Chad Kleitsch, "Lights 05", from the series "Lights", 2010, archival pigment print, 70x42"

Chad Kleitsch, “Lights 05”, from the series “Lights”, 2010, archival pigment print, 70×42″

Chad Kleitsch

The depiction of light in photography has been its constant. With the introduction of digital imaging, the definitions of traditional photography have blurred and transformed. This work questions the current issues of image process, print medium and the progressively confusing debate between real or “computer generated” images.

My work draws references from classic depictions of light through art history, from a carved sun on Egyptian temple to a Frederic Church sunset or Gerhard Richter’s Candle paintings. It also makes references to the spectrum of popular mass media such as the contemporary films 2001: A Space Odyssey and Close Encounters of the Third Kind as well to the generic theatrical light show at a concert or public event.

Images depicting lights are often the vessel for many generations to fill with their own conscious and unconscious needs. They stir up several basic human emotions, often asking questions relating to an original source or beginning. These computer-generated images of light sources ask the same questions but also point towards the question of what photography now depicts in a Photoshop world.

Born and raised in New Jersey, Chad Kleitsch earned his BA in Photography at Bard College. His work has been exhibited at the Art Institute (Chicago, IL), the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield, CT), Bard Colleges’ Center for Curatorial Studies’ Hessel Center (Annandale-on-Hudson, NY), Yancey Richardson Gallery (NYC), Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art (New Paltz, NY), Carrie Haddad Photographs, and Nicole Fiacco Gallery (both in Hudson, NY), among others. Kleitsch’s work has been published in Chronogram, Time Magazine, Money Magazine, and The Mountain Record, as well as in Weird U.S. and Bystander: A History of Street Photography by Joel Meyerowitz and Colin Westerbeck. Kleitsch was the recipient of a Merchant & Ivory Grant in 1993 and has lectured and taught since 1993 at Yale University, Sarah Lawrence College, and Bard College, among others. His work is represented by Ariel Meyerowitz (NYC) and Carrie Haddad Photographs (Hudson, NY).

In 2010, he received CPW’s Photographer’s Fellowship Fund.