Potomac : East and West (portfolio of photoprints), 1991
Faul, Jan 1945-
Hand-colored silver gelatin photoprints, 16 x 20 inches, paper, unmounted
0.3 cu. ft.: 1 box
1 portfolio: 24 photoprints
Portfolios (groups of works)
Artist b. Port Chester, N.Y., 1945; childhood in several American cities and Switzerland; studied printmaking at George Washington University, Washington, D.C., graduated 1969; gave up printmaking for photography due to influence of Farm Security Administration photographs he had seen at the Library of Congress as a teenager. Self-employed photographer since 1970, working on grants and contracts to document workers, rural poverty, etc.; also landscape, still life, and portraiture. To Denmark in 1979, doing commercial photography for about ten years before returning to the U.S. Work in many museum and private collections. Artist's residency, Yaddo, 1992-1993.
Photographs of agricultural landscapes, cemeteries, industrial buildings (exterior and interior views), commercial buildings in rural areas, etc., in the Potomac River region of Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Each image contains a small area hand-colored by the photographer, providing a subtly mysterious, often whimsical or humorous effect.
Jan Faul "Potomac East and West" Portfolio, 1991, Archives Center, National Museum of American History. Gift of the artist