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Among the highlights of Fraenkel Gallery's booth is a finely detailed new black-and-white portrait, more than six feet in height, by Richard Learoyd. Agnes (2013) is part of Learoyd's extended portrait series of a model he has photographed over the course of six years using his own camera obscura--a room-sized camera that produces a grainless image with a rich tonal variation. It is hard to fathom, but at this scale, this is a contact print--perhaps the largest contact print known. Method aside, however, the picture is a powerful portrait that elicits a visceral reaction from viewers.
Fraenkel Gallery is also devoting a wall of the booth to a lively installation of some 17 color portraits of great American musicians and jazz artists--including Aretha Franklin, John Coltrane, Ray Charles and Duke Ellington--photographed by the jazz-influenced Lee Friedlander, whose own work is often a jazz-like improvisation.