Ken Van Sickle: Photography



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Ken Van Sickle


Photographs is a collection of 140 of Ken Van Sickle favorite black and white photographs taken in various places around the world from 1952 to the present. Van Sickle evanescent photographs fulfill the time-traveling brief of all great photography, granting onlookers intimate, keyhole access to Paris in fifties, the New York Beat scene, Andy Warhol’s Factory. You can almost smell the cigarette smoke in that Greenwich village club. You can feel the sunlight on that sleeping cat’s back. Echoing the light of Irving Penn pictures and the compositions of images of Henri Cartier- Bresson, Van Sickle’s street photographs make their first appearance in his first and exhaustive monograph, nearly seventy years after their production.

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Weight 1398 g
Dimensions 29.6 x 29.6 cm
Publisher name Damiani Editore
Publication date 1 June 2019
Number of pages
Format Hardback
Contributors Introduction by Jim Wintner
Dimensions 29.6 x 29.6 cm
Weight 1398 g


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Ken Van Sickle was born in 1932 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. He learned the basics of drawing, painting and composition from his grandfather and later studied under George Grosz at the Art Students League and cubist painter André Lhote in Paris. Van Sickle came early to photography, worked with Robert Frank and exhibited with Duane Michaels, is known for his atmospheric images of New York and Paris. His travels to France heavily influenced his work, manifesting a pastoral and salon style appeal. Although decades have passed since Van Sickle's photography work has been exhibited, in the past his works have been shown in prestigious museums and galleries including Limelight Gallery (New York) in 1958, the very first photography exhibition at Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) in 1960, Witkin Gallery (New York) in 1980, Soho Photo Gallery (New York) in 1988, and Galerie Thierry Marlat (Paris, France) in 2000. Van Sickle also has an extensive film career and has worked on numerous cinematography projects including The Making of The Lion King in 1994, Marjoe in 1972, and commercials for international brands.