Richard Kern, photographer and filmmaker remains, first and foremost, a portraitist. For more than two decades Kern has sought to unravel and illuminate the complex and often darker sides of human nature.
Kern makes the psychological space between the sitter, photographer and audience his subject. With his dry, matter of fact approach, he underlines the absurdity of truth and objectivity in photography while playing with our reliance upon taxonomies around sexual representation.
Kern’s images have been widely published in Purple, Vice, V Magazine and Italian GQ as well as in his numerous books and exhibited at The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum and in more than 30 solo shows around the world.
Kern lives and works in New York City.
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Richard Kern’s classic and long out of print book of black and white photographs of young women was published by a Tokyo Gallery in 1996 as a way to get some of his erotic images from the book New York Girls past the censors in Japan. This book, published early in Kern’s career, features nude photos of girls he knew and worked with from New York’s downtown art and music scene.
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