ABOUT RAPHAEL

I was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up under the Farouk monarchy. At the ripe age of almost  seventeen, having completed my secondary studies, I boarded a ship for Marseilles. I was on my way to study architecture in Paris, or so I thought.

After a stint at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts studying architecture the old fashion way, I was introduced to fashion photography and, seduced, quickly packed my bags for photography school in Vevey, Switzerland. I completed a three-year course in six months and got myself hired by the French magazine Marie-Claire for the collection shoots in Paris.

It had all gone so fast and so well when a long forgotten application appeared on my doorstep in the form of an immigration visa to the US. My father had always said: GO TO AMERICA; and so I did, leaving everything and everyone behind – an accumulated seven years’ worth of hopeful beginnings and sweet attachments and memories.

I landed in New York on November 26, 1961 (at 5:30 PM), heartbroken and, in my wallet, two hundred borrowed dollars as my stake in a new life in America. Within a week the money was gone.

In time, things went well enough and I am now free from having to think in terms of income or of bare survival. Things are very different indeed.

So here I am today, looking at the world through my camera, happy to have listened to my father and ready to show you my  stuff – if only to catch a comment here, an exclamation there, and watch your eyes glide over an image slowly and silently.

Please have a look.

 

Education
Architecture, L’École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France

Advanced Photography, L’École de Photographie, Vevey, Switzerland

Publications

2017
The Simplicity of the Moment, self published photography book

Group Exhibitions

2017
earth, juried by Paula Tognarelli, A Smith Gallery, Johnson City, Texas

3rd Open Call, juried by Paula Tognarelli, Providence Center of Photographic Arts, Providence, Rhode Island

The Photo Review Benefit Auction, Philadelphia

2016
22nd Juried Show: The Peter Urban Legacy Exhibition, juried by Elizabeth Avedon, Griffin Museum Of Photography, Main Gallery, Winchester, Massachusetts

Friends of Friends Photography Auction, New York

The Photo Review Benefit Auction, Philadelphia

2015
Friends of Friends Photography Auction, New York

The Photo Review Benefit Auction, Philadelphia

Juried Group Show, juried by Laurence Miller of the New York Laurence Miller Gallery, Gallery 1401, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Juried Group Show, Elizabeth Avedon curator, Soho Photo Gallery, New York

Works on Paper, Jeffrey Leder Gallery. New York

2014
The Photo Review Benefit Auction, Philadelphia

Photographic Being II, Jeffrey Leder Gallery,  New York

2013
The Photo Review Benefit Auction, Philadelphia

2012
Friends of Friends Photography Auction, New York

Community Involvement
2015
Exhibition Lab, Michael Foley Gallery

2014
Exhibition Lab, Michael Foley Gallery

Awards
Best of Show Award by Laurence Miller of the New York Laurence Miller Gallery, Gallery 1401, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia

Workshops
The Dynamic Landscape with Carrie Schneider, International Center for Photography, New York

All About Zines with Tuomas Korpijaakko, International Center for Photography, New York