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'Flash' by Lenny Kravitz –Leica Gallery Wetzlar opened the first photo exhibition by the artist, special edition of the camera Leica M-P Set CORRESPONDENT BY LENNY KRAVITZ FOR KRAVITZ DESIGN and book by teNeues

After premiering at Leica Gallery Los Angeles, Flash by Lenny Kravitz is now open for public at the Leica Gallery Wetzlar from June 24 – August, 2015. Musician, actor, and designer Lenny Kravitz happily presents his photographic artwork, which has already been published by teNeues as an illustrated book.

"We enjoyed a wonderful evening with 700 guests in our Leica Gallery and are happy about the opening of the FLASH exhibition, which was successful in every aspect, and we are very proud to have Lenny Kravitz in our Leica family and look forward to further creative projects with other exceptional artists. The exhibition opened its doors for visitors on 24 June and runs through the end of August," Silke Bernhardt, Global Director Corporate Communications, tells GoSee.

With his first photo show, Lenny Kravitz makes his mark in a new arena of the creative arts. During his childhood, Kravitz was enthralled by cameras, playing with them like toys instead of taking photographs. In recent years photographer friends taught him the fundamentals of photography – of course with a Leica. Intrigued by the possibilities, Kravitz began creating his own works.

In FLASH, Lenny Kravitz captures the essence of a life as rock star, who is constantly in the public eye. The artist's photos document his experiences during world tours and offers an unusual insight into the nomadic life as a musician. Lenny Kravitz makes the moment unforgettable with a compilation of his world travels in a diary series, bearing witness to his life, the people he encountered in cities all over the world, and various anecdotes of experiences on the road. His personal photographs are the counterpart of thousands of snapshots, which can be found on the films and memory of his fans.

As part of the artistic collaboration with Lenny Kravitz, Leica Camera AG presented at the beginning of the year a special limited edition of 125 Leica M-P sets titled "CORRESPONDENT" BY LENNY KRAVITZ FOR KRAVITZ DESIGN. The edition was made in cooperation with Lenny Kravitz and his creative design agency Kravitz Design. The set comprises a rangefinder camera Leica M-P and two Leica lenses, all designed in a vintage look delivered in a custom tailored case.

Lenny Kravitz - 'Flash' . Leica Galerie in Leitz-Park Wetzlar . Open until end of August . Monday through Friday 10:00am - 8:00pm, Sat./. 10:00am - 18:00pm . Admission is free of charge .
27.06.2015 // show complete article

Obia. Nicola Lo Calzos investigates the heritage of descendants of escaped slaves in Surinam and French Guiana

Despite having played a fundamental role in the anti-slavery struggle and identity construction of the African diaspora in the Americas, marronnage is still poorly understood. Marronnage is the mother of communities that wrested themselves free of slavery and proclaimed their sovereignty in the new world. These communities of runaway slaves were dotted all around the Americas, from Louisiana, to Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti, Colombia, Brazil, the two Guianas, amongst others.

»Obia« is originally an Akan word, specifically attributed to the Fanti. It points to a belief system developed by Maroon peoples since their arrival from West Africa. The work presented on GoSee, Project 'Obia', was photographed in the historical Maroon territories of Saamaka-Land and Maroni-Land, in both Suriname and French Guiana – seeks to interrogate the links between the exceptional magical-religious legacy of Maroon people and the new challenges that stem from modernity: intergenerational conflict, loss of references, unemployment and rural migration. This book is part of Lo Calzo’s long-term photographic project Cham about the living memories of colonial slavery and anti-slavery struggles. Nicola Lo Calzo (b. 1979 in Turin) lives and works in Paris. His previous book 'Inside Niger' was released in 2012 at Kehrer Publishing.

Exhibition - 'Memorial to abolition of slavery', Nantes, through 30 September, 2015

OBIA by Nicola Lo Calzos . Texts by Jean Moomou, Simon Nijami, Françoise Vergès . Designed by Kehrer Design . Hardcover . 19 x 24 cm . 96 pages . 69 color ills. . English / French . ISBN 978-3-86828-647-2 . € 29.90
24.06.2015 // show complete article

Where Hunting Dogs Rest. Martin Usborne's book with a moving study on the fate of Spanish hunting dogs

Every winter throughout Spain, it is estimated that up to 100,000 hunting dogs are abandoned or killed at the end of the hare-coursing season when they are no longer needed, perform badly or are too old. This book documents those dogs that have been rescued and sets them against the locations in Spain where they are typically abandoned: the sides of roads, the ravines, the rivers, the edges of towns, and the empty car parks. Galgo Español is a Spanish greyhound race with roots back in ancient times, which was originally bred for hunting rabbits.

Shot in a style that references the tone and mood of Velázquez who painted at a time when these dogs were treated with great respect, Martin Usborne’s photographs show both the classical beauty of the animals but also the ugliness of their modern situation – their bodies are weakened, their expressions fearful. The dogs in these pictures are the fortunate ones – they have found a place to rest and recuperate. The landscapes bear testament to those less fortunate animals who find a different kind of rest beside the roads, in the rivers, or out in the open plains...

Following his internationally successful book The Silence of Dogs in Cars (Kehrer 2012/2013) Martin Usborne again presents unusual and moving portraits of dogs.

About - Martin Usborne’s key interest is man’s relationship to (other) animals. Although his imagery is sometimes dark – capturing the way in which we silence, control or distance ourselves from other animals – his pictures strive for a subtle humor. Martin often undertakes editorial or commercial commissions and his work is regularly featured in international magazines and has been seen in group and solo shows around the world as well as in the National Portrait Gallery London. He has had four books published. Martin lives and works in London. He studied philosophy and psychology and then 3D animation before finally settling on photography. He is currently spending a year to see how many animals he can save in 365 days. Read the ongoing blog here. He hopes for this to become his next book. yeartohelp.com

Martin Usborne - Where Hunting Dogs Rest . Texts by Max Houghton, Martin Usborne . Styled by Kehrer Design . Half-linen bound edition . 30 x 28 cm . 108 pages . 60 color ills. . ISBN 978-3-86828-595-6 . € 39.90

Exhibition - Galerie Photo12, Paris, 11 June – 28 August, 2015
24.06.2015 // show complete article