James Welling finds the subjects for his black and white photographs in the industrial landscape – railway trains, machinery, factory buildings and work-spaces. Although the photographs have an obvious documentary interest, they are also highly formal in character, with strong visual interplay between contrasting forms, light and shadow. The Calais lace factory photographs were originally exhibited at the Galerie de l’Ancienne Poste in Calais in 1993 and the series has been re-edited with new prints made for Camden Arts Centre.
Welling was born in Conneticut, USA in 1951, lives in New York and is Head of Photography in the Art Department of UCLA (Los Angeles). He has shown widely in the USA and Europe, including at Documenta, Kassel in 1992 and Prospekt 96, Frankfurt. This is his first one-person show in this country.
Supported by the American Embassy, London