Cameron Wolf is a well known photographic artist, who has exhibited many times throughout the US including exhibits in Baltimore since 1992. He currently lives in Thailand where he works through Asia for prevention and care of HIV/AIDS.
“Transcendents”, at S.C. Lord Design, is the first American showing of Black/White photgraphic portraits on canvas -- taken in Bangkok over the past years while Cameron served as Regional HIV/AIDS Technical Advisor -- and was shown last year in Bangkok in one of the most exciting benefit art events of the year.
"Transcendents" explores the sensitive and powerful journey through the life of the models he choose during his time there and challenges identity and boundaries, perception and reality, the gap between art and spirituality.
Simona Monnati drew inspiration from the innate nature of photography, the capturing of an image through the widening and shutting of the lens. "Eyes Wide Shut is all about that quick moment that opens the heart and naturally shut the eye to capture it as a camera does to grasps it."
Printed in different sizes, the images force the viewer to step forward and become a part of the image's detail and intimacy. She touches on a full realm of sights and feelings from images of skin, moments of laughter, tears, and unions to love.
Michael Alago has worked in the music industry for nearly two decades as producer and talent scout. Known and respected by most of the major labels for his expertise in a variety of musical genres, Alago discovered Metallica and worked with a diverse group of artists that includes Michael Feinstein, Johnny Rotten, White Zombie and Nina Simone. "Working with the incomparable Nina was my finest hour," says Michael, speaking of their work together on the critically acclaimed album "A Single Woman," the singer's last recording.
Alago left the music business in the summer of 2003 to concentrate on another life-long passion—photography. Working initially with a Polaroid camera, Michael began a series of stark male portraits that is still ongoing. Many of the images on this site are reproduced from the Polaroid's from this early period of work. This collection of friends, models and bodybuilders indeed boast the muscularity, tattoos, and attitude that define this particular male subset, but the images also bear Alago's distinctive stamp of irreverent heat. A collection of his work, titled Rough Gods, has been released and you can look for a new coffee table book in 2010.
Michael has exhibited in New York, Paris, Berlin, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Montreal and Toronto and continues to photograph rough gods wherever he may find them.
Profoundly impacted by the AIDS epidemic, Cameron Wolf explores sexuality, eroticism, and fetish in his dually surreal and classicizing photographs of models in the studio. Both traditional and subversive, Wolf blends conventional photographic techniques with contemporary symbols. Masterfully capturing the light that reveals sculptural form, Wolf’s photographs are studies in contrasts: light and shadow, hard and soft, dreams and reality. In addition to furthering AIDS awareness through his artwork, activism and public health research, Dr. Cameron Wolf lives and works in Bangkok, Thailand serving as Regional HIV/AIDS Technical Advisor managing prevention, care, and treatment programs for the entire Southeast Asian region for US Agency for Internation Development (USAID).
"Offerings", 8 x 10, 2007
Photographs by Sean Lord, which document his recent trip to Thailand. Inspired by the rich colours and ornate architecture that abound in the city of Bangkok, his photographs are imbued with a sense of curiosity and wonder that lends a sense of stillness to an otherwise bustling metropolis.
Sofia Silva combines a sociological perspective with an analytical eye to capture the cultural landscape of suburban America in her photographs of the Baltimore area. Her black and white photographs of mostly architectural subjects are not only studies in space, geometry, design and environment, but evidence of the impersonal, regimented and consumerist lifestyle that characterizes the everyday American existence.
A native of Argentina, Silva currently lives and works in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work is widely exhibited throughout the U.S. and Argentina, and was recently the subject of a solo show titled Noches Encandiladas at Galeria Arte X Arte in Buenos Aires. She was also featured in the 21st Annual Critics Residency Program at Maryland Art Place.
Trailers, 1996, 16 x 20
Bernard Cohen 18 x 18
Bernard Cohen is an accomplished commercial photographer whose clients have included Chase Manhattan Bank, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, along with furniture design icons Herman Miller and Geiger International. He offers a more personal body of work here, masterfully printed and elegantly presented silver gelatin prints that are haunting, enigmatic, and beautiful. Through Cohen’s darkened lens, the sculpted form of a male torso is as timeless as the sweep of a granite stairway in the Rodin Gardens in Paris, or a windswept field on the coast of England.
Critic's Corner, Baltimore Sun Art, Glenn McNatt, 11/October/2006
Photography buffs will want to check out Bernard Cohen's richly toned black-and-white architectural views from England, France, China and the Czech Republic. Cohen's pictures of neo-classical architectural details and building facades have the luminous stillness of Atget's turn-of-the-century Parisian cityscapes, yet they feel utterly of the moment. Some styles never go out of fashion, and Cohen's enchanting photographs persuasively argue that, in this case, that not a bad thing at all.
"I find myself motivated by exploration and discovery. One of the greatest things about photography is that perception can transform subject matter. Depending on how something is seen, it can transcend it's own context; something ordinary can become beautiful or repulsive, vast or finite, etc..."