With Carol Fonde and António José Costa….. My two longtime collaborators to whom I owe intense gratitude…. and the only printers who touch my negatives. I joke they have the ‘prima-donna gene’ of all master printers; but, they have honestly influenced my style and development of seeing photographically more than anyone. Carol is the world’s finest color printer (with early clients Newton and Avedon) coming to NYC weekly from Maine to teach color printing at Parsons. António, the master black and white printer at his Viragem laboratory in Lisbon, was in NYC for his maiden visit. I could not resist having them meet and celebrating our gift of light. They are an extension of my eyes. Thank you both.
Selected images from Lisbon Exhibition North South, East West by Curator Hilda Yasseri are now on display at Galeria Almada Negreiros in The Portuguese Consulate in Toronto through April 1, 2019.
Although I have exhibited my work in many beautiful galleries, I most often enjoy having my photographs available to view in an atypical space with some sense of life remaining after the vernissage wine glasses are put away.
KASPACE is an experience. You can walk in and out, or gaze for hours. It is an atmosphere of appreciation of art, fashion, design and music. Ted Witek Photography, I am proud to say, is a part of this space.
My photography is always on display at KASPACE with a revolving selection of images by curator Hilda Yasseri. Original photographs are available for immediate sale or through special order of original prints from the books and catalogs on display.
KASPACE – 185 Carla Avenue, Toronto
This coming November the Cultural Center of Cascais will host the Ted Witek exhibition, North South, East West. Curated by Hilda Yasseri, the images represent a personal sense of place across the Provinces of Canada and up and down the country of Portugal. Sponsored in part by the Canadian Embassy in Portugal, all images are printed from original negatives on silver gelatine fibre by master printer António José Costa in Lisbon.
Stay tuned for more information as the November opening night approaches.
At the encouragement of Curator Hilda Yasseri, Ted begins a rebirth of his flower photography initiated with Color printer Carol Fondé in 2000 — with the ever-present inspiration of Georgia O’Keeffe, photographing them so you “ can’t ignore their beauty” and, besides, “they’re cheaper than models and they don’t move.”
The Irving Penn centennial was the highlight, finding the images more educational than inspirational ….. stayed in Saint Germain —-not having to go far for all that is Paris….
visited the studio and grave of Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione —— a prominent figure in early photography who might have adored the ‘selfie’ as we know it…. my propensity to dine in rail stations reached its peak at Gare de Lyon’s Le Train Bleu…. the through the door glances at the Dior show before and after dinner at lou lou was stunning….. my driver once referred to me as bobo, explaining the Parisian term of reference for bourgeois-bohème….
Always fun to explore new areas and venues of a city, but when in Miami always find myself back at the Delano South Beach….yes, very white and equally very soothing ….. a short walk to Byblos fine dining in the mold of Toronto’s maiden twin—just more palm trees….. recall recent treat at the Delano was an Art Basel lobby exhibition of Terry O’Neill’s iconic ones…. met Terry in Toronto a few years back at Izzy’s opening—- charming gentlemen…. O’Neills work at Delano include my all-time favourite of Audrey Hepburn (and, yes also Raquel Welch) …. unlike so many photographers with all access to celebrities and not a creative bone in their body, O’Neill gives the true sense of person and place….. all at The Delano!
The first Ted Witek Art Photography Book from a new series published by KA Magazine Group. THE LOST STUDIOS features work from Ted Witek’s Hotel Bogota and Fabrica Manequim series photographed in Berlin and Lisbon. All images have been previously curated by Hilda Yasseri and now edited by Allwood Agency and KA to create a spectacular 32 page soft cover, offset printed, black and white art book. Both series being photographed in spaces that now no longer exist in 2016, and thus are to Ted, his “Lost Studios”.
Book available to purchase at KASPACE – 185 Carlaw Avenue, Toronto
or can be ordered online here.
Allwood Gallery of Modern Art (A.G.O.M.A.), KA Bookshop, Ethical Fashion, Lifestyle Boutique and Cafe – Leslieville, Toronto.
Since the creation of KA Magazine, Kevin Allwood’s vision has been to expand the print magazine into a live retail experience in which the viewer is immersed in the world of KA. In 2015, this vision came to life with the opening of KASPACE, a “concept shop” union between culture and commerce, promoting slow shopping and reflecting wellness, creativity and lifestyle over object acquisition.
KA selected Ted Witek as the first artist to put in showcase within A.G.O.M.A. A series of eight photographs in three sizes are displayed in a mosaic style art wall, which will be home in February to the cafe portion of the space. Visitors will be able to sit and enjoy time in KASPACE while reading a magazine and being inspired by the fine art photography by Ted Witek.
Located at 185 Carlaw Avenue in Toronto, KASPACE is first and foremost a street front showroom for the brands within the KA MAGAZINE GROUP. It is home to the Allwood Gallery of Modern Art (A.G.O.M.A.), KA Bookshop, Ethical Fashion, Lifestyle Boutique and coming soon, KA Cafe. The industrial space has been completely reimagined and designed by Kevin Allwood to be a hub of creativity and inspiration in a world where he believes retail is in need of a re-birth.
Limited Edition prints of Ted Witek photographs will also be available this February 2016 online at shop.ka-space.com
CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2015
The exhibition is now ready for viewing thanks to the master curation of Hilda Yasseri
Special Thank You to Norton Rose Fulbright for hosting tonight’s reception and to Luisa Spagnoli Toronto for their support of the show.