Monday, June 20, 2011

MonoVisioN Architectural Photography by Scott Frances Design & Decoration Building Annex New York

Charles S. Cohen and Decoration & Design Building (D&D Building) are pleased to present MonoVisioN, a selection of photographs from the distinguished photographer Scott Frances. The exhibition comprises of 68 large-scale works, will be on view in Suite 110 on the ground floor of the Annex Building at the D&D Building in Midtown Manhattan. In conjunction with the exhibition visitors may enter a special raffle for the chance to win a signed limited-edition print by Frances.

Frances is renowned for his architecture and lifestyle photography. His images reflect the synthesis of his interests in carefully balanced composition, using atmospheric and naturally motivated light. With a journalist’s need to tell a story simply, along with his passion for the decorative arts, his imagery bridges recurring themes throughout art history.

The exhibition coincides with the release of Frances’ first monograph of the same title with an introduction by Richard Meier, published by Pond Press. In the preface to MonoVisioN, Meier states: “A Scott Frances photograph captures all these ephemeral elements that I have always explored in my architectural work. The images in this book portray the qualities that give every space and building a sense of place, and the constant dialogue between the man-made and the natural. MonoVisioN becomes an exploration of solid and void, transparency and opaqueness, the rational and the intuitive, and an essay on composition.”

Frances’ exhibition begins a main feature of this year’s summer programming at the D&D Building. MonoVisioN was recently shown at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, California and will tour to the other Cohen Design Centers in South Florida and Houston following the show in New York.

Scott Frances was born and raised in New York City, where he is currently based. He studied fine arts and journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Early in his career he shot for ESTO photographics, under the auspices of the architectural photography great, Ezra Stoller. Following ESTO he began to document the work of architect Richard Meier, with whom he continues to work with today. Frances has worked with several of the world’s top architects and designers and is a regular contributor to magazines like Architectural Digest, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, and Departures. He has photographed the homes of such celebrities as Jennifer Aniston, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Jim Belushi, Claire Danes, Clive Davis and Steve Jobs.

About Decoration & Design Building
Home to over 130 of the design industry’s premier showrooms for fabrics, furniture, antiques and art, the Decoration & Design Building (D&D Building) is an invaluable resource to the trade with over 20, 000 designers that pass through the building each month. The D&D Building is an institution, offering designers and architects all the necessary resources with which to design and decorate homes and commercial installations of distinctive quality. In addition, the D&D Building offers a number of other services including their exclusive monthly design lectures, designer referral service, and famed chef and restaurateur Charlie Palmer’s ASTRA Café. The D&D Building is located at 979 Third Avenue in New York City. For more information on events, please visit the D&D Building on line at

Decoration & Design Building Annex
222 East 59th Street, Suite 110
New York, NY 10022

Exhibition on view: Tuesday, June 21st–Friday, July 29th, 2011
Opening reception: Tuesday, June 21st, 6:00-8:00 p.m.; RSVP to
Book signing and gallery talk with the artist: Wednesday, July 22nd, 2:00 p.m.
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

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Gallery contact: D. Ashlee Harrison, Director of Marketing, Decoration & Design Building, 212.759.5408;

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