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prior to 2020

Horse and Pigeons.jpg
"Horse and Pigeons"
Part of Miami Street Photography
September through October 2019
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Paul Kessel Street Photography Coney Island Boardwalk
"Coney Island Boardwalk"
Photoshoot: 2019 exhibition
Black Box Gallery
Juror Todd Johnson
October 1 - 20, 2019
Portland, Oregon
Paul Kessel Woodstock Street Photograhy
"Woodstock Country Road"
Scapes exhibition
PH21 Gallery
Juror Zsolt Batorti, Gallery Director
September 26 - October 19, 2019
PH21 Gallery
Budapest, Hungary
Paul Kessel Street Photography Apollo
Paul Kessel Street Rally for Venezuela Photography
"Apolloand "Rally For Venezuela"
International Photography Awards 2019
Susan Baraz, Chair of Jury Committee & Jury
September 2019
"Bus Stop"
Among the Winners of
Photo Chronicles 2019
July 2019
Panda _ Venice Beach.jpg
American Unslendor .jpg
London Street Photography Festival 2019
August 23 - 25, 2019
Stour Space & The Old Baths East London
Portraits Exhibition
South x Southeast Gallery
Juror Nancy McCrary
September 15 - October 30, 2019
Molena, Georgia
Paul Kessell Street Photogapy Flag and more
Significant Colour Exhibition
Ph21 Gallery
Juror Zsolt Batori
August 1 - 24, 2019
Budapest, Hungary
13th Pollux Awards Collective Exhibition
Street Division
October 2019
Barcelona, Spain
Pigeon Rider Paul Kessel.jpg
"Pigeon Rider"
2019, Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
Soho Photo Gallery National Competition ​
Juror Julie Grahame
July 2 - 27, 2019
Soho Photo Gallery
New York City
The Rabbi.jpg
"The Rabbi"
Water 2019 Exhibition
Juror Elizabeth Avedon
July & August 2019
PhotoPlace Gallery
Middlebury, Vermont​
"Pretty Girls | Bronx 2018"
Urban Dance Exhibition
Jurors: Aline Smithson, Alexa Dilworth, Johnathan Blaustein, John A. Bennett, Orestes Gonzalez
June 2019
Plaxall Gallery
Long Island City, Queens New York​
Paul Kessel Street Photography Fifth Avenue Red
"Fifth Avenue Red"
Exhibition: Color Burst
Black Box Gallery
Juror Todd Johnson
June 1 - 20, 2019
Online Annex Gallery and Catalogue
Portland, Oregon
Coney Island Paul Kessel.jpg
"Coney Island"
Exhibition: The Eyes On Main Street
A display of the show originally from
Wilson, North Carolina  ​
Jeonju Photography Festival
May 18 - 25, 2019
Jeonju, The Old City, South Korea
Brighton Beach.jpg
"Brighton Beach"
"Short Street Stories" 
A book and exhibition
Exhibition: Trieste Photo Days 2019
Juror Nick Turpin
October 2019
Frankfurt Paul Kessel
Motion Exhibition
Juror & Gallery Director Zsolt Batori
March 14 - April 6, 2019
PH21 Gallery
Budapest, Hungary
"American Unsplendor"
A Color Moment Exhibition
PhotoPlace Gallery &
Permanent Online Gallery
Juror Arthur Meyerson
March ​7 - April 6, 2019
PhotoPlace Gallery
Middlebury, Vermont
"Fence No.2"
Urban Exhibition
Juror Zsolt Batori
February 2019
PH21 Gallery
Budapest, Hungary
Reality and Perception: Photography at a Cross Road
Tenth Annual Juried Photography Exhibition
Juror Craig J. Barber
January 31 - February 24, 2019​
Upstream Gallery
Hastings on Hudson NY
Dancing_Bronx NYC.jpg
"Dancing / Bronx NYC"
Fifth Annual "Street Shooting Around the World" Exhibition
Los Angeles Center of Photography
Juror Nick Turpin
February 8 - March 8, 2019​
Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA
Paul Kessel Towering Above
8th Avenue.jpg
Port Authority Bus Terminal .jpg
"Towering Above," "8th Avenue"
& "Port Authority Bus Terminal"
Small Works Show
Juror Philip Bookman
December 3, 2018 - January 27, 2019​
Artists Reception:
January 6, 2019, 2 - 5PM
Upstream Gallery
Hastings on Hudson NY
Paul Kessel Street Photography Wings II
International Singles Contest 
History Miami Museum
December 2018
Miami, Florida
Street Photo Milano
May 2019
Jurors Gustavo Minas, Eleonore Simon, Melissa Breyer, Julia Coddington, Pau Buscato
Milan, Italy
Paul Kessel Street Photograhy American Unslendor
Paul Kessel Street Photography Panda
"American Unsplendor"
& "Panda"
Honorable Mention
12th Annual Pollux Awards
Street Photography Division
Juror Philip Bookman
Consulting Photography Curator of The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
May 2019​
Barcelona, Spain
Paul Kessel Street Photography Coney Island
"Coney Island"
Jurors Carol Johnson, Jerome De Perlingi, Ghadah Alrawi
April 27 - August 4, 2019
Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival
Wilson, North Carolina
Self-Portrait Exhibition
Juror Aline Smithson
Online Gallery of PhotoPlace Gallery
Paul Kessel Street Photography Museum Exhibit Opening
"Museum Exhibit Opening"
INTERIORS Exhibition
Juror Elizabeth Avedon
October 5 - November 18, 2018
Smith Gallery
Johnson City, Texas
Paul Kessel Street Photography
at Coney Island Beach
Summer 2018 | Contest & Exhibit
The New York City Center for Photographic Art
Juror Ann Jastrab​
The New York City Center for Photographic Art
New York City
Paul Kessel Prince Street / Soho
"Prince Street / Soho"

The Photo Independent
Juried Exhibition​
October 5 - 7, 2018
The Reef
Los Angeles, CA 
Paul Kessel Madison Avenue
"Madison Avenue"
Juried Exhibition
October 11 - November 3, 2018
PH 21 Gallery
Budapest, Hungary
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"Curled Up At Coney"
Photo Shoot: 2018
Juror Todd Johnson
September 1 - 20, 2018
Black Box Gallery
Portland, Oregon
"Union Square"
Streets of San Francisco Division
 Jurors Fadi Boukaram, Ben Molina, Troy Holden
Streetfoto San Francisco International
Street Photography Awards 2018
June 4 - June 10, 2018
Harvey Milk Photo Center
50 Scott Street, San Francisco, CA
"Wynwood Walls"
Color Space Exhibition
Juror Todd Johnson
June 1 - 20, 2018
Black Box Gallery
Portland, Oregon
April 2018

  Shots Magazine
    Issue #139, Spring 2018
Prince Street
Paul Kessel Meat Packing District NYC
Selfie_Miami Beach.jpg
Prince Street / Meat Packing District / Midtown Construction /
Coney Island Beach / Miami Beach
By Invitation
Pure Street Photography Color Gallery 2018
online at Barbara Peacock Photography
"Fifth Avenue" 
Juried Exhibition
Juror Zolt Batori
April 19 - May 12, 2018​
PH21 Gallery
Budapest, Hungary
"Disappearing Rabbi" 
Honorable Mention
Juror Darren Ching
March - April 2018
New York Center for Photographic Arts
Online Gallery & Online Winners Catalogue, NYC4PA
"Two Heads" 
Juried Exhibition
Juror Todd Johnson
April 2018
Opening Reception April 6, 2018
Black Box Gallery
Portland Oregon
On-Line Annex Gallery and Blurb Books (catalog)
"Seagulls and Nathans" 
Group Exhibition
Judged and curated by Andrew Garn
March - April 2018
Wild Bird Fund
565 Columbus Ave.
"Opera Curtain" 
Juried Exhibition
Just In Time
Jurors Krisztina Domjan and Zsolt Batori
February 15 - March 10, 2018
PH21 Gallery
Budapest, Hungary
Juried Exhibition
Small Works Baruch 2018
Judges Richard Timperio and Elizabeth Avedon
February 16 - March 15, 2018
Sidney Mishkin Gallery
135 East 22nd Street
"Bus Stop"
"Mean Street"
Juried Group Exhibition
Street Shooting Around The World
Juror Gus Powell
February 16 - March 16, 2018
Los Angeles Center of Photography
1515 Wilcox Avenue
Los Angeles, CA
"Double Finger" 
Juried Group Online Exhibition
Street Shooting Around The World
Juror Gus Powell
February 16 - March 16, 2018
Los Angeles Center of Photography
Online Gallery
"Dinner No.1" 
Juried Exhibition
Juror Zsolt Batori
January 18 - February 10, 2018
PH 21 Gallery
Budapest, Hungary
"Disappearing Rabbi" 
Juried Group Exhibition
Photography Takes Over
Curated by Marina Chao
February 1 - 25, 2018
Opening Reception
February 4, 2018
Upstream Gallery
Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

Juried Group Exhibition
Let There Be Light and Shadow
Curated by Harvey Stein​
February 2018
Opening Reception
February 1, 2018, 6 - 8 pm
The Umbrella Arts Gallery
East Village, NYC

Among the Winners
2018 PDN Faces Portrait Competition
KAREN FRANK, Director of Photography, ESPN The Magazine
MELISSA GEURTS, Creative Director, Good Housekeeping
CELINE M. GROUARD, Senior Associate Photo Editor, Fast Company
SKYE GURNEY, Senior Design Coordinator, People
MICHELE HADLOW, Senior Photo Editor, Forbes
MICHELE ROMERO, Picture Editor, Entertainment Weekly
ILANA SCHWEBER, Associate Managing Director of Photography, TIME
TRACEY WOODS, Photo Editor, Essence
Featured in:
Photo District News Magazine
January 2018 issue
PDN Online Gallery

Street Photography
Juried Exhibition
January 12 - 25, 2018
Blank Wall Gallery
Athens, Greece
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2014
Miami Street Photography Festival​ 2017 - 2018
Jurors: Charalampos Kydonakis ("Dirty Harry"), Alison McCauley,
Tavepong Pratoomwong, Tina Schelhorn, Rebecca Smeyne.



November 18, 2017 - January 15, 2018

History Miami Museum

101 West Flagler St.

Miami, Florida

April 2018

Street Photo Milan

Milan, Italy

"Nanny and Child"
Juror Francis Naumann
December 9, 2017 - January 7, 2018
The Gillette Gallery of The Garrison Art Center
Garrison, NY

"Drummer Girl"


Juror Elizabeth Avedon

November 1 - December 15, 2017

South x Southeast Gallery

Molena, Georgia

"Drummer Girl"
The Los Angeles Center of Photography Third Annual
The Creative Portrait Exhibition
Juror Ann M. Jastrab
November 10 - December 18, 2017
Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP)
Los Angeles, CA

"Coney Island"
Photo Shoot 2017
Juried by Todd Johnson

October 1 - 20, 2017

The Black Box Gallery

Portland, Orego

Photographs of Coney Island​


Curated by Harvey Stein​

September 7 - ​30, 2017

Umbrella Arts Gallery

317 East 9th Street, NYC

Get the Book: The Last Stop 

(Photographs of Coney Island) 

"Baden Baden"


Juror Zsolt Batori

August 3 - 29, 2017


PH21 Gallery, Budapest​, Hungary

View all the select pieces on

A Portal Exhibition on PhotoPlace Gallery

Juror Aline Smithson

August 16 - September 9, 2017​



StreetFoto San Francisco


Judges: Bruce Gilden, Michele Groskopf, Don Hudson

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a juried group exhibition to be featured in
South X Southeast Photo Magazine

Juror Anna Goldwater Alexander

Director of Photography, Wired magazine

August 1 - September 9, 2017

South x Southeast Photo Gallery

6 Springs Road, Molena, GA

Exhibition "Aviary"
Curated by Paula Tognarelli,
Director of The Griffin Museum


March 15 - July 15, 2017

The Lafayette City Center Gallery in affiliation with The Griffin Museum of Photography

Boston, MA

"Coney Island"


2017 GANYC Apple Awards 

for Outstanding Achievement in New York City Photography

2017 GANYC Apple Awards Ceremony

March 6, 2016

SVA Theatre, NYC

Nominees for category: Mike McLaughlin for Mahattan Bridge, Nathan Kensinger for Bronx Casitas, Paul Kessel for Coney Island, Nathan Kensinger for Port Morris

ABOUT THE GUIDES ASSOCIATION OF NEW YORK CITY: Founded in 1974, GANYC is one of the oldest guide’s associations in the United States. For more information on the GANYC Apple Awards go to

a juried group exhibition
Juror Bruce Gilden

May 25 - June 18, 2017

Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT

Exhibition: On the Street
of a juried photo competition
by Fabric Magazine

April - May, 2017

Shown at two galleries in Los Angeles:

Photo Independent & Fanthom Gallery

"Fifth Avenue"
Exhibition: Chiaroscuro
A juried group exhibition
Juror David H. Wells

April 27 - May 21, 2017

Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT

Exhibition "Off The Clock"
A juried exhibit
Curated by Elizabeth Avedon
Summer 2017

American Photographic Artists

Los Angeles. CA


Exhibition "Family"
Curated by Harvey Stein


February 2, 2017 ~ TBD


Opening Reception:

February 2, 2017, 6 - 8PM

The Umbrella Arts Gallery

317 East 9th Street, NYC


Named Lens Culture Top 100 Street Photographers 2016

Announcing the Winners, Finalists, Jurors’ Picks & Top 100

Street photography captures the instant pulse of diverse people, urban cultures, traditions and communities all over the world — better than any other art form or language. While human nature may remain constant over the decades, fashions, trends, architecture, technology and the collision of urban visual clutter all seem to make our shared environments feel new, ever-changing and always bustling with life.

"These award-winning photographers may shock, delight, sadden or surprise you."

In the world of photography, there is a fear that we’ve already seen it all before, especially in a genre like street photography. But this year’s 34 winners, jurors’ picks and finalists clearly defy that sense of déjà vu — especially as we encouraged photographers to stretch and expand their interpretations of what can be captured out in the streets and intersections of the world. Their results ranged from street fashion and portraits, conceptual

investigations and pure poetry, to moments of daily life — both ordinary and extraordinary.

Featured in June 2016 issue of...
The "True Believers" photography series as featured in the publication's SHARE section. Please click here to see the full size PDF article or scroll to Media section on this page.
Girls Girls Girls
A Juried Exhibition


Opening Reception May 28, 2016

Exhibition throughout 2016



1650 Gallery

Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA


"And One From Old San Juan"
34 street photographs
A Solo Show 
Curated by Christopher Giglio


November 10th - December 22, 2016

Pratt SCPC Gallery

114 West 14th Street, NYC


"Retirement in Florida" 
2016 Soho Photo Gallery National Competition
A Juried Exhibition


July 6 - 23, 2016

Juror: Elisabeth Biondi

15 White Street

New York City, NY


"Coney Island"
Juried Photography Exhibition

July 2016

1650 Gallery

Echo Park, Los Angeles, CA

"True Believers" 
Night 2016

a Juried Show


June 17, 2016 - July 23, 2016


Juror: Sean Corcoran


The Center for Fine Art Photography

400 N College Ave., Fort Collins, CO

Light and Shadow

a Juried Show


April 1 - 20, 2016


Juror: Prudence Roberts


Blackbox Gallery

811 East Burnside St. #212

Portland, Oregon 97214

"True Believers" 
seven pictures

The Grammar of Photography


a group exhibition curated by Christopher Giglio


February 19 - March 21, 2016


Pratt SCPS Gallery

144 West 14th Street


"True Believers" 


nominated for the 

2016 GANYC Apple Awards for 

Oustanding Achievement in NYC Photography


Nominees: Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao, Hiroko Masuike, Paul Kessel, Timothy Schenck


2016 GANYC Apple Awards Ceremony

March 7, 2016 @ 6:30PM

The Leonard Nimoy Thalia Theater

Manhattan, NYC


Hosted by the Guides Association of New York City

"True Believers" 

a Juried Show at The Center of Fine Art Photography


December 4, 2015 - January 26, 2016


Juror: Elizabeth Avedon


The Center for Fine Art Photography

400 N College Ave., Fort Collins, CO


Animal World Umbrella Arts Gallery

presented in Animal World

a Juried Show at the Umbrella Arts Gallery


<<  Click on Invite Image to Magnify

Entering The Metropolitan Opera  wins First Place in The Soho Gallery National Competition

Soho Gallery's competition attracted over 1,750 images from around the country.  Elizabeth Avedon, independent curator and writer, is the competition's juror.  Paul Kessel was selected as the 1st place winner for the image, Entering The Metropolitan Opera.


Avedon said that from first glance, she was taken with the image's "Somber Beauty." She said, “It stayed with me like the atmosphere of a 70’s era Winogrand scene. The image has an indefinite quality to it.”


About the Soho Gallery National Competition:


Soho Photo Gallery initiated its first juried national photo competition in 1995 and it has been an annual event ever since. Each year, the Gallery receives hundreds of entries from photographers all over the United States. The Soho Photo National Photography Competition has no limits as to subject matter or technique.


Show: July 7 - 25, 2015

Juror: Elizabeth Avedon

Where: The Soho Photo Gallery, NYC


Photo by Russ Rowland

Williamsburg Streets:
Scenes & Portraits

On Display: F/W 2014

Where: FORNINO Williamsburg

187 Bedford Ave

Brooklyn, NY

"Torn Stocking"

Location Pictured: Central Park



           Metro Curates, The Metro Show 

           Umbrella Arts Gallery booth 


Show: January 22 - 25, 2015

Where: Metropolitan Pavilion 

125 West 18th Street, NYC



"Off the Grid" Group Show

Umbrella Arts Gallery 


Show: February 4 - 28, 2014

Where: Umbrella Arts Gallery

317 East 9th Street, NYC

"Sculpture on Fifth Ave" & 

"Kids (not cute)" Juried Group Show


Location Pictured: Fifth Avenue & Williamsburg

Photos Exhibited: December 2014

Where: Umbrella Arts Gallery, NYC

Curated by: Harvey Stein


"Pigeon Park" & "Old San Juan"

"Far Away Places" Juried Group Show


Location Pictured: San Juan in January 2014

Photos Exhibited: November 2014

Where: Darkroom Gallery, VT

Juror: David H. Wells


Old and New" 


Solo Exhibition


Location Pictured: East 9th St 

Photo Exhibited: 2014

Where: Umbrella Arts Gallery, NYC

Curated by: Harvey Stein


Photo by: Russ Rowland

"Woman Sitting on Rock"

"Brighton Beach Pictured" Photography Exhibition


Location Pictured: Brighton Beach

Photo Exhibited: 2014

Where: Brighton Beach Community Center

"Blue Flamingo"

"Eye on the Street" Juried Photo Contest


Location Pictured: 42nd Street

Photo Exhibited: 2013

Where: Kiernan Gallery and Kiernan Online Gallery

"Care and Love"


Juried Group Show 


Location Pictured: MOMA 

Photo Exhibited: 2013

Where: Umbrella Arts Gallery 

"Take What You Can Get"


Juried Group Show 


Photo Exhibited: 2013

Where: Umbrella Arts Gallery


Merit Winner



TBM "Signs of Love" contest


Location Pictured: Grand Central

Photo Exhibited: 2013

Where: TBM 




"Both Sides of The Lens: Self-Portraiture" Juried contest



Location Pictured: Central Park

Photo Exhibited: 2012

Where: Kiernen Online Gallery

"The Putt"

Honorable Mention in TBM Photography Network Picture


"Aging" Contest 



Location Pictured: Innisbrook Resort,

Palm Harbor, Florida

Photo Exhibited: 2012

Where: TBM Photography Network Picture 

"Coffee Shop"



"Street View" Juried Show 


Location Pictured: Williamsburg

Photo Exhibited: 2012

Where: Colorado Photographic Arts Center 

"Sled" & "Woman in Straw Hat"



Group Show 


Location Pictured: Central Park & Upper West Side

Photos Exhibited: September 2012

Where: Soho Photo Gallery, NYC

"The Putt"



"Home" Juried Group Show 


Location Pictured: Innisbrook Resort, Palm Harbor, Florida

Photo Exhibited: 2012

Where: Umbrella Arts Gallery 




Juried Group Show 


Location Pictured: Upper West Side

Photo Exhibited: 2011

Where: Umbrella Arts Gallery

"New York City: 3 Views"


15 of Kessel's images featured 


Location Pictured: Fifth Ave / 56th St

Photo Exhibited: 2012

Where: 2/20 Gallery, NYC 

"12 Central Park Scenes"



Commissioned by the ALPS Corporation Building


Location: Armonk, NY


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