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Armand Agresti

Published on September 7, 2016

Armand Agresti passed away from natural causes on September 1, 2016 in Honesdale, PA. Armand was a self taught and influential photographer.
Born in Brooklyn in 1941, he grew up in a working class household in Ozone Park with his parents, Frank and Frances Agresti, his maternal grandparents, and his younger brother, Edward. After graduating from John Adams High School in 1959, he worked with his father, and later his brother, setting tile. Photography, however, remained his true passion and occupation throughout his life. At eight years old, he began to read everything he could get his hands on about photography and built his first darkroom in 1949 with the help of his father. Throughout his teenage years, he followed his school friends around taking snapshots that would later become a major collection shown in galleries from New York City to Antwerp.

Armand’s prolific 56-year career included 18 bodies of work and 20 short films, while he continuously mastered new printing processes that included silver prints, c-prints, dye transfers and cibachromes. His photographs have been shown in group and solo shows across numerous galleries, including Janet Borden Gallery, Clampart Gallery, and Museum of Contemporary Photography. Much of his work lives on in private collections and museums such as the Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and many more. Current representation remains at the Clampart Gallery in New York, NY.

In additions to his own work, Armand found joy in teaching others. He taught workshops and artists in residences at Sarah Lawrence College, Keystone College and Scranton High School, and was a supervisor at the Center of Discovery in Harris, NY where he developed methods of teaching disabled residents, with the help of an occupational therapist, to function to the best of their abilities in photography and film. As a beloved husband, father, brother, teacher and friend, his unique perspective of the world inspired many.

Armand is survived by his wife of 37 years, Barbara Zweig, daughters, Alison Agresti (spouse: Wouter Avondstondt), and Lauren Dahl (spouse: Kristofor Dahl), two granddaughters, Claire and Liv, brother, Edward Agresti, and nephew, Evan Agresti.