Jim Dow has been all over the Western Hemisphere. We always catch him on the tail end of a trip to Mexico, or just as he’s packing his bags for Argentina. Dow is obsessed with taco trucks and carritos, the food stands that provide sustenance and local flavor with a small footprint. His latest images are a study of difference, photographic comparisons that hint at the cultural differences these shops embody.

Taco trucks in California are far removed from the carritos and choripan places in Mexico, Uruguay, and Argentina. Writes Dow, “the taqueria, carrito and choripan stand owners and their workers may not have money or social position but they are a static part of the national fabric in Argentina, Mexico and Uruguay.” In California, “the trucks represent a mobile diaspora, always on the move.”

So before Jim heads off to the next locale, take a look at these appetizing photographs. Just one and your mouth will start to water.

Taco Truck El Mar Azul, Cypress Park, Los Angeles, California, 2008













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When Yumiko Izu stopped by our booth at the AIPAD Photography Show New York earlier this month, she brought with her a beautiful wooden box filled with chocolates. Somehow she knew that, in the middle of a hectic week away from home, dark chocolate, almonds, and sea salt would make the show a little better. A friend of the gallery for years, Yumi is as gracious and thoughtful behind the camera as she is in person. She has quietly gained an audience around the world with her recent series of photographs: Secret Garden Blanc/Noir. To celebrate the work, we asked Yumi to answer our five “In the Studio” questions.

Tripod Blog: Tell us about your studio space.

Yumiko Izu: I share the studio with my husband and partner, Kenro Izu. We had the idea of making our dream studio on our property in upstate New York about 10 years ago, when we were still working in New York City. At last, in 2009, we started the construction; we finished the renovation and moved into the new studio by late 2010. Inside 150 year old barn timber frames carefully refurbished and installed, there is a daylight studio, a gallery space and storage space upstairs. Additionally, there is a small strobe light studio, digital production area, office and workshop downstairs. I usually use the studio upstairs for my projects, overlooking a lake through French doors. Being surrounded by nature, this gives me inspiration. Also, we share a darkroom in the next town for all our platinum printing needs. I currently feel very grateful to be in this kind of peaceful working environment.

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MARCH Celebrates Paulette Tavormina’s Photographs in San Francisco

April 13, 2013

MARCH, a home decor and kitchen shop in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood, recently opened a show of photographs by our very own Paulette Tavormina. Among those singing her praises are Bon Appetit and Remodelista. If you’re in San Francisco before June 1, stop by MARCH (3075 Sacramento Street) to catch the show. Sarah, Benny, Sam, and [...]

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Catching up with Paulette Tavormina

January 16, 2013

To ring in 2013 here at The Tripod Blog, we caught up with Paulette Tavormina by telephone and email. She’s been hard at work photographing a new dessert cookbook for The Beekman Boys, whose 2011 The Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook she also photographed. With a solo show opening in New York this week and a [...]

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Paris Photo 2012 Wrap-up

November 15, 2012

If you weren’t able to join us in France this month for Paris Photo, here’s a quick wrap-up with snapshots from our booth in the Grand Palais! To see more installation shots, go to our Facebook page.                                     [...]

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In the Studio with Cig Harvey

June 16, 2012

Cig Harvey is a pleasure to work with. She imbues her photographs with fantasy and elegance, elements that appear to exist in abundance in her daily life. In person, Harvey is personable and charming. At a recent gallery talk, she greeted each of her former students from the Art Institute of Boston with a hug [...]

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Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Receives Landmark Gift of Photographs

May 23, 2012

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, announced Saturday that Saundra Lane has donated 6,500 photographs, 100 works on paper, and 25 paintings to the institution. A longtime friend of the Robert Klein Gallery, Lane assembled this collection of early American modernist painting and photography with her late husband, William, before either movement was highly regarded. “The gift [...]

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In the Studio with Jessica Backhaus

May 18, 2012

We started working with Jessica Backhaus at the beginning of 2012. Robert and Jessica met at Paris Photo 2011 and kept in touch across continents after the show ended. She’s a delight to work with, effortlessly blending pragmatism and whimsy. Watch this film to see Backhaus in her element, biking and photographing in Berlin. (Many thanks [...]

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In the Studio with Rebecca Norris Webb

May 3, 2012

This is the fourth post in an ongoing series exploring the studios and creative lives of our gallery’s photographers. The last time we saw Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, it was in September 2011 at the opening of our Violet Isle exhibition, a selection of photographs the couple took in Cuba. Next on the agenda [...]

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In the Studio with Roger Ballen

April 18, 2012

You may be familiar with Roger Ballen’s grungy black and white photographs. Eerie and dark, they are filled with a disturbing loneliness. Ballen, who first held a Kodak Brownie camera in 1955, sat down with us to discuss his photographs and the objects that inspire him. Tripod Blog: Tell us about your studio space and [...]

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