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Richard Kalvar - Selected Writings

144 pages
Photograph(s) by Richard Kalvar
22,2 x 22,2 cm
Language: French, English
Publisher: Les Presses du Réel

Native New Yorker and now Paris-based photographer Richard Kalvar has spent more than 50 years observing humanity through his camera’s lens. With Selected Writings, he shifts his gaze from what people reveal through their actions and facial expressions to what they write: graffiti, signs, t-shirts, banners, gravestones and other public inscriptions. In this work, irony and tenderness struggle for the upper hand.

Kalvar’s black-and-white photographs span his career from the late 1960s to the present, and were taken in locations across the Western world, especially in Paris, New York and London. From the odd to the surprising to the outright funny, they give a decidedly subjective overview of the public use of the written word.