I recently shot this editorial story of gay rights activist Joe Jervis… his blog is read by millions yet he is rarely seen and never photographed… an intense but shy man who has spent his life proliferating gay rights and the rights of gays in religion. A dream assignment for any photographer…
February 20, 2014
Although it was nerve-racking Rebecca Weiss made me feel comfortable and consequently made me look good by asking all the right questions about artists I respect and admire.
A special thank you to Daile Kaplan, Debra Rogal, Rebecca Weiss, Brilliant Graphics and the entire Swann team.
February 16, 2014
We are pleased to announce that we are releasing a second monograph by photographer Brian Rose entitled Metamorphosis: Meatpacking District 1985 + 2013
Meatpacking District follows the sold out success of Brian’s first monograph with Golden Section Publishers – Time And Space On The Lower East published in 2011. Release of the book is slated for Summer 2014
February 6, 2014
All photos: Courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries.
Since the early Nineties, when commercial photographer Bill Diodato began collecting 20th century photographic literature, he has amassed a collection of 1500 volumes, including first editions and out-of-print books by Irving Penn, Brassai, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Ed Ruscha, Andre Kertesz and other masters. On February 27, Swann Galleries in New York City will be auctioning 250 lots of books from Diodato’s collection. Diodato explains, “It’s a great time to say I got everything I needed out of them. It’s nice to share them with collectors and galleries and institutions.” While the Swann auction contains only the books most likely to fetch high prices, Diodato says, “I’m probably going to donate the other 1,000 books or so I have.”
Diodato says he began collecting photo books as a way to educate himself. He first bought books by the photographers who had the greatest influence on his own fashion and still life photography. “Penn was the biggest influence,” says Diodato. “Horst, Penn and Avedon are my earliest memories of purchasing photographic literature.” But he wanted to learn more and “cultivate my knowledge of photographic history.” He adds, “I set a personal goal to collect and know the most influential people in each genre.” While some collectors focus solely on photo books in one specialty or one country, Diodato collected photojournalism, portraiture, still life, conceptual photography.
Over time he acquired—usually through private dealers, gallery owners and Swann Galleries—works by W. Eugene Smith, Alfred Stieglitz, Walker Evans, Aaron Siskind, Bill Brandt, Daido Moriyama, Nobuyoshi Araki, Ed Ruscha, as well as photographers who had influenced them or been inspired by them. “Every time I got into another genre, it opened another door to another genre,” he says.
His purchases included some rare collectibles. He has a first edition of Lewis W. Hine’s Men at Work(Swann set its estimate at $3,000 – $4,500), a first edition of Brassai’sParis de Nuit (estimate: $3,000 – $4,5000), and a copy of Alexei Brodovich’s Ballet in its clamshell box (estimate: $7,000 – $10,000). He has a copy of Sally Mann’s Immediate Family, which the photographer and her kids, whose photos appear in the book, signed for him. (Diodato’s keeping that volume, he says.) He also acquired prints by many of the artists he admired; some of these will be sold in the Swann auction.
Diodato stopped looking for 20th century master works to buy a few years ago. In 2010 he published his own book, Care of Ward 81. Several fellow photographers bought copies. “It changed my philosophy about collecting books,” he says. “I got a lot of support from other artists. That’s when I got the bug to buy new books.” For example, he recently purchased the latest book by Edward Burtynsky, an artist he admires. Diodato explains, “I want to get back to supporting artists, not chasing elusive books.”
About the 20th century photobooks he’s acquired, Diodato says, “I’m just a custodian now.” Being their custodian means storing them away from light or moisture. “They’re expensive to insure,” he notes. “If there was a fire, it would be a disaster.” Diodato is also a father with young kids. “I started to think: How would I feel if one of the kids tore a page out of Robert Frank’s The Americans?”
Diodato has previously sold books on consignment through photo-eye in Santa Fe. When he decided to let go of the bulk of his collection, he contacted Swann. “We collaborated on assessing values and conditions, and [on] descriptions.”
When those are sold, he’ll have more room in his home, and derive another benefit, too. “I’ll be happy to share them, and they’ll be exposed to the world.”
November 27, 2013
Prosciutto and Fresh Fig delights by Bill Diodato and food stylist Charlotte Omnes.
November 22, 2013
“Killed: Beautiful Food That Never Made the Cut” a new exhibition featuring food stylist Victoria Granof‘s unpublished images opens Thursday, November 21st. The title of the exhibition refers to photographs that were created but never published because clients may not have picked what Granof and her collaborators thought was the best image. “Killed” was conceived by Granof and photographer Craig Cutler, with whom she has collaborated with many times over the years. The exhibition features images by more than 30 photographers, including Hans Gissinger, Kenji Toma, Mitchell Feinberg,Marcus Nilsson, Ilan Rubin, Anita Calero, Marcus Gaab, Plamen Petcov, Bill Diodato, Christian Witkin, Travis Rathbone, Anna Williams, James Wojcik, Dan Forbes and Nigel Cox.
“Killed” opens November 21 for a by-invitation-only one-night exhibition at Craig Cutler Studio. The show will then move to Pure Space Studio, 601 W. 26th St., 12th floor, Suite 1225, NYC, where it will be open to the public through the end of December. Images in “Killed” will be placed in a silent auction at BiddingForGood benefiting Just Food, a nonprofit organization that connects communities and local farms with the resources and support they need to make fresh, locally grown food accessible to New York residents.
October 31, 2013
September 24, 2013
Creative Director Ben Margherita, Photo Director Toni Paciello, Fitness Director Jeanine Detz, Photo Editor David Baratta, Makeup Yuka Suzuki, Hair Leah Bennett, Photographed at Shoot Digital Studios in NYC
September 10, 2013
This editorial shoot of model Sabine Gadecki was photographed on location at Carrillo Beach in Malibu California. Such a beautiful location and an amazing crew. Thanks everybody!
Creative Director Ben Margherita, Photo Director Toni Paciello, Fitness Director Jeanine Detz, Photo & Bookings Editor David Baratta, Hair & Makeup Kerrie Urban.