PHOTOGRAPHY

PORTRAITS  Over the years she continued to document those she met who seemed to push the boundaries in society. Talents from the Coney Island Side Show, downtown go-go dancers from Don Hill's, Meow Mix and strippers from illegal underground dance parties.  Finally a few select photographs and stories were published in her book, UNDERGROUND in 2010. 

BURLESQUE Among the many talented people Kala photographed one was good friend, and roommate at the time, Melody Sweets. She documented her career as a burgeoning burlesque artist, filming and photographing her life from New York City to Las Vegas, and was introduced into the not yet mainstream world of burlesque in New York City including such talents as Peekaboo Pointe, MsTickle, The Maine Attraction, Stormy Leather, and more.

MUSIC  After a stint as electric keyboardist in a glam rock band as a teenager, playing all the great venues of Manhattan (CGBG, Continental, Coney Island High, Knitting Factory, The Pyramid, The Spiral, No Tell Motel, The Bank,  and many more) Kala befriended many other local New York bands and shot live shows and backstage action at places like Babydoll Lounge, The Library, Meow Mix and more). Her portfolio of musicians include mostly women in rock'n'roll, such as Joan Jett, Patti Smith, Lunachicks, LP, Spitfire America, Special Head, Wilma, Firegods, Sexpod, Lourds, The New Professionals, and  more.


EXHIBITIONS  Born and raised in New York, Käla began photographing at fifteen years old, documenting and befriending punk bands, squatters and runaways of the Lower East Side and Alphabet City where she frequented non-profit organizations such as ABC NoRio, and The Collective Unconscious; the Gas Station,  local community gardens and squats such as C-Squat and Glass House. Her work has been seen in various publications, galleries, venues and art festivals in New York. Staying true to her vision of the "underground," Käla has most often sought out places that are artist owned and operated, or are simply part of the New York underground scene. Her first exhibition in 2000 was at CB's Gallery (the gallery/live music space of the legendary CBGB club). Other galleries include the Silver Whale, Rivington, MaxFish, BAG, aRAMONA, Mother Jaguar and many others.  

EXHIBITIONS

2005

"Public Bathroom"

Brooklyn, NY

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2005

"Public Bathroom"

B.A.G. Gallery

Brooklyn, NY

2005

“Dragonfly”

NYC

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2005

“Dragonfly”

Silver Whale Gallery, NYC

NYC

2004

“Minotour”

NYC

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2004

“Minotour”

Silver Whale Gallery

NYC

2002

“Out of Darkness, Into Night”

NYC

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2002

“Out of Darkness, Into Night”

MaxFish  "New York By Night" 

Curated by Eric Bryant

NYC

2002

“Retrograde”

NYC

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2002

“Retrograde”

SpitEast Women’s Festival

NYC

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