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Kenny White is a self-taught photographer from Philadelphia, PA. Since his teens, he has always carried a camera with him. At first, he used either a Kodak Instamatic or some sort of Polaroid Land camera to take pictures of his environment. He now works mostly in the digital format, although he still maintains and uses a number of film cameras. In 2011, White began opening his studio (then in West Kensington/Fishtown) to exhibit the work of other artists, as well as his own, creating the City Arts Salon. In 2022, he moved his studio to its current Germantown location, where the City Arts Salon continues to present visual and performing artists with events throughout the year in this artistically vibrant community.

Artist Statement

My subject matter varies from friends, performers, and artists, to people who make up my immediate and extended family, to myself. As a documentary and portrait photographer, I try to capture people in the act of being themselves, or being who they imagine themselves to be. The images in this exhibition include a selection from my ongoing series of artist portraits in their work spaces, as well as portraits from travel. In addition to environmental portraits, I also like to shoot (mostly urban) landscapes in which I discover elements of abstract art through color, lighting, and composition. When it comes to my personal work, although I am making pictures that have meaning for me, I am still always looking for reactions – whether positive or negative – from the people who view my images.  If my pictures provoke a response, to me that is always a good thing. 


IG: @kwhitephoto1954

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