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Artist Reception & Book Signing: Simpson Kalisher at Keith de Lellis Gallery

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Updated: Thursday, January 02, 2014
DATE: September 21, 2011

Photographs from Kalisher's Latest Book:
The Alienated Photographer

Reception & Signing
Thursday, September 22
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Exhibition Dates: September 23 - November 5, 2011

Simpson Kalisher comes from a generation strong in street photography. Cut form the same cloth as artists like Bruce Davidson, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winograd, and Robert Frank, Simpson Kalisher turned his lens onto the world around him. To make a living he courted photojournalism, which he found often to be half imagined soap opera, and advertisement, which mimicked but at least did not purport to be true. His passion and purpose was capturing real found moments.

In his own time he wandered the streets of New York, as he says,"in search of meaning," and found moments of true translation. The works speak without words, have immediacy, and yet maintain a defined space between photographer and subject, viewer and image- a sense of alienation. In the American climate of the 1950's and 1960's divisions did exist- racial, social, economic, political lines in the sand were being drawn and redrawn. The images capture the sentiment and the personages of the time and for this have a familiarity about them. Perhaps we are experiencing an image for the first time, yet we have a moment of recognition with every work. Their truth and power comes from their immediate communicability. We know the time, the people, the social narrative, and we are transported through each frame to a moment. Each piece belongs so definitively to our collective fabric that we know it.

Gloria Richards, collector and supporter of Kalisher's work recently gifted 100 images to the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; Keith de Lellis exhibition features 59 of those images.

For more information on the exhibition please visit Keith de Lellis Galelry

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