White Album of the Hamptons

By Maribel Alvarez

White Album of the Hamptons

Coe + Co Gallery March 25- March 27

White out your calendars!   After a year delay due to COVID,  the much anticipated ‘White Album of the Hamptons’ will be unveiled during a pre-book launch in Palm Beach!   My cherished pal, old partner in crime and uber-talented photographer, Christophe von Hohenberg is bringing a limited number of his long anticipated books The White Album of the Hamptons (G Editions;May 25,2021) and unveiling some previously unseen photographs at Coe + Co Photography Gallery, located at 217 Royal Poinciana Way in Palm Beach.  The exhibit opens March 25th and Christophe will be greeting friends and signing books daily from 2 to 6 pm through Saturday March 27th and by appointment. (561.249.1664).  (Limited number of books will be available at this pre-launch)

“I’m thrilled we’ve been chosen to be the ones offering a peek of the book to friends and family before its official launch in April,” said Nathan Coe, owner of Coe + Co Photography Gallery.

Award-winning photographer Christophe von Hohenberg began taking photos at the young age of fourteen. He was inspired by his stepfather, the photographer Wendy Hilty, who presented Christophe with his first camera, a Rolleiflex Twin Lens 2.8. These days,  he sets his sights on capturing the magic of a storied New York coastline.

Renowned author, Jay McInerney states in the foreword of The White Album of the Hamptons “The ghostly figures on the sand, silhouetted against the surf and the sky, might be famous New Yorkers, but their individuating characteristics have been bleached away by the sun and the figurative squint of the observer. (Although curiously, the dogs seem to have personalities.) The humans have become anonymous and diminished against the overwhelming backdrop of the ocean. These images are by turns soothing, and haunting and yet somehow familiar.”

Channeling the Unseen World

These photographs–at once haunting and serene–are sure to evoke feelings of the sublime. Though a departure for an artist whose lens is typically focused on human subjects, Christophe has spent recent years going deeper in an attempt to capture images of one’s inner world.  Allowing himself to be “blinded by the light,” von Hohenberg captures the harmony, stillness, and nostalgia of these Eastern shores.

“These images are about healing,” say von Hohenberg, “Following footprints on the shoreline, picking up seashells with the wind and water kissing my face centers my soul.  These beaches serve as a cleansing tonic to my mind, making me feel refreshed and whole and temporarily washing away my anxieties.”

The White Album of the Hamptons demonstrates Hohenberg’s mastery no matter the subject; by employing a style that innovatively plays with light and exposure. He captures the dream-like beauty and breathtaking soul of these familiar beaches and leaves viewers feeling like they have entered a bewitching environs.

Von Hohenberg Supports Legacy and Scholarship of Dreyfoos Alum Lost to Gun Shooting

Christophe von Hohenberg has generously offered to donate 100% of proceeds from the sale of a 20 x 24 ‘edition of ‘Fog on Georgica Pond’ valued at $3,000 to the Dreyfoos School of the Arts Foundation.  The Proceeds will be earmarked for the Duke Nelson Memorial Scholarship, recently founded in memory of a Dreyfoos alumni who lost his life at 23, while filming a rap video in Ft. Lauderdale.  Duke Nelson was unintentionally shot and killed early last year.

“I am delighted to contribute to this endowment fund at the Dreyfoos School Foundation in memory of this young man and help make a difference in the lives of young individuals fighting odds to follow their passions.  We need more schools like these,” says von Hohenberg, “Dreyfoos is not only nationally recognized for its academic achievements, but it’s a model on how a serious arts curriculum can engage a student in other important areas of study.”

Christophe von hohenberg

Fog on Georgica Pond

About Christophe von Hohenberg

Born in Oyster Bay, Long Island, photographer and author Christophe von Hohenberg was brought up in Southampton, New York; Neubeuern, Germany; St. Croix, Virgin Islands; and New York City. Von Hohenberg has photographed for American Vogue, Interview with Marc Balet, Vanity Fair with Elisabeth Biondi, German Vogue with Rados Protic, French Vogue with Jocelyn Kargere, and advertising campaigns for Givenchy, Estee Lauder, the New York Times , and others. He is the author of Another Planet: New York Portraits 1976-1996.and Andy Warhol: The Day the Factory Died , designed by Daniel Stark, which one the AIGA Book Award and the Photo District News Award which was followed by the publication of  2014 marked the publication of his third book, Shadows of the Gods: Mexico City.  He currently divides his time between New York City and the Hamptons.

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About Duke Nelson Memorial Scholarship

Duke Nelson Memorial Scholarship honors individuals who have faced challenges in their lives and have, through the strength of their character and their hearts’ passion, turned them into opportunities to grow, inspire, teach, care for, and lead those around them. The endowment scholarship has been established by the family and friends of Duke Nelson to be awarded to a financially disadvantaged student who is pursuing a career in music, film, videography, and/or photography. Dukins ‘Duke’ was a beloved Alumni (14′) and had an innate desire for success outside of what is perceived as possible in one’s community. Duke would be honored that his scholarship will help others with a similar passion. Each year, the endowment will award up to $2,500 for a college, conservatory, summer institute, or university scholarship to honor the legacy of “Duke.”

Meet and Greet Christophe von Hohenberg
Book-signing and Photo Exhibit
March 25- March 28 2-6 pm (or by appt)
Coe + Co Gallery
217 Royal Poinciana Way, Palm Beach

For those of you not attending the pre-launch, The White Album of the Hamptons will be published on May 25, 2021 and available
to the public for pre-order on  website and Amazon?

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