Sid Kaplan has been practicing photography almost exclusively since 1949. Born in New York City, the influence for most of his subject matter has been a potpourri of Photo League, Village Camera Club, individual works of Bernstein, Feininger, Fauer, Weegee, Abbott and the Ash Can School, all producing work in the time and environment he was growing up in.
To earn a living, Kaplan's occupation has been centered around lab work, color duping and hand processing chromes before automation. Kaplan is a well respected craftsman and has produced prints for books by Robert Frank, Duane Michals and Weegee.
Currently Kaplan is juggling three long term photographic projects, the evolution of Battery Park City as seen through his window, contemporary cityscapes recreated into century old stereo cards and an insiders view of the Strutters New Years Brigade, one of the many groups belonging to the Philadelphia Mummers Association of which Kaplan has been an honorary member.
Jeffrey Hoone (c) 1984