William Coupon: Portraits, a book launch and conversation at the Burchfield Penney Art Center
Renowned portrait photographer William Coupon, whose work has appeared in publication and exhibitions around the world during the past 40 years, will launch his new book, William Coupon: Portraits, in the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State at 7pm on Sept. 26, in a conversation with Jeff Simon, the nationally respected arts critic, and Dr. Anthony Bannon, director emeritus of The Center and principal essayist for the book.
Bannon’s writing interprets Coupon’s images in the 216-page book, published by Damiani Editore, to cover the artist’s wide cultural range, extending from the 70s Punk scene in New York City’s Studio 54 and Mudd Club, to iconic portraits on magazine and album covers, book jackets, museum collections. These include covers from Time, Rolling Stone, Life, Esquire, New YorkTimes Sunday Magazine, Newsweek, and others. Coupon’s first museum exhibition was at the International Museum of Photography in 1978. He was 26 years old and included in a show about dance photography. The next year, his first album cover was Bette Midler’s Thighs and Whispers. In 1980, exhibitions of his portraits showed in Sydney, Syracuse and Buffalo - at CEPA Gallery. Photographs featured in the book include national presidents and prime ministers, Persons of the Year, and sports and cultural heroes along with the globally marginalized--prisoners, refugees and the Aboriginal.
The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to purchase a copy of the book as an act of respect and support for the photographer, the author, and the hosts of the event, Talking Leaves...Books and the Burchfield Penney Art Center.