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Clemens Kalischer  

"For much of his career Clemens Kalischer has played the role of the Invisible Man. It is a role that seems to suit him. Never inclined to seek the limelight, he has quietly over six decades built a body of work notable for its high quality and open-armed embrace of the varied human condition." (Miles Unger)

1921 Born in Lindau near Lake Constance Son of child therapists Hans Kalischer and the physiotherapist Ella Kalischer Spends childhood and early school years in Nordhausen in Harz
1930 Family moves to Berlin-Reinickendorf
1933 Emigrates to Paris via Switzerland
1939 Deported to several French working camps
1942 Saved by an emergency visa by the Frey Commitee
1942 Emigrates to the US via Casablanca, arrives in Baltimore.
1945 Works as copyboy at agency France Press in N.Y.C First photo assignment: The last voyage of the passenger ship "Normandie"
1947 First course in photography, courses and laboratory work at "Photo League"
1948 New School of Research, studies with - amongst others - Berenice Abbott
  1951 Moves from New York to Massachusetts
1955 Acquires American nationality
1956 Marries Angela Wottitz. Two daughters, Cornelia and Tanya
1965 Founding of Image Gallery and Image Photos
Member of ASPP (American Society of Picture Professionals); one of the first members of One by One; Freelance photographer of the New York Times, Newsweek, Life, fortune, Time, du, sun.
  Exhibitions (selection)

"The Family of Man", Museum of Modern Art, New York 1955
"In and Out of Focus", Museum of Modern Art, New York 1959
"Man Alive", International Eisteddfod, England, 1960s
"Camera as a Witness", Expo 67, Montreal
"Portrait of Americ"a, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, 1976
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