|ARTICLE: THE NEW YORK TIMES - UNFAMILIAR PERSPECTIVES ON FAMILIAR IMAGES BY KARIN LIPSON
Foster’s winning first prize in the black and white category of Long Island Museum’s “Long Island Through a Lens” photography exhibition is noted, “ . . . several other award winners were professionals. Among them was British-born Chris Foster of Amagansett, who spent decades in London as a photographer, including a stint taking pictures of stars like Elton John, Rod Stewart, David Bowie and Tina Turner. It was a far less glamorous subject — “Beach Chair,” a gnarled armchair constructed of driftwood, sitting on a grassy dune — that won as best black and white photograph in the juried show. The days of “sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll” are behind him, Mr. Foster said. “The thing is, I’ve always loved nature and the beach and outside,” he said.
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ARTICLE: THE SOUTHAMPTON PRESS, NEW YORK - PASSIONS REFLECTED IN PHOTOGRAPHY
BY ANDREW BOTSFORD
"His zest for his craft and the wonders of digital photography, combined with the patience of a seasoned angler, have rewarded him with frozen moments as stunning as an eider duck diving through the face of a wave about to break on the shore, and as evocative as two bass twisting in the Lesters' haul seine net up on a snow dusted beach."
ARTICLE: DAN'S PAPERS, THE HAMPTONS & MANHATTAN - REVIEW: 'THEN AND NOW' PHOTOGRAPHS
BY CHRISTIAN MCLEAN
"Photography, when done well, as Chris Foster does in his current exhibit at Bravura Art and Objects, is about capturing moments of power and grace, displaying depth and action in a two-dimensional still . . . His shots of rock icons Tina Turner, Chuck Berry, and Elton John during the 70s are like loaded guns; cocked with their ever-present weight, ready to fire . . . Beachscapes are nothing new on the East End, but the eye that captured Elton John chugging a bottle of champagne now turns its gaze to seining, fly fishing, and the overall power of the ocean. These are not the cliché shots you generally see while bopping in souvenir shops, they are not pretty sunsets and solitary bathers. Here we have churning tides and old salts."
ARTICLE: VOX HAMPTONS - THE REAL DECOY BY ALISON BEVILACQUA WITH PHOTOGRAPHY
BY CHRIS FOSTER
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ARTICLE: VOX HAMPTONS - IS THAT A FEATHERED SQUID YOU'RE USING? BY ALISON BEVILACQUA WITH PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS FOSTER
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ARTICLE: FOSTER PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT AT BRAVURA GALLERY: THEN AND NOW ON WWW.HAMPTONS.COM
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
Bravura Art and Objects Gallery (www.bravurastyle.com) will be exhibiting work by Chris Foster, “Photographs: Then & Now”, introducing never before viewed images from the 1960s British rock scene and new images of the serene Hamptons circa 2006, from September 9th to October 10th.
This exhibit presents two chapters of the artist’s life telling a story of how time, subject and medium serve as germane elements in the complex creative equation of creating a photograph. Although the subjects are worlds and decades apart, from the 1960s British rock scene to the serene Hamptons circa 2006, Foster’s work is consistent in its focus on composition and form.
Chapter One consists of 15 images shot on film in the late 1960s while Foster lived in his hometown, London, England. In those swinging days he frequented concerts and documented now legendary R&B and Rock and Roll performers. The exhibit shows never before viewed images of Tina Turner (with Ike), Little Richard, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Carlos Santana and a host of other music greats in beautifully composed, candid, often insightful and sometimes blunt black and white.
Fast forward to the early twenty-first century in Amagansett, Long Island. Foster remains an avid photographer, with new passions, new interests and a new focus. He is now immersed in a different culture, a different pace and is presented with the extraordinary natural beauty of the East End. Here and now, in full color, Foster has produced miraculous digital images depicting the land, sea, fauna and folk of coastal Long Island. Ten of these new images have been selected from the large body of his current work.
Moving from the UK to the USA, from Rock and Roll to rolling surf, from analog to digital, from black & white to color, these two chapters in Foster’s life make for a really good read. The show is a fun look at what was then, with a clear and romantic perspective of what is now.
About the Artist - Chris Foster recently moved to Long Island from London, England where he has been a professional photographer all his working life. Born in 1949, his early career was spent aiming his camera at up-and-coming rock stars of the day, some of whom are now mega-stars and still performing. In the early 70s he found a riverside studio in Chelsea which enabled him to explore other areas in photography, eventually sharpening his focus on still-life, location and architectural subjects with international and commercial commissions. In 2005, Chris swapped the city lights of London for the natural light of Long Island. He now lives in Amagansett. As a keen windsurfer, fly fisherman, cyclist and kite flyer, Chris found the lure of the pristine outdoors of the Hamptons irresistibly photogenic.
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