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Holger Keifel

Holger Kiefel: Only in Amercia

Holger Keifel, who was born in Germany and now lives in New York City, has become one of America’s finest fine arts photographers. Best known for his powerful and stirring images of the First Responders on 9-11, his subjects now include broad and fascinating aspects of life in America. The Butler exhibition draws from varied themes that have interested Keifel in recent years. The exhibit is a part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Butler and is Holger Keifel’s third Butler exhibit.


Holger Keifel’s photographs have been featured in The New York Times Magazine,

Der Spiegel, Icon magazine (Italy), Observer Sport Monthly, Black + White Magazine,

Esquire, Esquire Spain-Cover (Mike Tyson), American Photography, on Book and CD

covers as well as in numerous book projects, and in museum and gallery shows.


His work is included in several museum collections:

The National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC., The Butler Institute of American Art,

The Charles Schulz Museum, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of the City of New

York, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.


His boxing portraits were first exhibited in 2004 as a solo show entitled

‘A Portrait of Boxing’ at The Butler Museum of Contemporary Art in Ohio.

They were then shown in a two-person exhibit in 2007 at ‘Dean Project’ in Long

Island City and in a solo show with Lise Curry Fine Art in 2009, at ‘The Prince

George Gallery ‘ in Manhattan.


Two of his ‘Boxer’ prints were on display from May 2015 to June 2016 at the

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC, which where acquired by

the museum in 2014. In September 2015, he was invited to give a lecture about this

work in the ‘Meet the Artist’ series at the National Portrait Gallery.


In 2010 this collection of portraits of more than 250 people in the world of boxing

were published in a 200 page book – BOX – ‘The Face of Boxing’ by PQ Blackwell /

Chronicle Books.


At his first exhibit, ‘Dying Well – False Death’, in Germany 2017, some of his ‘Donor–Organs’ images as well as his portrait of  ‘Albert Einstein’ where shown. He was also invited to hold an ‘Artist-talk’.


The Butler Institute of American Art will celebrate it’s 100th Anniversary in 2019, from March 24 – May 5, Holger Keifel’s Mid-Career show – ’Only in America’  will be exhibit a selection of his work, done through the 25 years since he came to America.


He teaches photography at ICP – International Center of Photography, Pratt Institute and FIT – Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.


Born in Germany, Keifel moved to New York City in 1993, where he lives and works.


Past Exhibitions


March 24 - May 5, 2019


The Butler Institute of American Art
524 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio 44502