Published September 3, 2009
Steven Kasher Gallery goes into the archives of the National Geographic Society—and the results aren’t so black-and0white.. The survey steps deftly outside the lines of standard exploration with a cache of snapshots taken by (and of) NGS founding member Alexander Graham Bell documenting his work on various inventions, including an early flying machine made entirely of tetrahedrons. Also of note are the decidedly posed homoerotic portraits of Sicilian youth by groundbreaking gay German photographer Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden. “They actually were connected to a story on Sicily from 1905.” says Kasher, “But you wouldn’t necessarily associate this with National Geographic.”
(LEFT: JOSEPH F. ROCK MONK WITH WOOF BLOCKS FOR PRINTING, CHONI, 1928) The World in Black and White will be on view September 17–October 17. Steven Kasher Gallery is located at 521 W. 23rd St., New York.