Gabe Kirchheimer
Resides: New York City

I'm a photographer, writer, editor and musician. I worked as a magazine art director for 10 years before picking up a camera in 1985, and switched careers to make more of an impact. Now, as when I began shooting, I focus on two main themes: nontraditional spiritual events; and surrealistic outdoor environments — the human shaping of the natural landscape. These two themes merge at events like the annual Burning Man art festival.

Alternative spiritual cultures are more evolved and involve far more people than many might imagine. My work has mainly focused on alternative American lifestyles; documenting non-religious spiritual events and traditions; the culture of children and the Youngest Witnesses of 9/11; animal rights issues; environmental issues; urban and rural landscape photography; and natural-light portraiture.

I attempt to cover a good amount of "positive" stories, as the mainstream world seems to be addicted to negative — albeit important — news. Positive news, which is often as simple as a successful community experiment, is rarely as dramatic or emotional, but coverage is often essential to its continuance. The pressing problems of the Earth demand positive solutions, and the media has a primary responsibility to go beyond token reportage.

In addition to my magazine work, gallery shows have given me the opportunity to exhibit Burning Man and other photographs, and my prints are making their way into people's homes, which is wonderful and humbling.

I hope you enjoy the work.

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Kirchheimer's photographs have been widely published internationally, appearing in The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, US News, The Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, Artforum, Forbes, Wired, Maxim, Psychology Today, Colors, The London Independent Sunday Review, the London Times, Il Venerdi di Repubblica, Panorama, Domus, Le Monde, Die Zeit, Science Illustrated, 34, Stern, and other periodicals, and books including Spectacle (Phaidon), Planet Party, People of the Rainbow, Forever After: New York City Teachers on 9/11, Afterburn, and Stomping Grounds.

Photo by Lady Bee

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