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Peter Kayafas July 29, 2009

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in United States.
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Jackson, Mississippi 2007

Peter Kayafas (b.1971, USA) lives in New York City where he is the Director of the Eakins Press Foundation. He has traveled and photographed extensively in the United States, Europe, Cuba and Romania. He has exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art; Sasha Wolf Gallery, NYC; Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, NYC among many other venues. His new book, O Public Road! Photographs of America (2009) and The Merry Cemetery of Sapanta (2007), are both available from the Purple Martin Press. His photographs are in numerous collections of the MOMA, New York, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In addition to overseeing operations at the Eakins Press Foundation, he teaches photography at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and is an Executive Director of the Corporation of Yaddo.

About the Photograph:

“Crowded events, like state fairs, carnivals and parades, provide ideal cover for the photographer who is interested in making photographs of people without their knowing that they are being photographed. Clearly the boy with his arms folded is making eye contact with the camera, so is the boy in the lower right, but neither has had time to react. In that sense, they appear as they would had there not been a camera present. When it comes to photographing people, I have always tried to be as unobtrusive as possible in order to preserve some sense of the way that people actually look.”

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