My meeting with Joe Krautler was short and to the point. No small talk, no hesitation, no overstatement – nothing to feed a story lover like me really. And yet, the half hour I spent in his office left me with a crisp and clear impression - one of simplicity - as if there were only one obvious version of the story of Joe’s relationship with photography. Walking out the Hasted Krautler gallery that morning, I thought Joe has most surely a lot in common with the man in the photograph he chose to bring along - the cowboy in Robert Frank’s Rodeo - at ease in his boots even in the most unexpected location, he sounds like he knows exactly who he is and why he’s there.
It was a lovely meeting.
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