David Emitt Adams
  • Photographer <a href="http://www.davidemittadams.com/" target="_blank">David Emitt Adams</a> creates tintypes on discarded cans he collects from the Sonoran Desert. In his artist statement, Adams says that some are more than four decades old, which have earned a deep reddish-brown, rusty coloration.
    David Emitt Adams
  • <a href="http://www.davidemittadams.com/" target="_blank">Adams</a> says that this rich patina is the evidence of light and time, the two main components inherent in the very nature of photography.
    David Emitt Adams
  • <a href="http://www.davidemittadams.com/" target="_blank">Adams</a> says that for this body of work, he manipulates these found objects through a labor-intensive 19th century photography process known as wet-plate collodion.
    David Emitt Adams
  • <a href="http://www.davidemittadams.com/" target="_blank">Adams</a> says that the results are objects that have a history as artifacts and hold images connected to their locations.
    David Emitt Adams
  • <a href="http://www.davidemittadams.com/" target="_blank">Adams</a> says that as long as people have been in the American West, they have found its barren desert landscapes to be ideal for dumping garbage and forgetting.
    David Emitt Adams
  • <a href="http://www.davidemittadams.com/" target="_blank">Adams</a> was born in Yuma, Ariz. in 1980 and says he has never known this landscape without the forgotten debris of urban sprawl.
    David Emitt Adams
  • <a href="http://www.davidemittadams.com/" target="_blank">Adams</a> says that today, the notion of land untouched by the hand of man is so foreign, it might as well be make-believe.
    David Emitt Adams
  • <a href="http://www.davidemittadams.com/" target="_blank">Adams</a> says that the deserts of the West have special significance in the history of photography.
    David Emitt Adams
  • By the time <a href="http://www.davidemittadams.com/" target="_blank">Adams</a> became an adult, he says he began to see that the Ariz. desert was far different from the scenery once photographed by Timothy O'Sullivan in the 1860s. O'Sullivan is known for his works regarding the American West.
    David Emitt Adams
  • <a href="http://www.davidemittadams.com/" target="_blank">Adams</a> says he has explored this landscape with an awareness of the photographers who have come before him.
    David Emitt Adams
  • <a href="http://www.davidemittadams.com/" target="_blank">Adams</a> says it is this awareness that has led him to pay close attention to the traces left behind by others.
    David Emitt Adams
  • Regarding the process, <a href="http://www.davidemittadams.com/" target="_blank">Adams</a> says that each photograph is made on a unique object found in the Sonoran Desert.
    David Emitt Adams
  • <a href="http://www.davidemittadams.com/" target="_blank">Adams</a> says that these objects are one of a kind and vary in size, ranging from two inches to ten inches in any direction.
    David Emitt Adams
  • <a href="http://www.davidemittadams.com/" target="_blank">Adams</a> uses the wet-plate collodion process to make the photographs, known as "tintypes," on these objects.
    David Emitt Adams
  • David Emitt Adams is represented by <a href="http://ethertongallery.com/" target="_blank">Etherton Gallery</a> and <a href="http://www.photoeye.com/gallery/" target="_blank">Photo-Eye Gallery</a>. For more of his work, visit <a href="http://www.davidemittadams.com/" target="_blank">davidemittadams.com</a>.
    David Emitt Adams
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