Paul Kessel I began photography late in life when I wandered into the International Center of Photography in New York City in 2008. I stayed for nine years taking what may be a record number of classes, perhaps more than fifty. Previously, I had a career in clinical psychology, psychoanalysis, and university teaching. I always had a camera and now and then over the years would take a few pictures, but I knew nothing about photography or camera operation. At some point I became immersed in street photography and that is how I have been spending my time. I began by asking permission to photograph people, moved into candid portraits, and now, candid street scenes. I use only a full frame 35mm lens. I have been in about forty group exhibitions, as well as having three solo shows. I won a national competition and juror’s choice in an international competition. My work was featured in Popular Photography a year before the demise of the magazine. I don’t think there is a connection between the two events. (Photo shot in Brooklyn, NY, USA 2016.)


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