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Ken Schles is the author of Invisible City (1988; reprint 2015 and 2016), The Geometry of Innocence (2001), A New History of Photography: The World Outside and the Pictures In Our Heads (2007), Oculus (2011) and Night Walk (2015 and 2016). His work has been nominated for the Deutsche Börse Prize, exhibited by The Museum of Modern Art, noted by the New York Times Book Review, cited in histories of the medium (Parr/Badger, Auer & Auer, 10x10 American Photobooks) and issued by some of the foremost publishers of our time (Steidl, Hatje Cantz, Twelvetrees Press). They're considered “intellectual milestones in photography” (Süddeutsche Zeitung), “hellishly brilliant” (The New Yorker). Ken Schles’ work is included in private and public collections such as The Museum of Modern Art, The Rijksmuseum, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museo d"Arte Contemporanea (MACRO) Testaccio Museum, and more than 100 other museum and library collections world-wide. 
 Ken Schles is a NYFA Fellow. http://www.kenschles.com
kenschles has written 43 posts for seeing images, seeing things

Staving Off Infinite Regress By Way of Interpreting Agee. By Ken Schles

FOAM Blog reposting #1 (this is a reposting of an essay that originally appeared on the FOAM online site. Images coming soon as will more essays in this series) Staving Off Infinite Regress By Way of Interpreting Agee. By Ken Schles     James Agee, begins his essay, A Way of Seeing (which can be … Continue reading

Tilted Arc Backstory: Ken Schles “Drowned In Sorrow”

I just wrote a piece for the site Tilted Arc. It starts: “This is Audrey. She lived on my couch for about six weeks after her parents threw her out. She worked as a model for the then teenage fashion impresario, Andre Walker, a fixture in the downtown club scene. She was dating another friend, also … Continue reading

A Night Walk

In 2011, Harper Levine from Harper’s Books asked three photographic book artists to make something special to show in Harper’s exhibition booth in the Grand Palais during Paris Photo. Alec Soth took his book, Sleeping Along the Misssissippi, and replaced all the images with c-prints, John Gossage changed the “direction” of his book, The Pond, so a reader would take a reverse journey through the book back … Continue reading

A Suspension of Memory

New Daylight Digital edition: A Suspension of Memory Ken Schles in collaboration with Alan Rapp Ken Schles’ Invisible City was published in 1988 to wide acclaim, both for Schles’ remarkably strong personal vision, and for its seminal description of New York City’s East Village in all its decaying glory. It was named a New York … Continue reading

Invisible No Longer

In 2008, at the photo festival in Arles, the photographer Martin Parr dedicated his Playas book to me: To Ken, Invisible no longer. It was one of the first times we met, but immediately I knew the reference was a nod to my first book, Invisible City. By then the book had already been out of print for twenty … Continue reading

Berkeley: Invisible City

We know a place best through the intimacies of contact: through direct and meaningful encounters with people situated in the everyday; through the tactile surfaces of walls and flesh and streets—and through the mythos that we distill from each and every one of those encounters. The world seeps into us: it colors and transforms how … Continue reading

Photoworld Interview

Xingjiang, a reporter from Photoworld magazine in China, interviewed me about Ken Schles: Invisible City, A Digital Resource, the digital photobook I did with Matt Johnston of the Photobook Club in England (link below). The magazine belongs to the Chinese Xinhua News Agency, the national news agency of China. In January they ran a feature … Continue reading

Images and Emergence

Ken Schles considers how image-making, like other forms of technology, has implications far beyond its primary purpose. For the FOAM blog. (new link redirects as the FOAM link expired)

Representation And Its Double

2012 November 08 Essay Representation And Its Double. Ken Schles explains photography’s infinite capacity to distort our understanding of reality as well as add to it. For the FOAM Blog. (new link redirects as the FOAM link expired)

The Scale of Reality

We live in a physical world and we live in an image world. Ken Schles looks at the relationship between our relative size, the tools we make and the ideas we have to explain how we see and experience the world. For the FOAM Blog. (new link redirects as the FOAM link expired)