Curious deer, families obscured by an accidental finger over the lens, and portraits down the barrel of a gun. By showing difference through repetition, Erik Kessels, co-founder of creative agency KesselsKramer, brings new life and new narrative to found images in his cult series ‘In Almost Every Picture’. A curating journey that begun at a Barcelona flee market and with a forgotten family album in 2002, each body of work is a celebration of ‘vernacular’ photography—the art of the amateur shot.

Whether placed chronologically or in considered aesthetic flow, the story told by these moments in sequence is more important, more telling than the individual image alone. A collection of yearly passport photographs becomes an anthropological study of age, as years and life are marked out in slight smile and fine lines we are left to guess how the last twelve months have changed the unknown woman. Another is the touching trial and errors of a families attempt to photograph their black dog, whether settled in a favourite leather recliner or outside in Summer, the subject is reduced to shadowy outline. The final image, burnt out and over-exposed, finally reveals the hidden details of our canine sitter in imperfect, triumphant glory.

Underneath humour, themes of life and death play out between these pages, from a taxi journey that must come to an end to a romance interrupted by war. In Volume 4, we see twins walking through life arm in arm, from Las ramblas in Barcelona to row boats in the local duck pond, theirs is a story told in matching polka dots, pleats and Sunday best hats tipped accurately to one side. Their sartorial narrative ends with an oversized black suit jacket and white floral wreath broach, and an empty space left in a departed sisters wake.

To connect with KesselsKramer and see more from the series, head over to the website: http://www.kesselskramerpublishing.com/in-almost-every-picture/

'In Almost Every Picture'

'in Almost Every Picture'

In Almost Every Picture’ Volume 4, Edited by Erik Kessels, Published December 2007

"In Almost Every Picture"

In Almost Every Picture' Volume 4, Edited by Erik Kessels, Published December 2010

In Almost Every Picture’ Volume 4, Edited by Erik Kessels, Published December 2010


'In Almost Every Picture'
In Almost Every Picture' Volume 4, Edited by Erik Kessels, Published December 2005

In Almost Every Picture’ Volume 4, Edited by Erik Kessels, Published December 2005

'In Almost Every Picture' Volume 11, Edited by Erik Kessels, Published 2012

‘In Almost Every Picture’ Volume 11 , Edited by Erik Kessels, Published 2012

'In Almost Every Picture' Volume 13, Edited by Erik Kessels, Published 2014

‘In Almost Every Picture’ Volume 13, Edited by Erik Kessels, Published 2014

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