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


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


MFA, Yale University, New Haven, CT

BFA, New York University, New York, NY

Solo Exhibitions

Sam Contis / Matrix 266, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley, CA
Deep Springs, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions

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

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

Foam, Beaconsfield Vauxhall, London, UK

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


Deep Springs, published by MACK

Foam Magazine, by Duncan Wooldridge, Issue #45

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


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

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,, June 18, 2017
Maddox, Amanda, Photographing the Body Electric,, June 17, 2017
McPhate, Mike, Scenes From an Unusual College in the High Desert,, 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,, May 8, 2017
Stewart, Ian. A, Higher Ed in the High Desert, San Francisco Magazine, May 2, 2017

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


Nancy Graves Foundation Artist Grant

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