This large folio features reproductions from Adam Fuss’s series Ark, which utilizes the 19th century daguerreotype process to create photograms. In this process, Fuss creates images on polished copper plates after exposing them to mercury and chemical vapors. With his photogram work, Fuss draws upon one of the early photographic traditions used by such pioneers as William Henry Fox Talbot, subverting the primacy of the camera and celebrating the print as an independent object. The series marks a culmination in Fuss’s investigation of these alternative photographic methods.
The signed and numbered folio features 34 color reproductions and a blindstamped colophon on orange hand-made paper, laid into a black, hand-made, paper-covered clamshell box, tied with black ribbon. An illustrated label is affixed to the box.