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6 Photography Exhibitions to See This Month

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Wolfgang Tillmans, Book for Architects, 2014. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York, Maureen Paley, London, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris, Galerie Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin

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Francesca Woodman, Untitled, New York (N.407), 1979. Courtesy Marian Goodman Gallery

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Installation view of Shadows, 2014. Courtesy Galerie Lelong

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Anonymous, Untitled, Green Hill School, Chehalis, WA. Made by young prisoner. Courtesy Steve Davis

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Josh Begley, Facility 492

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Willi Ruge, Seconds Before Landing; from the series I Photograph Myself during a Parachute Jump, 1931. Courtesy The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Thomas Walther Collection. Gift of Thomas Walther

 Six photography exhibitions to see in New York in March.

1. Wolfgang Tillmans, Book for Architects, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York:

On view for the first time since its showing at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, Book for Architects is an installation made up of ten-years-worth of 450 photographs from 37 countries on five continents. The presentation, however, is less overwhelming than it sounds: the images play in a site-specific, two-channel video shown on perpendicular walls. Through July 5

2. Francesca Woodman, I’m trying my hand at fashion photography, at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York:

For those who can’t have too much of Fashion Week—or perhaps prefer to take a subtler approach—Marian Goodman has mounted a show of Woodman’s experiments with fashion photography. Taken between 1978 and 1980 while she lived in New York City, the photographs manifest style in their quietness, and even their obscurities: cropped frames, blurred faces, bodies sliced by shadow. Through March 13

3. Alfredo Jaar, Shadows, at Galerie Lelong, New York: 

Jaar’s latest exhibition, while not strictly photography, sources from Koen Wessing’s photobook Chili, September 1973, a wordless document narrated by images from the month of Chile’s military coup. Wessing, who died in 2011, was one of only a few international photographers to witness the conflict. The show includes illuminated images taken from his photographs taken in Nicaragua in 1978, that lead to a large light installation of two silhouetted figures from one of Wessing’s photographs, the anonymous figures symbolizing the many nameless causalities of war and oppression. Through March 28

4. Vera Lutter at Gagosian Gallery, New York:

Recent photographs by Vera Lutter take New York City as subject, namely the changing views from her apartment, which she turned into a pinhole camera. Projecting the outside world onto photo-sensitive paper, Lutter exposed images for days, weeks, even months, for an aptly temporal rendering of the city. Through March 7

5. Prison Obscura at the New School, New York: 

This exhibition offers glimpses of the world in and around the country’s many prisons. From aerial views of compounds to intimate portraits of inmates, the photographs on view reflect the unseen facets of a system which, while constantly debated, is almost entirely hidden from view. Through April 17

6.  Modern Photographs from the Thomas Walther Collection, 1909–1949, at MoMA:

This sprawling exhibition gathers more than three hundred photographs from perhaps the most experimental moment in photo history, as the street, architecture, abstraction, and figuration played roles in art photography as never before. The private collection of the German-born photography collector is now on view for the first time, with images from the likes of Berenice Abbott, André Kertész, El Lissitzky, László Moholy-Nagy, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Maurice Tabard, Umbo, and Edward Weston, just to name a few. The four-year-long collaborative exhibition sets off the Thomas Walther Collection Project, which includes the extensive research and conservation project Object:Photo, which can be accessed online here. Through April 19

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