Amjad Faur’s photographs often incite questions about their construction and content. Describing richly articulated subjects that exist in curious places, his works depict obscured objects that appear to emerge from or recede into space. Some seem to inexplicably hover while others are grounded with an intriguing symbolic weight. His opulent compositions function like allegories; they are insightful studies on his Middle Eastern heritage, culture, and history that draw upon sources as diverse as Classical painting, ancient Mesopotamian deities, and intergalactic images taken by telescopes floating in space.
In an age of digital manipulation and snapshot aesthetics, Faur favors patience and precise staging. Working exclusively in traditional 8x10 film, he crafts meticulous still lifes in his studio and captures everything in-camera. As ambiguous or impossible as the tableaus seem, each is a literal record of his studio at the exact moment the image was taken.
His meditative and deliberate process aligns visual abstractions in his photography with conceptual abstractions in the labyrinthine ethnic, political, and religious histories of the Middle East, a region whose narratives are so often born out of the control of images and their symbolism.
Amjad Faur received his BFA from the University of Arkansas in 2003 and his MFA from the University of Oregon in 2005. He has shown in New York, Houston, Portland, Seattle, and Arkansas as well as in Beirut, Lebanon. His work is in the collections of the Jordanian National Gallery of Fine Arts, the Portland Art Museum, and the Microsoft Corporation. Faur is currently an instructor at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA.