Sam Contis

Sam Contis, The Stone Thrower (At the Lower Res), 2015Archival Pigment Print42 ½ × 34 inches, 107.95 × 86.36 cm
Sam Contis, Denim Dress, 2014archival inkjet print32 × 42 inches, 81.28 × 106.68 cm
Sam Contis, High Noon, 2014archival pigment print30 x 24 inches
Sam Contis, Laundry Line (April), 2014archival pigment print36 x 44 inches
Sam Contis, Shoeing, 2013gelatin silver print512 x 9.5 inches, 30.48 x 24.13 cm
Sam Contis, Afternoon Nap, 2014gelatin silver print520 x 24 inches, 50.80 x 60.96 cm
Sam Contis, Veins, 2015gelatin silver print58.75 x 7 inches, 17.78 x 21.59 cm
Sam Contis, Milk Pail, 2013archival pigment print520 x 25 inches, 50.80 x 60.96 cm
Sam Contis, Blue Thumb, 2015archival pigment print20 x 16 inches, 50.80 x 40.64 cm
Sam Contis, John, 2015gelatin silver print58.75 x 7 inches, 17.78 x 21.59 cm
Sam Contis, Red Desert (Death Valley), 2014archival pigment print548 × 60 inches, 121.92 × 152.40 cm
Sam Contis, Eggs, 2015gelatin silver print537.5 x 30 inches, 95.25 x 76.20 cm
Sam Contis, Nude (Jack, reading), 2015gelatin silver print58.75 x 7 inches, 22.23 x 17.78 cm
Sam Contis, Untitled , 2016archival pigment print54.5 x 3 inches, 11.43 x 7.62 cm
Sam Contis, Hold Down, 2014gelatin silver print520 x 24 inches, 50.80 x 60.96 cm
Sam Contis, Arbor, 2014archival pigment print34 x 44 inches, 86.36 x 111.76 cm
Sam Contis, Haircut, 2017archival pigment print5
Sam Contis, Junction, 2015silver gelatin print530 × 24 inches, 76.20 × 60.96 cm
Sam Contis, Oil, 2015archival inkjet print515 × 12 inches, 38.10 × 30.48 cm
Sam Contis, Elbow and Knee, 2015silver gelatin print58 ¾ × 7 inches, 22.23 × 17.78 cm
Sam Contis, Lucas, 2014archival pigment print534 × 44 inches, 86.36 × 111.76 cm

Biography

Born 1982 in Pittsburgh, PA
Lives and works in Oakland, CA

Education

2008
MFA, Yale University, New Haven, CT

2004
BFA, New York University, New York, NY

Exhibitions

2020
Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography, Barbican Art Gallery, London, UK
Dorothea Lange: Words and Pictures, Museum of Modern Art, NY

2019
Character Study, Ratio 3, San Francisco, CA
The Second Body, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY

2018
The Daegu Biennial, curated by Ami Barak, Daegu, South Korea
Earache, organized by Jordan Stein, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Being: New Photography 2018, curated by Lucy Gallun, Museum of Modern Art, New York

2017
Sam Contis / Matrix 266, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
Deep Springs, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY
Foam, Beaconsfield Vauxhall, London, UK

2016
Indivisible, Fotomuseum Antwerp, Belgium
Unseen Photography Festival, Amsterdam, NL
Fifteen Years, Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA
In the Cut, Gallery Luisotti, Los Angeles, CA
Flames on the Side of My Face, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY

Publications

2017
Deep Springs, published by MACK

2016
Foam Magazine, by Duncan Wooldridge, Issue #45

2014
Blind Spot, Issue 48, edited by Doug Aitken, Fall

Bibliography

2020
Stuart Hughes, Holly The Art of Documentary Photography: Dorothea Lange Reconsidered, Time.com, February 21, 2020
Sanderson, Sertan, Die Männlichkeit auf dem Prüfstand, DW, February 21, 2020
Hutton, Belle, Boys by Girls: Portrayals of Masculinity by Women Photographers, AnOther Mag, February 21, 2020
Alleyne, Allyssia, What makes a man? Across generations, photographers have provided eclectic answers, CNN.com, February 20, 2020
Ovenden, Olivia, What Does Masculinity Mean Anymore Anyway?, Esquire, February 20, 2020
Thompson, Jo, The Barbican’s new photography show celebrates unfixed ideas of masculinity, Dazed, February 20, 2020
Yeung, Peter, The Barbican’s New Show Proves Masculinity Doesn’t Always Have to Be Toxic, Another Man, February 19, 2020
O’Hagan, Sean, Masculinities review: men laid bare from boardroom to battlefield, The Guardian, 17 Feb 2020
Murray Brown, Griselda, Up close and personal: the other side of Dorothea Lange, Financial Times, February 14, 2020
Lubow, Arthur, Empathy and Artistry: Rediscovering Dorothea Lange, New York Times, February 13, 2020
Hutton, Belle, In Pictures: The Unflinching Photography of Dorothea Lange, AnOther Mag, February 10, 2020
Watling, Eve, Dorothea Lange: An alternative look at the photographer who humanised the Great Depression, Independent UK, February 6, 2020
Florian, Federico, La mascolinità alla Barbican Art Gallery, Il Giornele dell’ Arte.com, February 2020
Singer, Fanny, Inside the Unseen Archives of Dorothea Lange, Wall Street Journal, January 8, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

2018
Greenberger, Alex, MoMA’s Gripping ‘New Photography’ Goes Behind the Lens, ArtNews, March 22, 2018
Lubow, Arthur, What’s New in Photography? Humanism, MoMA Says, New York Times, March 9, 2018

2017
Cole, Teju, The Best Photo Books of 2017, New York Times, December 30, 2017
Schwabsky, Barry, Sam Contis, Artforum, September, 2017
Westin, Monica, Sam Contis, Artforum.com, June 18, 2017
Maddox, Amanda, Photographing the Body Electric, Aperture.com, June 17, 2017
McPhate, Mike, Scenes From an Unusual College in the High Desert, NewYorkTimes.com, June 8, 2017
Thackara, Tess, A Photographer Turns Her Lens on One of America’s Last All-Male Colleges, Arsty Editioral, May 11, 2017
Schuman, Aaron, Deep Springs by Sam Contis, FT Magazine, May 11, 2017
9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week, Artnews.com, May 8, 2017
Stewart, Ian. A, Higher Ed in the High Desert, San Francisco Magazine, May 2, 2017

2016
Weiss, Haley, Coffee Table Curator: April 2017, Interview Magazine, April 28, 2017 IMA, Vol. 18, 2016

Awards

2017
Nancy Graves Foundation Artist Grant

2016
Aaron Siskind Foundation Fellowship

Public Collections

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
KADIST, San Francisco, CA | Paris, France
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
Museum of Modern Art, New York
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven

Press

Exhibitions