Richard Kalman, founder of Crane Kalman Brighton, is our new contemporary photography curator

Richard Kalman, founder of Crane Kalman Brighton, is our new contemporary photography curator

We've got emerging and contemporary art specialists, an art consultant and an expert in printmaking. Now, we're welcoming Richard Kalman, founder of Crane Kalman Bright gallery, university lecturer and curator of Cream Graduate Showcase exhibition. We know that photography sometimes doesn't always get the attention it deserves, but move over paintings, Richard's here to help you see original art from a different angle.

Who's Richard?

Richard Kalman is the owner and founder of the Crane Kalman Brighton gallery. With a family background in the art world (in modern British painting in particular), Richard branched out and opened his own gallery in Brighton in 2005, specialising in contemporary photography. The gallery has established a reputation for providing a platform to showcase the work of mostly up-and-coming, young British and some international artists.

Crane Kalman Brighton gallery has held solo exhibitions by artists such as Polly Borland, Simon Roberts, Jane Hilton, Tim Flach and the late Michael Ormerod, as well as the work of international photographers such as Terry Richardson, Joseph Szabo, Karine Laval and Hans van der Meer.

Richard also continues to work with emerging young photographers through the annually held Cream Graduate Showcase exhibition. He also lectures at universities, giving advice to students on photography and how to forge a career in the art world.

Contemporary photography

As with all of our curators, we asked Richard to apply his expertise in selecting his first curated collection.

Richard says about his selection: "One of the hardest things about making this selection - also conversely one of the things that made it so enjoyable - is the sheer breadth, range and diversity that photography on Artfinder encompasses. Portraits, landscapes, seascapes, architecture, still lives, wildlife, nudes, abstracts in black and white and in colour, produced as c-types, cyanotypes, silver gelatins, giclees, inkets and polaroids.

"There is something to please the eye and grace the wall of every style and taste. In this most subjective of mediums, from the most straight-forward, simplest of images to skilfully worked digital manipulations and dreamscapes. This is my eclectic selection. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed choosing it."

Shop Richard's curated collection

Cover image via Neil Hemsley


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