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Richard Kalvar Men walking with tables on their heads. Paris, France. 1971. © Richard Kalvar | Magnum Photos
Richard Kalvar Two men in front of the Hôtel Dieu, near Notre Dame cathedral. Paris, France. 2000. © Richard Kalvar | Magnum Photos
Richard Kalvar Twin flowers during a carnival. Town of La Louviere. Belgium. 1979. © Richard Kalvar | Magnum Photos
Richard Kalvar Playing checkers in Washington Square. New York City, USA. 1976. © Richard Kalvar | Magnum Photos
Richard Kalvar Woman looking at herself in store window. New York City, USA. 1969. © Richard Kalvar | Magnum Photos
Richard Kalvar At a consecration of bishops. Saint-Pierre. Rome, Italy. 1981. © Richard Kalvar | Magnum Photos
Richard Kalvar Conversation around a column. St. Peter's Square Vatican, Italy. 1978. © Richard Kalvar | Magnum Photos

Richard Kalvar’s seminal body of work ‘Earthlings’ captures the humanity and the humour of the human condition. This autumn, it features in an exhibition in Aachen, Germany.

“Richard Kalvar’s photography is unceremonious; it enters without knocking. Intrusive by nature, it ignores respectful bows and conventions. Its savagery tears away what familiarity masks, what daily routine hides, what habits conceal, and what everyday staging veils and withholds. In this paean to the bewitching power of the eye, the invisible man continues to play games with reality, with the frozen, comic violence of fake dramas. Yet hunting for big game holds no secret for him. What he likes, in the end, is the pleasure of being free to act without thinking. The photographer cultivates—and therein lies his art—the instant of seeing.”

Seloua Luste Boulbina