Ricky Powell, Photographer and Downtown Manhattan Mainstay, Dies at 59

Ricky Powell, the portrait and street photographer best known for his work with Beastie Boys, has died, Complex reports and his management confirmed to Pitchfork. He was 59.

In his heyday in the in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Powell was a mainstay in the downtown Manhattan art and music scene. His portraits and candids of musicians like Eric B and Rakim, LL Cool J, Run-D.M.C., and Madonna, as well as downtown NYC denizens like Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Sofia Coppola, and Laurence Fishburne, have been shown in art galleries and published in several photo books.

Powell was born in Brooklyn and spent time on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, but came of age in Greenwich Village. He held degrees from LaGuardia Community College and Hunter College, but transitioned into photography out of spite, finding a camera left behind by an old girlfriend and deciding to make

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Meet Lawrence Jackson, the Photographer Chronicling Kamala Harris’s Historic Vice-Presidency + Other Stories

Art Industry News is a daily digest of the most consequential developments coming out of the art world and art market. Here’s what you need to know on this Thursday, January 21.


Disgraced Socialite Fêted With Two Museums – The local government of Cuenca, Spain, has financed the creation of two spaces to showcase the collection of the financier and Cuban-American art collector Roberto Polo. Officials have been noticeably quiet, however, about Polo’s shady past, which includes a prison term following his embroilment in a $130 million art-fraud lawsuit. The Spanish government has agreed to insure the collection and provide the exhibition space and an annual budget in return for a 15-year loan of nearly 450 works from Polo’s modern and contemporary art trove. (New York Times)

Vogue Releases Special Inauguration Edition Harris Cover – Following backlash over the cover image of its February issue, Vogue announced

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Canon’s Technical Advisor is a Photographer Through and Through

Drew MacCallum is Canon’s Technical Advisor and one of my go-to resources for complicated camera questions. I also happen to follow him on Instagram, which is where I noticed he started posting some stellar bird photos.

After seeing a plethora of incredible images make it to his feed, I decided to reach out to MacCallum to ask him about his art, which is the first time we’ve started a conversation that wasn’t based on questions regarding the technical specifications of Canon’s latest camera. It was a nice break from our usual highly technical talks. It turns out that despite his recent years as the voice for the nitty-gritty of what makes Canon’s cameras tick, MacCallum is a nearly 30-year veteran of the photography discipline.

“I actually started working for a portrait and wedding studio for a summer job in high school and the owner felt the best way for

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Preserved Archive of 24,000 Images by Early 20th Century Female Wyoming Photographer Subject of New Book

ENCAMPMENT, WYOMING, USA, February 2, 2021 / — A recently released photography book, “Encampment, Wyoming: Selections from the Lora Webb Nichols Archive 1899-1948”, features 115 photographs created and collected by a homesteader/photographer in the early 20th century. Lora Webb Nichols was an entrepreneur who used photography to provide financial stability for herself and her family for several decades in rural Wyoming before, during and after the Great Depression. Culled from over 24,000 photographs, the selected images in the book provide a dynamic visual window into the American West from a female perspective and highlight the social, domestic, and economic aspects of the Wyoming frontier.

Nichols received her first camera in 1899 at the age of 16, coinciding with the rise of the region’s copper mining boom. As early as 1906, Nichols was working for hire as a photographer for industrial documentation and family portraits, developing and printing from

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