Had a blast last night at #JimKrantz’s opening at Danziger Gallery! Spectacular photographs accompanied by wonderful people in a stellar atmosphere. So happy to have been there. Jim, bravo to you, very well deserved! The exhibition is up until March 21st at 521 W 23RD ST stop on in, you will NOT regret it
This is my first article for the NYTimes Magazine, who hired me to oversee photography for their digital department. Their photo essay section, Look, has migrated to digital, so I’ve been tasked with shepherding them. Since the digital team is still developing, I’ve happily been granted a few extra tasks, like writing these articles. I will be posting ones I wrote here.
The Chicago-based commercial photographer Jim Krantz’s work has been famous in the art world for years. Krantz himself has been less so — a fact that perhaps requires some explanation. In the 1990s, Krantz, who had been documenting the cinematic vistas of the American West and its
people with his camera for 20 years, went to Texas to photograph cowboys
for a Marlboro advertising campaign. The final product caught the eye
of Richard Prince, the “appropriation artist” who had achieved renown by
photographing ads and presenting the resulting images in galleries and
museums. Beginning in the 1980s, Prince reproduced images from Marlboro
ads for his “Cowboys” series. One such print, at the time of its sale in 2005, was the most expensive photograph ever sold at auction.