Murray’s eleven year old taking stock of her body, images of varying qualities and styles play to this motif.

Charlie Chaplin by W. Eugene Smith. Source: robertandersongallery.com
W. Eugene Smith, "Charlie Chaplin"

The show includes simple photographs of reflections as well: lights and shadows on water, mirror-like surfaces of lakes, night lights glistening on dark streets. All fairly standard issue. A nice surprise are the montages by John O’Reilly with their fragmented surfaces informed with cubist feeling.

All in all this is a modest show. Aside from few well-known images, such as Alvarez Bravo’s Retrato de lo Eterno and Steichen’s Little Round Mirror, most are lesser known variants on the title theme, yet there are enough real gems to warrant a visit.


Mirrors and Reflections: a group show
Curators: Evelyne Z. Daitz and Alison Bradley

Robert Anderson Gallery
24 W 57th St. 5th Fl
Midtown         Map

646 455 0393
robertandersongallery.com

Thursday, November 17 to
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Hours: Tues-Sat 11 to 6
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The Genetic Wars by Barbara Confino
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Soho Photo Gallery