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Howard Schatz’s PAIRS

Wed 27th Sep, 2023

By Polly Gaillard

APA member and internationally renowned photographer Howard Schatz is no stranger to book publishing – PAIRS will be his twenty-third monograph. PAIRS is a twofold representation of Schatz's career in portrait, fashion, and sports, focusing on the human figure and presented in 404 stunning pages, published by Lawrence Richard Publishing.

Drawing on 30+ years in photography, Schatz partnered with his photo editor wife, Beverly Ornstein, to curate the monograph. In an interview with The Eye of Photography, Schatz explains that PAIRS explores "the relationship between two subjects and the visual, graphic, emotional, social, physical and even spiritual dynamics resulting from the pairing. The connections are sometimes subtle, sometimes not. It's a photographic odyssey into the world of pairs."

About PAIRS:

Intended for mature audiences, this remarkable work, spanning 30 years and 365 photographs, is Schatz’s exploration of the relationship between two subjects or images. Couples or colleagues; actors or acrobats; fighters or friends; lovers or dancers; newlyweds or newborns: the photographs in this book reveal the passionate and dynamic, subtle or obvious, and always compelling, mystery of relationship.

Howard Schatz is so versatile that this volume at times seems like the work of a dozen photographers, Weegee, Avedon, Penn, Beaton, Newton, and Goude, among them. He has affection for his subjects — athletes, dancers, models, actors, pregnant moms, and interesting nobodies- and it shows in every remarkable image. Sometimes funny, often dramatic, he is a master both of the quiet revealing portrait and the explosive surprise.

— Graydon Carter, Former Editor in Chief, Vanity Fair

Installation at Gagosian Gallery, NY, ©Howard Schatz

About Howard Schatz:

The photographs of Howard Schatz are exhibited in museums and photography galleries internationally and are included in innumerable private collections. He has received international acclaim for his work. He has won virtually every award in his field, including numerous “Photographer of the Year” awards and Gold Medals in the most prestigious competitions.

Over the last 30 years, 23 major books have been published of his work, including a magnificent 2-volume retrospective: Schatz Images: 25 Years. Others include Caught in the Act: Actors Acting, AT THE FIGHTS: Inside the World of Professional Boxing, NudeBodyNude, and three landmark books of underwater imagery: H20, Pool Light, and WaterDance.


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