Exhibitions, News & Awards

Upcoming & Past

Featured photographer in... 
 
"Fill The Frame"
 
A full length documentary film 
produced and edited by Tim Huynh
Mid-2020
"White Pigeon / Old San Juan, Puerto Rico"
The 6th Annual 'Eyes on Main Street' Photography Festival
100 photographs by 100 prominent and emerging photographers from over 40 countries.
 
Curated by Jerome De Perlinghi​
May 2 - August 9, 2020
Wilson, North Carolina
The Sympathetic Eye
Curated by Susan Keiser
13 of my candid street photographs are in the exhibition
January 4 - 27, 2020
Opening reception January 4
2:30PM - 4:30PM
Howland Cultural Center
Beacon, New York
"Horse and Pigeons"
Exposurexpf
 
Part of Miami Street Photography
September through October 2019
 
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
"Coney Island Boardwalk"
Photoshoot: 2019 exhibition
Black Box Gallery
Juror Todd Johnson
October 1 - 20, 2019
 
Portland, Oregon
"Woodstock Country Road"
Scapes exhibition
PH21 Gallery
 
Juror Zsolt Batorti, Gallery Director
September 26 - October 19, 2019
 
PH21 Gallery
Budapest, Hungary
"Apolloand "Rally For Venezuela"
HONORABLE MENTION
International Photography Awards 2019
 
Susan Baraz, Chair of Jury Committee & Jury
 
September 2019
 
www.photoawards.com
"Bus Stop"
Among the Winners of
Photo Chronicles 2019
July 2019
 
www.photo-chronicles.com
"AMERICAN UNSPLENDORand "PANDA"
FINALIST
London Street Photography Festival 2019
 
August 23 - 25, 2019
Stour Space & The Old Baths East London
"YOUTH"
Portraits Exhibition
South x Southeast Gallery
Juror Nancy McCrary
September 15 - October 30, 2019
Molena, Georgia
"FLAG AND MORE"
Significant Colour Exhibition
Ph21 Gallery
Juror Zsolt Batori
August 1 - 24, 2019
Budapest, Hungary
"SOHO"
2018
WINNER
13th Pollux Awards Collective Exhibition
Street Division
October 2019
Barcelona, Spain
"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"
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​
"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"
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"
(2013)
 
"Short Street Stories" 
A book and exhibition
Exhibition: Trieste Photo Days 2019
 
Juror Nick Turpin
October 2019
Italy
"Frankfurt"
(2017)
 
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
"Pigeons"
 
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"
 
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
"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
" WINGS II​ "
 
FINALIST
International Singles Contest 
MIAMI STREET PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2018
 
History Miami Museum
 
December 2018
Miami, Florida
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Street Photo Milano
May 2019
Jurors Gustavo Minas, Eleonore Simon, Melissa Breyer, Julia Coddington, Pau Buscato
Milan, Italy
"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
"Coney Island"
THE EYES ON MAIN STREET
Exhibition
Jurors Carol Johnson, Jerome De Perlingi, Ghadah Alrawi
April 27 - August 4, 2019
Wilson Outdoor Photo Festival
Wilson, North Carolina
"Bedtime"
Self-Portrait Exhibition
Juror Aline Smithson
2018
Online Gallery of PhotoPlace Gallery
www.photoplacegallery.com
"Museum Exhibit Opening"
INTERIORS Exhibition
Juror Elizabeth Avedon
October 5 - November 18, 2018
Smith Gallery
Johnson City, Texas
" CURLED UP " ​
at Coney Island Beach
HONORABLE MENTION
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
"Prince Street / Soho"
AMONG THE WINNERS

ON THE STREET AWARDS 2018
The Photo Independent
Juried Exhibition​
October 5 - 7, 2018
 
The Reef
Los Angeles, CA 
"Madison Avenue"
PUNCTUM
Juried Exhibition
 
October 11 - November 3, 2018
PH 21 Gallery
Budapest, Hungary
"Curled Up At Coney"
Photo Shoot: 2018
Juror Todd Johnson
 
September 1 - 20, 2018
Black Box Gallery
Portland, Oregon
"Union Square"
FINALIST​
 
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
"Companion"
April 2018

  Shots Magazine
   "Self-Portraits" 
    Issue #139, Spring 2018
Prince Street
Paul Kessel Meat Packing District NYC
Prince Street / Meat Packing District / Midtown Construction /
Coney Island Beach / Miami Beach
2018
By Invitation
Pure Street Photography Color Gallery 2018
online at Barbara Peacock Photography
"Fifth Avenue" 
(2014)
Juried Exhibition
SIGNIFICANT COLOUR
Juror Zolt Batori
April 19 - May 12, 2018​
PH21 Gallery
Budapest, Hungary
"Disappearing Rabbi" 
 
Honorable Mention
PORTALS 2018 EXHIBITION
Juror Darren Ching
March - April 2018
New York Center for Photographic Arts
Online Gallery & Online Winners Catalogue, NYC4PA
"Two Heads" 
 
Juried Exhibition
TAKING PICTURES 2018
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
BEASTS OF THE CITY
Judged and curated by Andrew Garn
March - April 2018
Wild Bird Fund
565 Columbus Ave.
NYC
"Opera Curtain" 
 
Juried Exhibition
Just In Time
Jurors Krisztina Domjan and Zsolt Batori
February 15 - March 10, 2018
PH21 Gallery
Budapest, Hungary
"Hauptbahnhof" 
 
Juried Exhibition
Small Works Baruch 2018
Judges Richard Timperio and Elizabeth Avedon
February 16 - March 15, 2018
Sidney Mishkin Gallery
135 East 22nd Street
NYC
"Bus Stop"
"Mean Street"
FINALIST
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
STAGED
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
"Untitled" 
2014

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
"Untitled"

Among the Winners
2018 PDN Faces Portrait Competition
Jurors: 
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
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PDN Online Gallery
"Saturday" 

Street Photography
Exhibition
 
Juried Exhibition
January 12 - 25, 2018
Blank Wall Gallery
Athens, Greece
"Wings"
Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2014
FINALIST
 
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"
PHOTOCENTRIC 
Exhibition
Juror Francis Naumann
December 9, 2017 - January 7, 2018
 
The Gillette Gallery of The Garrison Art Center
Garrison, NY

"Drummer Girl"
PORTRAITS
exhibition​

 

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
exhibition​
Juried by Todd Johnson

October 1 - 20, 2017

The Black Box Gallery

Portland, Orego

"THE LAST STOP" 
Photographs of Coney Island​

SOLO EXHIBIT

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"
WINNER OF
JUROR'S CHOICE
STREET PHOTO EXHIBITION

 

Juror Zsolt Batori

August 3 - 29, 2017

 

PH21 Gallery, Budapest​, Hungary

View all the select pieces on www.ph21gallery.com/street

" DISAPPEARING RABBI "
A Portal Exhibition on PhotoPlace Gallery

Juror Aline Smithson

August 16 - September 9, 2017​

www.photoplacegallery.com

"WINGS"

WINNER

StreetFoto San Francisco

CAGE MATCH 2017

Judges: Bruce Gilden, Michele Groskopf, Don Hudson

ABOUT CAGE MATCH AT STREETFOTO SAN FRANCISCO: "Live, on stage, our panel of judges will view submitted photos for the first time, along with the audience. They will then spontaneously critique them and score them on a scale of 1 to 5. At the end, we’ll name the winner and grant an awesome prize....But the real prize will be seeing Bruce GildenMichelle Groskopf, and Don Hudson give you positive feedback and rank you above all the others. This event will be broadcast live on facebook." For more information click here >>

"STREET PHOTOGRAPHY"
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

"Wings"
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"

WINNER

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 www.ganyc.org/2017-ganyc-apple-awards

"STREETWISE"
a juried group exhibition
Juror Bruce Gilden

May 25 - June 18, 2017

Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT

Featured in June 2016 issue of...
POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY
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.
"Untitled"
Exhibition: On the Street
2ND PLACE WINNER
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

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

American Photographic Artists

Los Angeles. CA

 

"Aging"
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.

"Copenhagen" 
 
 
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"
 
 
Streetscapes
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

"Alan" 
 
Light and Shadow

a Juried Show

 

April 1 - 20, 2016

 

Juror: Prudence Roberts

 

Blackbox Gallery

811 East Burnside St. #212

Portland, Oregon 97214

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"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

NYC

"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" 
 
ILLUMINATE

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

 

"Wings" 
 
 

presented in Animal World

a Juried Show at the Umbrella Arts Gallery

 

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Photo by Russ Rowland

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

 

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" & 
"Saturday"
 

"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

 

"Williamsburg:
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

"Reunion"

Merit Winner

 

 

TBM "Signs of Love" contest

 

Location Pictured: Grand Central

Photo Exhibited: 2013

Where: TBM 

"Aging"

 

 

"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 

"Dinner"

 

 

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

Ongoing

All photographs copyright  © 2019 Paul Kessel.  All rights reserved.