Christopher Russell creates photographic works exploring the concepts of endings and disasters, pulled from art theory, history, and pop culture. Working against traditional photography, Russell uses digital processes and scratching techniques to create scenes. With a razorblade, Russell etches intricate patterns and figures onto the surface of his photographs. Applying various motifs or, in his words, a "romantic overlay," his physical interventions in the prints are his attempt to "draw something out of the narrative possibility" that he sees, beyond the initial image created. The artist has created these editions especially for Aperture Foundation.


Christopher Russell (born in Sacramento, California, 1974) received his MFA from the Art Center College of Design. His work has been featured in group exhibitions at the Tokyo Institute of Photography; Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida; Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, California; White Columns, New York; De Appel arts centre, Amsterdam; Oakland Museum of California; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Russell also produces his own unique books in addition to his zine, Bedwetter. His books include Sniper, Budget Decadence, Pattern Book, and Landscape. His work is in the collections of Deutsche Bank; Brooklyn Museum; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Rhode Island School of Design Museum; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.

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