Ken Lerner Fine Art Photography

Ken Lerner Fine Art Photography

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Ken Lerner started taking photographs when he was 6. The son of a renowned photographer (photographed the Sistine Chapel for the first time ever for Life in 1949; photographed the art page for Time Magazine for 40 years; photographed the art of the Carter White House for NY Times Magazine), it was only natural for him to have a camera in his hands at an early age. But in addition to that, since his father photographed world renowned art, he got a very early exposure to the masters, as there were over 100 art books in his home, wherein his father's work appeared -- He originally did not intend to pursue the arts as a career, being gifted in the sciences, and attended MIT, graduating with a dual degree just before he was 20. But somewhere during that time, his fascination with photography began to exert a radical pull, and he put aside the sciences to pursue photography. However, he was being pulled in two different directions..he was a photographer, but what he respected most was fine art. At the time, photography was considered to be only a reproductive art -- a craft really, rather than an true art- it was limited to the capture of a perfect moment (be that of a human's actions or emotions, or of nature); and the perfect print to exactly convey that captured reality. But that is not what Mr Lerner was interested in doing. He was not interested in photographing a real moment perfectly...he was interested in projecting an internal view of that moment, a subjective reality... And he started doing almost exclusively multiple image photographs, so that he could show this -- People often asked " what is it a photograph..... OF" -- to which Mr Lerner replied... "whatever you see there, and whatever it makes you feel" But back in the 70's and 80's that was not often a comprehensible answer... People were stuck in the concrete, and expected photography to be likewise... Mr Lerner has had shows of his work at Off the Square Gallery, Cambridge, Mass; Caliban's, NY; Peridance Center, NY; Cafe Reitschule, Munich; Spectrum Gallery, Southampton, NY) He also pursued interests in other creative activities at this time as well, designing and making a line of custom made women's belts, bracelets and necklaces, made mainly of sailboat and mountain climbing rigging and tackle, metal and rope; and designing some avant-garde clocks. He spent 2 years designing, building models of, testing models of, experimental catamarans, and building 2 catamaran sailboats He worked intermittently as a commercial photographer, and though it was not his true interest, he did do major shoots for Du Magazin in Zurich portraying work of all the major jewelers there for the 750th anniversary of the Guild of Zurich Jewelers; and for Jackie Fine Arts, in NY, reproducing 1000's of hand painted works in rare books for a series of Scottish postage stamps for collectors. In 2015, after a hiatus of 20 years, during which time Mr Lerner had a career in financial information sales, Mr Lerner returned to photography. But distilled through the lens of time, he decided to produce only single exposure images. And though less complicated structurally, being single exposures, they still represent a subjective view of the world, being almost totally abstract -- some graphically simple and pure, but others still very complex. People may still be prompted to ask "what is it a photograph ... OF". And Mr Lerner's reply still is "Whatever you see there-- whatever it makes you feel!" Only now, perhaps time, and the world, has caught up to him, and that answer, and the work itself, is now able to be appreciated by at least quite a few, possible many -- though Mr Lerner suspects, that will never come to be "by most"



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