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19 MARCH 2019

Micaiah Carter's Achingly Poetic Portraits

To celebrate her new representation of Micaiah Carter, acclaimed art advisor Sarah Hasted speaks with the photographer about his lyrical portraits of celebrities and everyday people.

The first time I saw the photography of Brooklyn based artist Micaiah Carter in the fall of 2016 at Parsons School of Design, I knew he was going to be successful. A self described recluse, he was not social in college, he just put his head down and quietly got to work. Mentoring and guiding him through his senior year was one of the true joys of my long teaching career. The unique gift that 30 years of experience in the art world and 16 years teaching at one of the most prestigious art schools in the world has given me, is the ability to spot artistic talent and potential – immediately.

Micaiah’s portraits are sincere, dignified representations of the sitters while staying true to his distinctive aesthetic - a modern day combination of Roy DeCarava’s poetic, lyrical, emotional photographs - and the proud, regal and formal portraits by Harlem Renaissance photographer, James Van Der Zee - all of them achingly beautiful.

The work is soft hued with a 1970’s tone and vibe that pay homage to his family history and father’s scrapbook. In some works, Micaiah consciously references his father’s early life and dated fashion and with total reverence, creates exquisite, inspired images, that can only be interpreted as stunning.

SARAH HASTED in conversation with MICAIAH CARTER
Editor’s note: this conversation originally appeared as an email from Sarah Hasted to her list. It moved us, so we’re sharing it here.

Alter Call , 2018 © Micaiah Carter

Alter Call, 2018 © Micaiah Carter

Sarah Hasted: Why did you choose photography as your medium?

Micaiah Carter: Photography was a way for me to speak without saying anything. I’m usually a timid and reserved person, so photography gave me a chance to get my voice out there without having to say it myself. Also aside from that, I love and appreciate the medium as a whole - the art of capturing a photo still fascinates me to this day. I can remember being a younger kid, begging my parents to let me use their point and shoot for a few frames when we were on family vacations. Photography gave me an outlook on life, not just from my perspective but from the world. I was always curious about looking in archives, whether it’s from my family albums or the albums of other families.

Hasted: What artists do you believe have had the most influence on your work, musical, artistic etc.?

Carter: I feel like my Dad has had one of the most significant impacts on my work and life, he’s very militant yet very creative, and I think those two things drove my childhood and teenage years in shaping my viewpoint of the world. My parents also made sure that I knew of my history at an early age because they understood that schools did not have a full spectrum of representation within the classroom when it came to curriculum; it wasn’t until I was in my junior year in college that I found out about other black photographers in my past.

One of my biggest fashion influences was photographer Koray Birand, I loved his use of toning, and it inspired me as to what I could do with my images. Another significant impact was photographer Philip-Lorca diCorcia, his use of lighting and communication with subjects was stunning to me. Other powers are Carrie Mae Weems and Jamel Shabazz. I also am a massive fan of Ertha Kitt, Aretha Franklin, James Brown, Kelela, Bok Bok, Budige and so many more. Music has impacted my work a lot, I can see a vision when listening to songs.

Three Men, 2018  © Micaiah Carter

Three Men, 2018 © Micaiah Carter

Hasted: Do you feel growing up in Los Angeles has had an impact on your photographic style?

Carter: I for sure think that growing up in Southern California impacted the way that I see light in general. I believe that it’s scarce to get that type of light anywhere else, especially New York City, and I think it’s unique to try and pay homage to the desert light which is honestly different from any other light I’ve seen before, in all its glory.

Hasted: You have photographed well known actors, artists, athletes and creatives from Spike Lee, Taraji P. Henson, Kehinde Wiley, Zendaya, Solange Knowles, Terence Nance, Jorja Smith, Ciara, Duckie Thot, Dev Hynes, Moses Sumney, Desus and Mero, Serena Williams, talk about what goes through your mind while you are taking those portraits? Do you ever feel a sense of intimidation?

Carter: While taking portraits of high profile or celebrities, it comes down to me being down to earth and seeing the human in both of us. I try to be as transparent as possible and not have an overbearing presence because in retrospect I can understand what it is like to be on the other side of the camera and it can make you very nervous at times. I think once I break that initial wall down, we can create something that is fresh and standstill. I never get a sense of intimidation, just more reverence for the people I respect and inspire me the most.

Hasted: Do you feel growing up in Los Angeles has had an impact on your photographic style?

Carter: I for sure think that growing up in Southern California impacted the way that I see light in general. I believe that it’s scarce to get that type of light anywhere else, especially New York City, and I think it’s unique to try and pay homage to the desert light which is honestly different from any other light I’ve seen before, in all its glory.

Hasted: You have photographed well known actors, artists, athletes and creatives from Spike Lee, Taraji P. Henson, Kehinde Wiley, Zendaya, Solange Knowles, Terence Nance, Jorja Smith, Ciara, Duckie Thot, Dev Hynes, Moses Sumney, Desus and Mero, Serena Williams, talk about what goes through your mind while you are taking those portraits? Do you ever feel a sense of intimidation?

Carter: While taking portraits of high profile or celebrities, it comes down to me being down to earth and seeing the human in both of us. I try to be as transparent as possible and not have an overbearing presence because in retrospect I can understand what it is like to be on the other side of the camera and it can make you very nervous at times. I think once I break that initial wall down, we can create something that is fresh and standstill. I never get a sense of intimidation, just more reverence for the people I respect and inspire me the most.

ostedmarch 19, 2019

authorsarah hasted

categoriesportfolio, artists

tags #micaiah carter, contemporary portraiture, celebrity portraiture, new photography, solange, sarah hasted, parsons school of design


Fashion Designer MIMI PLANGE x Photographer EMMANUEL ANDRE and SARAH HASTED

May 15th, 2018

Three years ago, we met photographer by night, Emmanuel Andre and immediately joined forces to create a series of photographs celebrating the Mimi Plange woman.. We invited a group of amazing women to a photo studio in NYC, but did not tell them why. We presented each of them our entire collection and let them choose which outfit they wanted to wear for their photoshoot. We provided hair and makeup to compliment their look. We asked them all a few fun questions.

Mimi + Me: Sarah Hasted  Sarah is one of those great women who always knows how to make you feel good. She's charming, and has a warm spirit that is uplifting and extremely generous. Beyond her charm and quiet strength, she has an in depth knowledge of beauty and an exquisite taste for art.  For over 25 years, Sarah has been known for her innovative promotion and appreciation of contemporary and vintage photography and  #artists . Hasted works globally with emerging, and established #artists and specializes in the resale and exhibition of works by such recognized artists as, Pablo Picasso, Jean Dubuffett, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Andy Warhol, Robert Frank, William Eggleston, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Lewis Baltz, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Diane Arbus, and many others.  Sarah wears our hand embroidered silk capelet and custom print floral maxi skirt.  Read about Sarah on our new platform, “Mimi + Me” click the link:   https://bit.ly/2L0NDjZ  📷  #portrait  by  Emmanuel André    https://www.mimiplange.com/blogs/mimi-me/mimi-me-sarah-hasted

Mimi + Me: Sarah Hasted

Sarah is one of those great women who always knows how to make you feel good. She's charming, and has a warm spirit that is uplifting and extremely generous. Beyond her charm and quiet strength, she has an in depth knowledge of beauty and an exquisite taste for art.

For over 25 years, Sarah has been known for her innovative promotion and appreciation of contemporary and vintage photography and #artists. Hasted works globally with emerging, and established #artists and specializes in the resale and exhibition of works by such recognized artists as, Pablo Picasso, Jean Dubuffett, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Agnes Martin, Andy Warhol, Robert Frank, William Eggleston, Irving Penn, Richard Avedon, Lewis Baltz, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Diane Arbus, and many others.

Sarah wears our hand embroidered silk capelet and custom print floral maxi skirt.

Read about Sarah on our new platform, “Mimi + Me” click the link:

https://bit.ly/2L0NDjZ
📷 #portrait by Emmanuel André

https://www.mimiplange.com/blogs/mimi-me/mimi-me-sarah-hasted

Moving Mountains For Arts Gala 2017 Recap

For more info visit: http://movingmountainsnyc.org

#sarahhasted #curtismartin #movingmountains

SARAH HASTED 

 is thrilled to announce and present new portraits by  

MARTIN SCHOELLER 

The new portraits, (most have never been seen, exhibited or sold before), were taken between 2005 and 2018, and are included in Martin's soon to be released monograph titled,  Close ( Steidl, 2018).  Close  features 120 portraits of the world's most famous and influential people across the arts and entertainment industries, politics, business and sports. The new work and book are cause for celebration and a true milestone moment for the artist, spanning 14 years of his illustrious career. 

Schoeller's inspiration for  Close  was the Water Tower series by Bernd and Hilla Becher, and his ambition to adapt their systematic approach to portraiture. Amidst Schoeller's famous subjects are also some unknown and unfamiliar ones, a means to comprehensively make his project an "informal anthropological study of the faces of our time."

Each photograph proves that Martin Schoeller has more than earned his reputation as today’s preeminent portraitist, consistently capturing iconic characters so familiar we think we know them, Colin Kaepernick, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Marina Abramovic, Bill Gates, Serena Williams, Warren Buffett, Cher, Michael Jordan, Willie Nelson, Hillary Clinton, Mark Zuckerberg, Bono, Donald Trump, Viola Davis, Larry David, Barack Obama , to name a few.

martinschoeller arahhasted colinkaepernick warrenbuffett \violadavis serenawilliams billgates photography

https://myemail.constantcontact.com/NEW-WORK-BY-MARTIN-SCHOELLER.html?soid=1125546858147&aid=TfKf3zPKoAQ

Sarah Hasted: A Wanted Magazine

Sarah Hasted: A Wanted Magazine

Sarah Hasted: New York Magazine

Sarah Hasted: New York Magazine

Tyson Chandler talks with Sarah Hasted about art and photography at her gallery in New York.

Sarah Hasted interviewed for Spread Magazine

Sarah Hasted interviewed for Spread Magazine

BLOUININFO

Curators Voice: Sarah Hasted

BY JILLIAN STEINHAUER | AUGUST 27, 2008

https://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/28152/curators-voice-sarah-hasted

Curators Voice: Sarah Hasted

ARTINFO asked some industry insiders — photography curators and dealers from around New York — to share their thoughts about the Brooklyn Museum's "crowd-curated" show Click!” Below is the interview with Sarah Hasted, photography dealer and co-founder of Hasted Hunt Gallery. To see the other interviews, click on the links to the left.

Sarah, how do you feel about the idea of “crowd-curating”?

Anything that gets the general public involved in the arts is great. It’s not the first time I’ve heard about an idea like this, although it’s the first time I’ve heard that a museum has done something like it. I do think it has an American Idol aspect to it, which some people may love. I’m not sure the artists involved necessarily like it.

The concept for the show is obviously very medium-specific; photography tends to be viewed in popular culture as an art form that everyone can do. Do you think an exhibition like this, where a major art museum is showing amateur work chosen by random people, helps or hurts the medium?

I would say it does a little of both. What’s good about it is that it brings attention to photography. What’s maybe negative is that it encourages the stereotype that photography is easy. We often get portfolio submissions from people calling themselves artists, and although in their world they may be artists, and in the general world they may be artists, in my world I would say their photography is a hobby as opposed to a profession. We try to draw a distinction.

I think this show blurs that distinction.

Yes, a submission might be this person’s one good photo, and one photo does not an artist make. But as long as the museum is saying, “Hey, this is the general public,” it’s fine. I think it’s when something is being touted as the new wave or the new trend or the end-all in a medium that you start to question, “How did this get here? Where did I go wrong?”

The Brooklyn Museum underwent a controversial reorganization of its curatorial department a few years ago, in which curators were assigned to one of two departments: exhibitions and collections. Do you think this exhibition relates to the museum’s new curatorial philosophy?

That’s a hard one for me to speak to, because it’s not my profession; being a curator in a gallery is quite different from being a curator in a museum, where you’re building a collection. It is an interesting philosophy, because usually the curator builds the collection, and those collections are exhibited, but with a museum like the Brooklyn Museum, it may be different because they really want to draw the general public. How do you get the draw in Brooklyn? “Click!” is quite genius in a way, because so many artists entered photos and so many people participated in the jurying, and all of those people are going to see the show. It has a different appeal than a one-artist show or a group show with three or four artists. 

I do think it’s quite unusual that a museum is doing a show that involves the general public so openly. I think it’s a great idea, but I don’t think all museums will agree. I can see the Met looking at them and going, “Well, that’s Brooklyn.”

Sarah Hasted and French photographer Pierre Gonnord

Sarah Hasted and French photographer Pierre Gonnord

SARAH HASTED ON HOW TO START YOUR FIRST ART COLLECTION. RULES AND TIPS, Interviewed by GalleryIntell

Tips for first time art collectors In my line of work I am constantly asked whether I know a specific painter, photographer, or sculptor and the more I hear this question the more I realize how vast the creative world really is. There are simply too many people creating work and among the tens of thousands of artists some are really good and some will most likely not be remembered a short while from now. How do you know who will and won’t? There is no formula and there are no guarantees. But there are some guidelines that you can follow. Start with what you like It sounds like a simple task, but really think about it and suddenly you won’t find a clear-cut answer. Do I like figurative art, or landscape; abstract or sculpture; paper or canvas; or do I find photographs appealing and if so, what kind of photographs? These are just the broadest possible categories to begin with, and once you actually dive in you’ll find there is a forrest-full of media, theories, directions, subjects, sub-subjects, movements, primary and secondary, galleries, art fairs, exhibition spaces and prices! After all, how do you know what it should cost? Why does one photograph cost $500 and another $3.2 million? Read more on http://www.galleryintell.com/sarah-hasted-on-starting-art-collections/