Jeux de lumières
Like Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, Kenneth Josephson has a penchant for light, the radiant kind of light that brings leaves to life and illuminates their details with silver rays. In these black-and-white nature photographs, Josephson tracks the slightest beam of light to produce images with astonishing contrast. The forest becomes a dimly lit cave held up by the trees.
In cities, Josephson also relies on natural lighting to play with the comings and goings of men, their shadows merging with the bricks. His photographs are on view at the Galerie Gitterman, which is now presenting its second exhibition of vintage prints. The show features several rarely-seen photographs and focuses on two themes central to his work. The result is a poetic dialogue between the mysteries of nature and the constructions of mankind.
Kenneth Josephson was born in Detroit in 1932. He began his formal photography training at the Rochester Institute of Technology, earning an Associates Degree before being drafted into the army in 1953, where he spent several months in Germany doing photolithography for aerial reconnaissance. He returned to R.I.T. immediately after to earn his B.F.A. studying under the new program head, Minor White. Josephson started his graduate studies at the Institute of Design in 1958 studying under Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. In 1960 Josephson became an instructor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he taught until 1997.
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