With Child by Howard Schatz
Howard Schatz, Pregnancy Study 1104, Achival Pigment Print
With Child, a dynamic exhibit of works by Howard Schatz will be on display at Paul Paletti Gallery May 30 – Aug. 31, with an opening reception Wednesday, May 30, 5 – 8 p.m. Works from the exhibit are included in a book by the same name, which is the 18th of Schatz’s work.
“Howard Schatz’s work spans more than two decades, and focuses almost exclusively on the human body as a natural form of sculpture,” says Paul Paletti. “He is a true master of the photographic medium, and this exhibit offers a dramatic look at the process of pregnancy and motherhood. It’s especially interesting that the portraits of pregnant nudes are presented with companion images that include their newborn infants, emphasizing the vulnerability of new life.”
Formerly a renowned ophthalmologist and surgeon, Schatz uses his medical background as inspiration for his endeavors in fine art and commercial photography. With Child combines his love of photographing the human body with his experience witnessing the journey of birth during his medical school residency.
Works by Schatz were previously exhibited at the Paletti Gallery in 2007 during the release of Schatz’s 17th book, H2O. Along with his books WaterDance, The Princess, and Pool Light, photographs included in H20 use ballerinas underwater as a celebration of the body in relation to the landscape of dreams and brilliance of movement through weightless slow motion dance.
Schatz has contributed his artistic eye in the creation of photographs for clients such as Ralph Lauren RLX, Escada, Adidas, Louis Vuitton, and his works have been featured in O The Oprah Magazine, Vanity Fair, GQ, American Photo, The New Yorker, Black/White, Vogue, Sports Illustrated, Time and The New York Times Magazine. His work has gained national and international acclaim through various exhibitions and museum displays worldwide, including MACRO Museum of Contemporary Art, The Center for Fine Art Photography, Contemporary Art Gallery (Milan, Italy) and the World Press Photo Exhibition.