The National Meningitis Association (NMA) along with actor Richard Thomas, Lynn Bozof, Sara Herbert Galloway, Edward Callaghan, John Wegorzewski, Errol Rappaport, Joanna Goldenstein and Heike Vogel hosted a rare private viewing of the works of iconic photographer Robert Farber at his atelier and garden of his elegant Upper East Side townhouse The evening benefited NMA’s educational campaigns to raise public awareness that meningitis is a vaccine preventable disease.
Farber is equally famed for his art photographer and commercial work. His fine art work was established with the publication of his first book in 1976, “Images of Woman.” It was also the beginning of his commercial career. Since his commercial and fine art career had parallel growth, his commercial work had become indistinguishable from his fine art work. His ads and editorial campaigns in fashion, for fragrance ads, liquor, hotel, and travel are reflected in his books “American Mood,” “By the Sea,” “Moods,” and “Natural Beauty” and his fine art nude books are responsible for many years of photographing beauty. The late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis brought Farber into Doubleday for the publication of his award winning book “By the Sea”.
Many of Farber’s most recognized fashion images set in unusual locations – a pool hall, a cathedral, a diner – were on display along with many of his acclaimed nudes and cityscapes. Upon entering, one immediately was draw to his photo “Hollywood” featuring a ‘40s styled model in a languorous pose which was breathtaking in its recreation of old Hollywood studio- manufactured glamour.
A series of fashion images shot in the Meat Packing District in the ‘70s & ‘80s long before it became chic were a delight to view as were his romantic nudes and magical cityscapes. His haunting photo “Gia in the Cathedral” is a reminder of the once promising career of model Gia Carangi, tragically ended by a drug overdose.
Robert Farber has graciously agreed to donate 20% of all sales from his works in his show through October 22nd to benefit the educational efforts of the National Meningitis Association to make the public aware that meningitis is a vaccine preventable disease.
Among the crowd admiring the art were Lorraine Cancro, Roberta Lowenstein, Jeffrey Altshuler, Dana and Tom McGovern, Jeffrey Greco, Joyce Brooks, actors Gary Swanson and Joe Sirola, Ulrika “Red” Nilsson, Laurie Krotman, Susan Shattuck, Jane Nussbaum, Lorenzo Fariello, Erika Kapin, Suzanna Bowling, Patrick, Beth and Jill McCaffrey, Judy Gilbert, Donald and Rose Billings, Thomas Cook, Anna Uvlieva, Andrea Warshaw-Wernick and Joel Wernick, Joanne Moissaides, internationally acclaimed pianist Chosan Nguyen and scores more.
Despite the somber issue of meningitis, particularly with the news of the deaths around the country from contaminated steroids, the crowd had plenty to celebrate.
Longtime NMA supporter actor Richard Thomas, currently starring in the critically acclaimed, “An Enemy of the People” on Broadway was practically blushing at all the kudos he was receiving for what critic are calling a Tony Award worthy performance. Also receiving congrats was basketball player Kevin Laue who was born with only one full arm. His struggle to overcome his disability and break into professional basketball is chronicled in the soon to open film “Long Shot”. Singer Thomas Cook led the guests in a rousing cheer before launching into a booming “Happy Birthday” for one young guest Steve Jensen who turned 21.
Via Edward Callaghan & John Wegorzewski; Photos by John Wegorzewski