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"I am fascinated by the world we live in," Kalisher says, "and I consider myself lucky to be able to photograph it."

Jesse was a successful advertising executive who had an epiphany, walked away from his career and began traveling and taking pictures. "I came back to photography in my early 30's," Jesse says, "when I began traveling and bought a point and shoot camera to capture a few snapshots. But when I looked through the viewfinder, everything changed. Where I expected to see a snapshot, I saw instead a photograph. Where I expected to see memories, I found meaning. Where I expected to see something frivolous, I found instead my voice."

Today, his photography is in the permanent collections of museums around the world from The Louvre, to the Smithsonian among many others. In fact, the first photographs of Barack Obama to be acquired by the Smithsonian were his.



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