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Adam Fuss

Untitled, 2012
Daguerreotype assemblage
71,1 × 86,4 cm | 28 × 34 inches
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Adam Fuss uses early photographic techniques, such as photograms and dauguerrotypes, to create evocative and enigmatic images that explore the mystery, complexity and transience of life. Originally trained as an advertising photographer, Fuss’ decision to eradicate modern technology from the photographic process was a reaction to the mass-production of generic images. Early experiments with pinhole cameras led the artist to explore the potential of other camera-less photographic techniques such as the photogram. Invented by William Henry Fox Talbot in the 1830s, and later made famous by artists such as Man Ray and Moholy-Nagy, photograms have important historical antecedents, but Fuss’ unusual choice of subject matter imbues his contemporary versions with a deep psychological intensity. Some of his most famous works include images of babies in water, christening dresses and snakes. Of his work, Fuss has said: “I was consciously trying to make photographs I hadn’t seen before. …I’d probably seen billions of photographs and they were all produced by the same mechanism …photograms let you see what has never been in a camera. Life itself is the image.”

 

Adam Fuss’ work was included in the critically acclaimed Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London in 2010. Recent solo shows include: Focus: Adam Fuss, shown at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Texas (2006) and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2002).

 

Adam Fuss was born in London in 1961. He lives and works in New York.


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Untitled, 2012
Daguerreotype assemblage
71,1 × 86,4 cm | 28 × 34 inches

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The Space Between Garden and Eve, 2011
Daguerreotype
59,7 × 96,5 cm | 23 1/2 × 38 inches

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Caduceus, from the series 'Home and the World', 2010
Unique gelatin silver print photogram
260,4 × 152,4 cm | 102 1/2 × 60 inches

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Home and the World, 2010
Unique gelatin silver print photogram
165,1 × 137,16 cm | 65 × 54 inches

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Untitled, 2011
Unique cibachrome photogram
119 × 103 cm | 46 7/8 × 40 1/2 inches

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Untitled, 2007
Unique gelatin silver print photogram
210,2 × 147,6 cm | 82 3/4 × 58 1/8 in.

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Ark, 2005
Unique silver gelatin print photogram
61 × 50,8 cm | 24 × 20 inches

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From the series 'my ghost', 2001
Unique gelatin silver print photogram
76,2 × 58,4 cm | 30 × 23 inches

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From the series 'my ghost', 2001
Unique gelatin silver print photogram
98,9 × 62,9 cm | 38 7/8 × 24 3/4 inches

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From the series My Ghost, 1999
Unique gelatin silver print photogram
140 × 110 cm | 55 1/8 × 43 1/4 inches

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Exhibitions

2011

Adam Fuss
The Space Between Garden and Eve

2008

Adam Fuss

2002

Adam Fuss
My Ghost

1999

Adam Fuss
Details of Love

Publications

Adam Fuss

essay by Bart De Block
published by Xavier Hufkens, Brussels - 2008
ISBN 978-90-8129-1217