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St. Ann's Press
From Library Journal:
This first monograph on Fee accompanies two major gallery exhibitions in California. Fee has done editorial photography for such publications as Vanity Fair and Entertainment Weekly, but this publication focuses on his fine arts work from the past ten years. Fee physically manipulates his photographs and negatives in the darkroom, adding toners and chemical stains that result in beautiful glows of bronze and blue. This effect adds to a sense of decay in his dark, iconographic imagery of America, featured in the photos that make up the first half of this book. Also included are collaborations between Fee and Beat sculptor George Herms. This publication is beautifully illustrated, and Fee's stature warrants its acquisition (his works are in many major museum collections), but the book is regrettably lacking in such basic elements as a table of contents, exhibition history, and bibliography. For major photography collections. D'Arcy Curwan, Bryn Mawr Coll., PA
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About the Author
James Fee was born in Knoxville, Iowa, but has been a long-time resident of California. Since 1993 he has taught at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He has been taking photographs for over 30 years, but has only recently-over the past eight years-begun to publicly exhibit his work.
James Fee has been taking photographs for most of his life, and in the past decade he has developed a large and loyal following of critics and enthusiasts across the world of fine art photography. The nineties were a prolific decade for Fee, who has in the last ten years produced several compelling series of work, all of which are documented in this essential new monograph. Presented here are the many black and white photographs of American icons and imagery that are thematically connected by Fee's obsession with the decline and destruction of the America that he knew as a young man: we see his series of New York imagery, including the Chrysler building and the Brooklyn Bridge; pictures of the crumbling Penn State penitentiary, Beat inspired series of photographs of the American road; a distinctive and unique series of nude imagery; as well as his innovative collaborations with multimedia artist George Herms. Finally, presented here for the first time is a unique series of photographs taken on the South Pacific Island of Pelelui, a series which offers a glimpse at a long, very personal project for Fee, inspired by the photographs his father took while posted on the island during the Second World War.