“The New Color Photography – Classics” Untitled #05 (Shore), 2014, archival pigment print, Edition of 10, 30 x 40”.


Chad Kleitsch

What is photograph today in 2014? 

These images are the honest exposure (think of The Emperor’s New Clothes) of the new “photography” that we now live with. Our culture has acclimated to the idea that inkjet prints are photographs. They are not. Yet this new inkjet medium has its own basic esthetic personality and freedoms that are unfathomable by traditional photographic processes.

The title for this series came from the Sally Eauclaire book The New Color Photography (Abbeville, 1981), which was a watershed publication for the establishment of what became “fine art” color photography. I have used it as the mirror to look at how photography and the photograph have transformed over the past 34 years.

Chad Kleitsch‘s (Rhinecliff, NY) earned his B.A. in photography at Bard College. Over the course of his 30-year career Kleitsch has produced numerous bodies of work including a ten-year, three-part photographic survey of abandoned architectural sites; the series White Box which focuses on behind the scenes of museum art installations around the United States; and two series utilizing scanography – Botanical Mind which debuted at Eclipse Gallery in North Adams, MA and Works on Paper which was first presented at The Camera Club of New York.

His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States such as The Art Institute of Chicago, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, CCS Bard Hessel Collection, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery NYC, Yancey Richardson Gallery, and the Carrie Haddad Gallery. Chad’s work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Art News Magazine, Albany Times Union, Time Out and Fortune Magazine. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Time Magazine, Money Magazine, Chronogram, and The Mountain Record.

Chad received CPW’s Fellowship in 2010 and was selected by independent curator Laural Ptak. To view his fellowship portfolio, click here.