Richard Kalvar (1944- present, American)

Richard Kalvar by Bruce Yan, cats in photosRichard Kalvar (1944- present, American) is a Magnum photographer who is known for his black and white “street” photographs.

After studying American literature at Cornell University, Kalvar became an assistant fashion photographer, working with Jérôme Ducrot .  He decided to become a photographer after a trip to Europe in 1966.  In 1975, Kalvar became an associate member of Magnum Photos, and two years later a full member.

Kalvar’s photographs juxtapose banality and an oddity of an image caught in a point in time while focusing on the irony of the situation.  His cats often display perturbed facial expressions, and are almost always photographed with women. 

His first exhibition was at the Galérie Agathe Gaillard in Paris in 1980. His ability to capture daily urban life in Rome and Paris is apparent in the majority of his photographs. 

Kalvar writes,A picture looks like reality but is completely abstracted from it: it’s frozen in time, flat, silent, and ignorant of everything outside of the frame. The odor is gone, and sometimes even the color. The choice of the moment eliminates the continuity before and after, which is present in real reality. And of course only appearances can be photographed.

But photographs sure look like reality, and it’s this complex and impossible relationship between the two that opens up all kinds of wonderful possibilities. As long as you don’t manipulate what’s going on, through posing or Photoshopping, you can create scenes that are both believable and absurd. Impressions are all.”

Today Kalvar lives in Paris. 

 

 

Richard Kalvar, Cat behind the shutters, 2013

Cat behind the shutters, 2013

 

 

 

A cat and a Sculpture of a Dog, 1987, Richard Kalvar

A Cat and a Sculpture of a Dog, 1987

 

 

 

Cat Curled up Sleeping in a Store Window, 1976, NYC Richard Kalvar

Cat Curled up Sleeping in a Store Window, 1976, NYC

 

 

 

Cats above a Doorway, Edessa, Greece, 2003, Richard Kalvar.

Cats above a Doorway, Edessa, Greece, 2003

 

 

 

Cats in Bed, NYC, 2015 Richard Kalvar

Cats in Bed, NYC, 2015

 

 

 

Cats on Screen Door, Woodstock, NY, 1969 Richard Kalvar

Cats on Screen Door, Woodstock, NY, 1969

 

 

 

Old Man on Crutches in a Park, with Cats, Spain, 1966 Richard Kalvar

Old Man on Crutches in a Park, with Cats, Spain, 1966

 

 

 

Père Lachaise Cemetery, Richard Kalvar

Père Lachaise Cemetery

 

 

 

Richard Kalvar, Beware of Dog

Beware of Dog

 

 

 

Richard Kalvar, Beware of the Dog, on UK Postage Stamp

Beware of the Dog, on UK Postage Stamp

 

 

 

Richard Kalvar, Cat and Woman, 1992

Richard Kalvar, Cat and Woman, 1992

 

 

 

Richard Kalvar, St Emilion, France, Little Girl and Cat, 1991

St Emilion, France, Little Girl and Cat, 1991

 

 

 

Richard Kavlar, Dog Bothering a Cat in a Basket, 1977

Dog Bothering a Cat in a Basket, 1977

 

 

 

Terra Cotta Statues and Cat, Thailand, 2007 Richard Kalvar

Terracotta Statues and Cat, Thailand, 2007

 

 

 

The White Bear Pub on St. John Street, with a Closed-Eyed Cat, London, 2009 Richard Kalvar

The White Bear Pub on St. John Street, with a Closed-Eyed Cat, London, 2009

 

 

 

Café “Le Sélect”, Montparnasse. Henri CHAPIER with his cat, 2007, Richard Kalvar

Café “Le Sélect”, Montparnasse, Henri CHAPIER with his cat, 2007

 

 

 

French Photographer Bruno Barbey with Cat and wife Caroline, Richard Kalvar

French Photographer Bruno Barbey with Cat and wife Caroline

 

 

 

Richard Kalvar, Paris, Father and son taking a nap, 1982

Father and son taking a nap, 1982

 

 

 

Woman and Cat Reading, 1975 Richard Kalvar 2

Woman and Cat Reading, 1975

 

 

 

Woman and Cat Reading, 1975, Richard Kalvar

Woman and Cat Reading, 1975

 

 

 

Woman Protecting her Fearful Dog from Ferocious Cats, 1978, Rome, Richard Kalvar

Woman Protecting her Fearful Dog from Ferocious Cats, 1978, Rome

 

 

 

Woman with Three Cats, Trastevere. Rome, 1978 Richard Kalvar

Woman with Three Cats, Trastevere. Rome, 1978

 

 

 

Richard Kalvar, Women Amazed by an Earless Cat

Women Amazed by an Earless Cat

 

 

 

Cat Show at the Espace Champerret, Paris, 1985, Richard Kalvar

Cat Show at the Espace Champerret, Paris, 1985

 

 

 

Cat show. White cat with his Portrait on a Magazine Cover, 1985 Richard Kalvar

Cat show. White cat with his Portrait on a Magazine Cover, 1985

 

 

 

Porte de Champerret Cat Show, 1998, Richard Kalvar

Porte de Champerret Cat Show, 1998

 

 

 

Porte de Champerret, Cat Show, 1998, Richard Kalvar

Porte de Champerret, Cat Show, 1998

 

 

 

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