|“DOUBLE FANTASY REVISITED: A SPECIAL 25th YEAR COMMEMORATION TO JOHN LENNON IN MEMORY OF DECEMBER 1980. FEATURED ARE PHOTOGRAPHS OF JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO TAKEN BY RENOWN ARTIST ALLAN TANNENBAUM”. A seven minute video of the artist, Allan Tannenbaum, discussing his photography session of John and Yoko may be watched at the Princeton Gallery and later at the Florida Gallery. The video was produced by New Jersey Network in 1988 – with Scott Moniac narrating.|
December 6 – December 14, 2005 at The Williams Gallery, Princeton NJ.
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ALLAN TANNENBAUM, internationally recognized fine art and news photographer, has been published in Time, Newsweek, Life, People, Paris Match, Focus, and many other media and photography collections. In 1980, before John Lennon's tragic death, Allan photographed Lennon and Yoko Ono in a poignant series of studies. Included in this show are the original black and white photographs (a series of 10) and a more recent series of digitally enhanced colored images. The Bock Gallery in Hollywood, Florida will also display some of Tannenbaum’s images. Allan Tannenbaum’s portfolio may been seen on the Gallery web-site
In November of 1980 Allan Tannenbaum, a world-class photographer then covering the entertainment beat for the Soho Weekly News, heard that John Lennon and Yoko Ono were giving interviews. The Lennon’s, who had kept themselves out of the news for five straight years, were about to re-emerge. With a new record album, "Double Fantasy" due out, the Lennons were embarking on a limited publicity campaign. Mr. Tannenbaum, a 1967 Rutgers University graduate, was among the journalists who got the nod to photograph them at the Dakota. The result was the beginning of several photo sessions – one in Central Park and another series in a Manhattan gallery that they had transformed into a stark-white film studio.
From this session Tannenbaum emerged with a collection of emotional, often intimate, fine art photographs. These photographs offer a last in depth look at this famous couple.
Allan started photographing in the 1960’s..He received a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University, and pursued graduate studies in filmmaking. In 1973 when the Soho News started up in New York, Allan joined their team and remained until 1982. He joined Sygma as a staff photojournalist and spent an exciting twenty years covering National and International Events. Tannenbaum says:
"Photography has always been the key to many great experiences for me, from the rich and famous to the down and out, from Manhattan to Afghanistan. But it isn’t really about me, its about what’s happening in front of my lens."
Just 20 years later, Tannenbaum developed a new series of images inspired by the original black and white photographs of November 1980. Each of giclee, color images is limited to editions of 200. The artist's use of color and imaging present a brilliant and contemporary profile of these most colorful and renowned musical figures. In addition there is a mini-series of the new photos available and on display. A portfolio of the original black and white photos is available to be seen by appointment.
|SoHo Redux: NY in the 70's: The Work of Photographer Allan Tannenbaum|
|by D. Clark MacPherson|
|It was like meeting
someone at a high school reunion, except that we had never met. The parallel
lives we spent in SoHo during the 60’s and 70’s were brought together by
Allan Tannenbaum’s book of photographs lying between our coffee mugs at the
Cupping Room Café – right in the midst of where it all had happened. There
were photos of West Broadway in a snowstorm with little to tell the viewer
that just around that particular corner lived an artist named Lois, who
would hang from the third floor of her illegal loft on Broome Street where
she painted wild 8 foot canvasses and screamed at her landlord. A few blocks
away were the Bob Bolles sculptures that the artist implanted in the asphalt
as he did odd jobs at the Broome Street Bar and McSorley’s. Bolles earring
and bandana were his trademark,s along with some heavy lifting (both iron
and his mug.) Artists carry their paintings along Prince Street on the way
to an impromptu installation, among the photos, demonstrators carry anti-war
placards in the streets, and "happenings" are captured in lofts where SoHo’s
insiders paint the bodies of their nude models who are eager to be installed
in avante garde immortality.
Tannenbaum captured moments with Jack Nicholson, Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and Steve Rubell.
All of this SoHo nostalgia and photos of the way that SoHo really was is part of the work that photographer Allan Tannenbaum shares with us in New York in the Seventies, the first of his two books (the second is simply entitled New York).
Those of you who were not here, as Tannenbaum describes it, before SoHo became a shopping mall, will enjoy the visual beauty and truth of what we all still seek to preserve. The guerilla art and the spontaneity were here and now we must fight City Hall to keep it.
Tannenbaum was a staff photographer for the now defunct SoHo News in the 70’s and early 80’s (before it was bought and mismanaged by an English company) — and he fortunately saw fit to retain the rights to his work. Most of what he has published is a memoir of those days at SoHo News and his experiences at places like the Mudd Club, a nightclub on White Street at a time when the underground nightlife thrived on the artistic joie de vive of that era. Sections of work like "Mondo Art" and "Man God Law" and "Nightlife" are worth the small investment in owning this book.
Additional works (noted in Allan’s book) include music figures such as Jimmi Hendrix from Winterland in San Francisco, Bob Marley, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones, Jimmie Page from Led Zepplin and others.
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