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Photographs of New York,
1947 to 1959, Clemens Kalischer
|Kalischer, a German-born U.S.
photographer, was a classic documentarist of the 1940's
and 60's. His black and white photographs have the careful
formalism often associated with the medium format negative.
He worked prolifically in Europe and the United Sates,
recording small town life in New England as well as the
cities and countryside of Italy, France, and Belgium.
But it is his photographs of New York City that are particularly
revealing of the energy and optimism of post-war industrial
North America -- in the faces of immigrants arriving from
Europe, blue-collar workers, and New York street life.
extensively for news magazines and publications throughout
the United States, where he has lived since 1942 when
he was able to emigrate to the U.S. from France. In recent
years, there has been a strong revival of interest in
his work, particularly in Germany where a large exhibition
of his New York photographs was shown in 2000. This is
the first time that the New York work has been put together
for contemporary exhibition in the United States. Kalischer
lives and works in Stockbridge, Mass.