Les Krims

Feeding Jesus Strawberry Ice Cream with a Small Spoon Mary Miracle. 1976

Pussy and Crime Scene Fiction with Visible Tampon String. 1970

Fall, Fargo Avenue, Facing the West Side Armory. 1969

Spitting Out the Word P-H-O-T-O-G-R-A-P-H-Y. 1970

Nude with Levitating Cardboard Lightning Bolt. 1973

The Nostalgia Miracle Shirt. 1970

Through his carefully fabricated photographs (called “fictions”), LESLIE ROBERT KRIMS has demystified all sorts of American stereotypes, devaluing religious and sexual taboos and mocking the culture of consumerism and leisure and this for more than thirty years.

He has a pioneered a style in which the photographer goes beyond his role as image technician to be his own artistic director and set designer as well. Profoundly baroque, exuberant and prolific, LES KRIMS saturates pictorial space and flirts with the limits of the acceptable.

In 1975, he also invented the Fictocryptokrimsograph: KRIMS used a Polaroid SX-70 camera to make a series of 40, titled pictures. The SX-70 was chosen, because of the ability to literally move and work the not yet dry, viscous, film emulsion much like paint after the picture developed.

In 2004, he had a two-month exhibition at Laurence Miller Gallery in NYC titled “Fictions 1969-1974”. In 2007, he had a retrospective at Galerie Baudoin Lebon in Paris and has been part of a dozen other group exhibitions of photography in the years 2000-2007 .

Un commentaire pour “Les Krims”

  1. Hello,

    Your description of what I do may be the most accurate & succinct one ever. Thanks!

    I did publish Fictcryptokrimsographs, in 1975. And though the name coined for the book is my locution, the technique belongs to many. A friend named David Cahn, tipped me to the malleable emulsion. I’d guess that Lucas Samaras used it most prolifically, and was certainly the first to exhibit his pictures. I doubt my pal David showed him how it was done.

    Greetings from Buffalo.

    Les Krims