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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Adam Fuss

Dates:  1961 -
Born:  UK, London
Active:  US
Has used a wide variety of styles, commercial advertising, abandoned buildings, pinhole photography of statues at night in the Metropolitan Museum and color photograms.

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Approved biography for Adam Fuss
Courtesy of the Victoria & Albert Museum (London, UK)

Adam Fuss was born in Britain and lives and works in New York. Having worked as a commercial photographer, he is conscious of what he calls "the pervasive technological-consumerist culture". In response to this, along with other artists of his generation such as Garry Fabian Miller and Susan Derges, he has returned to the simplest photographic means: photography without the use of a camera. Such procedures recall the earliest photographs of the 1830's and 1840's. In Fuss’s work, light is used as a metaphor to illuminate the processes and stages of human life. 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of the Victoria & Albert Museum and is included here with permission. 
Date last updated: 11 Nov 2011. 
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Biography provided by Focal Press 
In the gap between photography’s metaphorical and representational capabilities, Fuss utilizes photograms, pinhole cameras, and daguerreotypes to mine the margins of what makes up a photographic image. Dealing with themes of life, death, and protracted time, Fuss transcends his organic subject matter, including animal entrails, flowers, plants, smoke, and water, and infuses them with a spiritual, post-modern amalgam comprised of the inner and outter worlds. Relying on the medium’s basic components — the interplay of light and objects with light-sensitive material — Fuss’ prolonged expoures produce unique images that both capture and transcend reality while evoking the unseeable. 
(Author: Robert Hirsch - Independent scholar and writer) 
Michael Peres (Editor-in-Chief), 2007, Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, 4th edition, (Focal Press) [ISBN-10: 0240807405, ISBN-13: 978-0240807409] 
(Used with permission) 

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Internet biographies

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Wikipedia has a biography of this photographer. Go to website
Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website

Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Adam Fuss.] 
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