Levitation - Krims Leslie
Krims Leslie

LESLIE KRIMS

Leslie Krims plays an essential role in the history of American photography. For over forty years he has been questioning stereotypes, social movements, religious and sexual taboos of the American consumer society. Through the perspective of his camera, Krims has revealed the weaknesses and the faults of a nation in an ironic and irreverent way.

His figurative universe is composed of surrealist and provocative images, populated by Minnies, gnomes, symbols and iconoclasts, which constantly question our perception, such as immortalizing his own naked mother.  In the mid Sixties his work caused a scandal, that became also political with the intervention a government commission and the withdrawal from a photo contest of the most emblematic photo he realized: “Mom’s Snaps”, a homage to his mother, standing on a chair with portraits of her son attached to her body.

Among hismost famous collections: “The Little People of America” (1971), “The Deerslayers” (1972) and “The Incredible Case of the Stack O’Wheat Murders” (1972).

“What I did was to laugh at the most radical aspects of a culture. I have enlightened behaviors and extremist tendencies in an absolutely sarcastic way. It’s not surprising that my photographs are more positively accepted in Europe than in the USA, but sometimes not properly understood as a means of cultural criticism. What I have created is pure satire”.

VINTAGE PRINTS

Fall Fargo

Minnie

Fall on Fargo Avenue, Facing the West Side Armory

Buffalo, New York, 1969
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

The Static Electric Effect of Minnie Mouse on Mickey Mouse Balloons

Rochester, New York, 1968
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Pregnant.Mask.Bubble

On.Point.Pussy.Leap

Masked Pregnant Woman with Giant Soap Bubble

Rochester, New York, 1968
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

On point Pussy Leap

1969
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Local Magician - Kitchen

Local Magician Levitating Oversize Wand and Young Woman

Kitchen, New York, 1970
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

The Fishtank

Buffalo, New York, 1968
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Mom's Snaps

Nude.in.Blackface.#3

Mom’s Snaps

Brooklyn, New York, 1970
vintage kodalith print
cm 20 x 25 ca. / inches 8 x 10 ca.

Nude in Blackface #3

1970
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Cobweb.Nude

Lightning.Bolt.Nude

Cobweb, Nude

1969
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Nude with Levitation Cardboard Lightning Bolt

Buffalo, New York, 1970
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Nude.Airflow.Test.Area

Nostalgia.Miracle.Shirt

Nude, Airflow test Area

1971
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Nostalgia, Miracle, Shirt

1970
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Homage.Crosstar.Filter

Untalented

Homage to the Crosstar Filter Photograph

Buffalo, New York, 1970
vintage kodalith print
cm 20 x 25 ca. / inches 8 x 10 ca.

Untalented, Radical, Leftist-Feminist, Opportunist, Photografems, Riding the Ascending Comet of Postmodernist Twaddle Academic Art

Buffalo, New York, 1976
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Pretending.to.Comfort

Ripening.Tomatoes.&.Nude

Pretending to Comfort

1966
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Ripening Tomatoes & Nude

1969
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Nude & Smart Baby

Nude.In.Blackface.#2

Nude & Smart Baby

1968
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Nude in Blackface #2

1970
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Levitating.Nude

Model, Plane, traversing, Photo, Landscape

Levitating Nude

1970
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Model, Plane, Traversing, Photo, Landscape

1970
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

+.One

The.Dollar.Family

+ One

1969
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

The Dollar Family

1970
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Italian.Easter.Breads

Ritual.Washing

Italian Easter Breads

1970
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Ritual Washing

1970
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Chicken Pisher Pitcher

Winner & Looser, Uranium Robot

Chicken Pisher Pitcher

1970
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Winner & looser, Uranium Robot

1976
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Triangle

Winner & Looser

Triangle

1970
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Don Wynn’s Perfect Model Airplanes Blue Mountain Lake

New York, 1978
vintage kodalith print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

FROM THE “Idiosyncratic Pictures” PORTFOLIO

Buffalo Fashion

Dumping Leaves Nothing

… Buffalo Fashion: Watch Your P’s and Jews; Ture; a Breadline; and an Oxymoron (Big Moron)

1979
vintage kodalith print
cm 50 x 40 ca. / inches 20 x 16 ca.

Dumping Leaves Nothing

Buffalo, New York, 1979
vintage kodalith print
cm 50 x 40 ca. / inches 20 x 16 ca.

Expsoure

A New Miracle for Veronica

A Test of Exposure, Development, and a Punk Prank

1979
vintage kodalith print
cm 50 x 40 ca. / inches 20 x 16 ca.

A New Miracle for Veronica: Healing Krims’ Eye

Buffalo, New York, 1979
vintage kodalith print
cm 50 x 40 ca. / inches 20 x 16 ca.

Kike Camera

The Stains

Kike Camera, and a Distribution of Donald Ducks

Buffalo, New York, 1979
vintage kodalith print
cm 50 x 40 ca. / inches 20 x 16 ca.

The Stains on Both Sides of My Mattress Labeled; and a Testimonial; Side 2: N-Z

Buffalo, New York, 1979
vintage kodalith print
cm 50 x 40 ca. / inches 20 x 16 ca.

Ten, Dark, Sweet, Ponds

A Trick for Man Ray

Ten, Dark, Sweet, Ponds

Buffalo, New York, 1979
vintage kodalith print
cm 50 x 40 ca. / inches 20 x 16 ca.

A Trick for Man Ray

Buffalo, New York, 1979
vintage kodalith print
cm 50 x 40 ca. / inches 20 x 16 ca.

GI Freud, 1980

Scattered

G. I. Freud

1980
vintage kodalith print
cm 50 x 40 ca. / inches 20 x 16 ca.

Scattered; She Had Any Number of Lines; and a Colored Picture

1980
vintage kodalith print
cm 50 x 40 ca. / inches 20 x 16 ca.

A Touching Picture

Les Krims Teaches

A Touching Picture of Mother and Son; a Man’s Best Friend Is His Model; and Look at the Little Jew with the Camera On Her Shoe

Buffalo, New York, 1980
vintage kodalith print
cm 50 x 40 ca. / inches 20 x 16 ca.

Les Krims Teaches Them to Do It Abe Reles Style: Ice Picks for Kid Twist; Black Dicks – a New Twist; and a Picture Designed to Piss-Off Danny

Buffalo, New York, 1980
vintage kodalith print
cm 50 x 40 ca. / inches 20 x 16 ca.

Menage a trout

A Jewish Vase

Ménage à Trout; and a Thought for Kid Twist

Ontario, Canada, 1980
vintage kodalith print
cm 50 x 40 ca. / inches 20 x 16 ca.

A Jewish Vase; and a Chinese Torture

1980
vintage kodalith print
cm 50 x 40 ca. / inches 20 x 16 ca.

Wandering.Jew.and.Jew-mobile

The Wandering Jew… and His Jewmobile

Buffalo, New York, 1980
vintage kodalith print
cm 50 x 40 ca. / inches 20 x 16 ca.

COLOUR PRINTS

A Marxist View

Stilted

A Marxist View

1985
gelatin silver print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Stilted

1993
inkjet print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Money Makers

Mary's Middle Class

Money Makers

2011
inkjet print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Mary’s Middle Class

1985
inkjet print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

Fireman

A Fireman contemplates a curious picture of two of his friends posing beside an American flag

2004
inkjet print
cm 25 x 20 ca. / inches 10 x 8 ca.

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