NYSID presents exhibition of photographs by alumnae Kitty Chou

New York, NY -September 2011 - New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is pleased to present an exhibition of the photographs of alumna Kitty Chou (BFA, 2009). Chou is currently practicing interior design in her native Hong Kong, however, she considers photography her primary medium of expression.  This exhibition explores Chou’s photojournalistic and organic approach to photography.

Approximately 25 photographs will be on view, presenting a range of subject matter, from images of serene nature and quiet still lives to photographs of urban streetscapes and iconic landmarks. Many of the photographs are captured when Chou is in some mode of transportation, such as an airplane or vehicle.

The title, The Accidental Photographer, is a reference to Chou’s photographic pursuits, which began over 20 years ago after seeing an exhibition of work of the famed photojournalist Henri Cartier-Bresson.  The title is also a reference to her belief that all photographs tell a moment in history, as one happens upon or passes by the image of that moment, as an accidental photographer.

For Chou, both interior design and photography allow her to explore composition, line, form, texture, color, and feeling, but from completely different perspectives. "Interior design served as the perfect counterpoint to photography – the yin to the yang of my artistic self,” says Chou. “The spontaneity and fleeting nature of my moment-driven photography was balanced by the staged deliberateness of interior design.”

The Accidental Photographer: Line, Color, Perspective
Photographs by Kitty Chou
September 15 - October 14, 2011
NYSID Gallery, 161 East 69th Street, NYC


Founded in 1916, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is New York’s only private, not-for-profit college devoted exclusively to interior design education and related disciplines. NYSID’s guiding principle is that the interior environment is a fundamental element of human welfare and the college is committed to actively improving the quality of life for all segments of humanity. This ideal is put into practice by a dedicated faculty of well-known designers, architects, art historians, and authorities in the field who guide more than 900 full-and part-time students.

NYSID offers certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs in the field of interior design. The college is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and NYSID’s BFA is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

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