MAX KOZLOFF, born 1933


Historian and critic of modern art, Max Kozloff continues to be a prominent New York writer on photography after his tenure as Executive Editor of Artforum concluded in the 1970s. He has published three volumes of his collected essays on the medium. Simultaneously, and with equal zeal, Kozloff has developed a career as a practitioner of color negative street photography.


After graduating from the University of Chicago in 1953, Kozloff served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956.  Upon returning, he received his M.A. from the Univeristy of Chicago and then entered New York University's Institute of Fine Arts in 1959, where he received his PHD.


Kozloff’s work was initially shown in New York art galleries, and in museums abroad. There followed a long period where he created pictures for himself and in private. In October, 2013, the Art Institute of Chicago is recognizing his achievements with a retrospective that adknowledges the scope of his imagery as well as the provocations of his writing.



2013 New York Over the Top, Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

2011 Max Kozloff: New York Means Business 1977–1984, Higher Pictures, New York, New York

2007 The Ends Are Nigh, Higher Pictures, New York, New York



2000 Crossed Purposes: Joyce & Max Kozloff, Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, Virginia

1999 Crossed Purposes, UCR Sweeney Art Gallery, Riverside, California

Crossed Purposes, Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California

1994 Mexico through foreign eyes, Galleria Carla Sozzani, Milan



2013 New York Over the Top (contrasto)

2002 New York: Capital of Photography. New York: Jewish Museum/New Haven (Yale University Press)

2000 Cultivated Impasses: Essays on the Waning of the Avant-Garde, 1964-1975 (Marsilio)

1994 Lone Visions, Crowded Frames: Essays on Photography. (University of New Mexico Press)

1991 Duane Michals: Now Becoming Then.  Altadena, CA (Twin Palms Publishers)

1987 The Privileged Eye: Essays on Photography (University of New Mexico Press)

1979 Photography & fascination: Essays. Danbury, (Addison House)

1973 Cubism/Futurism.  (Charterhouse)