Sam Contis Embrace 2015

  • Not on view

Bodies in proximity, hands engaged in work or in an embrace. Physical actions and relationships populate Contis’s series Deep Springs. The series takes its name from its setting: a historically all-male liberal arts college situated inthe remote high desert of California. Contis’s subjects are pictured in their early college years, a time of coming into one’s adult self. As the artist has pointed out, the West has “always been thought of as a place where one can try on new identities, reinvent or discover oneself. And photography has always been used as a tool to construct new ideas about place and self, especially in the west.”

Gallery label from Being: New Photography, 2018
Gelatin silver print
8 5/8 × 6 7/8" (21.9 × 17.5 cm)
Acquired through the generosity of Thomas and Susan Dunn
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© 2024 Sam Contis

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