Jesse Kalisher



Jesse Kalisher emerged as a well-known photographer in 1996 when he and his wife Helen began circling the globe to learn more about various cultures and the human condition within them. In short order, museums like the Smithsonian and the Louvre began acquiring his iconic black and white photography. Today, you can also find his work in the George Eastman House, San Francisco’s de Young Museum, Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, and on the walls of luxury hotels around the world.

Throughout his life, Jesse led numerous photo expeditions, from French Polynesia to Alaska and many places in between.  He also served on the faculty at the Maine Media Workshops, and was invited to teach at the Santa Fe Workshops. Jesse’s first book, If You Find the Buddha, published by Chronicle Books, captured images of the Buddha in unexpected settings around the world.

In 2006, Jesse founded Kalisher, which soon became one of the leading providers of art for the hospitality industry in the United States. Under Jesse’s leadership and subsequently, Kalisher (see company profile) has created a full range of art, from three-dimensional to paintings, graphics and more. Design Commerce Agency is proud to be working with Kalisher to expand the company’s reach by forging new reseller opportunities in the luxury residential retail market.