Kenneth Josephson was born on July 1, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan. He completed his elementary education in Detroit. In 1953 after being sent in Germany by the United States Army he was trained in photo lithography and aerial reconnaissance photography. In 1957 he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rochester Institute of Technology, located in New York. There he studied under Minor White.
Kenneth Josephson created works in the 1960s and 1970s that placed him at the forefront of Conceptual photography. These early photographs focused on the act of picture making and offered playful commentary on photographic truth and illusion. Especially memorable from this era are his pictures within pictures. Since then, Josephson has extended his output to include elegant images of India’s street life, a series of affectionately witty nudes, and photographs of books folded into whimsical and sensuous forms.