Portland, OR—Charles A. Hartman Fine Art is proud to present our first one-person exhibition of the black and white photographs of Chicago-based artist Kenneth Josephson. The exhibition features important works from the first half of Josephson’s fifty years of rich photographic practice. As much exploration as experimentation, Josephson’s work layers ideas and techniques, building images that are conceptual in inspiration and formal in execution. Like a number of photographers educated at the Institute of Design in Chicago in that era, Josephson’s work starts with an understanding of light and a fascination with its rhythms and behaviors. His imagery is at once playful and serious, every photograph speaking to a fascination with both the internal and external world.
Kenneth Josephson was born in Detroit in 1932. He earned his B.F.A. while studying with Minor White at the Rochester Institute of Technology in the 1950s. Josephson then pursued graduate work at the Institute of Design in Chicago, studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, and alongside other noted photographers such as Joseph Sterling, Ray K. Metzker and Charles Swedlund. In 1960, Josephson became an instructor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he taught until 1997.
Kenneth Josephson’s work is featured in numerous major collections around the world. His publications include monographs accompanying major exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (1983) and The Art Institute of Chicago (1999).