Today is Friday. I nearly forgot about the Friday photo by Gallery Carte Blanche! So much in my mind lately.This is the last Friday of Gallery Carte Blanche on Valencia Street in San Francisco. The physical gallery will be closing on Sunday.

Yes it’s a little sad, but it’s only a break. Stay connected to know what we will do next and in the meantime keep following us online.
And the good news is that for the next 2 days everything - books, prints, frames - in the gallery is 25% off. And it includes this awesome photo by Matthias Heiderich and a lot more!

See you there this week-end!

It’s a rainy day in San Francisco but it’s Friday and tonight Gallery Carte Blanche is celebrating its one-year anniversary with the opening reception of its new exhibit: Call Me Home. So fight the rain and join us for some bubbles, gelato bites and great local photography!

Call Me Home, a tribute to artists from all horizons who call San Francisco home. Friday November 30th, 6-9pm.

The photo is from the series Presidio by Charity Vargas.

Before the Bottle Brush Blooms, Presidio: Portraits of a changing landscape, 2006

The rich history of the Presidio in San Francisco spans back to the time of native Ohlone people, with the Spanish arriving in 1776. The neighborhood later fell under Mexican rule for 24 years before the U.S. Army took control in 1846 for over 148 years. After the Army left, and before it was redeveloped into the vibrant neighborhood it is now, the Presidio was deserted and overtaken by the wildness of nature.  This is why Charity Vargas is most drawn to this location, interested in honoring the history, and representing the transformations of this ever changing natural space to create a permanent memory of a fleeting moment. Since 1994, the Presidio has been a part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Charity Vargas

Charity Vargas is an American photographer based in San Francisco. The majority of her work is focused on documenting the ever-changing landscape and the rich history of the Presidio in San Francisco, the former Army post transformed into America’s largest urban national park. Born on a military base, and raised in the Sierras, Vargas feels deeply connected the Presidio’s mix of wilderness and industrial architecture.

4

Gallery Carte Blanche Call for Art -
Winners and a Pop-up show in San Francisco

After months of reviewing awesome work from around the world, we have finally selected our winners!

Please join me in congratulating:

Adam Brochstein, Dennis Dehart, Patrick Gookin, Jordi Huisman, Dagmar Kolatschny, Ricardo Kump, Tammy Mercure, Markel Redondo, Loris Savino, Maria Sturm, Ekaterina Vasilyeva.

And our bests in show: Shane Lynam, Juan Madrid, Sara Macel, and Joris Vandecatseye.

Join us at a.Muse Gallery in San Francisco on April 18th & 19th for a unique Carte Blanche pop-up show!

More info: You know what I’m seeing?

Photos by Sara Macel, Juan Madrid, Shane Lynam, Joris Vandecatseye.

The Friday Photo by Carte Blanche : Poland by Lukasz Biederman

Poland

Lukasz Biederman’s Polish land- and city-scapes convey the cold and solitude of his home country, but, more importantly, they also spread its unique beauty to the rest of the world.

Lukasz Biederman

Born Szklarska Poreba, Poland, in 1977, Lukasz Biederman now 
lives and works in Wroclaw, Poland. His work, focusing on the melancholy beauty of his homeland, has been shown around the world and the web, including recent shows in Krakow and London. 

The Friday Photo this week is a truly beautiful dreamy Polaroid portrait by French photographer Saya Chontang from her series Human Beauty.

Human Beauty:

Saya Chontang’s soft, dream-like Polaroids might stem from or fall into the category of fashion photography, but by collaborating closely with her models (many of them local artists), she captures not only each individual’s particular beauty, but also a glimpse of what beauty means in general.

Saya Chontang:

Born in Thailand and raised in France, Saya Chontang studied art including drawing, painting, and engraving from a young age. At just 16 years old, she found her ideal instrument, a Polaroid camera older than she was, with which she photographs artists around Paris, where she lives.

The Friday photo by Carte Blanche

Here is your week inspiration by Gallery Carte Blanche.
This photo is from Matthias' new show Spektrum Berlin opening at Gallery Carte Blanche on Friday July 20th.

You’re lucky, pre-release of 2 images of his new series are available online NOW.
Get them before they’re gone!

Spektrum Berlin

Viewed together or individually, each of Matthias Heiderich’s images transform the banality and universality of buildings into a mosaic of geometrical shapes, reconstructing the world we live in into an abstract canvas of lines, patterns, angular compositions, and vibrant colors.

Matthias Heiderich

Born in 1982 in Bad Hersfeld, Germany, Matthias Heiderich is a self-taught photographer currently living and working in Berlin, where his images have been exhibited widely. Following his studies in linguistics and phonetics, he completed a Master of Arts from Trinity College, Dublin, in 2007. In addition to pursuing personal photographic projects, Matthias also operates a record label, WeirdandWired.net, and is a DJ and music producer.

Discover more here.

The Friday photo by Carte Blanche:

Aela Labbe, Psychedelic, Sleepless memories 2011

Aela Labbe

French photographer Aëla Labbé was born in Brittany, a region where forests can be magic and fairytales are part of the culture. From an early age she devoted herself to dancing, a passion that today shapes her unique photographic creativity. Like in choreography her beautiful photographs dramatize the expression of the body and illustrate the relationship between humanity and nature. The subjects she photographs are part of her private world, her friends and family. Full of elegance and mystery, her unconventional portraits take us back to our childhood and its deepest secret dreams.

Sleepless memories

Aëla Labbé’s photographic style is very singular – she constructs scenes and fills them with something that wavers between sorrow and poignant delight. Her scenes take place in a realm where the emotions expressed by body language are essential.
Her family is another key to the photographic world she has created. Her nephews, in particular, are the main characters in her photographs. It is with them that childhood became an underlying theme in her work. Her unique vision shows a darker, mysterious and unconventional representation of the early years of life.

More: http://www.gallerycarteblanche.com/pages/aela-labbe

This weeks Friday Photo is one by the amazing Aëla Labbé from her series featured at Carte Blanche, Sleepless Memories.

Sleepless Memories:

Aëla Labbé’s photographic style is very singular – she constructs scenes and fills them with something that wavers between sorrow and poignant delight. Her scenes take place in a realm where the emotions expressed by body language are essential.

Her family is another key to the photographic world she has created. Her nephews, in particular, are the main characters in her photographs. It is with them that childhood became an underlying theme in her work. Her unique vision shows a darker, mysterious and unconventional representation of the early years of life.

Aëla Labbé:

French photographer Aëla Labbé was born in Brittany, a region where forests can be magic and fairytales are part of the culture. From an early age she devoted herself to dancing, a passion that today shapes her unique photographic creativity. Like in choreography her beautiful photographs dramatize the expression of the body and illustrate the relationship between humanity and nature. The subjects she photographs are part of her private world, her friends and family. Full of elegance and mystery, her unconventional portraits take us back to our childhood and its deepest secret dreams.

 


The Friday photo by Carte Blanche

Today, welcome to Julie Cerise with this beautiful, elegant and enigmatic photo from her series ‘Stories’ - because behind each one of her photo a different story is hidden - hers, yours…

Today is also the end of our show ‘This is your world’ and the beginning of our new show (Un)Familiar.

Julie Cerise

In 2004, the then-16-year-old Anais Kugel aka Julie Cerise traveled from France to the United States and found photography taking an increasing place in her life. Creating portraits of herself or acquaintances, she built a visual universe that mixes her dreams with memories of clowns, theaters, and her father’s paintings. In 2007, after launching her professional photo career by photographing young French fashion designers’ collections, Julie Cerise was chosen to photograph Scotland’s “This is not an invitation to rape me” campaign by art director Charles Hall, an experience she describes as “a great human adventure.”

Stories

Julie Cerise’s images come from her memories, her dreams, sometimes her father’s paintings. They are unmitigated emotional moments, captured through careful details and beautiful light.

More here: http://www.gallerycarteblanche.com/collections/julie-cerise

3

Carte Blanche Artists Talk & Book signing series
Thursday July 5th, 6pm-8:30pm

Carte Blanche is pleased to invite you to its second artists’ talk and book signing event featuring photographers Bruce Haley and Tomas van Houtryve.

Join us at 973 Valencia Street, San Francisco on Thursday July 5th from 6pm for their introductory presentations followed by a fascinating discussion about Communism and its impact in the 21st century, moderated by Luis Delgado.


Selected photos of Cuba from Tomas van Houtryve’s book “Behind the Curtains” will also be on display: www.gallerycarteblanche.com

More details: http://www.gallerycarteblanche.com/pages/events & http://www.facebook.com/events/378580432190978/

4

Julie Cerise, Backstage, 2008

Limited-edition prints of ‘Backstage’ are now available on Carte Blanche

With this series, Julie Cerise takes us behind the scenes of a fashion show. She makes the viewer feel like an invisible intruder watching secret stories and stealing moments through the key hole. Her ‘Backstage’ photographs convey an emotional truth about a world we discover through her unique sensibility.

Text
Photo
Quote
Link
Chat
Audio
Video