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Photo exhibitions to see: May and June 2022

We’re back with our monthly edition of the best photography exhibitions to see in the United States for May and June 2022. Highlights include the return of Brooklyn’s Photoville festival; Elle Pérez: Devotions exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art; and a group exhibition in Chicago that connects global artists of color and artists from the black diaspora in a single exhibition. Read on to see what we can’t wait to see in May and June.

William Eggleston: Photographs from the Laura and Jay Crouse Collection

Untitled (Baby Doll Cadillac, Memphis, Tennessee), 1973, from 10.D.70.V2 Portfolio. Dye transfer print, 1996, 11 7/8 x 17 ¾ inches. © Eggleston Artistic Trust, courtesy of David Zwiner New York

William Eggleston was one of the first fine art photographers to use color film, which was still considered a novelty at the time. His vivid images of mundane daily life – old tires, faded signs, dusty condiments in restaurants past their prime – have influenced countless photographers and have featured prominently on the covers of several albums. The thirty images on display at The Gibbes in Charleston are part of Laura and Jay Crouse’s private collection and represent some of the photographer’s most iconic shots.

Or: The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina

When: On view until October 9, 2022

For more information about the exhibit, visit the museum’s website at gibbesmuseum.org.

She Perez: Devotions

Elle Perez.  animal.  2019, printed 2021. Courtesy of the artist and 47 Canal, Forum.084.04
Elle Perez. animal. 2019, printed 2021. Courtesy of the artist and 47 Canal, Forum.084.04 © Elle Perez

Curated by the Carnegie Museum of Art, this exhibition features 13 images captured between 2019 and 2021 that explore love, sex and friendship through the lens of grief and care, pain and pleasure, desire and of self exploration. Pérez tends to center himself and his relationships in images, rather than documenting them as an outsider looking within, and the work included in Devotions is no different. The work is an intimate and muddled look at how gender identity, kink, sexuality, pleasure and pain often coexist.

Or: Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, Maryland

When: On view until March 19, 2023

For more information about the exhibit, visit the museum’s website at artbma.org.

James Nachtwey, Memory

Afghanistan, Kabul, 1996.
Afghanistan, Kabul, 1996.
© James Nachtwey Archive, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth

War is hell and James Nachtwey has spent his career photographing it. His professional life has documented the atrocities of war around the world, making him one of the most respected photojournalists working today. His images have also helped shape how Americans understand the human toll of conflict abroad. This exhibition, presented at Fotografiska in New York, serves as a career review. It also includes memorabilia fragments documenting the fallout from international conflicts and human rights abuses. His hope is that as audiences bear witness to the atrocities he captured with his camera, we can collectively honor the individuals depicted moment by moment and remember how these conditions came to be.

Or: Photographer in New York

When: On view until August 14, 2022

For more information about the exhibition, visit the museum’s website at fotografiska.com.

Janette Beckman, rebels

NWA, Los Angeles, 1990.
NWA, Los Angeles, 1990. © Janette Beckman, courtesy FaheyKlein Gallery, Los Angeles.

Spanning nearly four decades, rebels offers just a glimpse of the larger-than-life creative icons photographed by British music photographer Janette Beckman over the course of her career. Showcasing a mix of black and white and vivid color photography, the images featured are authentic and raw, capturing the rebellious spirits of his subjects. The show features footage from LL Cool J, Debbie Harry, Joe Strummer, Keith Haring, Tribe Called Quest, and more. As the name suggests, this is an effortlessly cool show that’s sure to inspire creatives of all types.

Or: Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles, California

When: On view until June 18, 2022

For more information about the exhibition, visit the gallery’s website at faheykleingallery.com.

phototown

Of "A deliberate impression," show at Photoville 2022.
Excerpt from the exhibition “A Deliberate Impression” at Photoville 2022. © Helena Kubicka, Parsons School of Design

New York’s free outdoor photo festival is back with a bang this summer, with in-person workshops and walking tours of its exhibits. Although Photoville will host outdoor exhibits in twenty locations across the five boroughs, Brooklyn Bridge Park will serve as the main hub for events during the month of June. Community Day on June 4 will include a day of interactive programming at Brooklyn Bridge Park, over thirty exhibits, and food and drink from Smorgasborg.

Or: Brooklyn Bridge Park in Brooklyn

When: June 4-26, 2022

For more information on Photoville, visit the festival website at photoville.com.

Beautiful diaspora / You are not the least part

"Untitled 6" of "Cornered" series, 2016 Courtesy of the artist.
“Untitled 6” from the series “Cornered”, 2016 Courtesy of the artist. © Farah Salem

This group exhibition combines two exhibition concepts and presents the work of 15 photographers in dialogue about the parallel experiences of global artists of color and artists from the black diaspora. This expansive exhibition brings together works that are not usually displayed next to each other and invites viewers to ask themselves how the work fits together and why it is commonly assumed that the work should not fit together, at the both in museum exhibits and in the outside world. It is a chance to consider the legacy of colonialism as it exists in the modern age.

The exhibition includes photographic works by Xyza Cruz Bacani, Widline Cadet, Jessica Chou, Cog•nate Collective (Amy Sanchez Arteaga and Misael Diaz), Işıl Eğrikavuk, Citlali Fabián, Sunil Gupta, Kelvin Haizel, David Heo, Damon Locks, Johny Pitts, Farah Salem, Ngadi Smart, Tintin Wulia and early Abena Appiah.

Or: Chicago Museum of Contemporary Photography

When: On view until June 26

For more information about the exhibit, visit the museum’s website at mocp.org.