Dr. Leo Keoshian was, until his retirement in 1997, a clinical associate professor of surgery at Stanford University and a noted hand surgeon. For nearly thirty years he passionately collected fine examples of photographs of hands.
Dr. Keoshian purchased his first "hand" photograph at the Witkin Gallery in 1967 after completing his training as a hand surgeon in New York. He wrote, "Since my total concentration in medicine was on the hand it seemed only natural that my concentration in photography be shifted to hands as well." What began as a medical interest has since developed into a life-long fascination with the aesthetic qualities of the human hand. "The hand is a link between our brain and our environment," says Dr. Keoshian. "No part of the human face can be more expressive." The range and diversity of images collected by Dr. Keoshian and his wife, Marlys, demonstrate that belief.