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About Sam Falls

Born: 1984, San Diego, USA

Lives and works in New York


2010: MFA, ICP–Bard, New York
2007: BA, Reed College, Portland, Oregon, USA

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Sam Falls

Practice: photography

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 The rather wonderful photography of Sam Falls has already taken the USA by storm, but has yet to make quite the same impact in Europe and elsewhere: it will.

At its best, Falls' searching, audacious imagery breathes new life into his chosen medium; no mean feat given the variety and excellence of current art photography.

Riffing on established names such as Wolfgang Tillmans, Elad Lassry and Walead Beshty, Falls reflects recent experiment with production and form via a lyrical subjectivity that reinstates the personal in picture-taking.

Added July 2011

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Artist's statement:

When you face immobilizing questions of death and free will, what other possibilities are there than turning to religion? It seems like art is a good alternative given its relevant and parallel history to religion, replicating transcendent themes in the corporeal world.

I'm interested in the development of color and composition throughout art history to the point where it was attacked, torn apart, and dispersed. I'm rebuilding elements of more traditional form and content in the studio and documenting them with large format photography to enliven a dialogue with the rigor of art history and its artists, hopefully applying it to essentially timeless themes with updated perspectives.

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