Based in Arizona, photographer David Emitt Adams explores the sense of place through his use of tintype, an early form of photography developed in the 19th century. Rather than use conventional paper, Adams prints his images on cans, scrap metal, and other detritus found in the landscapes he photographs, blurring the distinction between image and object. For his latest project, Adams has turned his attention to the oil industry, traveling around the country to photograph different refineries. Adams then prints his images directly on to oil drum lids, during these objects into visual meditations on the oil industry that has so strongly shaped the economy, history, and culture of the United States.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.