Photo by Michael Furman
PATINA GALLERY News:
SANTA FE ― Michael Furman, world renowned automobile photographer, will be releasing a new exhibition Sept. 14 in Santa Fe, Porsche Portraits, showcasing some of the finest Porches in existence.
This is Furman’s second exhibition to come to Santa Fe following the first in 2016, Alfa Portraits. For the sports car enthusiast, Porsche Portraits will be the hit of the season.
A multi-venue and multi-sponsor event, the day will include a preview at the Four Seasons, a test drive by members of the Porsche Club of America, a lecture by Furman himself at the Eldorado Hotel’s unique White Chapel and the exhibition of his fine art photography at Patina Gallery at 131 West Palace Ave.
Patina’s Director, Ivan Barnett, who also paved the way for Furman’s previous 2016 exhibition, curated this citywide Porsche event.
Furman is arguably one of the most prominent automobile photographers in the world. You may have seen his work in the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in 2005, when he was commissioned to photograph for an exhibition of Ralph Lauren’s cars, Speed, Style and Beauty. You may also have recognized the name when his exhibition reached The Automobile Hall of Fame or at the Alben B. Dow Museum in Michigan. In 2014, he partnered with writer and photographer Randy Leffingwell to create Porsche Unexpected a guide to discovery and collection of Porsches.
His work spans a staggering 35 years in the business and has redefined the way we interpret automobile photography.
Furman describes his images as portraits, elegant studio photographs that express the historical and aesthetic importance of each car. He succeeds in presenting each one from the perspective of the designers and engineers who created it. Visually communicating their thoughts, motivations and the social and political context in which they worked.
Furman elaborates further by saying, “[There are] Limitless possibilities to relate the many facets of automotive experience and inspire the next generation.”
To coincide with Furman’s photography, Patina Gallery also will be showcasing a highly coveted collection of rare Rolex watches. Todd Tyra, an avid Santa Fe collector of these prized Rolexes, is excited to join the festivities. Between Tyra’s love and respect for the artistry and influence behind each Rolex and Furman’s respect for the craftsmanship and cultural influence behind the Porsche, they brilliantly coincide together for this exhibition.
To add to the excitement of the day, be prepared to see up to 25 of the finest Porches lined up and down West Palace Avenue to celebrate this occasion. Michael Furman’s Porsche Portraits will be a revving start to a thrilling fall season.