Photo by Craig F. Walker


Clemens Kalischer (born March 30, 1921, Lindau, Germany; died June 9, 2018, Lenox, Massachusetts) was a photojournalist and art photographer. 


As the Nazi Party gained power in Germany, he emigrated to France via Switzerland (1933) and then to the United States via Morocco (1942). From 1944 through 1946 he studied arts at the Cooper Union in NYC. Since 1951 Clemens Kalischer lived in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.


Clemens was a member of ASPP (American Society of Picture Professionals); a member of One by One (an international dialogue group between survivors and perpetrators of the Holocaust) and worked as a freelance photographer of the New York Times, Newsweek, Life, Fortune, Du, The Sun, Yankee, Coronet, Country Journal, Moment, Vermont Life, In Context, Jubilee, Yes, Orion, Ploughshares, Common Ground, Architectural Forum, Places, Urban Design International, Progressive Architectural, and Time magazine.


His work was included in "The Family of Man," a collaboration of Carl Sandburg and Edward Steichen. His series of photographs of displaced persons arriving in New York from DP camps, taken in 1947 and 1948, has been his most recognized work. Many are included in "Clemens Kalischer," edited by Denis Brudna and Norbert Bunge (Hatje Cantz).


In Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where he had the Image Gallery, he took photographs staged by Norman Rockwell which Rockwell then used to create his illustrations.

    © Clemens Kalischer Estate 2021