Bram, Richard

Richard Bram, New York, USA

Born in Philadelphia in 1952, Richard Bram grew up in Ohio, Utah and Arizona, where he finished High School, College and Graduate School earning degrees in Political Science and International Business. A series of lack-lustre jobs led him to Louisville, Kentucky, where in 1984, he decided to pursue photography full-time, building his early career in public relations, public events, performance and portrait work. After moving to London in 1997, Richard concentrated on street photography and other personal photographic projects. In 2001 he was invited to join in-public.com, the first international Street Photography collective. In 2008 he returned to the United States, currently living in New York City. Richard also lectures and leads street photography workshops, most recently in Tbilisi, Rep. of Georgia; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Bangkok, Thailand.

Richard Bram: Sno-cone, 2011

Richard Bram says this about himself and his work: "I call myself a Street Photographer, though once upon a time one would have simply said 'I am a photographer' and that is what it would have meant. Most of my photographs originate in the random chaos of the public space of the street, in the ambient weirdness of everyday life. I expose frames nearly every day and always carry a camera. These images are my personal visual diary. They are not staged; reality is plenty strange enough."
Born in Philadelphia in 1952, Richard Bram grew up in Ohio, Utah and Arizona. A series of lack-lustre jobs led him to Louisville, Kentucky, where in 1984, he lost his head and became a professional photographer, building his early career in public relations, public events, performance and portrait work. Moving to London in 1997, Bram concentrated on street photography and other personal photographic projects. In 2001 he joined the first international Street Photographers’ collective, iN-PUBLiC.com. Returning to the States in 2008, he now lives in New York City. In 2011 Bram curated “From Distant Streets,” exhibiting 29 international street photographers at Galerie Hertz in Louisville. He regularly writes and lectures on the subject and has given street photography workshops in such diverse locations as the Tate Modern and Tate Liverpool in the UK, Bangkok, Thailand, Tel Aviv, Israel, as well as the KOLGA Tbilisi Photo Festival in the Republic of Georgia. His work is in institutional, corporate, and personal collections, including the Museum of London, the Museum of the City of New York, Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the George Eastman House/International Museum of Photography and the University of Louisville Photographic Archives.

Public Shootings Photographs

Richard Bram: "telephone", silver gelatin print, 42x29cm, 2003
Richard Bram: "telephone", 2003

The main body of my photography originates in the Street, in everyday life. These images are not staged, but vision snatched from reality. This reality is filled with odd juxtapositions, ambient weirdness, and unexpected humour that exist for a moment and disappear. I often see the possibility of a picture emerging from a given setting, but the vagaries of chance play a large part in the final image. Chance favours the prepared mind: When the subject, the setting, and the photographer's eye come together for a brief instant, for a 60th of a second or less, something out of reality, something of surreality occurs. A photograph is made.

"... to see things as they are, not as they should or could be." August Sander, 1927

street photography

Richard Bram: “Portrait Bangkok”, silver gelatin print, 33x22cm, 2000, 15+5

„Entweder hat Richard Bram sehr viel Glück oder er hat einen untrüglichen fotografischen Instinkt für außergewöhnliche Situationen und Motive. Auf alle Fälle sind seine Bilder ehrliche Botschaften aus unserer Alltagswelt. Sie sind humorvoll, skurril manchmal sarkastisch und ironisch und doch immer voller Sympathie für die Protagonisten seiner Szenen. Richard Brams Studio ist die Straße. In der Hektik der Großstadt hält er mit seinen Fotografien die Zeit an. Seine szenischen Bilder sind eine ungewöhn-liche Erzählfotografie, die uns anekdotisch Heiteres bis erkenntnisbildend Kritisches über den Zustand unserer Gesellschaft vor Augen führt. Seine Fotografie ist ehrlich und unmittelbar und deswegen auch von so großer Glaubwürdigkeit für den Betrachter.“

Galerie Kasten, Mannheim Mai 2004

 

„Richard Brams Leidenschaft und Spezialtät ist "street photography," jenes schwer definierbare photographische Genre, das zwischen bildmäßiger Photographie, Reportage und Schnapp-schuss angesiedelt ist, mit Bezügen zu Portrait, (Stadt-)Landschaft und Trend. Bram findet - nicht ohne Humor - seine Szenen in London, Mexiko, Mainz und überall, wo Menschen unterwegs sind. Mit der Spontaneität und Reaktionsbereitschaft des Bilder-Jägers, gepaart mit dem Gespür für sensible Annäherung an seine Mitmenschen und geleitet von hohen Ansprüchen and Komposition und Gehalt der Photographie findet und sammelt er Motive, die unseren urbanen Alltag treffsicher abbilden, aber auch in allen Details durchleuchten und analysieren.“

Günter Minas, 2004

Thomas Kellner Portrait

Richrad Bram: "Thomas Kellner his studio July 3rd 2004, BW-Print, 24x16cm, 2004

Collections

The Museum of London
The Museum of the City of New York
Bibliothèque Nationale de France
George Eastman House/International Museum of Photography
Palace of Justice, Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Pfalz, Germany

Books

Richard Bram: Street Photography, 2006 Benedict Press, Münsterschwarzach, Germany.

Links

>>> photographers:network selection 2004

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