MASTERS’ NIGHT LECTURE AND EXHIBITION
THE INVISIBLE CITY
Born: Brooklyn, New York. 1960.
Ken Schles’s books are considered ‘intellectual milestones in photography’ (Süddeutsche 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 the most important photographic books published since 1760. 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, 5b4 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.
Ken Schles 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.
This October 2011, his fourth monograph OCULUS will be published by Stichting Aurora Borealis under the auspices of Stichting Fotografie 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.”
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