Hal Kahn Photography Nudes

I came to photography in an unusual way. In  1997, after spending 25 years as a writer and editor in the newspaper business, I developed an incurable neurological  illness and had to stop working. It was initially devastating,  but over time the disease became spiritually  liberating as  I gradually realized I could no longer be who I thought I was supposed to be.

Initially, I was flooded with  often inchoate  emotions and painted for years  to express  feelings that I had no words for.   Over time, through a series of lucky coincidences, I turned to photography and have been shooting  for the last  10 years to articulate my feelings.  I believe  that any art  that is honestly created is effectively a self-portrait. Frequently,  I  am not fully cognizant of what I feel until I see the finished product.

I strive  to create  meaningful soul portraits that evoke emotional responses.   At my stage of life, photography is not a job but a   voyage of   self-discovery.   Walt Whitman put it this way in “Song of Myself” —  “I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.”

My photographs have been exhibited at the Harwood Art Center, Albuquerque; Eggman and Walrus Gallery, Santa Fe; Foto Forum, Santa Fe; Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Santa Fe; Salmagundi Gallery, Manhattan, N.Y.; Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, N.J.; New Jersey Natural Gas Co. corporate headquarters, Wall, N.J., and other venues. Publications include: “Black & White magazine,” “Pasatiempo,” the “Santa Fe Reporter,” the “Albuquerque Journal,” and other outlets.

My work is strictly a spiritual project — not a business. All portraits are pro bono.

Hal Kahn, Santa Fe, New Mexico

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