Elliot Ross, ‘Animal (10)’, 2007, ClampArt

Signature: Signed and titled, verso

About Elliot Ross

Inspired by a photograph of his late cat, San Francisco-based photographer Elliot Ross began creating images of animals in 2007. Each of these dramatic black-and-white portraits showcase a single, unidentified animal, stripped away from its settings and digitally manipulated to appear as though sculpted by light. Against a dark black background, the animals’ poses become exaggerated, allowing the viewer to focus on the individual animal, as well as specific gestures and expressions, as if looking at a portrait of a human. As such, the artist sees the work as a way to investigate what is unknowable about both the animal world and the human.

American, Chicago, Illinois, based in San Francisco, California