“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
As 2022 ends, we look ahead to a New Year filled with art. While it’s impossible to predict what 2023 will manifest in the year ahead, you can count on Gallery 270 at Bergen County Camera to always bring you the finest photographic art! Our goal is to uplift our audience and inspire new artistic pursuits, ultimately making the world a better place. We’re constantly seeking the sublime, fostering an appreciation of the rare, unique, and original within the small niche of photographic creators who both make the photographs and handcraft a one-of-a-kind print.
Each image below is just one from a cascade of beautiful photographs that graced our walls in shows this past year at Gallery 270. We hope it fills your New Year ahead with a sense of awe, wonder and possibility. We thank our stalwart artists, clients and staff for a beautiful year in photographs and for your continued support and kindness. A Happy, Healthy, Peaceful New Year of fulfilled dreams is wished to all, from your friends at Bergen County Camera and Gallery 270!
Tom Gramegna Gallery 270 Director
“Be kind, be calm, brighter days are ahead, pass it on…” —TG, March 2020
The book that had its beginnings with Michael Massaia’s spring 2015 exhibition at Gallery 270, Scenes From A Childhood is finally ready to be appreciated as a beautiful, unique book in two editions! Brilliant Press in Exton, PA was chosen as our publishing partner for their unsurpassed print quality, attention to detail and old world craftsmanship evident in every aspect of the book. The 96 page book with 73 photographic plates printed in rich duotone and glorious color is $65. They include photographs from four of Michael Massaia’s portfolios: Afterlife /QuietNow/Saudade/Transmogrify and the Passing of Things Order your pre release copy now
The Deluxe Limited Edition is offered as a signed and numbered edition of 100 with 30 artist proof (AP) and 15 Hors Commerce (HC) copies. Housed in a clamshell box with book well and elegant ribbon pull, it is accompanied by an inner folio with two signed and numbered 11×14 original photographs made by the artist. The first is a toned silver gelatin print of “Point Pleasant Funhouse” from the series Afterlife; the second is a pigment print of “Sponge-Bob” from the series Transmogrify. This Deluxe Limited Edition will be in stock sometime in May/June 2017 and begins at $1000.
You can secure $300 savings now with the pre-publication price of $700 by concluding your purchase before its expected delivery date in May/June 2017.
Here’s a preview of Michael Massaia’s next show “Afterlife 2013” featuring images from the Jersey shore – before and after Sandy. The photographs are split toned silver gelatin contact prints and gold platinum prints.
Gallery 270 will be hosting an Artist Reception on Thursday April 18, 2013 from 7 – 9 pm. Light refreshments will be served. We hope you can join us at our Westwood location for a great evening with the artist. This show will be on display from April 11, 2013 – June 8, 2013. For gallery info please call 201-664-4113 or visit www.gallery270.com
Michael has just won the Hearst 8×10 award with a photograph from his “Seeing the Black Dog” portfolio of work. In the world of photography, this is a very prestigious award. It was chosen as one of the eight winning bodies of work from all fifty states, 2400 entries and 78 different countries. The judges are composed of the most respected photographers, gallerist and experts in photography.
Many have asked how Michael Massaia shoots his amazing photographs. Here’s a series of images that shows Michael and his “Frankencamera” on location in Central Park. We’ve posted several of Michael latest images on the Gallery 270 Facebook page. These images from the Jersey shore were taken in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy.
Just when you think that Michael Massaia has taken the ultimate photograph he stuns you by doing it again. This one, taken in the early morning hours of 12/22/12 is assurance that there is beauty to be found among the ruins by eyes gifted, skilled and perseverent enough to know how. Bookended with his elegiac Casino pier photograph taken 11/10/12, these two images are immediate visual icons. – Tom Gramegna, Gallery 270
We wanted our Gallery 270 at Bergen County Camera friends to be among the first to see this compelling image of The Casino Pier that Michael just photographed November 10th! It’s leaves me just speechless. This is such a achingly beautiful shot and an instant icon of documentary photography. We already have a framed print at our Westwood location, this man does not stop! Michael hand his family have lived in Seaside Heights for decades and one of his first bodies of work documented the Boardwalk attractions now devastated by the hurricane. Martial law is currently in effect in the town of Seaside Heights. Michael only managed to get permission to do this shot only since he was there already assisting his uncle on his house. No one else will ever be able to capture this image, and no one could ever imbue it with more sensitivity and resonance. Looking into this compelling image midpoint at the extreme left side of the photo, the painted spotlights of “The Music Express” ride that Michael first immortalized in 2009, are all that remains. It is a stark reminder of a storm that devastated anything in its’ path.
Gallery 270 at Bergen County Camera artist Michael Massaia was interviewed on the WPIX Morning news on September 22. The interview is a great look at Michael’s unique printing style which will be on display at the expo. Michael will be in the Gallery section of the NJ Photo Expo this Sunday at the Park Ridge Marriott. Free tickets are still available.