Adam Füss

Adam Fuss
by Eugenia Parry
Publisher's Description
Known for his earlier work with pinhole cameras, this major monograph presents Adam Fuss' other lensless work: photograms. Made by placing objects in direct contact with photographic paper, photograms are the most primitive expression of the medium's capabilities. However in the work of artists like Man Ray and Moholy-Nagy, they have also been some of its most significant and meaningful. By making images in color and with a bizarre range of materials--including live snakes--Fuss has taken a giant leap forward from his predecessors, creating evocative images about the nature of photography itself. Review
This beautiful book is a rare combination: the most exquisite art paired with an essay of equal value. Adam Fuss's hauntingly mysterious photos, made without cameras through a variety of direct means, began to receive a good deal of critical attention around 1990 (when the artist was not yet 30). Eugenia Parry is a learned, experienced, prizewinning author of essays on French calotypes, Joel-Peter Witkin, the monotypes of Edgar Degas, and other subjects. In the same way that Fuss's photographs transcend the natural world while being profoundly enveloped in it, Parry's writing is nuanced and poetic, yet extremely informative. Her long, satisfyingly rich essay here delineates Fuss's childhood, his family life, his earliest impulses toward image-making, his love-hate relationship with cameras, and his working methods, and gently suggests connections between Fuss's experiences and his aesthetic. She incorporates Sufi hymns, English poetry, and a number of pungent quotes from the artist to create a short biography that should stand as a model for evoking the process, internal as well as external, of becoming an artist. The 57 plates of Fuss's lovely, enigmatic images of light, water, birds, babies, tangled roots, sunflowers, children, and stained glass windows are printed on thick white paper. This quiet, perfect book is already a classic. --Peggy Moorman
ISBN: 0965728013
Publisher: Arena Editions
Hardcover : 144 pages
Language: English
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