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Kirk Cypel

Trying to expose what hides behind my camera....

Kirk Cypel is an award-winning, San-Diego based photographer. He has broad photographic interests and is best known for street captures involving people, music and architecture.

Kirk is currently seeking gallery representation.

... my upbringing in New York’s Greenwich Village drew me to art and photography. It was an artistic part of the city, home to art shows and galleries. My mother painted and my father, although not an artist, was a craftsman. Several of my father’s friends and customers were artists including Wolf Kahn, Saul Steinberg, Felix Pasilis, and Michal Abramson. Unlike my mother, sister, and brother, I didn’t have the hands of an artist. I am completely useless with a paintbrush and even have trouble writing legibly. Photography drew me in because the camera was a crutch for my clumsy hands. As a teenager, I discovered a thrill in standing over a pan and watching an image emerge from a blank sheet of paper. It hooked me and became a venue for expressing observations of myself, observations of others, and the things that surround our lives. I sometimes feel like an imposter. There are so many gifted individuals in the world and they often produce images that take my breath away. After being lifted by the beauty of another's work it is difficult to avoid the mild melancholy that comes with wishing that I could be as clever. I fight the jealous urge and try to look upon these many talented individuals as my teachers. Through the gift of seeing the world through another’s eyes, perhaps I can achieve greater clarity through my own.

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