To David, Street Photography is like A People Safari. As he roams the streets of a city, camera at the ready, David keeps his eyes open for humorous situations, intriguing expressions, ironic moments, and touching interactions. One favorite location he’s drawn to are museums, not only for the beautiful art, but for the juxtapositions created by visitors.
It’s exciting and personally rewarding to make a photograph -- a moment in time that is unique. In the click of the shutter, a street image is captured – one that has never been seen before and will likely never be observed again.
David is often asked: Do you get permission to take these photos? On occasion he will engage the person as in “King Ranch Kitchen” and “Me and My Guitar”. People are sometimes aware of his presence as seen in “Reflections in NYC” and “Hiding in Plain Sight”. However, most often David’s images are candid, as reflected in “Hello Dali”, “High Heels”, and “Warm Embrace”. For David, street photography is distinct from street portraiture. “If you ask permission, the “moment” will likely be lost.”
“You cannot make street photography happen; it must present itself. I recognize and capture images that speak to me; to find interesting things in ordinary places.”
David Kalb was born and raised in Los Angeles. His interest in photography began at an early age, watching his uncle develop and print images in his home darkroom. After graduating high school and traveling through Europe during the summer of ’72, he journeyed to California’s North Coast, attending Humboldt State University. Many a photographer’s bio would list a fine art major, but alas, he graduated with a degree in Political Science.
After settling in Sacramento, Kalb founded Capitol Services. For over 30 years, he assisted businesses with maneuvering through State government agencies. In 2012, he sold the company to delve further into, and actively pursue, his interest in photography. Kalb has been shooting on the street for seven years. This is his fourth show; the prior three were in Davis, his hometown. In addition to solo street photography exhibits, Kalb has exhibited in group shows at Pence Gallery, Morro Bay Art Center and here at Viewpoint. The Yolo Basin Foundation, where Kalb volunteers as a photographer, uses his images in a variety of their promotional materials and social media. Kalb has been an active Viewpoint member since 2012, a volunteer docent since 2017, and was enthusiastically welcomed to Viewpoint’s Board of Directors in 2018.