Ambiguity is at the forefront of Richard Kalvar’s photography. Kalvar, who describes context as the “enemy”, seeks mystery and multiple meaning through surprising framing and meticulous timing. He describes his approach as “more like poetry than photojournalism – it attacks on the emotional level.”

This contact sheet contains New Yorkers peering against a glass window in 1969.

Richard Kalvar joined Magnum Photos in 1975.

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