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Sam Wang: Four Decades of Photographic Explorations


by Sam Wang


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A collection of Sam Wang’s work

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This monograph is a substantial, beautifully printed 40-year retrospective of Wang’s photographs, a must-buy if alternative processes, the nude, and/or the landscape are of interest. Over half of the 140+ images are Wang’s hallmark subject matter and style, the figure in landscape in circular frame format. The other half of the photographs are mostly landscapes sans figure, equally appealing, where unremarkable scenes are made remarkable by the photographer, the lens and the circle. Figure and ground become an integrated whole in both quiet and assertive ways, and hint to the possibility of living harmoniously with nature. The sequencing of the images provides a thoughtful and rich visual experience. The book is a wonderful culmination of the life’s work of an artist who is still, after 40+ years in the field, excited about photography.

—Christina Z. Anderson

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About the author

Sam Wang was born in China and grew up in Hong Kong. He received an MFA in photography from the University of Iowa in 1966 and began a 40 year teaching career at Clemson University, where he taught photography, “art with computer,” and helped create the Digital Production Arts program that prepared students for the animation industry. He retired as Alumni Distinguished Professor of Art in 2006.

Sam’s work has been exhibited and published widely. They are in the collections of the Herbert F, Johnson Museum of Art, [South Carolina State Collection], Coca Cola USA Photography Collection, Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport, University of Oregon Museum of Art, High Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, Atelier pH7 in Brussels, and the NY Metropolitan Museum of Art, among many others. His articles on alternative photography has appeared in John Barnier’s book Coming Into Focus, and the online web sites unblinkingeye.com and alternativephotography.com

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  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Introduction: David Vestal
  • Essays: Bao Kun, Zhong Jianming
  • Publisher: China Jiangsu Arts
  • Publishing (2010)
  • Language: English/Chinese
  • ISBN-10: 7534429781
  • ISBN-13: 978-7534429781
  • Size: 11.5″ w 10.75″
  • Weight: approx 4 lb;

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