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Jonathan Becker
Saturday Night Live in Elaine's Kitchen, 1976

2020

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Elaine's Kitchen - Saturday Night Live • Chevy Chase, Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi & Lorne Michaels, New York, January 1976 Photographed by Jonathan Becker Contemporary 44" x 44.5" Archival Pigment Print Edition Nº 2 of 9 Certificate of Origin Signed and titled by the photographer in edition and emboss-stamped in the margin Applicable providence, printing and edition notes along with copyright stamp on verso Strictly Archival Print, processed at the photographer's studio on 100% cotton rag paper and varnished to further increase longevity/resilience, tested @ 250 years equivalent UV exposure Print cost includes wrapping/packing/crating for shipment in double-tubing. ______ Jonathan Becker (Steven Kasher Gallery bio by Mark Rozzo) Literate flair, acute visual intuition, love of mischief and spontaneity, and global wanderlust: These are among the hallmarks of the work of Jonathan Becker, whose photography spans four decades and includes iconic portraits (often for Vanity Fair) of a multiplicity of subjects, including Robert Mapplethorpe, Martha Graham, Madonna, Elia Kazan, Prince Charles, Eudora Welty, André Leon Talley, Ai Weiwei, Diana Vreeland and Jack Kevorkian. Becker - whose work was first published in Andy Warhol’s Interview in 1973 - was born in 1954 and raised in New York City. In the mid-1970s, he moved for a year to Paris, where he was mentored by his hero, Brassaï. Upon return to New York, Becker drove a cab, toting his camera and parking to complete magazine assignments. A 1981 exhibition of Becker’s work at New York’s Rentschler Gallery included a series of arresting images of patrons taken inside the kitchen at Elaine’s, the storied hangout on New York’s Upper East Side. This exhibition, curated by art director Bea Feitler brought Becker to the attention of Frank Zachary, editor-in-chief of Town & Country. Zachary invited Becker to work for the magazine, where the young photographer further developed his passion for journalistic portraiture alongside Slim Aarons, who, after Brassaï, became Becker’s guiding light. Becker was then enlisted by Bea Feitler to contribute portraits to the prototype of Vanity Fair’s 1983 re-launch. His participation led to a highly prolific association with the magazine as Contributing Photographer, continuing to this day. Becker has also contributed portraits and reportage to The New Yorker, Vogue, W, The Paris Review, amongst truly most major publications. In complement to his editorial work, Becker has accepted a limited number of private and family portrait commissions each year, some accompanied by privately published books, and in the course of his three-years-long project for the Rockefeller Foundation, Becker documented its vast array of philanthropic grant recipients on four continents abroad. Six trade books comprised entirely of Becker’s photographs have been published including Bright Young Things (Assouline, 2000); Bright Young Things London (Assouline, 2002); Studios by the Sea: Artists of Long Island’s East End in collaboration with Bob Colacello (Abrams, 2002) and a monograph, Jonathan Becker: 30 Years at Vanity Fair (Assouline, 2012). A Fashionable Mind catalogues Becker’s 2015-2016 retrospective exhibition at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), curated by André Leon Talley. Becker was subsequently awarded an honorary doctorate by SCAD. The Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid presented a retrospective of Becker’s work in 2016-2017 entitled Vanity and Time. It focused on large prints of Spanish subjects including the Duchess of Alba and King Juan-Carlos, which the museum then acquired in a modern complement to the Academy's permanent collection of Goyas. Becker’s prints reside in many public and private collections including at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
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