Purple Magazine
— S/S 2012 issue 17

Sam Falls

“Ceramics and Smog”, 2011, acrylic and pastel on archival pigment print, 54 x 44 inches, Courtesy of American Contemporary and West St. Gallery

photography

text by JULIANA BALESTIN

 

Sam Falls is a member of the new generation of photographers who push the limits of the medium beyond the mechanical limitations of the camera. When he does use a camera — often it’s a large-format one — Falls looks at the world from a very personal, almost romantic perspective, as his pictures of his horse and his mother and the close-ups of the window or a corner of a room all duly attest. Falls’s expansive, everything-is-important philosophy allows him to work with different materials and a wide variety of subjects. For “Somewhere To Go,” his first exhibition at the OHWOW project space in Los Angeles, he exposed fabrics and colored construction paper to light, using a process recalling the root of photography itself — as a light-graphing medium. The results often look like simple abstract painting, while calling to mind the plastic possibilities of photography, a medium that is perpetually evolving.

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S/S 2012 issue 17

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purple EDITO

purple NEWS

purple BEST of the SEASON

purple INTERVIEW

purple FASHION WOMEN

purple FASHION MEN

purple DOCUMENTS

purple BEAUTY

purple TRAVEL

purple NAKED

purple NIGHT

purple SUMMER

purple VISUAL ESSAY

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