The Secret of Street Photography

Spring 2024

Paul Kessel ’59 had a career in clinical psychology, psychoanalysis, and university teaching before becoming a street photographer. “I was a competitive amateur golfer for most of my life and I treat street photography as a sport,” says Kessel, who was captain of Colgate’s golf team in 1959. “Usually a warm-up period is required, and once some momentum is established, occasionally, there is a very good shot among many forgettable ones.” Kessel’s style shows candid scenes that feature interaction, movement, and layers, often revolving around one or more people.