scott b. davis

scott b. davis: sonora
Publisher: Radius Books
Dimensions: 10.8 x 12.4 in.
Pages: 132
ISBN: 9781942185840
$ 50.00

Photography by scott b. davis

Essay by Joshua Chuang

Interview by Virginia Heckert, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

93 images



scott b. davis‘s recent work uses combinations of in-camera palladium paper negatives and traditional film-based platinum/palladium prints. The images explore the boundaries of visibility in the darkness and overwhelming light of the Sonoran Desert, creating pictures of landscapes that are both literal and abstract. The light and space found in the open desert are felt in these uniquely rendered images comprised of diptychs, triptychs, and occasional works that include as many as ten or twelve unique images in a series. By using exposure to intense UV light, Davis has pioneered a process that captures images invisible to the naked eye, creating prints rich in contrast to push the boundaries of the visible spectrum and the perceptual limits of human vision. His prints invite closer, deeper looking at landscapes that seem familiar to us in the daylight but evolve into something altogether different when rendered as abstract records of place. The aim is not to represent the desert as we think we know it, but to evoke an intimate connection with the desert through new perspectives.


scott b. davis has been photographing the desert since 1993. Recent museum group exhibitions include the New Mexico Museum of Art, Center for Creative Photography, and The Getty Museum. His work is found in the collections of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Pier 24, George Eastman Museum, Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Museum of Photographic Arts, and the Kiyosato Museum of Photographic Arts, among others. Davis’s photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, and his work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Village Voice, New Yorker, Los Angeles Times. He is represented by EUQINOM Gallery (San Francisco) and Etherton Gallery (Tucson).