John Kayser (1922-2007) was born in North Dakota, but lived most of his life in California. After serving in the military during World War II, he worked for nearly the rest of his life at Northup Aircraft Incorporated, first as an assemblyman, and eventually as a technical illustrator.
Kayser made paintings and drawings, but it was in his photographs and 88 mm films that he was able to develop a distinctive visual language and explore his own unique perception of female beauty. Kayser’s work has been exhibited at Galerie Susanne Zander (Berlin/Cologne) and Ampersand Gallery (Portland, Oregon). Ampersand Gallery has published two books of his work, Sitting and Rose. A monograph of Kayser’s photographs is forthcoming from Steidl-Miles in 2016.
The Liège International Biennial of Photography, Biennale de l'Image Possible, Liège, Belgium, 2016.
Biennale de l'Image Possible, exhibition catalogue, Les éditions du Caïd, 2016, pp 71, 72.
selective press review
- par delà le territoire de la photographie authors Danielle Leenaerts in l'art même, august 1, 2016.
- Joyful Voyeur: John Kayser's Playfully Intimate Photography authors Brendan McHugh and Ani Kodjabasheva in Brut Force, November 24, 2015.
- Contacts and Pigments Make for Art Brut authors Oscar Laluyan in Arte Fuse, October, 20 2015.
- John Kayser: Direct Contact at Christian Berst Art Brut authors Alexandra Bendek in Musée Magazine, October 19, 2015.
- John Kayser: Direct Contact authors in Need Supply Blog, October 11, 2015.