Images of the Lucha Libre in Mexico 1940-2007

On Sunday I found myself visiting a very cool public park that was once the Monterrey Steel Foundry Company Complex in Monterrey, Mexico (where I was on an assignment). I entered one of the buildings that had been turned into an arts complex and to my amazement and good fortune there was a fantastic photography exhibition of the Lucha Libre. This the day after I stumbled across an actual fight club called Huracán Super Bar and photographed a young wrestler and the amazing club (see two posts below). The Lucha Libre are Mexican wrestlers and they often wear elaborate cartoonish masks. It was a thoughtfully mounted exhibition with many stunning images and I am so happy that I stumbled upon it - times when that happens are such a treat. I took photos of the photographs and thought to share them here.

John O' Leary
Córdova, Veracruz

John O' Leary

Arturo Ortega Navarrete
El Rostro

Juan El Charro Espinosa
Irma González

unfortunately I missed the caption information on this one - apologies.

Photographer Unknown

Graciela Iturbide
Jano, Ocumicho, Michoacán

Photographer Unknown

Juan El Charro Espinosa
El Hombre Montaña

Arturo Ortega Navarrete
Rodolfo Galindo El Cavernario en su zapatería

Rafael Doniz
De la serie Nayari Cora


Ink at Sea

My friend Charles referred me to an article and slideshow in the Times today about an exhibition on Tattoos and the American Sailor at the Independence Seaport Museum in Philadelphia. I can't wait to check it out.

Photo: Independence Seaport Museum

Photo: Tattoo Archive, Winston-Salem, N. C.


new Touching Strangers

Angel and Sandy Palm Springs 2009


photographer with subject, with object, wearing object of subject

I was reminded of this photograph the other night and wanted to post it here. It is an image of me and author Gay Talese at the opening of The First ICP Triennial of Photography and Video in 2003. I had some images in the show from my series Madison Avenue Portraits and the image I shot of Mr. Talese was one that was selected for the show. I was really happy that he showed up for the opening and snagged his signature hat for this memorable photo. A funny side story is I was out hustling my work to photo editors around this same time and one of the editors I was showing this particular body of work saw the photo of Gay Talese and said "that's my dad." Indeed it was Catherine Talese photo editor and daughter of Gay Talese!

ICP NY, NY 2003


Charles Lane Press offering free shipping throughout May

Eating in LA

I've been meaning to post about the great food scene in LA for since I was last there a couple of months ago. Needless to say there is an endless variety of inexpensive eating options from across the global food palette. Here are a handful of the highlights from my last trip.


Mama's Hot Tamales Cafe, 2122 West Seventh Street

Shrimp Tostada (the absoulte hands down highlight)

El Mar Azul Tostada Truck - 4702 N Figueroa St - Sycamore Grove Park Highland Park, CA

Kimchi Stew

Byul Gobchang 3819 West 6th Street

Burrito al Pastor

Tacos Mexico corner of Broadway and 9th Streets

Spicy Hot Wings

Kyochon Chicken 3833 W 6th St

mmmm Donuts...

Randy's Donuts 805 West Manchester Ave.


Panel Discussion at the New York Photo Festival

Brooklyn, New York

Mass Produced for Mass Dissemination
Panel Discussion

Thursday, May 14, 2009
5:00 pm

FREE with Festival Admission

New York Photo Festival
St. Ann's Warehouse
38 Water Street
Brooklyn, New York
(718) 254-8779

The panel discussion series, Aperture Presents, premiers with acclaimed NYPH08 curator and Aperture publisher, Lesley A. Martin, moderating the discussion Artist-Publisher: Mass Produced for Mass Dissemination. Participants will include Jason Fulford and Leanne Shapton (J&L Books); Richard Renaldi (Charles Lane Press); and others to be announced.

The second annual New York Photo Festival, founded by Daniel Power and Frank Evers, is an initiative of powerHouse Books. For the second year, the festival features Aperture Presents, a series of panel discussions curated by Aperture's editors. Panels will take place every day from 5 to 6 pm. Visit our booth in the powerHouse arena to see new books and limited-edition photographs exclusively from Aperture.

Exclusive Aperture discount: Receive 10% off all NYPH tickets when purchased through the NYPH website. Use coupon code "APERT10" during checkout to receive this special discount.


Photographer Friends

I love my photographer friends. Here are some of them...

Dawoud Bey

Elinor Carucci

Shen Wei

Nelson Chan

Flemming Ove Bech


David Proctor 1970-2009

Yesterday, I learned the sad news that my former boyfriend David passed away this past weekend. It is very sad. It has been many years since I saw him last but I have strong memories of the time we were together. I want to share some photos that I made of him while we were together. These images are from 1994-1996. My heart goes out to his family and friends.


Contemporary Portraiture with Doug DuBois and Richard Renaldi

Thursday, May 7, 2009
5:00 pm

Affordable Art Fair
7 West 34th Street
Lecture Hall
New York, New York
(212) 255-2003

Lesley A. Martin, Publisher of Aperture's book program, will present artists Doug DuBois and Richard Renaldi, who will speak about their respective bodies of work and how they fit into the broader context of portraiture in contemporary photography.

Doug DuBois: All the Days and Nights (Aperture, 2009) resonates with emotional immediacy, offering a potent examination of family relations and what it means to subject personal relationships to the unblinking eye of the camera. Doug DuBois began photographing his family in 1984, prior to his father's near-fatal fall from a commuter train and his mother's subsequent breakdown and hospitalizations. More than twenty years later, DuBois's project has developed in remarkable ways. Each photograph is rich with color, nuanced gestures and glances enveloping the viewer in a multivalent, emotionally tense world.

Richard Renaldi is a photographer in search of the brief encounter—that fleeting moment when a stranger opens his life to him and, consequently, to the viewer. His trust in the descriptive and empathic abilities of the camera verges on that of his nineteenth–and early-twentieth-century predecessors. His first monograph, Figure and Ground (Aperture, 2006), presents portraits and landscapes taken from coast to coast, across the United States. They form a collective portrait of a population and nation going through a process of diversification that has already dramatically enlarged the notion of what defines Middle America. In Renaldi's second monograph, Fall River Boys (Charles Lane Press, 2009), an extraordinary body of images—both portraits and landscapes—is gathered for the first time. The resulting photographs, made over the course of nine years, are not brief encounters. Renaldi's quiet gaze considers his subjects with neither judgment nor irony. What emerges is a nuanced portrait of a city where young men grow into manhood surrounded by a landscape of idyllic natural beauty, frayed at the margins by darkened relics of an industrial past.


Zackary Canepari

Check out the work of Indian based photographer Zackary Canepari. Many beautiful images...

Teaching at ICP this summer

The Large Format Portrait
Instructor: Richard Renaldi
Dates: One-Week Workshop
7/13/09 - 7/17/09
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri (10:00 AM to 5:00 PM)
Meeting Times: Monday-Friday: 10 am-5 pm
Code: 09MVC18

Course Description
In this fun, one-week course, students become familiar with large-format view cameras through demonstrations with the instructor`s own 8x10 camera and an assignment using the School`s 4x5 cameras. The class reviews and discusses the work of large-format photographers and covers a variety of technical information. Students create a small, strong portfolio of portraits during the week with a final review on the last day of class. Emphasis is on photographing strangers and unfamiliar subjects. PREREQUISITE: Photo III or portfolio review

$620.00 | Members $595.00
Materials: $30.00
Registration Fee: $30.00

By Mail or Fax: Print Registration Form
By Phone: 212-857-0001


getting crazy with the face masks...

Check out this fun slideshow on the Guardian.