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Sam Wang

Swimmers at Sylvan Lake, n.d.

gelatin silver print

For over forty years, Sam Wang has been using handmade cameras, special lenses and a variety of alternative printing processes to create unique, round images. His subjects range from landscapes and man-made environments to portraits, figure studies, and still-life. The effect of the spherical "frame" is not incidental, but a different way of seeing and feeling: Wang states, "'s much less about round shapes than about total immersion in observation." Wang has also produced a large body of traditionally formatted work, much of it using the pinhole camera and alternative processes such as platinum/palladium. A collection of his work is published in Sam Wang, Four Decades of Photographic Explorations (2011).