New York City based photographer, Adam Fuss, works primarily in old and almost forgotten image production techniques such as photogram and daguerreotype. His goal is not to reproduce what is already visible, but rather to unveil what is not. The photogram technique which produced the images above, is a camera-less process in which objects are placed directly upon a light-sensitive material (e.g. photographic paper) and then exposed to light. The negative images which emerge vary in shade from light to dark with white representing areas that received no light and darker shades representing areas that received partial to full light.
Fuss’ work has been met with wide acclaim both nationally and internationally – which means his pieces go for a very pretty penny (i.e. easily in the 30-40 thousand dollar range). Nevertheless, I’m in love with his My Ghost series shown above and thought it a perfect share for this time of year.
Photos top left to bottom right: 1. & 2. Untitled (Dress) from My Ghost, 1997. Unique gelatin silver photogram, via Nomenus Quarterly 3. Untitled (Smoke) from My Ghost, 1997. Unique silver gelatin photogram. 146,7 x 100,3 cm. Photo © Kunsthalle Bielefeld, 4. Untitled (Bunny), 1997. Unique silver gelatin photogram. 146,7 x 100,3 cm. Photo © Kunsthalle Bielefeld, 5. Untitled (Birds) from My Ghost, via Hall Ready