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Richard Kalvar

Richard Kalvar (b. 1944) worked in New York as assistant to French fashion photographer Jérôme Ducrot, after studying English and American literature at Cornell University. After working in New York for two years, he settled in Paris where he helped found the Viva agency in 1972. Kalvar has done an extensive personal work in America, Europe, and Asia. A major retrospective of his work was shown at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, accompanied by his book Earthlings (2007). His images frequently play on a discrepancy between a banal situation and a feeling of strangeness that emerges from timing and framing, often resulting in humor.