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Shari Kessler

40 years, around the world, living through the lens.

Clients include National Geographic Society, Smithsonian Institution, The World Bank, Thai Airways, BBC, London Times, McGraw-Hill Publishers, Citibank, International Folk Art Museum, Santa Fe, NM. 

From fine art black-white film-work with Minor White at M.I.T. to an international editorial career in Asia and Latin America. From lugging large format cameras up the Andes to shooting corporate Investment guides around Asia, being the first American artist invited to exhibit in Hanoi since the American-Vietnam war and having work purchased as Public Art by the State of New Mexico, Shari’s portfolio reflects her life as an itinerant global photographer.

Shari Kessler runs Head Shots, LLC. in Santa Fe, NM. and is Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School, NYC. She teaches Visual Storytelling; Visual Literacy & Culture; and Global Lens: World Photography & Film; online courses that she developed for The New School Department of Media Studies, MA program.

Artist Statement

Photography for me is a journey.

Classically trained, my early years in photography were spent with my hands in chemicals. I studied fine art black-and-white printing with American photographer Minor White, my guru and teacher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Minor was an extraordinary and important influence; his philosophies about life and the photographic process imbued in me a life-long quest to live in a state of harmonious heightened awareness to come to the fullest extension of experiencing.

While for now, I have laid aside my Leica for DSLR, I believe that photography is all about being in tune and in touch with our reality and capturing what we see in a camera frame. What happens outside of the camera-- manipulating the image and mixing media in the final print-- is pure photography in a new world of visual expression.

You will see in samples from my portfolio a trajectory of exploration of the visual.

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From black-and-white film and color transparencies, one can see the metamorphosis I have undertaken from pure photography to new age imagery. I have also experimented with combining the ancient art of fresco with photography 3-D assemblage.

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I am currently working on creating images that are a resonance of an original in-camera photograph, visual expressions that reflect something I saw or felt during or after the moment of CLICK! I am entering a visceral visual world that lies between photography and prints with the unserious purpose of making happy art.

Photography for me is a journey that never ends…