Join Michael Grecco for the Artist Reception at the Leica Gallery

January 4th, 2017

Dear Friends, Family and Clients,

I am pleased to announce the only one-person show at the Leica Gallery in Los Angeles to exhibit both my new body of work, After the Audition, and the continuation of the Urban Landscape Project.

Please join me for the Artist Reception on January 17th from 6pm to 9pm at Leica Gallery Los Angeles at 8783 Beverly Blvd. in West Hollywood, as part of the Month of Photography in LA. If you are able to attend, please RSVP to info@leicagalleryla.com to let us know you are coming.

If you can’t make it to the reception, the show will be going for the entire month of January. More details about the show are below.

I’d love to see you there.

Cheers, Michael Grecco

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GALLERY
Los Angeles
AFTER THE AUDITION
MICHAEL GRECCO
ARTIST RECEPTION Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 6pm-9pm
RSVP info@leicagalleryla.com
DURATION January 4th – January 31st, 2017
OPENING HOURS Monday – Saturday, 10am-6pm | Sunday, 12pm-5pm

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The first time Leica’s LA space hosts a solo show by any photographer, Grecco’s is not only an eclectic international collection, but now is also an outright love letter to the City of Angels. – Huffington Post

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An official event of Converge: 11-Days of Featured Photographic Programming and the Month of Photography Los Angeles.
 
Leica Gallery Los Angeles | 8783 Beverly Boulevard | West Hollywood | CA 90048 | (424) 777-0341 | www.leicagalleryla.com

What I did on my Summer Vacation, an Instagram Story

August 20th, 2014

 

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One of my favorite things to do in the world is to take my daughter, Sophia, on vacation with me. It’s our ‘father-daughter’ thing to do and every year we go to Europe on a food excursion. You see, I taught Sophia to cook, as our ‘father-daughter’ activity when she was 9.

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I showed her how to use a knife properly, explained about spices and how they change at different points in the cooking process, reductions, etc. I taught her everything I know about food types, which was Chinese, Thai, Japanese, French and much Italian cooking. She is now 17 and a fabulous chef. She has well surpassed my skills as a cook; the basics taught to me by my Italian mother and grandmother.

So when Sophia asked me a few years ago to come with her to France, to explore the food of the country, I was thrilled. We have made this our annual excursion – usually adding a week to my trip to the Arles Photo festival – eating with my big girl around France.

This year she wanted to go somewhere different. Being half Italian and enjoying cooking in her family heritage (and boy, is she good), she naturally wanted to try Italy. So we ate and shopped our way around Italy and France, with the help of my girlfriend Gill. We had a particularly good time. The Arles festival was not the best this year, but the time we all had could not be beat!

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Showing at the Photo Independent Art Fair April 25th – 27th

April 21st, 2014

Hi All, So I decided to take a booth at the upstart art fair, Photo Independent, across from Paris Photo this weekend, April 25th through the 27th. I will be showing a body of personal work, The Urban Landscapes Project, which are panoramic images that chronicle my travels around the world while on assignment. The images are colorful and graphic and received rave reviews at Photo LA in January. Please come to the Raleigh Studio Hollywood, 5300 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90038, I will be in Stage #8, Booth #603

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Apple Store, New York, NY; Archival Inkjet Print, 72 x 32; Signed, 1/10

Friday, April 25
Trade Day, 1pm – 5pm
Press Preview, 5pm – 7pm
Opening Night Premiere Party, 7 – 10pm

Saturday, April 26, 11am – 7pm
Sunday, April 27, 11am – 6pm

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Striped Bank, New York, NY; Archival Inkjet Print, 72 x 32; Signed, 1/10

You can get your tickets at the Photo Independent website. Please bring collector friends and photo enthusiasts. For those of you who came to Photo LA, there will be new work exhibited. Below is gallerist W.M. (Bill) Hunt’s review of the work, I think you will enjoy it. See you there!  – Michael

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Red Curtain, New York, NY; Archival Inkjet Print, 72 x 32; Signed, 1/10

Michael Grecco’s night is full of light.

He is a moonwalker, a somnambulist whose conscious and unconscious are not blinded by the brights of oncoming traffic or swallowed into shadows. He is enthralled by the radiance within the blackness, the rapture of color. Grecco’s “Urban Landscapes” are vivid panoramic photographs shot in mostly unidentifiable locations around the world. These places seem alien and exotic, showered in vibrant, lucent, sometimes iridescent almost radioactive colors, revealed in raking rays, squiggles, planes, and circles.

Through long exposure, selective focus, shallow depth of field, blurring and wide framing, he finds his way in the dark and leads us as he dances ecstatically through the color spectrum. In the studio and on location, he is a virtuoso of lighting technique. That skill has obviously sharpened his eye and instincts in locating these chromatic landscapes as he travels the city after dark. Further all of what happens is “in camera”, in his panoramic Hasselblad.

Sixty years ago, the legendary photographer Ernst Haas made this journey. Haas was interested in “transforming an object from what it is to what you want it to be.” Grecco wants to “to contextualize man and his/her place in their environments they create, in the artifices they live in, to go out every day with the intention of breaking visual rules, to create an evocative, cinematic image that inspires – in its format, composition and color” This is the visual music of the night.

W.M. Hunt – Gallerist, Curator


Urban Landscape Project at Photo LA

January 8th, 2014


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Schoeler Editions, the Brazilian Publisher of Fine Art Portfolios, will have its first booth ever at Photo LA to celebrate the U.S. release of Michael Grecco’s Urban Landscape Portfolio. The portfolio consists of 11 selected prints from the series in a specially designed Corian box, in a choice of colors. It is the publisher’s most adventurous and luxurious artist portfolio to date. Also exhibited will be six 72″ wide panoramic prints selected from the portfolio. Both the portfolio and the gallery prints will be specially priced for sale at the show.

Please come to the Schoeler Editions booth (#120) at Photo LA, meet the artist, and explore his new work. This will be the first time the work and the portfolio will be exhibited in the U.S. Don’t miss this exciting event! 

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Schedule of Events:

Thursday, January 16, 2014 / Opening Night Reception, 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Friday, January 17, 2014 / Public Hours, 11:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, January 18, 2014  / Public Hours , 11:00am – 7:00pm
Sunday, January 19, 2014 / Public Hours, 11:00am – 6:00pm

Location:
L.A. Mart
1933 Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90007

http://www.photola.com

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The Urban Landscape Images

December 11th, 2013

 

“Daylight is too easy.  What I want is difficult – the atmosphere of lamps and moonlight.”  – Edgar Degas

Everyone thinks that being a photographer is a glamorous life. In fact, it’s often lonely on the road. Please don’t get me wrong, I am crazy about what I do and would never trade it for the world. But after the shoot is over and we’ve had a nice client dinner, photographers are often alone in some exotic location. So, I put that time to good use photographing the light and design that interests me around the world.

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Michael Grecco’s Urban Landscapes portfolio of eleven limited edition signed prints from Shoeler Editions of Brazil

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Michael Grecco’s Urban Landscapes portfolio of eleven limited edition signed prints from Shoeler Editions of Brazil

While speaking in Brazil several years ago I showed the work to publisher Christian Moldanado of Schoeler Editions. They loved it – enough to produce a very unique portfolio in a Corian (as in counter tops) box of varying colors. The esteemed gallerist and curator W.M Hunt wrote the text for the project. Here is a link to the press release.

I came to meet Christian over very sad circumstances. He was friends with my close friend and college buddy Jay Colton, Associate Picture Editor of Time Magazine. Jay and I had worked together for years and years. We loved collaborating together, shot many covers and both really appreciated each others personalty and eye. Jay sent me an email once: “MICHAEL, I LOVE IT WHEN YOU MAKE MY JOB HARD. I threw down and you picked up and ran. I am amazed once again, you are outside your comfort zone and you excelled. You have by far my favorite take in LA and maybe my favorite take in the world. Really interesting novel approach to a difficult situation. I think when you go over this take carefully you are going to find gems in it. Very very happy.”

How could I not love him? I was ready to give him my kidney – literally. We both had a rare blood type, and when Jay was struck ill and needed a kidney, I let him know I was more than willing.

Like myself, Jay loved Brazil, and while there speaking, he had a heart attack during a portfolio review at a photo festival. I was scheduled to keynote the next month at the Brazilian National Photography Convention, so I hunted down Jay’s friends Christian and Luis to find out what happened. This project is the result of the bonding of our friendship to Jay.

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Michael Grecco’s Urban Landscapes portfolio of eleven limited edition signed prints from Shoeler Editions of Brazil

As a side note, I lost the Hasselblad X-pan I used to make these images, and have since purchased Jay’s X-pan from his wife Moira. I will never lose this one!Here is to life and our experiences, both good and bad, may we learn from all of them!  – Michael

For purchase information, please visit SchoelerEditions.com