Sam Contis

Sam Contis, Desert Landscape (Three Riders), 2015 silver gelatin print 34 x 42.5 inches, 86.36 x 107.95 cm
Sam Contis, Flies, 2013 archival pigment print 22 x 17 inches, 55.88 x 43.18 cm
Sam Contis, Laundry Line (April), 2014 archival pigment print 36 x 44 inches, 91.44 x 111.76 cm
Sam Contis, John, 2015 silver gelatin print 8.5 x 7 inches, 21.59 x 17.78 cm
Sam Contis, Veins, 2015 silver gelatin print 8.5 x 7 inches, 21.59 x 17.78 cm
Sam Contis, Branding, 2014 silver gelatin print 30 x 24 inches, 76.20 x 60.96 cm
Sam Contis, High Noon, 2014 archival pigment print 30 x 24 inches, 76.20 x 60.96 cm


Born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1982.
Currently lives in Oakland, CA

2008 MFA, Yale University
2004 BFA, New York University

Selected Exhibitions
2017 Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY (upcoming)
2016 Indivisible: New American Documents, curated by Aaron Schuman, FotoMuseum, Antwerp, Belgium
2015 Flames on the Side of My Face, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY
2014 The Instagram Show, Sushi Bar Gallery, New York, NY
2014 Night Contact, Brighton Photo Biennial, Brighton, UK
2013 Exiles, Philipps Collection, Berlin, Germany
2012 Making Do, Oliver Art Center, Oakland, CA
2011 The Land Before Time, Workspace, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Only Photographs, Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR
2011 New York Did It To Me, Smack Mellon, New York, NY
2011 ManMade, Pictura Gallery, Bloomington, IN
2011 We Are Familia, The Yard, curated by Jennifer Garcia, New York, NY
2010 Daydream Nation, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA
2010 My Haven, curated by Sophie Morner, Capricious Gallery, New York, NY
2010 The Laundromat Project, Collette Blanchard Gallery, New York, NY New York Photo Festival, Powerhouse Arena, Brooklyn, NY
2009 Blind Spot, curated by Jason Fulford, X Initiative, New York, NY
2009 Si Proches, 13e Quinzaine Photographique Nantaise, Nantes, France
2009 Enfance, Voies Off: Arles 2009, Arles, France
2008 Nomenus, curated by Hikari Yokoyama, Dactyl Foundation, New York, NY
2008 The Kitchen Benefit, The Kitchen, New York, NY
2008 Enfance, École Nat. Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villete, Paris, France
2008 New Photography, Gallery 339, Philadelphia, PA
2008 New Photography, Danziger Projects, New York, NY
2007 Samantha Contis: Landscape, Gulf and Western Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Blind Spot, David Zwirner Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Eleven Emerging Photographers, Art+Commerce: PEEK 2007, International Tour

Public Collections
Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Yale University Art Gallery

2014 The Cord Prize, Shortlist
2014 Lucie Foundation Scholarship, Shortlist
2013 The Cord Prize, Shortlist
2013 Leopold Godowsky, Jr. Color Awards, Finalist
2009 Yale University Artist Fellowship
2008 PDN 30, Nominee
2007 Selected by Art+Commerce as an Emerging Photographer for PEEK 2007
2006 Tierney Fellowship
2006 Yale University School of Art Scholarship

Selected Publications
Station to Station, edited by Doug Aitken, Published by Prestel, 2015
Blind Spot, Issue 48, edited by Doug Aitken, Fall 2014
High Tails, Capricious Publishing, edited by Sophie Morner, 2014
The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, Paloma Faith Portrait, October 2013
Landscape Stories, River, June 2013
Exclama, El Panorama de la Innocencia, October 2012
The New York Times Magazine, Revise Portfolio, October 2012
IL Magazine, Il Sole 24 Ore, Samantha Contis, April 2012
The New York Times Magazine, Papermaking Portfolio, February 2012
T Magazine: The Travel Issue, Montreal Portfolio, Fall, 2010
The New York Times Magazine, 20-Somethings Portfolio, August 2010
Time Magazine, Washington DC Public Schools Photo Essay, April 2010
The New York Times Magazine, Vision Therapy Portfolio, March 2010
The New York Times Magazine, Renewable Dorm Portfolio, September 2009
The New York Times Magazine, The Screens Issue, November 2008
Purpose Magazine, Issue 8, The Boys, November 2008
Yale Graduate Photography, Yale University Press, May 2008
Nomenus Quarterly, Issue 4, The Boys, April 2008
Capricious #7, guest edited by Charlotte Cotton for PEEK 2007, October 2007

Selected Press
Re-title, The Cord Prize Artists, August 2013
Domus, New York Art Book Fair: Books of Note, October 5, 2012
FlakPhoto, The Collection: Samantha Contis, August 2012
Capricious, Photographer Feature: Samantha Contis, February 2012
FlakPhoto, Winter Pictures: Samantha Contis, by Andy Adams, January 2012
Too Much Chocolate, Samantha Contis interviewed by Sarah Mei Herman, May 2011
ArtSlant, The Land Before Time, September 2011
Notes on Looking: Contemporary Art from Los Angeles, The Land Before Time, September 2011
The New York Sun, Arts Selects cover photograph, May 27, 2008
Conscientious, Samantha Contis, by Joerg Colberg, May 16, 2008