Synecdoche Studio Photographs of Kim Kauffman

Halsted Gallery at AIPAD Association of International Photography Dealers

Halsted Gallery will participate in the 2013 AIPAD show April 4 - 7. Tom and Wendy Halsted will present a variety of my photographs along with many other selections from their stellar collection of vintage and contemporary photographs. AIPAD is one of the most important international photography art events of the year and takes place in the historic Park Avenue Armory in New York City's Upper East Side.                                             P     248-894-0353


Art Photo Index representing the photographs of Kim Kauffman

API (Art Photo Index) is live! In July 2012 Rixon Reed of photo-eye invited a group of vetted art and documentary photographers to participate in a beta test of a new visual index and search engine. In December, 2012 API went live to the public and now boasts portfolios from over 2300 artists from around the world. You may visit my page at Take a look at this great new resource.

Reduction:16 by Kim Kauffman
High Noon Culture Gallery Filter Festival Chicago

I attended the Filter Photo Festival portfolio review in Chicago in October 2012. Among many enjoyable and instructive meetings was a conversation with Yan Li of High Noon Culture in Beijing, China and Mr. Huo Wei, chief editor of People's Photography, the leading weekly photo newspaper in China. They selected 16 photographers to publish in People's Photography, each accompanied with a review by Mr. Huo. My Confluence portfolio appeared in the February 6, 2102 issue, just before the Chinese New year.
Peoples Photography featuring Kim Kauffman

Confluence: 11 by Kim Kauffman


Several months ago I received a trunk of old famly photographs that I hadn't known existed. Spanning generations back to the Civil War, they have turned out to be a fascinating, mysterious and engrossing look at my father's ancestors. As I move ever forward through the constant change of photography, these photographs have beckoned me to look backward, as well. As I learn to identify the faces of my relatives I also learn to recognize tintypes, ambrotypes in union cases, albumen prints on carte de visites, hand-colored graduation portraits. With online research I have learned when these photographic forms were popular. That, in turn, helps me figure out which generation of relatives I'm looking at. It is an intriguing puzzle to put together and I don't know that it would be possible without the clues the actual objects afford me along with occasional notes made by my grandmother and great grandmother.

This project has gotten me thinking about what a photograph really is. The essence is the act of recording something by means of light with a mechanical device. The particular tangible realization of the image produced (a slide, a print, a digital file) is secondary to the act and the resulting image we see. Yet, as I embed digital metadata in the image files for this newsletter and my web site, I wonder whether that metadata can enrich a future viewer's experience of my photographs in the same way that the coincidental information I've gained from these physical objects has enriched mine.

Eliza Hill and children Cora & Alonzo tintype

Eliza, Cora & Wiliam circa 1870

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