Deep Spring


Contis’s photographs capture the strange beauty of macro and microcosmic views in the high desert. The indistinguishableness of earth and body and the sensual echoes of human and animal give her works an Ovidian sense of imminent metamorphoses. – Lawrence Rinder.
The images in Sam Contis’s Deep Springs were made in a remote desert valley east of the Sierra Nevada. The work centres on a small, all-male liberal arts college, founded in 1917 by the educational pioneer L. L. Nunn.
The college and its surroundings provide a stage on which Contis explores the construction of myth, place, and masculine identity. Bringing together new photographs with pictures made by the first students at the college a century ago, Deep Springs engages with the enduring image of the American West––one that Hollywood, mass media, and the history of American photography have imprinted into the collective psyche. (Note de l’éditeur) Publié à l’occasion d’une exposition au Berkeley Art Museum du 3 mai au 27 août 2017 et à la Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery à New York du 12 mai au 18 juin 2017 ; photos en n.b. et en couleurs.

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ISBN 13 9781910164860



Date d'édition

Poids 1000 g
Nombre de pages 152 pages
Reliure Relié
Langues anglais