Simpson Kalisher is an iconic 1960s American street photographer whose artful snapshots of real-life street scenes capture the spirit of New York City in the 1950s and 1960s. His works are being honored in a small exhibition entitled Simpson Kalisher: The Alienated Photographer, on view through September 18, 2011 at the MFA Boston.
Street photography is a changing and diverse art form, with constantly changing subjects and settings based on time period and origins. Endless inspiration is available to this genre of photographers, but for the most part, their photos are unified by specific themes, locations and subjects. Kalisher was inspired by the life of the everyday working man and by consequence, his photos are powerfully evocative of struggles, happiness and raw emotion.
Implications - The current retro revolution has seen a rise in the consumption of vintage styles in art, music, and especially photography. This revival of antique styles and techniques in modern art that are artful in their simplicity has peaked consumer interest in historic artforms and works and the number of tribute exhibits that celebrate these artists is on the rise.