The Silent Side of a Shiver:
Photographs by Francis Olschafskie


On view July 23-September 19, 2021

This exhibition presents a large selection of recent photographs by Francis Olschafskie. The photographs on view are primarily from the last decade and are the results of a period of intense concentration on a particular set of subjects, methods, and sources that embody a culmination of his ideas and interests from his extensive photographic career. The viewer’s experience in the exhibition will be one of being led through a visual journey. The selected works are technically and formally thrilling while also suggesting something deeper and larger. These photographs challenge the notion of depth, reflection, and the nature of reality while intertwining history with modern urban landscapes. Olschafskie has made an exhibition of pictures that make you question the way you think you see.

Watch a Fredi Schiff Levin Lecture with the artist on Facebook Live on Tuesday, July 27 at 6pm. Learn more about the series here.


Francis W. Olschafskie makes his work in Cape Cod, Boston, New York City, London, Paris, Florence, and Rome. Olschafskie did his graduate work at the Media Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his undergraduate studies in Photography at Massachusetts College of Art. Francis lives in Boston and summers in Truro. He exhibits regularly at the Provincetown’s Schoolhouse Gallery, where he is represented. In New York City, Mr. Olschafskie is represented by the Alan Klotz Gallery.

He has exhibited nationally and internationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, Paris; the Isentan Museum, Tokyo, the Greek Ministry of Culture, Athens, AIPAD NYC The Association of International Photography Art Dealers, the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Tisch School at NYU, New York, the Robert Hull Fleming Museum in Vermont, the Photographic Resource Center in Boston, the Fine Arts Work Center and Art Strand Gallery in Provincetown, MA.

Olschafskie has been a faculty member at New York University, the School of Visual Arts, in NYC, The International Center of Photography in NYC, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Boston University where he has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in Photography, Art History and Digital Technology.

Career Timeline:

2007: Honored and presented an honorarium at the state of the city address by the mayor of Bry-Sur-Marne in France for his work at the Daguerre Association

2008: Olschafskie’s photographs were placed in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Library at Oxford University.

2009: Exhibited in ‘Artists Books as Culture’ at the Center for Book Arts in NYC

2011: Exhibited in EXPOSITION ÉCLATS DE PHOTOGRAPHIE at le musée Adrien Mentienne, Bry-sur-Marne as part of “Paris Photo”

2014: Exhibited in the “Message and Means” exhibition at Columbia University. The exhibition is a review of the work of the influential MIT Media Lab’s Visible Language Workshop

2018: Olschafskie’s photographs were placed in the Special Collections of the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. In 2018, Olschafskie’s work was placed in the Yale University Collection of Photography, New Haven, CT.

Want to check it out in-person? Book tickets here.

Image: ©Francis Olschafskie, Flowers, London UK, (detail), 2018, 40 x 60 inches.