Sam Contis (US)

Image: Sam Contis, [Beating Time, Movement of the Hand (After Lange)] (detail), 2020. Courtesy the artist.

Image: Sam Contis, Beating Time, Movement of the Hand (After Lange) (detail), 2020. Courtesy the artist.

Living and working in California, artist Sam Contis explores legacy and contemporary resonance in photography of the past.


Contis recently exhibited at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Her work was included in Being: New Photography at MoMA, New York and Masculinities: Liberation through Photography at the Barbican Art Gallery, London. Her work has been collected by a number of prestigious art museums including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, and MoMA and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Her most recent book, Day Sleeper, a reimagining of the work of Dorothea Lange, was published by MACK in 2020.

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