Faces of a Fish Empire by Tom Kutchera

The Rangefinder Gallery at Tamarkin Camera is showing "The Faces of a Fish Empire"

Tom Kutchera (1932-2016) bought his Leica M3 film camera while driving an ambulance in the U.S. Army in Germany during the mid-1950’s. He taught himself photography during his two years abroad and returned to his hometown of Milwaukee to begin working in the family business, Empire Fish Company, a wholesale seafood distributor and retail store in Milwaukee, WI. He incorporated his love of photography into his work by taking portraits of its employees from the 1960’s until he retired in 1995.

Kutchera’s portraits can be compared to those by August Sander, the German portrait and documentary photographer who captured the tradesmen, artists and farmers of Germany in the first half of the 20th Century.



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