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Shari Kessler

Woman with a Camera

From studying fine art black-white photography with Minor White at M.I.T. to realizing a successful internationally career in Asia and Latin America. From lugging large format cameras up the Andes to shooting corporate Investment guides around Asia; to 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 resume reflects her life as a global photographer. 

Shari Kessler runs her studio, Head Shots in Santa Fe, NM. She is also Associate Professor of Media Studies at The New School, NYC, where she developed and teaches three on-line courses: Projects in Visual Storytelling; Visual Media--Grammar, Semantics, Syntax; and Global Lens - World Photography & Film.

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.

Artist Statement

I started out as a photography purist, greatly influenced by my guru and mentor, Minor White: compose in the lens; make fine-art black & white prints with full and rich tonal values.

Enter digital photography. At first very reluctantly, and then with vigor, I have embraced digital technology because it allows me to reach inside the frame and re-imagine and re-invent what was before the lens.

Years living internationally, I see with global sensitivities. ‘Spirit’ is what pricks my mind and excites my eye. I think of myself as an adventurer with a camera. 

From lugging 4x5” film cameras up into the Ecuadorean and Peruvian Andes, shooting 35mm color transparencies for editorial work in Thailand, Vietnam and India, to using a cell phone camera for travel photography in Italy, Spain, and Morrocco, photography for me is a journey that never ends.

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