Helene Weiner began her career running the seminal downtown Manhattan institution Artist's Space in the 1970s. At a time when minimal and conceptual art had a stronghold on museums and galleries, Weiner reared away directly to show "pictures." Weiner showed a core group of emerging artists, all of whom were picture driven, many of whom later formed the nucleus of Metro Pictures, the gallery she opened with Janelle Weiring in 1980, and two of whom, Robert Longo and Cindy Sherman, have been the most important artists in Weiner's gallery for two decades.
David Fahey began his career in 1975 at G. Ray Hawkins, the first, and for a long time only, significant photography gallery in Los Angeles. He went on to direct that gallery for 11 years, mounting dozens of critically important exhibitions including the first show of Annie Liebowitz, before co-founding Fahey/Klein in Los Angeles. Although Herb Ritts' star seems to loom on his list, Fahey represents 60 photographers, including Mary Ellen Mark and photographs by the sculptor Robert Graham. He has also packaged books with exhibitions for a very wide group of photographers including Greg Gorman, Allen Ginsburg, Horst and Richard Gere, who collaborated with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Howard Read The breakthrough for important art galleries committing to photography as art came in the late 70s when Robert Miller, a blue chip dealer on Madison Avenue, created a photography department, ultimately headed by Howard Read. "The first Paul Outerbridge show was in 1979," Read said. "We felt he was an important master and priced the prints at around $2,500 to $7,500. …