Chad Kleitsch

Chad Kleitsch was born and raised in New Jersey. He earned his B.A. in photography at Bard College in New York in 1991. He has since lectured at Bard College, Yale University, Sarah Lawrence College, and The Center for Photography at Woodstock. He has lead classes in photography at several colleges and art centers, such as Bard College, Simons Rock, Woodstock Center for Photography and LaGuardia College.

Chad Kleitsch's work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States such as The Art Institute of Chicago, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum CT, CCS Bard Hessel Collection NY, The Center for Photography at Woodstock NY, Berkshire Museum MA, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art NY, Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery NYC, Yancy Richardson Gallery NYC and Carrie Haddad Gallery Hudson NY. In 2010 he received The Center for Photography Woodstock Photographers Fellowship Fund Award Fellowship.
His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, Time Magazine, Money Magazine, Chronogram, and The Mountain Record.

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Botanical Mind: Black Series

Botanical Mind: White Series

Still Life Like


Inside staring out can put your mind in the way. Mercurial in spirit these images are an opportunity to be lost. With your thoughts now missing, when you see it-all of you- what you see is completely reflected.


works on paper

I take original documents - letters, found paper, postcards, recipes - and treat them as film by back lighting them during a digital scanning process called "scanography". The images are then printed on archival German ink jet paper at an exhibition size of 40x50 inches. The project utilizes the archives from the New York Public Library. Starting in September 2005, I began scanning works from the original manuscripts archives of The Pforzheimer Collection of Shelly and his Circle as well as The Berg Collection. The first piece I select for scanning was, appropriately, a poem by Byron because William Henry Fox Talbot used a somewhat similar process, in 1840, and made a photogram with a Byron poem. Then onto Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, e.e. Cummings, Jack Kerouac, John Cage among other great works of literature. Needless to say, there is an incredible amount of exciting material to work with and I envision this as an ongoing series.


The depiction of light in photography has been it’s constant. With the introduction of digital imaging the definitions of traditional photography have blurred and transformed. This work questions the current issues of image process, print medium and the progressively confusing debate between real or “computer generated” images.

These images draw references from classic depictions of light through art history, from a carved sun on Egyptian temple to a Frederic Church sunset or Gerhard Richter’s Candle paintings. This work also makes references to the spectrum of popular mass media such as the contemporary films 2001: A space Odyssey and Close encounters of the Third Kind as well to the generic theatrical light show at a concert or public event.

Images depicting light(s) are often the vessel for many generations to fill with their own conscious and unconscious needs. They stir up several basic human emotions, often asking questions relating to an original source or beginning.

These computer-generated images of light sources ask the same questions but pointed toward the issues of what is photography depicting now in a Photoshop world. Is it real or computer generated- does it matter anymore and is the message of light still the same.

Lost and Found: Ellis Island


White Box


Solo Exhibitions

”Going Back to My Old School” Bard College NY, May 2016

Home Grown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014, Center for Photograhy, Woodstock,
NY, November 2014

“Botanical Mind” Eclipse Gallery, North Adams MA, Aug 2013

Works on Paper, The Camera Club of New York, May 2011

White Box- Photographs of the Unseen Museum,
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT Jan. 2010

White Box, Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, NYC, NY, 2003 Community Access, Puck Building, NYC, NY, 1999 Asylum, E3 Gallery, NYC, NY,1999

Rilke’s Eighth Elegy, Zen Mt. Monastery, Mt.Tremper, NY, 1997 Lost & Found – Ellis Island, Carolyn J. Roy Gallery, NYC, NY, 1994 Mansfield University Art Center, Mansfield, PA, 1994

Group Exhibitions

40th Annual PhotoRegional, Opalka Gallery Sage College of Albany, Albany, NY March 2018

Photograhy of the 21st Century, Curated by Kate Menconery, Troy, NY 2016

Home Grown: Fellowship Recipients 2005-2014, Center for Photograhy, Woodstock, NY, 2015

Wall & Rha Inaugurial Gallery Opening Exhibition, Millbrook, NY 2014

“On Time and Place”: Celebrating Scenic Hudson’s first 50 Years, October 2013 Grand Central Station NYC.

Eastern Standard: Indirect lines to the Hudson River School, Green County Council on the Arts, Catskill NY July 20 - September 20, 2013

Art Meets Art: Perspectives on and Beyond Olana, Olana's Coachman's House Gallery / Hudson Opera House June 2013

Soft Focus, Carrie Haddad Gallery Hudson NY June 2013

“On Time and Place”:Celebrating Scenic Hudson’s first 50 years, Nyack Library July 2013

Works from the Hudson Valley Visual Art Consortium Collections, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY, August 2011

Warren St., Hudson Opera House, Hudson, NY June 2011

Pissed Elegance, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles CA, May. 2011

Photography Now, Juried by Vince Aletti, CPW, Woodstock, NY, April 2011

Still Life in Color, Carrie Haddad Photographs Oct. 2010

Found, Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles CA, Sept. 2010

Architectural Photography, Carrie Haddad Photographs Oct. 2009

Of and About Wood, Walter Randel Gallery, May 2009

A Look Inside, Carrie Haddad Photographs, April 2009

Born of the Moment and Method, Walter Randel Gallery, December 2008

Paper, Carrie Haddad Gallery, July 2008

Grace, Peer Gallery, NYC, NY, January 2008

The Set Up, Nicole Fiacco Gallery, Hudson NY September 2007

Ex Libris, Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington MA July 2007

Into The Garden, Babylon Fine Arts, Housatonic, MA May 2007

The Regional Triennial of Photographic Arts, CPW, Woodstock, NY, September 2005

Photographing the Museum, Yancy Richardson Gallery, NYC, August, 2005

Adieu - A Farewell Exhibition, Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, NYC, June 2005

7th Annual Photographic Exhibition, Carrie Haddad Gallery, March 2005

This is not an Archive, CCS Bard Hessel Collection, Bard College, NY, 2005

Still Life & Stilled Lives, Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, NYC, 2005

Greed Envy Jealousy Fear, Time Space Limited, Hudson, NY, 2004 Haddad Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, 2004

Wild Flowers, Ariel Meyerowitz Gallery, NYC, 2004

Inaugural Exhibition, Haddad Lascano Gallery, Great Barrington, MA, 2004

6th Annual Photographic Exhibition, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, 2004

Inside/Outside? Observations in Nature, Upstate Art, Phoenicia, NY, 2003

Out of the Studio, Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, NY, 2003

The World We Live In, Upstate Art, Phoenicia, NY, 2003

Guns & Wounds, White Box Gallery Annex, NYC, 2003

Hudson Alley Project, Time Space Limited, Hudson, NY, 2002

Interiors & Exteriors, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Williamsburg, NY, 2002

Extraordinary Photographers, Carrie Haddad Gallery Hudson, NY, 2002

The Sidewalk Never Ends, Contemporary Street Photography, The Art Institute of Chicago, 2001

Share the Vision, Cooper Union, NY, NY, 2000

Five Photographers, Columbia Green Comm. College, Hudson, NY, 2000

52 Artists We Like, Wall St. Viewing Room, NYC, 2000

Winter Show, Wendy Cooper Gallery, Madison, WI, 2000

LTD, Margaret Bodell Gallery, NYC, 1999

Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson, NY, 1999

Third Annual Photo Exhibit, Warren St. Gallery, Hudson, NY, 1994

Photograph the Place, Event & Person, Warren St. Gallery, Hudson, NY, 1993

Photographs By Chad Kleitsch, Merchant & Ivory Foundation, Claremont, NY, 1993

1992 Exhibition Of Photography, Judged by John Szarkowski, Pittsfield, MA, 1992

National Art Exhibition, World Trade Center, NYC, 1992

Wood, Fiber, Steel, Warren St. Gallery, Hudson, NY, 1992

Kanazwa College of Art, International Art Exhibition, Kanazwa, Japan, 1991


Woodstock Center For Photography Fellowship Winner 2010

Center Project Competition Runner Up 2007

Merchant & Ivory Grant, 1993


Art News, Shooting the Side Show, February 2010 The New York Times, January 29, 2010

Art News, Still Life & Stilled Lives, Oct 2005

Daily Freeman, Thinking Inside the Box, February 2005 The New York Times, Photography Review, July 30, 2004 The New Yorker, Photography Review, July 2, 2004

Time Out, Art Reviews, August 12,2004

Albany Times Union, Life in the Back Lane, June 2002

The Independent, Photographers Explore the Limits, January 2002

Fortune Magazine, Art Collecting for Amateurs, February 2001

The Independent, Five Photographers, November 2000

The Independent, Hudson Valley Artists, May 1999

Hudson Valley Newspapers, Review: A Pleasure of Stripes, May 1999 Albany Times Union, Tradition & Beyond, May 1999

The Paper, Hudson Valley Art, May 1999

The New York Times, Film Maker Benefit, 1993

Taconic Newspaper, To Capture A Revealing Moment, February 1993

The Paper, Merchant & Ivory Foundation: Sharing The Wealth, May 1993