Les Krims
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Leslie Robert Krims, Les Krims, was born in USA the 16th August 1942. He is a conceptualist photographer living in Buffalo, New York. He is noted for his carefully arranged fabricated photographs (called "fictions"), various candid series, a satirical edge, dark humor, and long-standing criticism of what he describes as leftist twaddle.


Les Krims was born in Brooklyn, New York. Krims studied at New York's Stuyvesant High School. Richard Ben-Veniste ("Benti," as he was called in home-room at Stuyvesant), famous for prosecuting Richard Nixon, and A.D. Coleman, the former photography critic for The New York Times, were two of Krims' Stuyvesant classmates. Krims studied art at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and Pratt Institute. For the last 42 years he has taught photography, first at the Rochester Institute of Technology, and for the last 40 years at Buffalo State College, where he is a professor in the Department of Fine Arts. In describing his staged pictures, and the parodies of candid journalistic propaganda photographs he makes, Krims said, "It is possible to create any picture one imagines." Krims's latest project is a website ( where he sells archival ink jet prints of a wide selection of his pictures. Krims claims new digital printing technology and capitalism make it possible to "own the means of production, rendering moot wall-to-wall delusional Marxist posturing in the culture community."


Solo exhibitions (selected)


  • Polaroid Impossible, The Westlicht Collection, Westlicht Schauplatz für Fotografie, Vien, Austria



  • Les Krims : Satire Inspired by Wishful Thinking, the Culture Wars, and the Left’s [She]Nanigans, ARTISANworks, Rochester, USA



  • Manifesto, invité, Manifesto Festival d’Image, Toulouse, France



  • Les Krims, Serge Aboukrat Gallery, Paris, France



  • America Nude, PaceArt Contemporaena Gallery, Brescia, Italy
  • Les Krims, Wishful Thinking : Satire Inspired by the Decline of the Left in America, baudoin lebon, Paris, France



  • Nues & Nus, Saint-Nazaire Church Municipal Museum, Bourbon Lancy, France



  • Les Krims, Fact or Fiction, The Laurence Miller Gallery, New York, USA



  • Les Krims, Forum de l’Image, Toulouse, France



  • Les Krims, The Experiment of Simulacrum, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Greece



  • Maison européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France



  • Les Krims, Photography Center, Geneva, Switzerland



  • A Sense of Humor : Les Krims, New Image Gallery, James Madison University, Harrisburg, USA



  • Les Krims, Blue Sky, Oregon Center for Photographic Arts, Portland, USA



  • Les Krims, The Silver Eye Gallery, Pittsburgh, USA



  • Les Krims, Artmart, Buffalo, USA
  • Photographic Alternatives, Works by Contemporary American Photographers, Center of Arts of Hong Kong, China



  • Les Krims : Idiosyncratic Pictures, Viviane Esder Gallery, Paris France



  • Les Krims, Robert Freidus Gallery, New York, USA



  • Les Krims, The Looking Glass Gallery, Detroit, USA
  • Idiosyncratic Pictures, Ohio State University Gallery of Fine Art, Columbus, USA


 Group exhibitions



  • Hysteria, Roger Ballen / Les Krims / Albert Londe / Joel-Peter Witkin, baudoin lebon, Paris, France



  • Summa Art Fair, with baudoin lebon, Madrid, Spain



  • Public/Private, Pairings with Works from the Gerald Mead Collection, Castellani Art, Niagara University Museum, Niagara Falls, USA
  • Il corpo come linguaggio, Anni Sessanta e Settanta, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Milano, Italy
  • Staged Photography, PaciArte Contemporanae Gallery, Brescia, Italy



  • Le bestiaire imaginaire, L’animal et la photographie, de 1850 à nos jours, Palais Lumière, Evian, France
  • Starburst : Color Photography in America 1970-1980, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, USA
  • Bodies Unbound, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
  • A about Bauhaus … harm neu tues, Cardwell/Jimmerson Contemporary Art, Culver City, USA



  • Bova Images Festival, Lazzaro, Italy
  • A invenção de um mundo, selection from the Collection of Maison européenne de la Photographie (Paris), Sao Paolo, Brasil
  • Livres de nus, une anthologie 1895-2002, Maison européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
  • 70’ La Photographie Américaine, National Library of France, Paris, France
  • HUNTING, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, Canada



  • Americana, Chiesa di San Lorenzo, San Vito al Taglimento, Italy
  • Love, Civiche of Ducal Palace Gallery, Città di Pavullo nel Frignano, Italy
  • The Last 10 Shots, an exhibition made to commemorate the discontinuate of Polaroid SX-70 film, Bongout Showroom, Berlin, Germany
  • Ojos Privados, Laurence Miller Collection, Photo Colectania Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
  • Molluskkollectiv, Bongout Showroom, Berlin, Germany



  • Livres de nus, une anthologie 1895-2002, Maison européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
  • Pourtraire, Galerie du Cloître, Renne School of Fine Arts, France
  • Seeing Ourselves : Masterpieces of American Photography, a travelling exhibition from the collection of George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, traveling to 9 museums from 2007-2009
  • Regarde : des enfants, selections from the collection of Michèle and Michel Auer, Montpellier Photo-Visions, Montpellier, France
  • A New Reality, Black-and-White Photography in Contemporary Art, selection from the collection of Anne and Arthur Goldstein, Jane Voohees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Rutgers, USA



  • Acting the Part, Photography as Theater, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
  • Le Mouvement des Images, Georges Pompidou Center, Paris, France
  • Musée à Vendre, Le Chalet de Haute Nuit, Belgium
  • Wanted Paris, Wanted Paris Gallery, Paris, France
  • M+M & Friends, Bernard Anthonioz House of Art, Nogent-sur-Marne, France
  • Viaggio nella Fotografia Contemporanea, PaciArte Contemporanea Gallery, Brescia, Italy
  • Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition, Buffalo State College, USA



  • Beyond Real, Australian Center for Photography, New South Wales, Australia
  • A Swiss Passion, FOTO Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
  • Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, USA



  • Center of Things : A Tribute to Harold Jones, Center for Creative Photography, The University of Arizona, Tucson, USA
  • Enthüllt/Exposed, Städtische Museen Heilbronn, Heilbronn, Germany
  • La Collection M+M Auer, une Histoire de la Photographie, Museum of Art and History, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Street Credibility, Contemporary Art Museum, Los Angeles, USA



  • Venus in Furs, Neue Galerie am Landsmuseum Joanneum, Graz, Austria
  • Global Village : The 60s, The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada
  • The F.C. Gundlach Collection, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany



  • Hexenwahn, Ängste der Neuzeit, Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, Germany
  • The Photographers Edge, Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinatti, USA
  • Revelation : Representations of Christ in Photography, Hôtel de Sully, Paris, France and Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
  • The Peter C. Bunnell Collection, Princeton University Museum of Art, Princeton, USA



  • Photographs for Sick Kids, The Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh, Scotland



  • Making Light : Wit and Humor in Photography, The Francis Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, USA
  • Le nu photographié, Galerie d’Art du Conseil Général des Bouches-du-Rhône, Aix-en-Provence, France



  • Digital Frontiers, Photography’s Future at Nash Editions, Monterey Museum of Art, USA
  • The Century of the Body : Photoworks 1900-2000, Culturgest, Lisbon, Portugal



  • Private Fictions, Joan Miro Foundation, Barcelona, Spain
  • Fétiches & Fétichismes, Passage de Rez, Paris, France
  • Sur La Tête, The Witkin Gallery, New York, USA
  • An American Century of Photography : From Dry-Plate to Digital, traveling exhibition from the Hallmark Photographic Collection, Kansas City, USA
  • Digital Frontiers : Photography’s Future at Nash Editions, George Eastman House, Rochester, USA



  • Oh Boy !, The Witkin Gallery, New York, USA
  • The View from Denver, Stifnung Ludwig Museum of Modern Art, Vien, Austria
  • Dérision & Raison, Museum of Photography of Charleroi, Belgium



  • A Celebration of 25 Years of Light Gallery, International Center of Photography Midtown, New York, USA
  • Der zerteilte Blick, DuMont Kunsthalle, Köln, Germany
  • Kobe Aid Fund Exhibition, Kobe/ Tokyo, Japan



  • 6e International Biennal of Photography, Torino, Italy
  • From Light to Dark : The Look of Photographic Print, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
  • Benefit Fine Photography Auction/Exhibition, Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, USA



  • Fotodiffusion, Torino, Italy
  • The camera i, Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
  • Centre de la Photographie de Genève, 1984-1994, Gottardo Gallery, Lugano, Switzerland
  • Allan Chasanoff Photographic Collection : Tradition and the Unpredicable, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, USA
  • Interiors : A Metaphysical Construct, Montgomery College, Rockville, USA



  • Gli anni ’70 lo sguardo, la foto, Civica Gallery, Modena, Italy
  • Fine Arts Faculty Exhibition, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, USA



  • Photographic Ressource Center Benefit Exhibition, Boston, USA



  • American Myth, Sioux City Art Center, Sioux City, USA
  • New Art Examiner Auction/Exhibition, Chicago, USA
  • Symbol and Surrogate : The Picture Within, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Capturing An Image : 150 Years of Photography, The Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
  • Recent Acquisitions, Burchfield Art Center, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, USA



  • Photographers’ Dialogue, Boca Raton Museum of Art, USA
  • Fine Art Faculty Exhibition, State College at Buffalo, Buffalo, USA
  • Art Kane Photo Workshops, Cape May, USA
  • The Friends of Photography, an invitational exhibition/auction to benefit the Ansel Adams Gallery, San Francisco, USA
  • The Cherished Image : Portraits from 150 Years of Photography, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada
  • Photographs from the Permanent Collection : A Sesquicentennial Celebration, Haverford Comfort Gallery, Haverford College, Haverford, USA
  • Galerie Blue Sky, an invitational exhibition/auction to benefit the Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Portland, USA
  • Art on the Tracks, Pensacola, USA
  • Light and Shadow : 150 Years of Photography, Printemps, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan



  • Nos 80, 3e Fotobienal-Vigo, Vigo, Spain
  • Frabricated Photographs, Carpenter Center for the Visuals Arts, Cambridge, USA
  • 150 Years of Photography, Union of Czechoslovak Creative Artists, Praha, Czech republic
  • SUBC Fine Arts Faculty, Jamestown Community College, Jamestown, USA
  • Trains and Boats and Planes, The Witkin Gallery, New York, USA

public collections


• Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, New York, USA

• Vassar College Art Library, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA

• Pratt Institute Library, Brooklyn, New York, USA

• Office of the Chief Architect, Port Authority of New York, New York, USA

• The Picker Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, USA

• The Charles Rand Penny Foundation

• Reva & David Logan Foundation

• Library of Congress, Washington, D.C, USA

• St. Bonaventure University, Saint Bonaventure, New York, USA

• Ben & Beatrice Goldstein Foundation

• Erie Community College North, Dry Memorial Library, New York, USA

• Cultural Art Committee, SUNY at Alfred, Alfred, New York, USA

• Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, USA

• University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

• The Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA

• The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, UAS

• The University of Kansas Museum of Art, Lawrence, USA

• State University of New York at Geneseo, Geneseo, New York, USA

• National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Canada

• George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, USA

• Musée de la photographie à Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium

• Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

• Museo di Fotografia Contemporanea, Milan, Italy


Roger Ballen / Les Krims / Albert Londe / Joel-Peter Witkin
Patrick Bailly-Maître-Grand / Mathieu BERNARD-REYMOND / Gilles Desrozier / Les Krims / Chrystèle Lerisse / Rafael NAVARRO / Joel-Peter Witkin