David Kalb Photography
Street Photography by David Kalb
Street photography is an exciting component of my life. I’ve enjoyed photography since an early age. This fascination began by observing my Uncle Abe make family portraits in his studio and develop them in his darkroom. He was a professional photographer in every sense of the word, except it was a genuine hobby not his everyday profession.
I did not start out to become a street photographer; it found me. Like my Uncle, photography was a hobby; however, after selling my consulting business in 2012, I was able to devote more time, effort and resources to understanding the craft and developing my style.
With street photography, there’s excitement in knowing that with each camera click, you have the potential of making a unique image that cannot be duplicated. A movement, a gesture, an expression; it’s there one moment and gone the next. While much of photography involves skill, with street photography there’s an element of luck and happenstance.
I think of “street photography” as a people safari. You walk the streets of a city, town or village; urban or rural; with a camera, always keeping your eyes open for the unusual; the ironic; the poignant. You never know what you might see a block away or around the next corner. As one can observe in my galleries, this may be an older couple on a street corner in Linz, Austria; a man who surely inspired a wall mural in Santiago Cuba; or a vibrant redhead walking down Hollywood Boulevard.
People are sometimes aware of my presence. Occasionally, I will engage the person and then ask if I can “take their picture”. Often the images are totally candid. Regardless, the resulting photos reflect a mirror image of society.
My street photography has been exhibited twice at the International House in Davis, California (2014 and 2016). The first show included images from Europe; the second consisted of people from major cities in the United States. My third show – The People of Cuba — is on view until August 3, 2017 at Logos Books in Davis.
My work is featured on the Yolo Basin Foundation’s website where I volunteer as a photographer for their Discover The Flyway educational program. Several of my street images have been displayed at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in Sacramento, where I maintain a portfolio drawer and volunteer as a docent.
All photos are available for purchase and are personally printed to order. Please contact me for current sizing and price information.
“The People of Cuba”
A collection of Photographs that capture everyday people and their life in Cuba
On view until August 3, 2017
Logos Books, 513 Second Street, Davis, CA
I was inspired by the Cuban people while on a recent 16-day In-depth Island journey. This collection of 30 photographs from around the Republic, capture a cross-section of people from Santiago, Camaguey, Trinidad, Bayamo and Havana.