CONTACT: Dick Burnon


Ext. 244






  ENGLEWOOD , May 20, 2009 - - The Englewood Public Library will highlight the artwork of New York photographer Don Sichler during June. The theme of his exhibit is “Windows.” The exhibit is free and open to the public.

  Sichler's work may be viewed during normal Library hours: Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ; and Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  There will be an art reception for Sichler on Friday, June 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The public is invited.

  In addition, Sichler will be featured in a “Meet the Photographer” Program on Wednesday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Library's Mackay Room. He will discuss his photographs, which focus on windows and doors.

  He describes his photos as “alternate reality.” He pointed out that a photograph is reality because it isn't a painting. A photo is actually what the camera captures.

  “It is alternate reality because I accentuate certain aspects of my photos to help the viewer see in the picture what I see and what I experienced when I took the picture,” Sichler pointed out. “This could be very different from what anyone else sees.”

He continued: “My goal as a photographer is to help the viewer see what was in my mind's eye when I made the picture. I once said to a friend, ‘I would like to show you some pictures I made of that old building across the street.' He said, ‘I don't need to see your pictures because I see that building every day.' I replied, ‘You don't see what I see.'”

In February 1984, Sichler was a very successful amateur photographer. He had just completed his second solo exhibit of his photographs. This exhibit, at the office of the Manhattan Borough President, was called “New Yorkers in Public.” A press release for this exhibit described Sichler in this way:

“A Manhattan resident specializing in candid photography, Sichler is intensely fascinated by New York and its inhabitants, and his photographs capture the many moods and characters that make the city a unique and wonderful place. An award-winning artist, Sichler has exhibited at the Washington Heights Art Shows, Automation House, Gallery 12, and the Gracie Square/Carl Schurz Park Association Art Shows.”

After his daughter's death in 1985, Sichler lost interest in photography. He stopped exhibiting his work, sold his Leica camera, and developed other interests. Then, in 2005, after 20 years of not taking a picture, Sichler purchased a moderately priced digital camera and rediscovered his passion for photography. Now, he is again intensely interested in exhibiting his work. He joined the West Side Arts Coalition and has been participating in many group and juried exhibits. He won a Fine Art Award in 1980 at the Washington Heights Art Show.

  “My photos today are very different from what they were 25 years ago,” Sichler stated. “My work at that time would best be described as documentary photography. I did what is commonly called street photography and was inspired by the expression, ‘The Decisive Moment.' I recorded special events and people doing their normal everyday activities. My camera helped me be an outside observer without being part of the event myself. It acted as a wall between the rest of the world and me. As a result, if I photographed an event, I couldn't be a participant. Consequently, I rarely made family pictures.”

  Today, Sichler considers himself an artist who uses a camera and computer as tools. He doesn't create art, he discovers it. His camera records what he finds, and the computer is used to develop and expose it. Sometimes, the completed picture looks very different from what the camera recorded, he noted.

  “Windows are some of my favorite things to photograph because they reflect what is inside and outside,” he summed up. “As in life, sometimes it is hard to determine if what we see is coming from the inside or outside.”


For further information on the June exhibit and “Meet the Photographer” Program June 17, please call Dick Burnon, Head of Adult Programming and Public Relations at the Library, at 201-568-2215, Ext. 244, or visit the Library's website at . The Englewood Public Library is located at 31 Engle Street , Englewood , NJ .

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