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Photographic Truth and Illusion

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The Stephen Daiter Gallery presents Kenneth Josephson “Squared”. This survey exhibition presents a cross-section of Josephson’s two-and-a-quarter inch negative works, beginning in the late 1950s up to the 2010s. Though the photographs themselves originate from the various series in Josephson’s oeuvre–most notably Marks and Evidence, Images within Images, and History of Photography–they are united not only in format but often in theme and character, and as a whole, are self-reflexive, experimental, and highly conceptual, the hallmarks of Josephson’s playfully intelligent photography.

Kenneth Josephson, born 1932 in Detroit, was among the first generation of photographers to graduate with a degree in photography from the now fabled Institute of Design, Chicago. Within a year he was studying commercial photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology and in the spring of 1953, he received an associate in applied sciences certificate.  In 1963 Josephson became a founding member of the Society for Photographic Education, and in 1964, John Szarkowski includes the artist in a major exhibition, “The Photographer’s Eye”  at the Museum of Modern art, New York, which traveled internationally to forty venues from 1964 to 1972. Over the next decades, Josephson traveled the globe and worked on a large number of projects, unified by continuous experimentation, creative use of humor and impeccable printing. In 1960 Josephson became an instructor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he taught until 1997.

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