Closing the New York City Gallery Space

Since 2009, sepiaEYE has showcased a wide spectrum of 20th-century and contemporary photo-based works, installations, and videos, including over 50 exhibitions in New York City.

The theme of one of our shows, Rectangular Squares (2014) was about framing and focus in photography—as in life. It served as a strong testament to the thoughtful brilliance and talent of the artists of which we have had the honor to exhibit. 

And now it is time to reframe sepiaEYE.

In order to better support these visionary artists, we are refocusing our efforts and have closed our physical space in Chelsea. We will continue to curate, exhibit, and promote our gallery artists, along with new international projects underlining our commitment to the art of photography.

With much gratitude and appreciation to our artists, friends, collectors, curators, and public who have supported us over the years. We look forward to keeping you in our community as we embark on our next adventures.

Please continue to follow our projects and artists through our website,, social media, and email. 

Esa Epstein & the sepiaEYES:
Akemi Yoneyama, Sayuri Rupani-Hayes, Melanie Roberts, Yashna Kaul, Nandinee Phookan, Benedetta Buffetti, Efren Olivares, Sarah Goldberg & Russell Barsanti.

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Soumya Sankar Bose selected for 2019 Joop Swart Masterclass

September 17-21, 2019

Chosen from the 245 candidates nominated in March 2019, the World Press Photo Foundation is pleased to announce the participants selected for the 26th edition of the Joop Swart Masterclass. Soumya Sankar Bose has been selected as one of the final 12 for the 2019 Joop Swart Masterclass that will be held mid-September at the World Press Photo Foundation in Amsterdam.

The Joop Swart Masterclass is the World Press Photo Foundation’s best known educational program. It encourages new and diverse approaches to documentary, visual journalism, and storytelling. Run as an immersive and interactive educational experience, the Joop Swart Masterclass enables the exchange of knowledge and experience in a meeting place for practitioners who often work alone.

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World Press Photo Foundation
Haarlemmerweg 4,
1014 BE Amsterdam
The Netherlands

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Sunil Gupta in Art after Stonewall, 1969–1989

April 24–July 20, 2019

Curated by Jonathan Weinberg, Tyler Cann, and Drew Sawyer, "Art after Stonewall, 1969–1989" will be presented in two parts: at New York University’s Grey Art Gallery and the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprisings, the exhibition features over 200 works of art and related visual materials exploring the impact of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) liberation movement on visual culture. Works from Sunil Gupta's “Christopher Street, New York 1976” will be on view.

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Grey Art Gallery
New York University
100 Washington Square East
New York, NY 10003

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Soumya Sankar Bose in Refest 2019

March 14-16, 2019

Works from Soumya Sankar Bose's series, Full Moon on a Dark Night will be on view at Refest 2019.

Inspired by the subconscious, Full Moon on a Dark Night shares stories from the artist’s LGBT friends in India – their rights, dreams, and desires. In a society that prevents them from living a ‘normal’ life, this work imagines a world in which freedom to live according to one’s own desires exists for all.

Refest is CultureHub's annual festival that brings artists, activists, and technologists together to explore our role in re-shaping the future.

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CultureHub NYC
47 Great Jones St. 3rd + 4th Fl.
New York, NY 10012 USA

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Cinema Play House Film Program at MoMI

December 8–January 26, 2019

Organized by guest curator Priyadarshini Shanker with Nandita Raman and sepiaEYE, this series accompanies Nandita Raman’s photography exhibition Cinema Play House, which captures the magical allure of fading cinema halls in India. The screening series, in conversation with Raman’s black-and-white photographs, approaches the subject of cinema from a multi-dimensional perspective. Non-fiction Indian films explore themes of film archiving, restoration, production, distribution, and exhibition. In order to spotlight modes of cinematic representation that do not pertain to conventional notions of the “documentary,” the series also includes experimental essay films, narrative shorts and feature-length ruminative documentaries. It also brings to light the work of women filmmakers, showcasing the films of four contemporary Indian female directors.

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Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Ave.,
Astoria, NY 11106

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A Conversation with Nandita Raman at sepiaEYE

Thursday, November 15, 6:30 to 8 PM

Please join us at sepiaEYE for an enlightening conversation with artist Nandita Raman as well as two distinguished scholars of photography and film, Paul Sternberger and Priyadarshini Shanker. We will explore Raman’s personal connections to some of her work as well as additional influences on her choice of subject matter. The discussion will delve into the choices Raman has made for each of her series regarding photographic technology, approaches to composition, process, and color and how her approach is informed by but distinguished from documentary photography.

RSVP required, limited seating available.

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Annu Palakunnathu Matthew in One in Three at Lesley University

November 1 - December 2, 2018

Works from Matthew's mixed media series, Bollywood Satirized, will be featured in One In Three: Comparative Perspectives on Gender Violence. The exhibit is part of a larger initiative to bring attention to the topic of violence against women, including a day-long conference at Lesley. One in Three is curated by Meenakshi Chabra and Sonia Perez-Villanueva, and will present work by artists addressing themes associated with violence against women.

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Lunder Arts Center, Roberts Gallery
1801 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02140
United States

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Pamela Singh in Still I Rise

October 27, 2018 - June 2, 2019

Images from Singh's Tree Hugger series will be featured in Still I Rise: Feminisms, Gender, Resistance.

Still I Rise sets to explore the history of resistance movements and alternative forms of living through a gendered perspective, grounded in intersectional, queer and feminist thinking. With over 100 works by some 50 practitioners, this exhibition looks at cases of resistance from across the world - from the domestic sphere to large-scale uprisings, spanning the late 19th century to the present.

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Venue 1:
27 Oct 2018 – 27 Jan 2019
Nottingham Contemporary

Venue 2: 
9 Feb – 2 Jun 2019
De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea

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Sunil Gupta in Life-Blood, Bloomsbury Festival

October 17 – 21, 2018

Images from Gupta's "From Here to Eternity” will be featured in a group exhibition on "Activist Art" entitled Life-Blood as part of the Bloombury Festival.

Sunil Gupta on this body of work: "I made these works partly in response to a period of illness brought on by the HIV. I thought that it might be time to think about how the virus affects my life. I ended up with these six diptychs. They were made in the darkroom as straight forward negative positive prints. Printing one's work in the darkroom is still magical as opposed to the digital printing that has largely taken over. The process itself seemed therapeutic."

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The Crypt Gallery
Euston Road (Entrance Dukes's Road), London, NW1 2BA

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Nandita Raman, Cinema Play House at Museum of the Moving Image

September 15–January 27, 2019

Concurrently with her exhibition at sepiaEYE, Nandita Raman's cinema hall photographs are currently on view at The Museum of the Moving Image.  This solo exhibition of Cinema Play House will include a film program presented by Dr. Priyadarshini Shanker, PhD, Adjunct Faculty at NYU and Columbia University.

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Astoria, NY, USA

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Atul Bhalla, You always step into the same river for Watershed

September 10-21, 2018

As part of Watershed, a multi-disciplinary program that "enmeshes arts and science," Atul Bhalla's presents You always step into the same river: Looking for lost water (Explorations at the Cradle). Fully utilizing the echo-y atmosphere of the Atrium in The Chamber of Mines Building, Bhalla's installation combines photographs, performative photographs, video with sculptural and textual interventions, and performances.

Bhalla has been involved in projects which highlight the use/misuse of water as well as its religious and mythical significance in his hometown of New Delhi. His work for Watershed will examine water as a repository of history, meaning and myth within the context of Johannesburg gold mining, taking references of land and water relations from historical (oral and non-oral) contexts.

“I’ll also attempt to explore how people live and survive in and around the dumps, developing local language/s and words for operations and acts that may not have existed pre-mining days. I intend to use Zulu as the language of communication within the work,” says Bhalla.

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Chamber of Mines Building
University of the Witwatersrand
Johannesburg, 2000
South Africa

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Osamu James Nakagawa in Photography to End All Photography

August 31 - December 30, 2018

Osamu James Nakagawa's Banta series will be featured in the Brandts Museum for Kunst & Visuel Kultur in Copenhagen for the Photography Biennale 2018. He will be showing prints from Banta that are larger and "hyper real"  than previously exhibited images. The Pho­tog­ra­phy Bi­en­nale 2018's title, Photography to End All Photography, focuses on "post-pho­to­graphic pho­tography." The par­tic­i­pat­ing artists all cre­ate amaz­ing pho­tographs that are al­most impossi­ble to dis­tin­guish from re­al­ity. But on closer in­spec­tion, the pho­tos re­veal the most sur­pris­ing de­tails that make us doubt whether we can en­tirely trust our own eyes.

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Brandts Museum for Kunst & Visuel Kultur
5000 Odense, Copenhagen

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Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Former Glory at the RISD Museum

July 27, 2018 – January 20, 2019

Annu Palakunnathu Matthew's image, Flags, from her An Indian from India series is featured in the exhibition, Former Glory.  With photographs, prints, and paintings spanning more than 150 years, the exhibition questions our emotional connections to the flag and explores its presence in domestic and international communities. Humorous, violent, critical, and sentimental, these varied works acknowledge and reflect on American nationalism and our complex histories.

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RISD Museum
20 North Main St.,
Providence, RI 02903
United States

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Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, Sunil Gupta + Charan Singh: Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018

December 12, 2018 – March 29, 2019

Works by Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, and Sunil Gupta and Charan Singh's project: Delhi: Communities of Belonging are among the first announced for inclusion to the 2018 Kochi-Muziris Biennale.  Curated by artist Anita Dube, although the vision of the other biennale has not been stated firmly yet, she has expressed: "I want to explore the vexed question of the relationship between art and politics," she says, "as well as the possibilities of a non-alienated life."* Congratulations to the artists, and we look forward to seeing the Biennale take shape.

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Various locations, Kochi, Kerala, India

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Betwixt and Between, Curated by Annu Palakunnathu Matthew

July 13 – August 18, 2018

Betwixt and Between: Photography, Time and Place, curated by Annu Palakunnathu Matthew, features photographic works by: Hasan Elahi, Jodie Mim Goodnough, Meggan Gould, Sunil Gupta, Abigail Gumbiner, Yashna Kaul, Mark Klett & Byron Wolfe, Netta Laufer, Olivia B. McCullough, Abelardo Morell, Lorie Novak, Pierre & Gilles, Meghann Riepenhoff, Ian Mohon, Lauren Semivan, Starn Twins, Millee Tibbs, Penelope Umbrico, Clement Valla, and Jay Simple.

"This exhibition highlights artists that explore different processes and possibilities in photography with a strong emphasis on points where the various technologies amplify and augment the artist’s concept. Rather than arguing for a monolithic definition of photography, this exhibition is betwixt and between, with a three-pronged approach.”

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Jamestown Arts Center
18 Valley Street
Jamestown, Rhode Island 02835, USA

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Vivan Sundaram: Disjunctures at Haus der Kunst, Munich

June 29 - July 10, 2018

"The presentation at Haus der Kunst is the most comprehensive and wideranging survey of Sundaram’s work at a European institution. The display is conceived as a sequence of juxtapositions with a view to suggesting how formal and thematic concerns ricochet from one work to another. History, Memory, Archive: the three keywords that the artist has designated as the overarching concerns of his practice are the signposts, as it were, for articulating the overall structure of the exhibition, an open-ended framework for exploring the connections or disjunctures between these terms and themes." - Curator Deepak Ananth, Assistant Curator Anna Schneider

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Haus der Kunst
Prinzregentenstraße 1
80538 Munich

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Charan Singh in Cast of Characters Exhibition at The Center

June 14 – September 16, 2018

Charan Singh's work can be viewed in the group exhibition, Cast of Characters, a salon-style exhibition curated by artist Liz Collins. Collins has transformed The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division and The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center into a lush, densely patterned salon filled with portraits made by over 100 LGBTQ artists. 

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208 W 13 St.
New York, NY 10011, USA

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