About Me

My first real camera was a Canon AE-1 reluctantly purchased for an Introduction to Photography course at university. With encouragement from a wonderful mentor, I overcame that reluctance and developed a full-blown passion for the art of photography.

An American by birth, I have been living and working in Europe since 2003. I strongly believe that meeting people from diverse backgrounds and experiencing different cultures is crucial to building a better world. I try to travel as much as possible and share my point of view through the art of photography.

Shakespeare said through Jacques the Bard, “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players.” I have taken this message to heart in my photographic work. I focus on urban spaces created by the interaction of architecture and humanity. The isolation of humanity in the spaces it has created is a central theme in my work. I prefer to frame my photographs with a slightly larger frame than traditional street photography, blending landscape photography techniques with street photography to concentrate on the scene and not necessarily the individual actors.

I exhibit my work periodically and will announce those exhibitions on this site, on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. I look forward to meeting you at a future event!

Thank you for visiting.

James Kezman

Curriculum Vitæ

Date of Birth | Date de naissance : 23/10/1970

Nationality | Nationalité : American | Américaine

Photographic Milestones | Travaux photographiques

  • Solo exhibition | Expostion solo, “Meditations on America,” Loretto, Pennsylvania, 01/1993 
  • Set Photographer | Photographe de plateau, “Fumer Tue,” 04/2007Group exhibition | Exposition collective, Expatica, Carousel du Louvre, 10/2007 
  • Set Photographer | Photographe de plateau, “Double,” 03/2008 
  • Set Photographer | Photographe de plateau, “La Cowgirl de Damgan,” 06/2008
  • Group exhibition | Exposition collective, “Reflections of Ourselves,” Paris, 10/2009 
  • Collaborative exhibition with Ravnish S. Gandhi | Exposition en collaboration avec Ravnish S. Gandhi, “En ville/In the City,” Melbourne, Australia, 02/2010 et Paris, 03/2010
  • Solo exhibition | Exposition solo, “The Emergence of Night,” Paris, 05/2013
  • Collaborative exhibition with Sandrine Leonardi | Exposition en collaboration avec Sandrine Leonardi, “Plein Est,” Paris, 03/2014
  • Group exhibition | Exposition collective, “Grayscale,” Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 04/2014
  • Group exhibition | Exposition collective, “Shadows and Light: 2014,” Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 05/2014
  • Group exhibition | Exposition collective, “Shadows and Light: 2015,” Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 05/2015
  • Group exhibition | Exposition collective, “Monochrome,” Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece, 05/2015
  • Group exhibition | Exposition collective, “Framed: Shadow and Light,” Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 01/2016
  • Group exhibition | Exposition collective, “Black and White: 2017,” Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 01/2017
  • Group exhibition | Exposition collective, “Cityscape,” Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece, 03/2017
  • Group exhibition | Exposition collective, “Chiaroscuro,” Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, Vermont, 05/2017
  • Group exhibition | Exposition collective, “Shadows: Darkness and Light,” Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 05/2017
  • Private collections in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America

Publications

  • “The Emergence of Night,” 2013
  • “Wandering | New York City,” 2014
  • “Osaka is in the details,” 2014 

Photographic Influences | Influences photographiques

  • The French Reportage School (Cartier-Bresson, Capa, Doisneau, Weiss) 
  • Richard Avedon, René Burri, Clyde Hare, Lee Miller, Martin Parr, Man Ray, Sebastian Salgado
  • The cities of | Les villes de Istanbul, Kyoto, Paris, Tokyo and Venice. 

Photographic Equipment | Materiels photographiques

  • Cameras and lenses from | Les appariels et objectifs de Leica Camera AG, Nikon et Zeiss
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