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Bruce Katsiff in the studio

Artist Statement

I have been making photographs for more than fifty years, having first developed a serious interest in the medium in high school. Photography seduces me with its satisfying mixture of art and technology. I love the photograph’s ability to present vast amounts of visual information with the precision and clarity unique to a lens image. Over the years, photography has served as my personal “psychiatrist,” a private tool to help me understand and interact with the world. My pictures are always personal. They explore changing issues that, at their best, mix together, ideas from my conscious and unconscious mind. Driven by my active curiosity, I have delved into a wide range of subjects and a diverse collection of technical materials. I am compelled to photograph subject matter that is challenging and uncomfortable, rejecting the ever-present temptation to make “pretty pictures.” My hope is that my photographs will offer the viewer images that are unique and impactful, even if they may at times be disturbing.



Oxford University, Post Graduate Studies at Kings College 1985

Pratt Institute, NY. NY. M.F.A. Degree 1973           

Rochester Institute of Technology, B.F.A. Degree 1968

Central High School, Philadelphia 1963

Delaware Valley University, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters 2010




                          One and Two Person Exhibitions


                        Allegheny College, Bowman Gallery, Meadville, PA 1984

                        Booktrader Gallery, Philadelphia PA                         1987

                        Delaware Art Museum, Willington DE                       2015

                        Hicks Art Center, Newtown PA.                                 1990

                        Jacksonville University, Jacksonville FL                    1988

                        Krasdale Gallery, White Plains, NY                           1999

                        Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA                             1988

                        Monsoon Gallery, Bethlehem, PA                              2005

                        Perks Gallery, New Hope, PA                                    1978

                        Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia    1990

                        Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia PA                1971

                        Photographer's Eye Gallery, Philadelphia PA            1977

                        Pittsburgh Filmmakers Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA          1989

                        Pratt Institute, New York, NY                                     1973

                        River Run Gallery, Lambertville NJ                           2005

                        Riverside Gallery, Rochester. N.Y.                            1967               

                        Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY.    1969

                        Trenton City Museum, Trenton NJ.                            2017

                        Underground Gallery, New York, NY.                        1971

                        Washington Center for Photography, Wash. D.C.     1993


                        Group Exhibitions


                        Allentown Art Museum, Allentown PA. "Pennsylvania Photographers II" 1983

                        Allentown Art Museum, Allentown PA. "Pennsylvania PhotographersV" 1987

                        American Arts Center, Exeter, England "American Photographers" 1970

                        Bucks County Art Alliance, Lahaska PA 1977

                        Bucks County Community College, Newtown PA “Tres Emerti” 1998

                        Bucks County Community College, Newtown PA. "Past and Present" 1983

                        Bucks County Library Center, "The Art of Photography" 1989

                        Cigna Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. "Philadelphia Photographers" 1986

                        Erie Art Museum, Erie, PA “Recent Acquisitions” 2003

                        George Eastman House, Rochester. NY. "Vision and Expression" 1969

                        James A. Michener Art Museum, PA “Modern Photography in the Delaware Valley” 2021

                        Lawrence Gallery, Rosemont PA. "Lost/Found Objects" 1987

                        Legacy Gallery, Newtown PA "Contemporary Photographers" 1997

                        Museum of Modern Art, New York NY. "Photography as Printmaking" 1968

                        Payne Gallery, Moravian College, "Alternative Visions" 1989

                        Pennsylvania Academy Fine Arts, Philadelphia PA "164th Printmaking and Drawing Exhibition" 1968

                        Philadelphia Art Alliance, Philadelphia PA. "Four Person Exhibition" 1972

                        Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia PA "Vision and Expression" 1970

                        Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia PA “Whitman Alabama” 2020

                        Philadelphia Art Museum, Philadelphia PA “Recent Acquisitions” 2021

                        Rodman House, Doylestown PA. "Four Person Exhibition" 1982

                        Santa Bannon Gallery, Easton PA “Group Exhibition” 2002

                        Santa Fe Photography Center, Santa Fe N.M. "Ironworks 88" 1988

                        State Capital, Harrisburg PA. "Lehigh University Collection" 1990

                        Stover Mill Gallery, Erwinna PA. "Group Exhibition" 1975

                        Tianjin Institute, Tianjin China, "American Photographers" 1987   

                        The Print Club, Philadelphia PA. "Annual Exhibition" 1981

                        Woodmere Art Museum,“Central High School Alumni Exhibition” 2002

                        Woodmere Art Museum, “78th Woodmere Annual Exhibition” 1986

                        Woodmere Art Museum, “Recent Acquisitions” 2021


Works In Museum Collections


Allentown Art Museum, Berman Art Museum, Delaware Art Museum, Erie Art Museum, Everhart Museum, James A. Michener Art Museum, Lehigh University Museum, Mercer Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Princeton University Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Woodmere Art Museum                     

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