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
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
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