Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Jesse Kalisher: World Traveler
Jesse Kalisher’s unique talent for going beyond the snapshot and an intimate knowledge of marketing make a winning combination
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Clouds roll in over San Francisco.
His limited-edition prints are sought after by noted collectors, and famous architect Frank Gehry owns an abstract that Kalisher composed of the metallic exterior of Gehry’s design for the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Kalisher’s prints are also available in a variety of storefronts and travel destinations, and they have been offered as pre-framed pieces in Target stores across the country, which he notes “rounds out my philosophy that everyone should have access to affordable art.” Also affordable? A set of color and black-and-white iGoogle page skins by Kalisher that were downloaded for free by more than 100,000 people within a few days of the iGoogle launch. You even can find Kalisher prints in national hotel chains, and his images populate the set designs of a number of films and television shows.
I kind of rebel against having one thing, he explains. My ‘one thing’ is photography. I want permission to be able to do everything, whether street photography or architectural work. It’s all just geometry, shapes and story to me.
Latin American bikers in Mérida, the capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán. Two of the bikers actually were from the U.S.
“I kind of rebel against having one thing,” he explains. “My ‘one thing’ is photography. I want permission to be able to do everything, whether street photography or architectural work. It’s all just geometry, shapes and story to me.”
Around The World
The son of photographer Simon Kalisher, it’s ironic that Kalisher didn’t pick up a camera in any sort of professional capacity until he was well into his 30s. Up to that point, he had been concentrating his considerable efforts into establishing a successful career in advertising and marketing in the cutthroat arenas of San Francisco and New York. He was doing well financially, but was extremely dissatisfied with the direction that his life had taken.
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