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Eye Contact — NYC




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Wednesday, 14 July 2021 to Sunday, 18 July 2021
Sunday, 18 July 2021 - 4:00pm to 8:00pm

VaultWorks, Duggal Visual Solutions, and the New York Artists Equity Association are pleased to present the New York edition of VaultWorks: Eye Contact, a touring gallery exhibition of rarely seen Fine Art photographs of iconic musicians who became cultural pillars. Through a specially curated collection of limited edition brilliant portrait work by its represented photographers - Tim Bret-Day, Phil Knott, Derrick Santini, and on this stop only, New York Icon Ernie Paniccioli - VaultWorks is telling a story in tune with the beat of New York's measured reawakening into the summer. The classic photographs show icons before the depth of their cultural impact was fully realized, and beg the question: What's next as New York re-emerges from its slumber, as it has so many times before? This is the first stop of a global tour, which will include Nashville, L.A., London, and other cities to be announced.

Artist ( Description ): 

Tim Bret-Day is a Londoner, starting out as a member of the paparazzi before changing direction and going to college. After assisting in the top-flight of the fashion world he embarked on a solo career which led to him working for all the top fashion magazines. A change in direction meant following a freer and more creative style which led to him shooting top agency work all over the world, such as Nike, Mercedes, Agent Provocateur, Harvey Nichols, Virgin, to name but a few. He is currently working on a book covering his illustrious career in photography.


Phil Knott is a British born, L.A.-based photographer Phil Knott has been producing images for over 15 years. Rich in content and creativity, Phil presents a style that is beautiful, soulful, and honest in its capacity to extract what is raw from his subjects. Knott has established a niche for himself, attracting a wide range of clients including Paramount Pictures, Stussy, Versace Sport and Fragrance, Sony Records, RCA, Atlantic, Universal, EMI, Steve Madden, Hennessy, Afro-Punk, and 81 Magazine. Five years ago, Phil added his unique approach to collage to his repertoire and has produced work for Stussy, Bathing Ape, Roc-a-Fella, The Face, Spin, Complex, and Flaunt. Phil Knott is behind the seminal images of a galaxy of music stars, from Prince and Liam Gallagher to Amy Winehouse and Erykah Badu.


Ernie Paniccioli is the Author of “Hip Hop at the End of the World” and “Who Shot Ya?” He first made his foray into the culture in 1973 when he began capturing the ever-present graffiti art dominating New York City. Armed with a 35-millimeter camera, Paniccioli has recorded the entire evolution of Hip Hop. Paniccioli, himself Native American, is known for his special eye for capturing people and communities ignored or misunderstood by mainstream America. Starting with snapping pics (a priceless history) of graffiti art in 1973 in NYC, he evolved to become the pictorial archeologist of Hip Hop much like James Van Der Zee did for 1920’s Harlem and Edward S. Curtis’ monumental prints did for the Native peoples of North America. Ernie is regarded by the Hip Hop community as their premier American photographer.  He is also a Hip Hop Hall of Fame inductee, recipient of the Zulu Nation Human Soul Award, creator of “The Other Side of Hip Hop” - named best documentary in 2007 - and has works featured in the Cornell University famed Hip Hop Collection.  Some of the most famous caught by his lens include John F. Kennedy, Jr. , Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Carter, Liza Minelli, Andy Warhol, Michael Jackson, Notorious Big , Michael Jordan, Britney Spears, Aaliyah, Tupac, Jay Z, Run DMZ, and The Dalai Lama, the list is endless. When asked which of his photographs is his favorite, Ernie responds… "My favorite photograph is my next one."


Derrick Santini hails from Scarborough, North Yorkshire and discovered his love for photography at the age of thirteen, whilst taking pictures with his mum’s old Agfa camera. Derrick spent his teenage years recording everything he saw; initially a silent and passive observer, he came to regard the images he took as slices of life, ’moments in-between’, as statements about the individual, society, culture - and ultimately as an expression of the human condition. After this initial period prolific in reportage, Derrick’s talent saw him propelled into the fields of portraiture, music photography, fashion and advertising, where he developed a more confrontational approach to image making - one based on interaction and personality. He soon became renowned for his intimate and insightful portraiture style, particularly within the music industry where there rapidly became a huge demand for his iconic images.

Venue ( Address ): 

245 Broome St, New York, NY 10002

Equity Gallery , New York, NY

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