Ken Schles

04.09.2012 in19:33 in Street Photographer -->


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Ken Schles
Born: Brooklyn, New York. 1960.

Ken Schles photographs. He talks and writes about that experience as well. His books are considered ‘intellectual milestones in photography’ (Sddeutsche Zeitung). His most recent book, A New History of Photography, was a finalist for the 2009 Rencontres d’Arles Photographie Contemporary Book Award. Vince Aletti in the New Yorker called his book Invisible City, ‘hellishly brilliant.’ Invisible City was also included in MoMA’s More Than One Photography exhibition and listed in M + M Auer’s survey of photographic books. It has influenced a generation of photographers and is a favorite of the photographer Robert Frank. Books of his have appeared on notable lists published by Photo-Eye and the Sunday New York Times Book Review. His work is included in private and public collections such as MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum and The Art Institute of Chicago, among others.

is a NYFA Fellow and is an adjunct teacher at ICP.

Ken studied photography at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art with William Gedney, Len Jenshel and Larry Fink, and studied additionally with the artists Reuben Kadish, Hans Haacke and Martha Rosler, graduating in 1982. He was also briefly a student of the legendary Lisette Model at the New School for Social Research. Prior to his graduation he began working for Gilles Peress.

In September 2011, his fourth monograph OCULUS will be published by Stichting Aurora Borealis under the auspices of Stichting Fotografi e Noorderlicht. Oculus is a photographic book about images, memory and the metaphor of light. “We infuse the world we encounter with meaning, with social and symbolic significance based on the value we place upon representations we share. This, perhaps, is the irony of our conceptualizations: We make and share images so that we may know the world. Oculus takes you on a personal philosophic journey that points beyond the shadow-play of images. It is a meditation on the nature of perception and existence in the gray light of this world. ”