• New York,  WorldWide

    Enigmatic Visions – Agora Gallery

    Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the exhibition Enigmatic Visions, which opens July 28, 2017 and runs through August 17, 2017 with an opening reception on Thursday August 3 from 6-8 pm. Any art lover who enjoys thought-provoking artworks and meeting talented and interesting artists is encouraged to attend.

    Exhibition Dates: July 28 – August 17, 2017

    Reception: Thursday August 3, 2017 6-8 PM

    Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11-6

    Gallery Location: 530 West 25th St, Chelsea, New York

    Enigmatic Visions: Beauty in the Details

    Featured Artists:

    Jonathan Mann  |  Anna Galea  |  Tammy Phillips  |  James Chisholm  |  Larry Greenberg  |  Mark W. Malone  |  Linco7n.  |  Yuki Goodman  |  Antonio Biagiotti  |  D. L. Brabander  |  Elizabeth Sabine  |  Annette Balsgaard  |  Naini Kumar  |  Olena Bogatska


    About the Exhibition:

    Agora Gallery presents Enigmatic Visions, a new collective exhibition that is singular in its attention to the subtlety that can be found in contemporary art. While many equate progress with simply making the next piece bigger and louder, that is not the beginning and end of the state of today’s art landscape. Though the eleven artists on display in Enigmatic Visions come from all corners of the globe, each brings out the magic in more modest concerns.

    This shared interest in the small scale can manifest in many different ways. It can be a study of physically empty places: flat, rocky plains or the lonely, mysterious seas. It can be zooming in on a single object for an updated take on the still life. This is a recurring motif in the exhibition, from a series of austere black-and-white photos of flower blossoms to intensely focused images of the body in motion. It can even be a small psychological space, such as the depiction of a single figure or an isolated group of people.

    Enigmatic Visions opens July 28 and runs through August 17, 2017 with an opening reception Thursday, August 3 from 6 – 8 pm. Entrance is free.

    Future Exhibitions:

    Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Exhibition: The Best of 2017

    Opens August 19, 2017 and runs through August 30, 2017 with an opening reception on Saturday, August 19 from 6-8 pm. Agora Gallery is pleased to present the 2017 selected artists of the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. Now in its 32nd year, the competition has a rich history of recognizing exciting new talent from all over the world. This year’s participants display a growing social awareness, an eager curiosity of spatial and tonal questions, and outstanding technical skill.


    Breaking with Realism

    Opens September 2, 2017 and runs through September 22, 2017 with an opening reception on Thursday, September 7 from 6-8 pm.Breaking with Realism is a group exhibition that explores 19 artists’ respective insights on themes of spirituality, humanity, and the natural world. Through a variety of mediums, the exhibition considers how dynamic arrangements of color, texture, line, and composition can impact the visceral nature of the human experience.

    About Agora Gallery

    Agora Gallery is a contemporary fine art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea’s fine art district in New York. Established in 1984, Agora Gallery specializes in connecting art dealers and collectors with national and international artists. The art gallery’s expert consultants are available to assist corporate and private clients in procuring original artwork to meet their organization’s specific needs and budget requirements. With a strong online presence and popular online gallery, ARTmine, coupled with the spacious and elegant physical gallery space, the work of our talented artists, who work in diverse media and styles, can receive the attention it deserves. Over the years Agora Gallery has sponsored and catered to special events aimed at fostering social awareness and promoting the use of art to help those in need.

  • New York,  Photography,  Technology

    Lomo’Instant Automat Review – A Retrospective Blast from the Past.

    Technology is always advancing. Just twenty years ago, it would be hard to catch everyday moments if you didn’t have a camera around you. But with the convenience of smartphone cameras, it has been increasingly easier to capture these every day occurrences that are important to you. But what has become a convenience, also has dropped in significance. Photos no longer hold the same weight as it did once. It almost feels like the art form has been dwindled to just another simple commodity. This is where the Lomo’Instant Automat appears. The Automat deviates from this monotony and brings it to the palm of your hand for true candid captures.

    Anyone can look amazing with a quick shot on the Automat

    Every shot with the Automat feels like the perfect shot. Starting from the two simple modes (Auto and Manual), you’re given a lot more freedom to play around with the various modes. What is a nice feature, is the Zone Focusing on the Automat. It gives you 3 options (Portrait, Group and Landscape) so you can feel in control with your shots. Powered by 2 CC batteries*, it lasts for a while and I never had to worry about running out of juice while I was out taking shots.

    You also have one of Automat’s best features, which is its Automatic Mode. It hones in to the best possible lighting/shutter speed and aperture to create an amazing image, so you don’t have to go through all the trouble of trying to set it up. For newcomers who are trying to get great shots no matter what, this is best go-to option.

    The camera comes with a fixed 35mm lens, but Lomography has amazing accessories, such as various lens that you can attach to, if you want to get more technical with your shots.

    The camera feels great to hold on, to especially with the lens strap that is provided to you. It fits snug in virtually any coat pocket and in a backpack as well. It takes Fujifilm Instax Mini* films, which are great pocket sized photos that look great to hang on any wall in your apartment/home. The Automat also has an LED Counter, that helps you keep track of how many shots you have left and how many you’ve taken thus far.

    Something about the Automat that I personally enjoyed, is the convenience. All it takes is a one click on the side of the Lens to turn it on and I can get ready to take as many shots as I wanted to. It took me a few tries to play around with the settings, but each photo gets better then the last, creating memories to hold onto.

    The biggest takeaway from any beginner who wants to have a memory of nostalgia, or to a veteran who wants to hone their craft in an unorthodox way, the Automat has a bit of both. This is a camera I recommend to anyone who wants to deviate from the norm and create captivating images that allow to express a different form of creativity.

    *Reminder: Fujifilm Instax Mini and batteries are not included. You can find the Fujifilm Instax Mini in Lomography’s Online Shop.

  • Los Angeles,  New York,  Toronto,  WorldWide

    Lomo’Instant Marrakesh Edition



    Lomography proudly presents the Lomo’Instant Marrakesh Edition, inspired by one of the most romantic destinations in the world – Marrakesh, Morocco – this charming instant camera will cast a love spell on anyone who uses it.

    Instant photography is both fun and easy – AND unlike taking photos of your sweetheart on your phone or camera, shooting Instant provides immediate prints to see and share. It’s perfect for shooting sweet selfies or even portraits for that someone special’s eyes only 😉 The photos even fit in your wallet! What could be better?!









    Be sure to get yours before they are all gone!

  • New York

    The Wet Dog Book Signing in Brooklyn

    The Wet Dog book came out last week and so far things are going great!
    In the vein of Underwater Dogs and Shake comes the quirky yet absolutely darling WET DOG (Grand Central Publishing Hardcover; on sale: 10/13; $22) by acclaimed photographer Sophie Gamand.
    WetDogFinal_RGB300LAn adorable and hilarious collection of over 120 dog photographs, the book expands upon Gamand’s much beloved and viral photo series to include some old friends and feature new faces readers will instantly fall in love with. Every dog owner knows too well the fun and misery of bath time: the wriggles, the poignant looks, the playful splashes. WET DOG is a stunning and touching capture of this intimate moment. Elevating dog photography to the status of art, these expressive portraits of our canine friends mirror our very own human emotions. Sophie Gamand is an award-winning photographer and animal advocate living in New York. Since 2010 her powerful and whimsical photography has focused on dogs and our relationship with them. She works closely with animal shelters and rescue groups to help promote adoption and animal welfare.
    The last book signing this Sunday in Brooklyn, New York. It’s a dog-friendly event, and I will be collecting towel donation for a local shelter, Sean Casey Animal Rescue.
  • New York

    DIY Flower Crowns for Your Puppy

    Pit bulls tend to get a bad rap in popular culture, usually being portrayed as ferocious and aggressive beasts. Sophie Gamand, a U.S.-based French photographer, has set out to change all that by photographing pitbulls posed with beautiful hippie flower crowns.

    Her photo series, entitled, “Flower Power, Pit Bulls of the Revolution,” aims to show the sweeter side of these oft-misunderstood animals.

    The models in Gamand’s photos are just a few of the dogs looking for homes at three rescue groups in New York. The proceeds from photo print sales will go to these shelters as well!

    Inspired by Sophie Gamand, you can make your very own Flower Crown for your dog.

    Step 1. Measure your dog’s head with a shoe lace, string or measuring tape.

    Step 2. Create a circle with Floral Wire

    Step 3. Fold the wire in half and twist each end so that you have a loop.
    Step 4. Trim the flowers and wind the wire around the stems.  Secure the stems with a little piece of floral tape.
    Step 5. Once you have all your flowers placed and taped to the wire, tie a piece of ribbon to each loop.  The ribbon doesn’t have to be that long – just long enough to tie the crown around your dog’s head or neck.
    You can put it above or below the ears to secure it
  • WorldWide

    Street-Style Photographer wanted for @NeimanMarcus

    Neiman Marcus is having a contest ‘til the 17th ! Check out their Facebook or their blog, NMdaily, to enter.

    Ben Sherman store – London, England

    You will be entering for a chance to be Neiman Marcus’s official street style photographer for their blog NMdaily, at SXSW 2012 and Style X! The winner will be spending a week in Austin in March with the team! Your photos will be used on their social channels which includes Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter, & NMdaily!

    Grand Central Station – NYC

    Follow three simple tasks to enter:

    1. Submit examples of your street style photography
    2. Fill out your profile
    3. Answer NM’s style questionsCaribbean Cruise
    4. My cousin CenCen visiting NY from the NetherlandsHave your friends vote for you after February 13 and the winner will be notified by email on February 20.Tower Bridge – London, United Kingdom

    Showcase your talent and interests, and ‘capture’ this opportunity!