Thursday, December 31, 2009

Sunil Gupta currates an exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery, 2010

Where Three Dreams Cross: 150 Years of Photography from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh
21 January–11 April 2010
Curated by Sunil Gupta

This is a landmark exhibition giving an inside view of how modern India, Pakistan and Bangladesh have been shaped through the lens of their photographers. From the earliest days of photography when the first Indian-run photographic studios were established in the 19th century, this exhibition tells the story of photography’s development in the subcontinent with over 400 works that have been uniquely brought together. It encompasses social realism and reportage of the key political moments in the 1940s, amateur snaps from the 1960s, and street photography from the 1970s. Contemporary photographs reveal the reality of everyday life, while the recent digitalisation of image making accelerates its cross-over with fashion and film.

For more information about the show, please go to Whitechapel Gallery's website at

The exhibition is organized by the Whitechapel Gallery, London, in collaboration with Fotomuseum, Winterthur.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Stephen Bulger Gallery is sending you our best wishes for the holidays and for a wonderful 2010. We will be closed on December 24th, 2009 and will open again on January 5th, 2010.


Stephen, Natalie, Melissa, Josh, Alex and Joanna.

Friday, December 18, 2009


December 19th, 2009
Eternal Youth


3:00 PM

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)

Dir. Chuck Jones & Ben Washam (USA: 1966) 26 min

Bitter and hateful, the Grinch is irritated at the thought of the nearby village having a happy time celebrating Christmas. So disguised as Santa Claus, with his dog made to look like a reindeer, he raids the village to steal all the Christmas things. The village is sure to have a sad Christmas this year.

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Dir. George Seaton (USA: 1947) 96 min

Doris Walker a no-nonsense Macy's executive, desperately searches for a new store Santa. She hires Kris Kringle who insists that he's the real Santa Claus. But, he has many skeptics like Doris and her six year old daughter, Susan. So Kris goes to court to try and prove it. Is he the real Santa Claus?

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Metro writes an article about a play that re-creates Yoko Ono and John Lennon's Bed-in

"No bed of roses"
Play recreates 1969 Lennon and Ono stunt

Playwright Risha Yorke’s new production — John/Yoko Bed Piece — explores how both today’s political left and right still fail to grasp John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s subtle populism.

December 15, 2009

More Details
John/Yoko Bed Piece at The Toronto Centre for the Arts, Studio Theatre, December 16th through Jan. 2, 2010.

For the full article:

Photographs by Gerry Deiter capturing this historic event can be found at the Stephen Bulger Gallery.


January 9th, 2009
Eternal Youth

3:00 PM


Dir. Frank Capra (USA: 1937) 132 min

Before returning to England to become the new Foreign Secretary, British diplomat Robert Conway has one last task in 1935 China: to rescue 90 Westerners in the city of Baskul. He flies out with the last few evacuees, just ahead of armed revolutionaries.
Unbeknownst to the passengers, the pilot is replaced and their airplane is hijacked. It eventually runs out of fuel and crashes deep in the Himalayas. When hope runs out, the group is rescued and taken to Shangri-La, an idyllic valley sheltered from the bitter cold. The contented inhabitants are led by the mysterious High Lama.
Initially anxious to return to civilization, most of the newcomers grow to love their new home. Conway is particularly enchanted, especially when he meets Sondra, who has grown up in Shangri-la. However, Conway's younger brother George and Maria, another beautiful young woman they find there, are determined to leave.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Rosalind Solomon in youtube video - "Adios"

Director Natasha O'Connor filmed artist Rosalind Solomon in her New York City apartment, talking to the artist about her installation "Adios."

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Clive Holden : Trains of Winnipeg + The Auteurs/Garage: On-line Round Table

On December 9th, 2009, artist and filmaker Clive Holden began a round table discussion of his 2004 film cycle, Trains of Winnipeg - 14 Film Poems, and its recent inclusion in The Auteurs' on-line film library. For the next two weeks he will be discussing the film, and artist-made film distribution in the 21st century, with eight great people. After the first week, it will be opened up to "questions from the floor" ( which includes all The Auteurs members).

To follow the results of the round table discussion, please go to the address:

As well, please note that the first 500 viewings of Trains of Winnipeg on The Auteurs are free:


December 12th, 2009
Eternal Youth

3:00 PM


Dir. Ron Howard (USA, 1985) 117 mins

A group of Anterean aliens return to earth to take back some cocoons of their people they left behind from an earlier trip. The cocoons are resting at the bottom of the ocean. They kept the recovered cocoons in the swimming pool of a house they rented in a small Florida town. Their mission is hampered by three simple, aging senior citizens who like to swim in the unguarded swimming pool, which is also next door to the old age home they live in. One day when they go swimming, they feel energized and "ready to take on the world!" When they find out it is because the pool was recently bought by four alien Antereans incognito as humans, the old folks offer to help the Antereans return the cocoons back to Antarea. As a reward, they offer something magnificent.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Alex Webb's photographs are published by Aperture Foundation

Copyright © 2007 Aperture Foundation.

Aperture Foundation has published a book of Alex Webb's photographs "Istanbul: City of a Hundred Names", Edited by Orphan Pamuk.

About Alex Webb

San Francisco-born photographer Alex Webb is an avid photojournalist whose work has been featured in New York Times Magazine, Life, Geo and National Geographic. He joined Magnum Photos in 1976 and has published six photography books, including "Crossings" and the limited edition "Crossings." He has also received numerous awards, including the 1988 Leopold Godowsky Color Photography Award.

The Globalist Photo Gallery writes about Alex Webb and the book.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Richard Harrington in The Canadian Press, Dec. 3rd 2009.

Winnipeg photo show exhibits rarely seen images of 1950s Arctic famine

WINNIPEG — Sometime in late February 1950, a Canadian photographer pulled a camera out of his parka and into the stabbing Arctic cold, focused as best he could in the flickering lamplight inside an igloo, and pressed the shutter.

The resulting image - an Inuit mother, haggard from hunger and dressed in shabby caribou skins, fiercely pressing her nose and lips to those of her youngest child - has since become iconic.

But the story behind Richard Harrington's memorable print, and the many others he made around the same time, is less well known. And that's what a show now on at the Winnipeg Art Gallery hopes to remedy.

"It's certainly long overdue," said Darlene Wight, one of two curators behind the exhibit, which runs until March.

Harrington made six trips to the Arctic between 1948 and 1953. He travelled by dogsled and often lived with the Inuit, who still largely depended on the land. It was a life that informed their traditional culture but depended on the availability of caribou.

Harrington's 1950 trip came in a year the caribou didn't. The result was famine. As southern Canadians were welcoming a prosperous decade of suburbs and big-finned cars, many of their northern fellow citizens were starving to death.

On Feb. 8, a few days before he snapped his most famous picture, Harrington wrote in his journal:

"Came upon the tiniest igloo yet. Outside lay a single, mangy dog, motionless, starving ... Inside, a small woman in clumsy clothes, large hood, with baby.

"She sat in darkness, without heat. She speaks to me. I believe she said they were starving.

"We left some tea, matches, kerosene, biscuits. And went on."

More than once, Harrington photographed someone who would be dead the next day. And when he returned south, it was those images that finally alerted the rest of Canada to what was going on in its Arctic backyard.

Most Canadians are unaware that famine stalked their land within living memory, said Frank Tester, an Arctic sociologist and historian at the University of British Columbia.

"It's not a story that's well-understood or appreciated," he said. "We have an image of this country that excises this period altogether."

In fact, although Harrington's work is sold and exhibited at Toronto's Stephen Bulger Gallery, the Winnipeg show of 23 images is his first at a public art institution in Canada in more than two decades. His photographs have never toured the country they portray.

"(Harrington) didn't work within this idea of being a fine artist," said Mary Reid, the show's other curator.

"He was certainly very much a commercial photographer, working as a photojournalist. It's just now within the last 10 years that photojournalism is starting to make its way more prevalently known within the fine art canon."

Harrington's low profile can't be blamed on lack of quality. His Arctic work was praised by no less a photographic luminary than Henri Cartier-Bresson. He was the only Canadian in the world-touring 1955 Family of Man show curated by Edward Steichen.

But even the Winnipeg show may not have happened without the intervention of Harrington's widow, who visited the gallery and showed her husband's work to Reid and Wight.

"I was just absolutely blown away, not only by the quality of the photography, but also by the subject matter as well," Reid said.

The show - which also exhibits sculpture by Inuit carver Charlie Sivuarapik, whom Harrington later photographed - contains plenty of tragedy. But some prints are from other Arctic trips Harrington made and offer a wide view of traditional Inuit life during a time it was disappearing.

"These are very, very proud, striking images of a people that were not devastated," said Wight. "It's really important for people to see (Inuit) pre-community life and how it was very arduous, but also how the people were very proud and had a good life."
Tester first saw Harrington's work 20 years ago.

"It's a window into people who made their own meaning, who survived in a climate that was incredibly demanding," he said. "The pictures portray a people with fundamental strength."

Reid said Winnipeg gallery-goers were crowding into the Harrington show even before the captions were mounted on the walls.

"We couldn't keep them out of the space."

By the end of his 1950 trip, Harrington could no longer take pictures. His fingers had been frostbitten too often.

In mid-March, as he waited for an airplane to take him south at what is now Arviat, Nunavut, Harrington watched his Inuit guide travel off.

"Kumok has gone into the glittering wilderness, swallowed up, only a tiny, moving dot, soon out of sight," he wrote. "The greatest and most infinitesimal spot, who conquers and lives, using snow for his home, caribou for his food and clothing.

"My admiration for them remains unchanged."

-By Bob Weber in Edmonton
Copyright © 2009 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved.

Photographer Richard Harrington's "Padleimuit mother feeding her child a piece of caribou skin at starvation camp, 1950," is shown in a handout photo. The Canadian Press/Courtesy of Stephen Bulger Gallery - © Estate of Richard Harrington

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sunil Gupta spreads awareness about AIDS

The Times of India

When Delhi Painted 'Hope'

TNN 4 December 2009

Sunil Raj Kumar
There was yet another poster making competition titled Paint Hope in the city, on the same day, for the same purpose – spreading awareness about AIDS – This was organized by UNAIDS in partnership with another organization.

That was not all, as a documentary film, I Want To Live, made by Sunil Gupta was also shown to the guests. One of the issues addressed in the film was the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS. This was followed by a short panel discussion by Mona Mishra, Ratan Singh and Anandi Yuvraj.

FILMS CAN HELP: One of the guests present, Anjali Sen, said “It’s time that more and more films on this issue are made, so that AIDS awareness spreads among people, and they also know what causes it.” Designer Rohit Gandhi was present there too, and he said, “Films, posters and counseling can change the mindsets about HIV positive people.”

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Gallery 44 Turns 30!

This December 3rd, 2009, Gallery44, opened their 30th Anniversary exhibition "Wall to Wall, 30th Anniversary Edition".

Gallery 44, an artist-run photography center located at 401 Richmond Street, Unit 120, turns 30 this fall. It first opened in 1979 and has had a tremendous impact on local artists and its surrounding community as it has developed into a key focus of the Canadian photo art scene.

Exhibition and Sale of photographs dating from 1979 to 2009 by Gallery 44
members and friends. Exhibition continues until December 19 -

Related Links:
Peter Goddard writes about Gallery 44 in the Toronto Star:


December 5th, 2009
Eternal Youth

3:00 PM


Dir. Albert Lewin (USA, 1945) 110 mins

The “Picture of Dorian Gray” is an adaptation of Oscar Wilde's 1891 novel, and became the classic tale of vanity. A handsome young Victorian gentleman, Dorian Gray, has his portrait made by a close friend who is obsessed with his beauty. Though at first Gray is an innocent young man, under the influence of amoral Lord Henry Wotton, he embarks on a journey of vile undertakings. As the years pass, Dorian Gray does not age, but evidence of Grays sins are apparent in his portrait, which grows uglier with each transgression. He keeps it safely hidden in the attic. But his mysterious behavior and ageless appearance begin to attract suspicion.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Stephen Bulger Appointed to the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 1, 2009) - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced the appointment of Stephen Bulger as a member of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board.

"As a renowned photography specialist and photographic art dealer, Mr. Bulger brings extensive knowledge and expertise that will be of great value to the work of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board," said Minister Moore.

In 1991, Mr. Bulger graduated with a Bachelor of Applied Arts, Photographic Arts from Ryerson University's School of Image Arts in Toronto and began working in the photography department of the Ontario College of Art. He participated in the creation of the Ryerson Gallery, the School's first off-campus exhibition space and was its first Director until 1993. In 1995, he founded the Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto and, since then, he has curated over 130 exhibitions. In addition to selling photographs and collections to international institutions and individuals, he has been working as an appraiser of photographs for donations and insurance purposes. Among his prestigious clients are the National Gallery of Canada and its affiliate the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography; the Library of Congress in Washington, DC; the National Gallery of Australia; the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; and other museums in Switzerland and France.

Mr. Bulger has participated in many North American and European art fairs and acted as juror at Hart House photography competitions. He has published catalogues, books, and articles and has given lectures and interviews on subjects related to his domain of expertise. In 1997, he co-founded CONTACT, Toronto's photography festival, showcasing over 1000 local, national, and international artists' work. Over the years, Mr. Bulger has been involved with the boards of Canadian and international professional associations. He is currently the President of the Board of Directors of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers in Washington, DC.

The Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board's mandate is to make determinations regarding the outstanding significance and national importance of cultural assets under the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. It is also responsible for determining the fair market value of items donated to Canadian organizations such as libraries, archives, and museums. In addition, the Board reviews appeals of applications for cultural property export permits that have been denied. For more information about the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board, please visit

This news release is available on the Internet at under Media Room.

Richard Harrington on view at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

Photographer Richard Harrington travelled to Canadian Arctic to capture traditional Inuit way of life
By: Alison Mayes

Two girls asleep under caribou skins during the famine in 1950, Padlei, NWT.
Two girls asleep under caribou skins during the famine in 1950, Padlei, NWT. (RICHARD HARRINGTON)

The Inuit called him "Adderiorli" -- the Man with a Box.

The box was his camera.

Canadian photographer Richard Harrington took epic journeys by dogsled between 1948 and 1953, bringing back images of the traditional Inuit way of life that astonished the world.

Harrington captured life on the land in the final years before the Inuit were forever changed by contact with the South.

"He was the window on this culture for so many people," says Winnipeg Art Gallery director Stephen Borys. "These (photographs) are historical documents, as well as amazing portraits."

For the whole story, please follow this link:

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

"Richard Harrington: Arctic Photographer" Exhibition at the Winnipeg Art Gallery

November 28, 2009 - March 14, 2010
WAG Exhibition Documents Vanishing Inuit Way of Life

This November 28, 2009, the Winnipeg Art Gallery opens a stunning exhibition of the work of the late Richard Harrington, one of Canada’s most respected photographers. "Richard Harrington: Arctic Photographer" continues until March 14, 2010.

“Richard Harrington had an amazing career,” says Mary Reid, Curator of Contemporary Art and Photography. “He travelled to over 100 countries in the course of his career, and had some 2,400 photographic stories published in magazines and 24 books. In 1987 a major exhibition of his photographs, Incredible Journeys, was held at the Canadian Museum of Photography in Ottawa.”

For more information, please visit:

Interview with Bertrand Carrière by Louis Perreault

© Bertrand Carriere - Lieux Memes
Trenches, Newfoundland, Beaumont-Hamel, Somme, Pacardie, France, 2006
© Bertrand Carrière - Lieux Mêmes

Following the footsteps of an unknown World War I photographer, Bertrand Carrière photographed the contemporary landscapes that once were the scene of infamous battles. His resulting photographic series, titled Lieux Mêmes has recently been exhibited at Stephen Bulger Gallery in Toronto. Although the show has ended, I’m certain this won’t be the last time we’ll be seeing this series. I interviewed Carrière for the occasion, trying to get a sense of its preoccupations and process.

To read the full interview, please follow this link: