Clemens Kalischer

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Clemens Kalischer

Clemens Kalischer (born March 30, 1921 in Lindau, Germany) is a photojournalist and art photographer. He emigrated to France via Switzerland (1933) and then to the United States via Morocco (1942). From 1944 through 1946 he studied arts at the Cooper Union. Since 1951 Clemens Kalischer has been living in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. He married Angela Wottitz in 1956. They have two daughters, Cornelia and Tanya and two grandsons.

Clemens Kalischer is a member of ASPP (American Society of Picture Professionals); a member of One by One (an international dialogue group between survivors and perpetrators of the Holocaust) and worked as a freelance photographer of the New York Times, Newsweek, Life, Fortune, Du, The Sun, Yankee, Coronet, Country Journal, Moment, Vermont Life, In Context, Jubilee, Yes, Orion, Ploughshares, Common Ground, Architectural Forum, Places, Urban Design International, Progressive Architectural, and Time magazine. His work was included in "The Family of Man," a collaboration of Carl Sandburg and Edward Steichen. His series of photographs of displaced persons arriving in New York from DP camps, taken in 1947 and 1948, has been his most recognized work. Many are included in "Clemens Kalischer," edited by Denis Brudna and Norbert Bunge (Hatje Cantz).

In Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where he has the Image Gallery, at the request of Norman Rockwell, he took photographs staged by Rockwell which Rockwell then used to create his illustrations.

Group Shows[edit]

Clemens Kalischer's gallery in Stockbridge
  • Museum of Modern Art (In & Out of Focus), New York 1948
  • Museum of Modern Art (The Family of Man), New York 1955
  • C.S. Exhibit (Man Alive), Wales
  • Montreal Expo (Camera as a Witness), Montreal 1967
  • "Exposition de la Photographie Francaise", Paris
  • Decordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
  • Carl Siembab Gallery, Boston
  • "Photo Vision '75", Boston 1975
  • Smithsonian Institution (Portrait of America)
  • Smithsonian Institution (The Photographer and the City)
  • Brattleboro Museum, Brattleboro, VT
  • FotoFest, Houston, TX 2002
  • Willy-Brandt-Haus, Berlin 2002
  • Altonaer Museum, Hamburg 2002
  • Hood Museum of Art ("Pilobolus") Hanover, NH
  • Albertina Museum ("Life is Stranger Than Fiction") Vienna, Austria 2007
  • Cartier Foundation. ("Rock'n Roll1939-1959") Paris, France 2007

Selected Solo Exhibits[edit]

  • Durham Art Center, North Carolina
  • Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield - 4 exhibits
  • McCullough House, Bennington, VT
  • Washington Art Association, Connecticut
  • Black Mountain College, North Carolina
  • ZONE, Springfield, MA
  • Brattleboro Museum, VT
  • argus fotokunst art gallery, Berlin, Germany 1998, 2002, 2006
  • Photography Gallery Prospekto, Vilnius, Lithuania 2006
  • Estey Organ Museum ("Estey Organ Co.") Brattleboro, VT 2007
  • Maison Robert Doisneau ("Retrospective") Gentilly, France 2007
  • KunstHaus Potsdam, Germany 2007
  • Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston Texas 2010
  • Holocaust Museums South Africa (Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg) 2012-2013


Permanent collections[edit]

  • Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
  • Library of Congress (Master Photographers), Washington, D.C.
  • Lawrence Art Museum Williams College, Williamstown, MA
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
  • Bavarian Museum, Munich
  • International Museum of Photography, New York, NY
  • The Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis
  • Museum of Jewish Heritage, New York, NY
  • Diaspora Museum, Tel Aviv
  • International Center of Photography. New York, NY
  • Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
  • Maison Robert Doisneau, Paris, France
  • Sal Oppenheim Collection, Munich, Germany


  • National Council of Churches
  • Experiment in International Living
  • Cambridge Seven Aquarium
  • Edwin Jaffe Foundation Grant for Holocaust Gathering
  • Frank Taplin Grant for "Institute for Urban Design"

Selected books[edit]

  • La Montagna Dell'Esodo, 1996 by Museo Nazionale Della Montagna ISBN 88-85903-60-6
  • Clemens Kalischer, 2004 published by Marval ISBN 2-86234-377-3
  • Clemens Kalischer New York - Photographien 1947-1959, 2000 (by Sylvia Böhmer) ISBN 3-929203-29-4
  • Clemens Kalischer, 2002 (Introduction by Norbert Bunge & Denis Brudna) Published by Hatje Cantz ISBN 3-7757-1129-5
  • "Clemens Kalischer, Le Flux Du Quotidien", Musee de la Photographie Charleroi, Belgium - Catalogue


  • "Fully Awake" Black Mountain College Documentary by Cathryn Davis Zommer - 10 photos used
  • "Music Inn" Documentary by Projectile Arts - about 200 photos used


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