about

 

PAUL KESSEL

I was born in New York City and have lived there most of my life. I had a career in clinical psychology, psychoanalysis and university teaching.

 

In 2008, I began to take photography classes at The International Center of Photography. In addition, I have studied at The Maine Media Workshops as well as privately with a number of photographers.

 

My primary interest is street photography. I was a competitive amateur golfer for most of my life and I treat street photography as a sport. Usually a warm up period is required and once some momentum is established, occasionally, there is a very good shot among many forgettable ones. On rare days, I might fall into that elusive state of “being in the zone.”

 

Initially, I made portraits on the street by approaching strangers and asking permission to take their picture. However, my style has gradually evolved into attempting more candid street scenes where I strive toward creating pictures that show interaction, movement, and layers, often revolving around one or more people. All too often, I settle for a candid portrait but the goal keeps me going.

 

Photo by: Russ Rowland

Awards

 

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Lens Culture Street Awards: Finalist and 3rd Place Winner (2020), Top 100 (2016)

Miami Street Photography Festival: Finalist (2017) (2018)

San Francisco Streetfoto Festival (streets of SF): Finalist (2018), Cage Match Winner (2017)

PDN “Faces”: Self-Portrait Winner (2019), Winner, Portrait (2018)

LACP, Street Shooting Around the World: Winner (2020), Finalist (2018)

London Street Photography Festival:  Finalist (2019)

Guides Association of NYC: Winner Outstanding Achievement in NYC Photography (2017)

Soho Photo National Photography Competition: Winner (2015)

13th Pollux Awards: Street Division, Winner (2019)

Complete List of Exhibitions, Shows & Awards

 

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2020

** Juried

 

3RD PLACE WINNER + FINALIST "Q Train" Lens Culture Street Photography Awards, 2020**

"Miami Beach" Selected Photographer for Urban 2020 Photo Awards, Trieste Photo Days, Italy, 2020**

"Q Train" Griffin Museum of Photography 26th Members Online Exhibition, Juror Paul Tognarelli, 2020**

AMONG THE WINNERS "Q Train" Colors 2020 Life Framer, Juror Marion Tande, 2020**

 

"Self-Involved" Portraits of Self-Isolation Exhibition, PhotoPlace Gallery, online, 2020**

 

AMONG THE WINNERS "Soho" 2020 Soho Photo Gallery National Competition, 2020**

"Evil" Winner of Juror's Choice and "Knife" in the same "Imagination" Exhibition, PH 21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary 2020**
 

"Q Train" Los Angeles Center of Photography, "The Creative Portrait" Exhibition, Juror Paul Kopeikin, Los Angeles, CA 2020**

"Q Train" Honorable Mention, A.Smith Gallery "Portraits" Exhibition, Juror Elizabeth Avedon, Johnson City, TX 2020**

"San Gennaro Feast / NYC" and "Q Train / NYC" American Photographic Artists Los Angeles: 9th Annual "Off the Clock 2020" Exhibition and Catalogue, Los Angeles, CA 2020**

 

"Selfie / Miami Beach" Praxis Gallery "The Street" Exhibition, Minneapolis, MN 2020**
 

WINNER "Self-Portrait / 2012" PDN (Photo District News) "FACES" Awards 2019, online, 2020**

WINNER "Q Train / NYC" 6th Annual Street Shooting Around the World, Los Angeles Center of Photography,

Los Angeles, CA 2020**

A selection of photos, 14th Pollux Awards Collective Exhibition, Street Division, Barcelona, Spain 2020**

'Fill the Frame', a full length documentary film produced & edited by Tim Huynh, 2020

"White Pigeon / Old San Juan Puerto Rico" The 6th Annual Eyes on Main Street Photography Festival, Curated by Jerome De Perlinghi, Wilson, North Carolina, 2020

 

A selection of 13 photos, The Sympathetic Eye Exhibition, Curated by Susan Keiser, Beacon, New York, 2020

2019

"Union Square / San Francisco" Street, 8th Edition of AAP Magazine, All About Photos Awards 2019, 2019**

"Horse and Pigeons" Exposurexpf, Part of Miami Street Photography, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2019**

"Coney Island Boardwalk" Photo Shoot: 2019 Exhibition, Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2019**

"Apollo" and "Rally for Venezuela" Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards 2019, Susan Baraz, Chair of Jury Committee & other jurors, 2019**

"Woodstock Country Road" Scapes Exhibition, PH 21 Gallery, Hungary, 2019**

"American Unsplendor" and "Panda" FINALIST, London Street Photography Festival 2019, Stour Space and The Old Baths East London, 2019**

 

"Bus Stop," Among the Winners, Photo Chronicles, 2019

 

"Youth" Portraits Exhibition, South x Southeast Gallery, Molena, Georgia, 2019**

 

"Flag and More" Significant Colour Exhibition, Ph21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary, 2019**

 

"SOHO" 13th Pollux Awards Collective Exhibition, Street Division, Barcelona, Spain 2019**

"The Rabbi" Water 2019 Exhibition, Juried by Elizabeth Avedon, Photoplace Gallery, Middlebury, VT 2019**

"Saturday / Williamsburg" and "Pretty Girls / Bronx" Urban Dance Exhibition, Plaxall Gallery, Long Island City, NY 2019**

"Fifth Avenue RED" Color Burst Exhibition, Black Box Gallery, Online Annex Gallery & Catalogue, Portland, Oregon 2019**

"Pigeon Rider" Soho Photo Gallery National Competition 2019, New York City, 2019**

"Coney Island" The Eyes on Main Street redisplay of Wilson, NC show, Joenju Photography Festival, South Korea 2019

"Brighton Beach" Short Street Stories, a Book and Exhibition: Trieste Photo Days, Italy, 2019**

"Frankfurt" Motion Exhibition, PH 21 Gallery, Hungary, 2019**

 

"American Unsplendor" A Color Moment Exhibition, PhotoPlace Gallery & Permanent Online Gallery, 2019**

"Fence No.2" Urban Exhibition, PH 21 Gallery, 2019**

 

"Dancing / Bronx NY" Street Shooting Around the World Exhibition, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA, 2019**

"Pigeons" Reality and Perception: Photography at a Crossroad Tenth Annual Juried Photography Exhibition, Upstream Gallery, Hastings on Hudson, NY, 2019**
 

"Towering Above" "8th Avenue" and "Port Authority Bus Terminal" Small Works Show, Upstream Gallery, Hastings on Hudson, NY, 2019**  

"American Unsplendor" & "Panda" Honorable Mention, 12th Annual Pollux Awards Street Photography Division, Juror Philip Bookman, Barcelona, Spain, 2019**  

"Coney Island" The Eyes On Main Street Exhibition, Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival, 2019

2018

"Wings II" Finalist, International Singles Contest, Miami Street Photography Festival 2018, History Miami Museum, December 2018**  

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Street Photo Milano, Milan, Italy, 2019**
 

"Bedtime" Self-Portrait Exhibition, Online Gallery of PhotoPlace Gallery, 2018**

"Curled Up" Honorable Mention, Summer 2018 Contest & Exhibition, Juror Anne Jastrab, The New York City Center for Photographic Art, 2018**

"Prince Street / Soho" Amongst the 25 Winners of The Photo Independent On The Street Awards 2018, Juried Exhibition, The Reef Los Angeles, 2018**

 

"Museum Exhibit Opening" Interiors Exhibition, Juror Elizabeth Avedon, Smith Gallery 2018**

 

"Madison Avenue" Punctum Juried Exhibition, PH 21 Gallery, 2018**

"Curled Up At Coney" Photo Shoot: 2018 Gallery Exhibition, Juror Todd Johnson, Black Box Gallery 2018**

"Union Square" FINALIST. Streets of San Francisco Division, Jurors Fadi Boukaram, Ben Molina, Troy Holden, Streetfoto San Francisco International Street Photography Awards, Harvey Milk Photo Center 2018**

"Prince Street," “Midtown Construction,” "Coney Island Beach," "Meat Packing District," and "Miami Beach"  individually by invitation from Barbara Peacock Photography, Pure Street Photography Color Gallery 2018 (online)

"Wynwood Walls," Color Space Exhibition, Juror Todd Johnson, Black Box Gallery 2018**

“Companion,” Shots Magazine, Self-Portraits, Issue #139, Spring 2018** 
 

“Fifth Avenue,” Significant Colour exhibition juried by Zolt Batori, PH21 Gallery, 2018** 

“Disappearing Rabbi,” Honorable Mention in Portals 2018 Exhibition juried by Darren Ching, New York Center for Photographic Arts Online Gallery, 2018**

"Two Heads," Taking Pictures 2018 exhibition, Black Box Gallery On-Line Annex Gallery, 2018**

 

"Seagulls and Nathans", Beasts of the City group exhibition judged & curated by Andrew Garn, Wild Bird Fund, 2018**

 

"Opera Curtain", Just In Time exhibition juried by Krisztina Domjan and Zsolt Batori, PH21 Gallery, 2018**

"Hauptbahnhof", Small Works Baruch 2018 group exhibition juried by Elizabeth Avedon and Richard Timperio, Sidney Mishkin Gallery, 2018**

"Bus Stop" and "Mean Street", Street Shooting Around The World, Los Angeles Center of Photography, 2018**

"Double Finger", Street Shooting Around The World, Los Angeles Center of Photography Online Gallery, 2018**

 

"Dinner No.1", Staged, PH21 Gallery, Budapest, 2018**

 

"Disappearing Rabbi", Photography Takes Over, Upstream Gallery, 2018**

"Untitled", Let There Be Light and Shadow, The Umbrella Arts Gallery, 2018**

"Saturday", Street Photography, Blank Wall Gallery, 2018**

"Drummer Girl", Third Annual Creative Portrait Exhibition, Juried by Anne M. Jastrab,

Los Angeles Center of Photography 2017 - 2018**

2017

"Untitled", Amongst the Winners, PDF Portrait Photography Contest 2017 'Faces' Jurors: Karen Frank, Melissa Geurts, Celine Grouard, Skye Gurney, Michele Hadlow, Michele Romero, Ilana Schweber, Tracey Woods**

"Wings", Finalist, Miami Street Photography Festival 2017, Jurors: Charalampos Kydonakis ("Dirty Harry"), Alison McCauley, Tavepong Pratoomwong, Tina Schelhorn, Rebecca Smeyne

History Miami Museum & Street Photo Milan**

"Drummer Girl", Third Annual Creative Portrait Exhibition, Juried by Anne M. Jastrab,

Los Angeles Center of Photography 2017 - 2018**

"Nanny and Child", Photocentric Exhibition, The Gilette Gallery of The Garrison Art Center, 2017**

"Drummer Girl", Portraits Exhibition, Juried by Elizabeth Avedon, South x Southeast Gallery, 2017**

"Coney Island", Photo Shoot 2017 Exhibition, Juried by Todd Johnson, The Black Box Gallery, 2017**

"Baden Baden", WINNER of Juror's Choice of Street Photo Exhibition, PH21 Gallery, 2017**

"The Last Stop" , Solo Exhibition Curated by Harvey Stein, Umbrella Arts Gallery, 2017

"Disappearing Rabbi" , Portal Exhibition, PhotoPlace Gallery, 2017**

"Veil" "Wings" "Cape" & "Fifth Avenue", Street Photography, South x Southeast Photo Gallery, 2017**

"Wings", WINNER of StreetFoto San Francisco Cage Match 2017

"Soho" and "South Williamsburg", Streetwise, Darkroom Gallery, 2017**

"Fifth Avenue", Chiaroscuro, Darkroom Gallery, 2017**

"Untitled", On The Street, 2nd Place Winner, Photo Independent and Fanthom Gallery, 2017**

"Wings", Off The Clock, Juried Exhibit curated by Elizabeth Avedon,

American Photographic Artists, 2017**

"Wings", Aviary, The Lafayette City Center Gallery & The Griffin Museum of Photography, 2017**

"Coney Island", WINNER, GANYC Outstanding Achievement in New York City Photography, 2017

"Aging" Family, Umbrella Arts Gallery, 2017**


 

 

2016

"Lens Culture Top 100 Street Photographers 2016", www.lensculture.com

"And One from Old San Juan"  A Solo Show Curated by Christopher Giglio, Pratt Institute, 2016**

"Retirement in Florida", 2016 Soho Photo Gallery National Competition, 15 White Street, 2016 **

"Copenhagen", Girls Girls Girls, 1650 Gallery, 2016 ** 

"Coney Island", Streetscapes, 1650 Gallery, 2016

“Alan”, Light and Shadow, Blackbox Gallery, 2016**

“True Believers”, Night, The Center For Fine Art Photography, 2016**

“True Believers”, The Grammar of Photography, Pratt Gallery, 2016**

“True Believers”, Nominee, GANYC Outstanding Achievement in Photography, 2016

 

~ 2015

“True Believers”, Illuminate, The Center For Fine Art Photography, 2015**

“Wings”, Animal World, Umbrella Arts Gallery, 2015**

“Entering The Metropolitan Opera”, First Place, Soho Photo Gallery National Competition, 2015**

“Torn Stocking”, Metro Curates, The Metro Show, Metropolitan Pavilion, 2015

“Williamsburg Streets: Scenes and Portraits”, Fornino Williamsburg, 2014

“Torn Stocking” Off The Grid, Umbrella Arts Gallery, 2014

“Sculpture on Fifth Ave” and “Saturday”, Kids Not Cute, Umbrella Arts Gallery, 2014**

“Pigeon Park” and “Old San Juan”, Far Away Places, Darkroom Gallery, 2014**

“Williamsburg: Old and New”, Solo Exhibition, Umbrella Arts Gallery, 2014

“Woman Sitting On Rock”, Brighton Beach Pictured, Brighton Beach Community Center, 2014**

“Blue Flamingo”, Eye On The Street, Kiernan Gallery, 2013**

“Care and Love” and “Take What You Can Get”, Sex and Love, Umbrella Arts Gallery, 2013**

“Reunion”, Signs of Love, TBM Photography Network, 2013**

“Aging”,  Both Sides of The Lens: Self-Portraiture, Kiernan Online Gallery, 2012**

“The Putt”, Aging, TBM Photography Network, 2012**

“Coffee Shop”, Street View, Colorado Photographic Fine Arts Center, 2012**

“Sled” and “Woman With Straw Hat”, Soho Photo Gallery, 2012

“The Putt”, Home, Umbrella Arts Gallery, 2012**

“New York City: 3 Views”, 2/20 Gallery, 2012

“Alone Together”, Dinner, Umbrella Arts Gallery, 2011**

 

** Juried

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