British-born photographer Adam Fuss (American/British, b.1961) is known for his enigmatic photographs, which he creates using photogram techniques. Fuss was born in England and—following the death of his father from a stroke in 1968—moved with his mother to Australia. Fuss later relocated to Alaska as a young adult, working as a photographic apprentice at an advertising agency for two years before moving to New York. He worked several different jobs in the city while experimenting with a pinhole camera, and exhibited these images in galleries in 1985. He then began working with photograms, placing objects on top of photosensitive material and circumventing use of the camera with a technique made famous by Surrealist artists. Fuss received great critical attention for these works, which were acquired for major museum collections. He features evocative imagery in his works—ranging from flowers and natural motifs to images of babies, children’s clothing, abstracted spirals, and drops of water—and his photographs are often suffused with light and an ethereal character. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the FotoMuseum in Winterthur, Switzerland, and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. In 2000, Fuss was awarded the 16th Annual Award for Art from the International Center of Photography. He currently lives and works in New York.

Timeline

1961
Born in London, England
1982
Moved to New York, USA
2000
Sixteenth Annual ICP Infinity Award for Art
Lives and works in New York, USA

Exhibitions

2012
Resistance: Subverting the Camera, Fine Art Society, London, England
The Space Between Garden and Eve, Xavier Hufkens S.A, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
Adam Fuss, New Work, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA (solo)
2011
Adam Fuss, Fundacion Mapfre, Madrid, Spain (solo)
Adam Fuss, Huis Marseille, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
Adam Fuss, Borås Konstmuseum, Borås, Sweden (solo)
2010
Home and the World, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, England (solo)
Shadow Catchers: Camera – Less Photography, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England
Home and the World, Cheim & Read, New York, USA (solo)
2009
Contradictions in Black and White, Hasted Hunt, New York, USA
Galleri S.E, Bergen, Norway (solo)
2008
Photo Spirals, Galerie Daniel Blau, Munich, Germany (solo)
Adam Fuss, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
Black and White, Galerie Kaare Berntsen, Oslo, Norway
Black and White, Galerie Kaare Berntsen, Oslo, Norway
2007
Depth of Field: Modern Photography at the Metropolitan, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
Alchemy: Twelve contemporary artists exploring the essence of photography, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria, England
Wallflowers, Danziger Projects, New York, USA
Picturing Eden, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City; George Eastman House, Rochester, USA
Nothing and Everything, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2006
Camera Los. das Fotogramm, Museum der Moderne Salzburg Rupertinum, Salzburg, Austria
Immaterial World, Stephen Cohen Gallery, New York, NY
Adam Fuss: Ark and other works, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
Adam Fuss, Galeria Leyendecker, Tenerife, Spain (solo)
Adam Fuss, Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX (solo)
2005
Adam Fuss, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, England (solo)
Adam Fuss, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA (solo)
Adam Fuss, Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Adam Fuss: Mask, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, USA (solo)
Richard Levy Gallery, Albuquerque, USA
In the Middle of the Night, 150 Neuewerbungen seit 1996, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
Atelier David Adamson, Maison Européene de la Photographie, Paris, France
2004
12 from Cheim & Read, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, USA
2003
Air, James Cohan Gallery, New York, USA
In Your Face, Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago, USA
Adam Fuss, Cheim & Read, New York, USA (solo)
Adam Fuss: Works 1985-2002, Circular Forms, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Beilefeld, Germany (solo)
2002
Adam Fuss: My Ghost, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
Adam Fuss, Foster Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA (solo); Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Beilefeld, Germany
Adam Fuss: Works 1985-2002, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA (solo)
Adam Fuss: My Ghost, Galeria Leyendecker, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands (solo)
The Antiquarian Avant-garde, Sarah Morthland Gallery, New York, USA
Fiat Lux, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston, USA
Visions of America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art 1940-2001, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Art Downtown: New York Painting and Sculpture, Wall Street Rising, New York, USA
Childhood: Collection of the National Fund of Modern Art, Paris; Multimedia Art Center, Moscow, Russia
2001
Adam Fuss: My Ghost, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA; Viewing Room, Yotsuya/Yumiko Chiba Associates, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan (solo)
Adam Fuss, Galerie Karsten Greve, Cologne, Germany (solo)
Affecting Invention: The Manipulated Photograph, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago, USA
White Light, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal; 1926 Exhibition Space, School of Art Institute, Chicago, USA
The Crafted Image: Nineteenth-Century Techniques in Contemporary Photography, Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, USA
SchattenRisse-Silhouetten and Cutouts, Staedtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, Germany
Uncommon Threads: Contemporary Artists and Clothing, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, USA
Re-Thought and Re-Seen: 21st Century Photographers Using 19th Century Processes, University of Missouri, Kansas City, USA
Some Options in Abstraction, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, USA
Mirror with a Memory: The American Daguerrotype, Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, USA
Ten Photographers, Galleri K, Oslo, Norway
Beyond Borders, Coninx Museum, Zürich, Switzerland
Chorus of Light: Photographs from the Collection of Sir Elton John, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA
Abstrakte Fotografie, Kunsthalle Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany
Innoculated Time, Magnetoscopio P.V. Com Ltda / Casa de Cultura Solar dos Oitis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This is not a Photograph, Pace University Gallery, New York; University Art Gallery, University of California at San Diego, San Diego; Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Charlottesville; George Eastman House, Rochester, USA
2000
Déjà vu: Reworking the Past, Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, USA
Photography About Photography, Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York, USA
Fluid Flow, James Graham & Sons, New York, USA
Grace, Center for Photography at Woodstock, Woodstock, USA
Adam Fuss, Galerie Karsten Greve, Milan, Italy (solo)
Adam Fuss, Martin Browne Gallery, Sydney, Australia (solo)
Adam Fuss: My Ghost, Galeri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Tomorrow Land, Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago, USA
I’m Not Here: Constructing Identity at the Turn of the Century, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, USA
1999
Adam Fuss: My Ghost, Cheim & Read, New York, USA (solo)
Adam Fuss: Details of Love, Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium (solo)
Adam Fuss, FotoMuseum, Winterthur, Switzerland; Umea, Sweden (solo)
The Big Picture: Large-Format Photography, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, USA
Through the Looking Glass: Visions of Childhood, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, USA
Evoking Myths, Evolving Dreams, Alan Koppel Gallery, Chicago, USA
1998
Still Life: 1900-1998, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
In Site 98 - Mysterious Voyages: Exploring the Subject of Photography, Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, USA
Color, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, USA
Adam Fuss, Glenn Horowitz Book Seller, East Hampton, USA
Artists Who Happen to be Photographers, Nina Freudenheim, Inc., Buffalo, USA
Adam Fuss: Pinhole Photographs, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, USA (solo)
Adam Fuss, Glenn Horowitz Booksellers, East Hampton, USA (solo)
Adam Fuss: Snake Powder, Spore & Mucus Prints, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA (solo)
1997
Adam Fuss: Fotogramme, Galerie Sabine Knust, Munich, Germany (solo)
Adam Fuss: My Ghost, Galleri Charlotte Lund, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Lynda Benglis, Adam Fuss, David Salle & Serge Spitzer, Cheim & Read, New York, USA
The Quiet in the Land: Everday Life, Contemporary Art & the Shakers, Institute of Contemporary Art, Maine College of Art, Portland, USA
Svenska Mässan, Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre, Göteburg, Sweden
1996
Adam Fuss: Mary and Love Machine, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, USA (solo)
Adam Fuss: Pinhole Photographs, Baumgartner Galleries, Washington, D.C. (solo)
Prospect 96, Frankfurt, Germany
What’s Love Got To Do With It?, Randolph Street Gallery, Chicago, USA
Kingdom of Flora, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, USA
Light - Time - Focus, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago, USA
Up North, Down South, Back East and Out West, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, USA
Into the Deep Surface, PaceWildensteinMacGill, Los Angeles, USA
1995
Adam Fuss, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Adam Fuss, Charlotte Lund, Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
Bloom, Cristinerose Gallery, New York, USA
In the Garden, Ehlers Caudill Gallery, Chicago, USA
Content and Discontent in Today’s Photography, ICI, New York; British Museum; Greenwich; Pritchard Gallery, University of Idaho, Moscow, USA
Heaven’s Embroidered Cloths-Cameraless Photography, National Museum of Film, Photography and Television, Bradford, England
Nature Studies: Gregory Crewdson, Adam Fuss, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Johnson County Community College, Overland Park, USA
Flowers, 20th Century Photographs, Ltd, New York, USA
Seeing Things, Andre Emmerich, New York, USA
Fact, Fiction, and Truth: Contemporary Portraits, Lehman College Art Gallery, New York, USA
Visions, Nina Freudenheim Gallery, New York, USA
Crossing Borders: The Myst, Apex Art, New York, USA
Possibilities of Extension, Aspex Visual Arts Trust, Portsmouth, England
Silhouettes, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA
Abstract photographs, Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, USA
Tibet House Benefit Exhibition, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA
Human/Nature Benefit Exhibition, New Museum, New York, USA
1994
Adam Fuss, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA (solo)
Adam Fuss: In Between, Laura Carpenter, Santa Fe, USA (solo)
Adam Fuss, Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France (solo)
Experimental Vision: The Evolution of the Photogram Since 1919, Denver Art Museum, Denver, USA
The Light Fantastic, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, USA
The Abstract Urge, Friends of Photography, San Francisco, USA
Shooting Blind, Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, Wesleyan University, Middletown, USA
Color, James Danziger Gallery, New York, USA
The Riddle of the Sphinx: The Ages of Man, Islip Art Museum, East Islip, USA
Flora Metafisica: The Not-So-Still-Life of Plants, Guillaume Gallozzi, New York, USA
Gramercy International, Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles, USA
Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot, Paris, France
A Garden, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, USA
Nature Studies, Schmidt Contemporary Art, St. Louis, USA
1993
Locks Gallery, Philadelphia, USA
Image First: Eight Photographers for the 90's, Laura Carpenter Gallery, Santa Fe, USA
Blooming: The Art of Nature, Renee Fotouhi Fine Art East, East Hampton, USA
A Lure, Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
The Language of Flowers, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA
Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA
In Camera, Museum of Fine Arts New Mexico, Santa Fe, USA
Photograms & Photographs; Photographic works by Adam Fuss & Gary Schneider, Chicago, USA
Foreign Ferns: Botanical Studies from Talbot to the Present, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, USA
Adam Fuss: Details of Love, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
1992
Adam Fuss, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Adam Fuss, Akron Art Museum, Akron, USA (solo)
Adam Fuss, Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA (solo)
Adam Fuss, Tom Solomon's Garage, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Adam Fuss, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia (solo)
Abstraction in the '90's, Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles, USA
Healing, Wooster Gardens, New York; Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, USA
Material Matter: Photography and Sculpture from the Collection, Fisher Landau Center, Long Island City, USA
Skulpturen-Fragmente, The Vienna Sucession, Vienna, Austria
Adam Fuss, Pierre et Gilles, Robert Mapplethorpe, Esta Novo, Tokyo, Japan
The Language of Flowers, Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York, USA
1991
Portraits on Paper, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA
Photography 1980-1990, Tavelli Gallery, Aspen, USA
The Interrupted Life, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, USA
Annual International Exhibition, Santa Cruz de Tenerite, Casa de la Cultura and the Centro de Arte Regenta, Canary Islands
Whitney Biennial, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA
Circle, Queens Museum, Flushing, New York, USA
Photography from 1980 to 1990, Ginny Williams Gallery, Denver, USA
Contemporary Abstract Photography, Compass Rose Gallery, Chicago, USA
Fact or Fantasy, Coup de Grace Gallery, New York, USA
1990
Adam Fuss, Thomas Soloman's Garage, Los Angeles, USA (solo)
Adam Fuss, Robert Miller Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Adam Fuss, Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Javier Baldeon and Adam Fuss, Fundacio Caixa de Pensions, Barcelona, Spain
1989
Abstraction in Contemporary Photography, Emerson Gallery, Hamilton College, Clinton; Anderson Gallery, School of the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, USA
Marta Cervera Gallery, New York, USA
Creative Camera, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, USA
Adam Fuss, Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Contemporary Photographers, University of South Florida Art Museum, Tampa, USA
International Camera, Simon Salama-Caro Gallery, London, England
Photography: Recent Acquisitions, Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia
Pinhole Photography, Centre Saidye Bronfman, Montreal, Canada
Prospect Photographie, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt, Germany
The Photography of Invention: American Pictures of the 1980's, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C.
Abstraction in Photography, Zabriskie Gallery, New York, USA
1988
Damon Brandt Gallery, New York, USA
Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Hempstead; Roanoke Museum of Fine Arts, Roanoke, USA
Adam Fuss, Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
1987
Adam Fuss, Mark Morrisroe, The Starn Twins, Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York, USA
1986
Stux Gallery, Boston, USA
Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York, USA
1985
Alternative Museum, New York, USA
Simon Cerigo Gallery, New York, USA
Ledel Gallery, New York, USA
Adam Fuss, Massimo Audiello Gallery, New York, USA (solo)

Public Collections

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK
Vienna Moderner Kunst Museum, Vienna, Austria
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY
Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, VT
Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH
Albright-Knox Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia
Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH
Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO
Fisher Landau Center, Long Island City, NY
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY
The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Literature

2005
Adam Fuss: A coversation between the artist and Paul Ardeen, DVD, Timothy Taylor Gallery, London, UK
2002
Kellein, Thomas. Adam Fuss: Photograms of Life and Death. Cologne, Germany: Verlag der Buchhandlung Walther Konig, 2002
2001
Coleman, A.D. This is Not a Photograph. La Jolla, CA: University of California at San Diego, 2001
2001
Ulmer, Sean M., Uncommon Threads. Contemporary Artists and Clothing, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
2001
Ackermann, Marion, Schattenrisse, Silhuetten, and Cutouts, edited by Helmut Friedel, Staedtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Hatje Cantz Verlag, Ostfildern, Germany
1998
Parry, Eugenia. Adam Fuss. Santa Fe, NM: Arena Editions, 1998
1996
Fuss, Adam. Pinhole Photographs, Photographers at Work. Washington, DC and London: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1996