By Anna Merlan
By Albert Samaha
By Tessa Stuart
By Anna Merlan
By Roy Edroso
By Carolyn Hughes
By Chuck Strouse
By Albert Samaha
The New York debut of a photographer who's already landed in this year's Whitney Biennial includes work from a series called "Sleeping by the Mississippi," which builds confidently on a style William Eggleston and Stephen Shore pioneered.
'WAR IN IRAQ: THE COORDINATES OF CONFLICT: PHOTOGRAPHS BY VII'
March 12-May 30
International Center of Photography, 1133 Sixth Avenue, 212.857.0000
VII, a collective of photojournalists formed just before 9-11 (James Nachtwey, Ron Haviv, Antonin Kratochvil, and members) shows work from Iraq and Afghanistan as one of four exhibitions ICP mounts this month.
March 13-April 10
Gorney Bravin+Lee, 534 West 26th Street, 212.352.8872
Opie, whose previous subjects include L.A. strip malls, Lower Manhattan streetscapes, and lesbian domesticity, turns her attention to surfers and brings back a series of decidedly unheroic portraits of soaking wet young men and women, plus a few serene seascapes.
March 13-April 17
303 Gallery, 525 West 22nd Street, 212.255.1121
Demand's photos of meticulously constructed paper interiors and objects never pretend to be anything more than fragile illusions, but their social and political underpinnings (including, this time, references to the Beach Boys and the Apollo space mission) keep them smartly grounded.
March 18-April 17
Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 West 20th Street, 212.645.1701
The South African photographer shows massive color portraits of sugarcane workers in the fields, as well as a series of interiors made in local classrooms.
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March 18-April 24
P.P.O.W., 555 West 25th Street, 212.647.1044
"From Vietnam to Hollywood," a new series of the artist's signature woven photographs, combining found and appropriated images that suggest the confusion of fact and fiction about the Vietnam War.
Sorrenti, whose fashion work is at MOMA this month, shows a dense, collage-like installation of photos, clippings, and ephemera first assembled on the wall of his former Tribeca loft.
April 3-May 8
Rare, 521 West 26th Street, 212.268.1520
With "No Love," this provocative, peripatetic Russian expat writer, photographer, and sometime porn star moves from the gallery's back room to its main space. Expect homoerotica with a genuinely hard edge.
Wall's seamless blend of artifice and reality tips toward the unstaged document with this new group of large-scale color photos, which includes a haunting shot of a bloodstained garment discarded on a sidewalk.
April 15-June 5
Gitterman Gallery, 170 East 75th Street, 212.734.0868
London's answer to Helen Levitt, Mayne cast a similarly enthralled and intelligent eye on that city's street life in the late '50s, paying special attention to children at play and adults at loose ends.
The Modern's first show of fashion photography is not a historical survey but a thoughtfully focused look at the use of narrative devices and snapshot conventions as exemplified in the work of Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Tina Barney, Steven Meisel, Mario Sorrenti, Nan Goldin, and seven others.
April 17-May 15
Andrew Kreps Gallery, 516 West 20th Street, 212.741.8849
Not one to be pinned down to a predictable style, Ethridge shows portraits, landscapes, still lifes, and a repeated picture of the moon in what will probably look like a group show.
Images in color and black-and-white from Leibovitz's recent book, American Music, find this busy photographer covering everything from Delta blues legends to urban hip-hop divas.
"Think of England," a show of big, supersaturated color work, should bring out this witty British photographer at his most satiric and irresistible.
May 6-July 30
Ubu Gallery, 416 East 59th Street, 212.753.4444
Weegee's voracious appetite for breaking newsmurders, suicides, vice raids, or just the latest busty babegives his work an indelible impact and undiminished immediacy. Ubu shows great vintage prints from a private collection.
The relentlessly, reliably inventive Muniz shows a group of still life images built up from circular bits of color hole-punched out of magazines. Among the painters he's glommed onto: Gauguin, Cézanne, Fantin-Latour, and, of course, Morandi.
May 8-June 27
Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22nd Street, 212.243.0200
Gursky's first American gallery show since his 2001 MOMA retro promises more supersized color work, including the interior of an Illinois prison and a modernist apartment block in Brazil.
Nearly 150 portraits from Sander's vastly influential series, "People of the Twentieth Century," should prove that this landmark in the history of photography (600 pictures made between 1911 and 1952) has lost none of its iconic power.