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Fair Witness, Street Photography for the 21st Century is the new book signed by New York City-based photographer David Lykes Keenan and published by Damiani Editore. Fair Witness presents the humorous and sometimes unsettling street, whose black-and-white photos, taken with a Leica rangefinder, recall Frank, Winogrand, Friedlander and particularly Erwitt.

We have among us a new wave of street photographers whose names may never be as familiar as Cartier-Bresson, Atget and Doisneau, or Friedlander, Winogrand and Elliot Erwitt, but they should be.
Peter Turnley in Paris, Keith Dannemiller in Mexico, and now David Lykes Keenan in the US belong in the Street Photographer’s Hall of Fame, if there is one.
Fame is often in large part hype, and we are living in an age when one of the first things to be truly democratized is hype. So, back to basics: this work speaks for itself, and as you flip through the pages, perhaps like me, you will find yourself speechless.
David’s unassuming personality belies all that is apparently going on inside of him. I was familiar with his abstracts and appreciation for materials and textures, but I had no idea he is in possession of superb clarity of social vision and an abiding sense of the absurd, humor and the ironic. And he is very, very smart.
If he is Heinlein’s stranger in a strange land, or Sack’s anthropologist from Mars, he must have had a Suzuki there, who taught him beginner’s mind. Mixed with the precision of the engineer that he is, and the timing of Cartier-Bresson, his heart and mind in every image will engage you.
Beverly White Spicer

BOOK
Fair Witness, Street Photography for the 21st Century
By David Lykes Keenan
Publisher: Damiani (March 24, 2015)
Language: English
Hardcover, 160 pages
0.8 x 9.5 x 8.2 inches
ISBN-10: 8862083890
ISBN-13: 978-8862083898
$45

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PHOTOGRAPHER
David Lykes Keenan

Wherever I am, much of my life is spent alone in coffee shops. My most trusted companion, a Leica M camera, shares the table with me. I only come fully alive while roaming the city with my companion, hunting. My relationships are still mos...

Exhibition
Dave Lykes Keenan–Fair Witness

In late 2010, with the encouragement of Eli Reed of Magnum Photos, who is based in my home town of Austin, Texas, I decided it was time to leave my mark on the 21st century with a book of my street photography. Reed has encouraged me by saying repeatedly that my work is book-wort...

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David Lykes Keenan
Fair Witness

For reasons both within and beyond my control, I have lived more as a witness than a participant in my life: a voyeur. I wander big city streets among people who have relaxed into the chaos, and they were mostly unaware of my presence. I look specifically for humor, irony, p...