Kaleidoscope City

a solo exhibition by Max Victor Alper @ dvaa

Exhibition Runs: may 16th - may 27th, 2018


public Opening Reception:

Sunday, March 17th, 1-5pm

About the exhibition:

Fine art photographer Max Victor Alper debuts his new series of city scenes, Kaleidoscope City: Visions of Duality. People in the photos react to the random events of urban life in New York City and Philadelphia with vulnerability or strength, frenzy or calm, sadness or joy. The photographs are presented in pairs (diptychs) – one realistic and the other fantasy. The first image of each diptych is a straightforward recording of physical reality whereas the second metamorphosed image (digitally enhanced) of the same scene defies aesthetic norms and challenges the viewer's perceptions. The rhythm of the series moves from mood to mood – like a kaleidoscope – with shifting depictions and with a casual syncopation that groups images by related themes. The varied, yet unified, subject matter gains emotional power through contextual and stylistic contrast.

The photographs of Max Victor Alper have been shown in over 160 exhibitions in the United States and Europe. His work is included in major museum and private collections. He received his Ph.D. from New York University, where he later served as a faculty member and administrator.

About the Artist:

Max Victor Alper received his Ph.D. from New York University, where he later served as a faculty member and administrator. As Director of Communication, Media and Arts, he was responsible for programs in art, photography, writing and filmmaking. Alper’s fine art photographs have been shown in over 180 exhibitions in the United States and Europe. His work is included in private and public collections, such as the Denver Art Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Perez Art Museum Miami. In New York City, he has exhibited at the Photo District Gallery, Taranto Gallery, Limner Gallery, Amsterdam-Whitney Gallery, and E-3 Gallery. Recently, his photographs were selected for exhibits at Art Basel Miami. His work has been highly acclaimed by art reviewers. A New York critic praised him as a “photographic artist of transcendent gifts.” In addition to numerous articles, reviews and museum catalogues, Alper has written two books (published by Macmillan) about American history and historic sites. Hundreds of photos were created for the project, and many appear in the books. He has served on committees of several organizations, such as the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmy Division). Alper also has been an author/editor of Arts Magazine and has contributed art reviews to The New Republic. He has written and narrated a radio series for WGBH-Boston. Alper has participated in the Fellows Program of the American Council on Education and has been awarded a Residency at the prestigious American Academy in Rome. Interested in photography since his youth, he has studied with master photographers such as Bruce Davidson, Michael Kenna and Robert Farber. Alper started his photographic career in New York City where he created publicity photos for actors and performers. Among his clients were Bill Maher, Elvis Costello and Tony Bennett. In recent years, he has specialized in fine art photographs – impressionist (fantasy) images, abstracts, portraiture, nature studies, and city scenes in both black-and-white and in color. Alper has worked at the Foley Gallery in New York City. In addition, he has served as an independent art consultant to private collectors and institutions. Currently, Max Victor Alper divides his time between New York City and Pennsylvania.