Fine Art Photography

Citroën Model Karin Concept Car Photograph

Citroën Model “Karin,” an 8” x 10” photograph of a concept car from 1980 in The Michael Aaron Gallagher Fine Art Collection.

Beyond oil paintings and sculptures, The Michael Aaron Gallagher Fine Art Collection is also known for its one-of-kind display of antique, vintage and contemporary photography. Some of the prominent photographers featured in the collection include limited edition prints by the following artists (click on their name to view the works):

  • Langdon Clay (b. 1949), celebrated American photographer whose works have been displayed at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and many other prestigious locales.
  • Doug Wilkins (1933-2019), American fashion photographer.
  • Dominic Rouse (b. 1959), critically acclaimed English surrealist photographer.
  • Irina Ionesco (b. 1930), acclaimed French/Romanian photographer.
  • Russell Levin, 30 year veteran of photography and gallery owner.
Gangster Girl Vintage Photograph

“Gangster Girl,” a vintage black and white photograph by an unknown photographer in The Michael Aaron Gallagher Fine Art Collection.

Michael Aaron Gallagher’s own photographs are included in The Collection (click here to view), as well as his book of black and white photography titled “XXI,”which features 21 photographs taken throughout his travels and his book of celebrity photographs taken throughout his career, titled “Stay Famous.”

Vintage photograph of a model before

Discovered at a flea market for $5 in Upstate New York, this vintage photograph of a model was in need of some restoration.

Designing Woman 1965 Photograph

During the process of cleaning and painting the frame, Michael discovered a date for the photo (1965), along with some writing that appears to read “Designing Woman.” The name is illegible and the photographer is unknown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like an oil painting, a photograph must be compelling to be included in The Collection. It needs to have “wallpower” and engage the viewer. It must demand commentary, even if it is controversial. Ideally, the best images are those you can keep returning to and each time you notice something different or as the viewer evolves, so too does your perception of the meaning of the work.

Inspired by the fashion photography of luxury designer brands and the work of fashion photographers Mario Testino and Annie Leibovitz in Vogue magazine, the collection celebrates both the beauty of the subject (in many cases an individual model) as well as the artistic vision and storytelling of the photographer to create a new and different world.

The ever-expanding collection of photographs spans the 20th and 21st Centuries and includes snapshots by amateur photographers, antique portraits, Hollywood movie stills and publicity photos, as well as limited edition gelatin silver prints by professional photographers, which are currently available for loan to art museums and institutions in the United States. From black and white portraits to exotic concept cars and advertising prints, The Michael Aaron Gallagher Collection has a unique array of images that are both beautiful and mysterious.

To view more original works in The Michael Aaron Gallagher Fine Art Collection click here. For information about works that have been donated to the collection click here.