Albert Maysles 
Big and Little Edie, Yellow Flowers, 1975
C-print, printed 2008
16 x 21 inches

Albert Maysles 
Little Girl with Donkey in Philippi, Turkey, 1958
Vintage gelatin silver, printed 1958
8 x 10 inches

Albert Maysles 
Virginia Military Institute March 2, 1975
C-print, printed 2008
20 x 14 inches

Albert Maysles 
Mother with Her Child, Turkey, 1958
Vintage gelatin silver, printed 1958
8 x 10 inches

Albert Maysles 
I've Got to See What I Look Like, 1975
C-print, printed 2008
16 x 13 inches

Albert Maysles 
An Anatolian Farmer Corrals His Cows in Turkey (for the film On the Path of Paul), 1958
Vintage gelatin silver, printed 1958
8 x 10 inches

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Exhibition: February 15 through March 15, 2008
Book signing and Reception: February 15, 6-8pm
Additional events: Gracie Mansion, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Film Forum, and HBO

Recent Press:

Modern Painters, February 2008

Vanity Fair, November 2007

Vanity Fair, March 2008

An exhibition of Albert Maysles’ photographs and “cinemagraphs” at the Steven Kasher Gallery and related events have been organized to celebrate the release of Albert Maysles, A Maysles Scrapbook: Photographs/Cinemagraphs/Documents, preface by Martin Scorsese (Steidl/Kasher, 2008). This 376 page book is the first comprehensive monograph on the pioneer filmmaking team that set the standards of contemporary documentary filmmaking.

The exhibition will include over 50 of Albert’s vintage black and white prints from the 1950s. Also on view will be over 20 large-scale limited edition cinemagraphs reproduced from the original footage of Grey Gardens, Gimme Shelter, Salesman and other films.

Related events are being held around the city. The Metropolitan Museum will host an evening with Albert on  February 1 and a series of Saturday evening screenings of the Maysles major films on January 12, 19, 26, and February 2. Mayor Bloomberg will host a screening of The Gates at Gracie Mansion on February 13th. A brunch screening and booksigning will be held at the Film Forum on February 24. HBO will broadcast the premiere of The Gates on February 26th. The Studio Museum in Harlem will host a booksigning on May 11.

With Albert behind the camera and David on sound, the Maysles brothers were pivotal in creating the Direct Cinema movement of the 1960s and 70s, and are among the progenitors of modern documentary cinema. Grey Gardens (1976) spawned an award-winning Broadway musical and a soon-to-be-released feature film starring Jessica Lange and Drew Barrymore. Gimme Shelter (1970) captured the infamous and fatal Rolling Stones concert at Altamont and is often called the greatest documentary ever made on the American 1960s. Salesman (1968) is widely credited as the first feature-length documentary to eliminate voice-over narration and the first to achieve wide theatrical distribution.

The recent discovery of a cache of original film negatives and hours of outtake film, numerous stills, production notes, and personal and business documents is the occasion for this retrospective exhibition and publication. The book is a long-awaited testament to one of the most important and influential filmmaking teams of our time. 

Albert Maysles: Photographs/Cinemagraphs will be on view from February 15 through March 15, 2008. Steven Kasher Gallery is located at 521 W. 23rd St., New York, NY 10011. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm. For more info or press requests please contact Kat Jones at 212.966.3978 or kat@stevenkasher.com.