Adam Fuss on His Cameraless Images and Experimenting with Live Snakes
Adam Fuss worked with Belgian gallerist Xavier Hufkens's esteemed collection of tribal art to create Masks, a series of unique photograms that create eerie and perplexing imagery. Symbols of hidden identity and ritual conduits to the spirit world, masks serve to emphasize and bring meaning to Fuss's process in capturing what lies beyond the readily apparent.
Series: Maharam Digital Projects
Image rights: © 2010 Adam Fuss, Maharam under license
Photographer Adam Fuss places living and non-living objects, including balloons, flowers, water, babies, animal entrails, and skulls, directly onto Cibachrome paper and exposes them to light, making photograms that explore imperfection, intimacy, nostalgia, and the passage of time. In the 2010 series “Home and the World,” Fuss’s gelatin silver print photograms and large-scale daguerreotypes record groupings of live snakes on stained mattresses and a close up of a vagina. Snakes and Ladders (a Jain morality-teaching tool developed in India during the 16th century), ancient mythology, and the work of social symbolism scholar Carl Schuster all inform Fuss’s poetic imagery.
British, b. 1961, London, United Kingdom, based in New York, New York