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ULVIS ALBERTS - LARGE SIZE PRINTS at BIRKENFELDS GALLERY, SPRING-SUMMER 2016


VERY INTERESTING!

ULVIS ALBERTS "Camera as Passport" Interview by Christopher Flach, Riga,LATVIA



David Bowie (8 January 1947 – 10 January 2016) RIP



My photograph of David Bowie at the Roxy theatre in West Hollywood 1975. Bob Marley and the Wailers concert first time in America. (c)1975 Ulvis Alberts.
DECEMBER 2015. ULVIS ALBERTS FOUNDATION DONATE
SOS Children's Villages Latvia



SOS Children’s Villages Latvia is a social charity organization that provides a long-term family based care for children who have lost their parents. The organization operates in Latvia since 1997.

Our work is based on a child-centered approach, taking into consideration every child’s individual needs and rights. Without doubt, family is the most suitable environment for a child, and therefore SOS Children’s Villages is committed to providing new homes and families to those children who have lost care of their own parents. Read more>>>


September 18 - October 10, 2015, at BIRKENFELDS GALLERY, Riga/Latvia

Antanas Sutkus
PEOPLE OF LITHUANIA  and

Ulvis Alberts
PHOTOGRAPHERS PORTRAIT


"Photographer,Antanas Sutkus made it easy for me to photograph him at his home in Vilnius,Lithuania. And in December 2009, just before Christmas, those were the best photographs I took all year.” More >>>


11-14 JUNE, 2015
ULVIS ALBERTS at AFFORDABLE ART FAIR LONDON

GALERIE STP








ARTISTS:
Algis Griskevicius | Andre Kalunga-Peters | Antonius | Edvardas Racevicius | Francois Delebecque | Nadja Kuznetsova | Ramona Czygan | Thomas Hoepker | Ulvis Alberts | Vincent Leifer | Walter Schels

Blues Legend B.B. King died in Las Vegas
He was 89



(c) Ulvis Alberts. BB King /Long Beach Blues Festival, Long Beach, California.

    The Long Beach Blues Festival (in California) was a week-end outdoor event
that I photographed in 1984 and 1985. I'd bring my lawn-chair, a bottleof wine and cameras. I'd get as close to the stage as possible to photograph some of the best blues stars of that era that included John Lee Hooker,Etta James, and the great B.B. King.
I always thought that this might be the last time I heard and saw these musicians,
so I shot lots of film.
    B.B. King influenced Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix. He played 200-300 concerts a year for decades. He won 15 Grammy Awards. His music crossed over to white audiences in the mid-1960's and his 1969 "The Thrill s Gone" - on love and loss- is pretty much remembered by everyone.
(R.I.P.) B.B. King
Ulvis Alberts (photographer)


John Robert "Joe" Cocker (20 May 1944 – 22 December 2014) RIP

These photos of Joe Cocker (Starwood club. West Hollywood, California) I was going to exhibit at Birkenfelds Gallery.
Joe was to appear in Riga a couple of years ago but cancelled...





ULVIS ALBERTS AND ANTANAS SUTKUS/ LITHUANIA AT THE ART RIGA FAIR 2014

 

ANTANAS SUTKUS
 



 NOVEMBER 24. - 30. 

       Railroad History Museum



ADDRESS

UZVARAS BULVĀRIS 2A


(AT THE NATIONAL LIBRARY)

 
    ULVIS ALBERTS


October 17 - November 8, 2014

Ulvis Alberts exhibition - rare Elton John concert photographs from legendary club The Troubadour



July - August ,2014
Ulvis Alberts "Camera as Passport” at the Ozo Golf Club
Ozo Golf Club - the first 18-hole golf course in Latvia - is one of the most technologically advanced courses in Northern Europe. The course is located in Riga - the capital of Latvia.The club owner is Sandis Ozolinsh, well known Latvian ice hockey player. Club's name - Ozo - comes from Sandis nickname in the NHL. Read more >>>

Exhibition is collaboration with the Birkenfelds Gallery, Ozo Golf Club and Restaurant Aura

 

Ulvis Alberts legendary poker player portraits in The National Library of Latvia

 


Art on Display.
Bremerton.

Toro Lounge will be featuring photography by ULVIS ALBERTS for the month of June. 
The show opens June 6th for the 1st Friday Downtown Bremerton Art Walk, 315 Pacific Ave., Bremerton.


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Ulvis Alberts, photographer and Christopher Reeve, actor Beverly Hills 1978

Tarzan Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary.

Authored by Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875-1950), Tarzan first first book publication was in 1914, and then in twenty-five sequels, three authorized books by other authors, and innumerable works in other media, authorized and not. There have also been dozens of movie versions featuring Tarzan as well as radio shows, TV series, and comic books.
The University of Louisville holds the largest institutional collection of Tarzan materials (The Edgar Rice Burroughs Memorial Collection) except this unique photo.

Tarzans(from L. to R.): James H.Pierce, Jock Mahoney, Johnny Weismuller, Denny Miller. Janes (from L. to R.) Joyce Mackenzie, Louise Lorraine, Eve Brent, Karla Schramm and Vanessa Brown.


ULVIS ALBERTS at GALERIE STP - ART KARLSRUHE. March 13-16, 2014




ULVIS ALBERTS photographed „Amarillo Slim" Preston at The Worlds Series of Poker at Binions Horseshoe casino. Premiere at National Geographic channel  film Hustling America.

 



ULVIS ALBERTS at BERLINER LISTE

September 19th to 22nd | KRAFTWERK BERLIN

With more than 10.000 visitors BERLINER LISTE ended on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013. Art lovers, gallery owners and collectors surged into Kraftwerk Berlin to discover 131 international galleries, project groups and individual artists from 30 countries over an area of more than 2.500 square metres. Read more >>>




ULVIS ALBERTS EXHIBITION IN BERLIN AT GALERIE HILTAWSKY
JULY 12 - AUGUST 31, 2013



(C)ULVIS ALBERTS. CHARLES BUKOWSKI, poet, writer. East Hollywood.1976

The exhibition is a collaboration with Gallery Birkenfelds, Riga and Gallery STP, Greifswald. MORE INFORMATION>>>

EXCLUSIVE  JIMI HENDRIX COLLECTIBLE


„ARE YOU EXPERIENCED” is the 1967 debut album for The Jimi Hendrix Experience. It is ranked Nr. 15 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time listing.



This setup features :
the original 1967 album and vinyl disc ;
two pristine metal, personal car licence plates: „AREUEXP” * – one from Jimis’ home state of WASHINGTON and one from CALIFORNIA;
ULVIS ALBERTS photographed „Jimi Hendrix backstage in Seattle at his 1968 „Welcome Home Jimi” concert. Read more>>> 

 

At May, 2013 ESPN sports network (USA) has purchased the television rights for three years from the Ulvis Alberts poker archive – The Worlds Series of Poker at Binions Horseshoe casino ( 1977-1982).  There are classic and legendary photographs of  such poker stars as Doyle Brunson, “Chip”Reese, Bobby Baldwin, Stu Ungar, “Amarillo Slim” Preston, Johnny Moss, "Sailor" Roberts and others.


ICON FILMS ( U.K.) has purchased Ulvis Alberts photographs of the legendary poker player “Amarillo Slim”Preston at the W.S.O.P for an upcoming documentary.

(C) Ulvis Alberts. "Amarillo Slim" Preston and Johnny Moss


ICONIC IMAGE OF LIBERACE

Ulvis Alberts' photographed Liberace at his Hollywood home in 1973. This photograph can be seen in Ulvis Alberts book "Camera as Passport" and is available as a signed fine art print from the Birkenfelds gallery.



The Steven Soderbergh's film  premiere of Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas as flamboyant pianist Liberace, was seen by 2.4 million people in the US. The film is released in UK cinemas on 7 June 2013.
Based on Scott Thorson's memoir Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace, it charts the life of the American pianist and the secret affair he had with the author, played by Matt Damon. The drama received its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this month.
Read more...


Exhibition at the International Airport "Riga"/Latvia
in the VIP Terminal and Business Lounge. Summer 2013.




ULVIS ALBERTS
FIRST EXHIBITION IN GERMANY
"POKER FACE - CELEBRITIES - ICEBOX" GALERIE STP/GERMANY
OPENING MAY 10, 2013 ( VIEWING MAY 11. -  JUNE 22.2013 )

 


watch this video
 



ULVIS ALBERTS, photographer has been awarded the ANSLAVS EGLITIS and VERONIKA JANELSINA 2012 AWARD. The award is $20,000.

 

The Anslavs Eglitis and Veronika Janelsina Fonds is awarded to artists living outside of Latvia,working in literature and art - writers, poets, and painters whose work advances and enhances modern Latvian art.
The Fond was created by Anslavs Eglitis (1906 - 1993) a Latvian writer, journalist, and painter and Veronika Janelsina (1910 - 2001) a Latvian writer and painter.




WATCH VIDEO: ULVIS ALBERTS STORY ABOUT PORTRAITS OF POKER PLAYERS






 Ulvis Alberts. Photo: Imants Gross 

Ulvis Alberts Rediscovered Vintage Poker Photographs in Color at Binion's Horseshoe Casino 1977-1980.Read More




 
ULVIS ALBERTS B/W photography featured in September Gallery Guide (Riga,Latvia) Cover:DEAN MARTIN,actor/singer (1974)Hollywood;
INSIDE: "ALL-IN" ELIZABETH TAYLOR,actress (1976) Malibu; "World Series of Poker"(1982)
(Jack "Treetop" Straus heads-up with Dewey Tomko (1982); STEVEN SPIELBERG,film director/producer(1976)Hollywood. BIRKENFELDS gallery/Riga.



Ulvis Alberts website QR code



ULVIS ALBERTS FOUNDATION SUPPORT 

Riga's Gallery Walk, May 12, 2012



ULVIS ALBERTS & THE GARDEN OF DESTINY CHARITY AUCTION

TUESDAY, 20 MARCH 2012, AT THE LATVIAN NATIONAL OPERA

CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE AUCTION CATALOGUE



ABOUT GARDEN OF DESTINY
With the support of the entire Latvian nation the Garden of Destiny is becoming a reality on an island in Koknese on the Daugava. It is a place where the past, the present and the future of the people as well as the nation merge...merge to give solace to the past, strength to the present and inspiration to follow your dream in the future. Just as generations left the Statue of Freedom to us, we will leave the Garden of Destiny as our legacy.
Shunmyo Masuno – a landscape artist from Japan – has visualized the Garden of Destiny. His work was selected as the best of 207 projects by an international jury. Architects Andris Kronbergs and Raimonds Saulitis along with „Design bureau ARHIS”, you, your friends and relatives and the people of Latvia are all helping to make this dream a reality.
MORE INFORMATION>>>



DECEMBER 20 - 25, 2011 NERIMA ART MUSEUM (Japan). Group Show.

ULVIS ALBERTS will exhibit works from the album "Camera as Passport"







ICEBOX GALLERY PRESENTS




Ulvis Alberts will be exhibiting thirty of his  most iconic B&W images for the very first time in the mid-west. Many of the images in this exhibit are vintage silver-gelatin,signed and numbered prints in an edition of 10.
Ulvis Alberts 362 page book of photographs "Camera as Passport" (1966-2008) will be available at the Icebox Gallery and he will happily sign it for you.

Icebox Gallery website>>>


ULVIS ALBERTS BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE ON BOTH COASTS OF AMERICA.

Both of Ulvis' photography books: "POKER FACE 2" (1977-2006) and "CAMERA AS PASSPORT" (1966-2008) are now available on the East and WEST coasts of America thru the efforts of New York based entrepreneur, Joseph Baldassare. (www.reelartpress.com)

 

"BOOK SOUP" at 8818 West Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood has been at its location for over 30 years. It is known for its avant-garde titles and a large selection of photography books. Right on the world famous"Sunset Strip,"  It is a unique bookstore in a world of sterile shopping mall outlets.

 

At it's present location in a 3 story townhouse RIZZOLI BOOKSTORE (31 West 57th.St./New York) is an oak walled oasis from the 19th. century. A book lovers dream with events thatfeature top authors,celebrities and artists such as Christo; actresses Isabella Rossellini and Diane Keaton; fashion designer, Tommy Hilfigure and New York state governor Mario Cuomo. The classiest bookstore in town!


Tina Hendrix, daughter of Leon Hendrix, the brother of Jimi Hendrix,organized her 2nd, annual music festival in Seattle on 18 September 2011.


Tina Hendrix and Ulvis Alberts

About 15 musicians were featured at the event including Jimi impersonator
and singer/guitarist, Randy Hansen. The outdoor festival also included
Leon Hendrix and a number of music students from the school.
Ulvis Alberts donated several of his books ("Camera as Passport" 1966-2008)
and an original photograph of Jimi Hendrix backstage (Seattle 1968)
to Tina's school. Paul Allen's Experience Music Project has
the now classic Hendrix photographs on display at the Seattle center museum.



ONE OF A KIND


Boogaloo Publishing published the book "One of a kind" (authors Nolan Dalla and Peter Alson) of the legendary Stu Ungar. On the cover is a photograph of the legendary player Stu Ungar "The Kid"

"This 1980 photograph of Stu "the Kid" Ungar is one of my favorites. It reminds me of a kid who should be in church rather than at a poker table. Stu won that year the WSOP at Binion's Horseshoe Casino. There were only 73 players. He won again in 1981 with 75 players at the tables. And a third time in 1997 against 312 players. And this photograph, of a zen-like "Stuie," will be the one we remember of the boy genius. "

Ulvis Alberts September 2011.


Ulvis Alberts and second international contemporary art fair

President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė visit Birkenfelds gallery at the TVILNIUS'11.

 

On 13 – 17 July, almost 8,000 sq. m area of the Lithuanian Exhibition and Convension Centre LITEXPO (More wwwartvilnius.com ) will be occupied by galleries from Lithuania, neighbouring countries and other countries of the world. The main objective of ARTVILNIUS’11 is to present a broad and representative panorama of contemporary art galleries, introduce the best artists and their works while maintaining a high quality of art.


POKER LEGENDS ON TV



"Ulvis Alberts,photographer sold  his black and white poker photographs from the late 1970's to season 7 of the television broadcast of HIGH STAKES POKER (2011).
This series of 13 one hour episodes shows a "montage" of Alberts photographs in one minute segments on each show under POKER LEGENDS. Such players as Doyle Brunson, Stu Ungar,"Sailor" Roberts,Jack "Treetop" Straus and Betty Carey, the first high stakes woman player are featured.
HIGH STAKES POKER is filmed at the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas and broadcast on the GAMES Channel in the US and Canada. The draw of viewers to the show is cash bets in the hundreds of thousands by "old school" pros "heads up" with up and coming poker players from on-line, internet poker. HIGH STAKES POKER is destined for international television syndication in the future. See more Poker Legends>>>
 

 All of Alberts' black and white stills for the show appear in his hardcover, "clamshell" boxed,signed and numbered book "POKER FACE 2" (1977-2006).
 Buy the book with PayPal . The book is available  in the US from Ulvis Alberts - ambercprod@aol.com or in Europe from the Birkenfelds gallery in Riga, Latvia  (Contact Tom Zvirbulis - info@birkenfelds.lv )




 
 CHARITY AUCTION IN RIGA  -RADISSON BLU HOTEL LATVIJA

SOLD 33 ITEMS FOR 9129 USD



Watch the video from Exhibition "Sensual Life">>> 
(C) Ulvis Alberts. Janine. 1981

Watch the video from Exhibition "Smoke">>>>


Veronika Frolova. Lips. Ivars Mikelsons-The Pipe

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces inductees.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is ready to admit a new class: Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love and Dr. John  will be inducted in March 2011 Read more

   

Ulvis Alberts Foundation in collaboration with the gallery Birkenfelds/Riga have produced special posters with the  legendary Superman - actor, Christopher Reeve and musician Tom Waits portraits. See Posters...

More about Ulvis Alberts Foundation and new projects...




 
Photographer,Ulvis Alberts (Birkenfelds gallery/Riga) is participating in a campaign for breast cancer rehabilitation, organized by SAMSUNG in the Baltic States of Estonia,Latvia and Lithuania. SAMSUNG a leader
in electronics manufacturing is working with "Dzivibas koks" ("The tree of life") organization in Latvia.
Everyone can support breast cancer rehabilitation as Ulvis Alberts is among several artists whose photographs can be downloaded to a cell phone or a computer for as little as 1 Euro at www.ribbon.lv ("Lejupielade ekrantapetes"). The campaign will continue till 25 February 2011.

 

The First Latvian Language Edition of PLAYBOY (Oct.2010)
Featuring ANNA ROZITE on The Playmate Cover.

 

                                         
                                     Foto (c) Ulvis Alberts. 2009

Anna Rozite and Toms Zvirbulis at the Birkenfelds Gallery in Riga on 2009.


The SAMSUNG company in September 2010 purchased the rights to five ULVIS ALBERTS photographs in their advertising campaign for SAMSUNG 3D LED TV 9000 series.



The demonstration is for sales in LATVIA, LITHUANIA and ESTONIA. The Birkenfelds gallery represents Mr. Ulvis Alberts photography sales in Europe



Janie Hendrix: what Jimi Hendrix means to me


© ULVIS ALBERTS.Janie and Jimi Hendrix in Seattle, 12 February 1968.
 
Jimi's sister remembers her iconic big brother. Read more>>>



RECORD PRICE!

Ulvis Alberts photography book "POKER FACE" (1977-1981) was sold for a record breaking price of $2,500US. This rare and out of print hardcover copy, signed by the photographer (#137/500) was sold by
Natalie Galustian Rare Books in London. (www.nataliegalustian.com) Alberts' oversized book, in black and white photographs, covers some of the first years of the World Series of Poker at Binion's Horseshoe Casino in Las Vegas.



His current photography book on poker "POKER FACE 2" is still available for sale as a signed, boxed set from the photographer at his e-mail address of  amberCprod@aol.com


Picture This: Ulvis Alberts Works From Home


Photo by Jeanette Scarsdale

* By Jeanette Scarsdale

Read more: http://www.kitsapsun.com/news/2010/jul/20/picture-this-ulvis-alberts/


New Project - PHOTOICON





 The "Golden Apple" awards 2009 awarded first prize to Ulvis Alberts' photography book "Camera As Passport"(1966-2008). The selection was made from 58 fine art books and calendars from 23 publishers in Latvia.

 
The award was given on 14 April 2010, at a ceremony held in the "small guild" of the Latvian Academy of Science in Riga, by the "Book Publishers Association" who recognized the best art books published the previous year.
 Contributors to "Camera As Passport" were Janis Pavloskis, computer artist; "Preses nams" printing house; and the"Poligrafijas infocentrs."
 In May, 2010 nominated books will participate in a Baltic States art competition and later will be exhibited and sold in Germany at the Frankfurt and Leipcigas book faires. Back to the book...

2009

Photographer, Antanas Sutkus made it easy for me to photograph him at his home in Vilnius,Lithuania. I asked him to lay down on his couch with a large Antanas' photograph of the writer, Jean-Paul Sartre, on the wall.
"Now Antanas," I asked, "close your eyes."  I took several frames on my old, motorized Nikon. "Now open your eyes."  Click,click....
"Thank you," I finally said. "That was great!"
And in December 2009, just before Christmas, those were the best photographs I took all year.
2009
Publisher "Mansards" has published Cynthia Lennon's book JOHN on her husband, the legendary group leader of the BEATLES, John Lennon.
The book printed a rare 1975 photograph by Ulvis Alberts of Paul  McCartney his wife,Linda and drummer, Keith Moon taken in Beverly Hills at the film premiere of TOMMY staring Tina Turner, Elton John and Roger Daltry, singer of THE WHO. See more...