Dorothea Lange; Sam Contis: Day Sleeper (Mack Books, 2020)

Sam Contis (b. 1982) lives and works in California. She received her MFA from Yale University’s School of Art in 2008. Her work has been shown internationally with exhibitions in Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Antwerp, London, and San Francisco.

Deep Springs, her first book, was published by MACK in 2017. Her most recent book, Day Sleeper, presents a new window onto the work of the iconic American photographer Dorothea Lange.

Artist: https://samanthacontis.com/

Related exhibition: 9 February – 9 May 2020: Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures at MoMa, New York

Video: Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures | MoMA EXHIBITION (Youtube)

In this book Sam Contis presents a new window onto the work of the iconic American photographer Dorothea Lange. Drawing from Lange’s extensive archive, Contis constructs a fragmented, unfamiliar world centred around the figure of the day sleeper – at once a symbol of respite and oblivion.

The book shows us one artist through the eyes of another, with Contis responding to resonances between her and Lange’s ways of seeing. It reveals a largely unknown side of Lange, and includes previously unseen photographs of her family, portraiture from her studio, and pictures made in the streets of San Francisco and the East Bay.

Publisher’s Info

Publisher: Mack Books

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Dorothea Lange. Migrant Mother, Nipomo, California. March 1936. Gelatin silver print, 11 1/8 x 8 9/16″ (28.3 x 21.8 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York.

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