Fine Art Photography

Brian Ulrich: On Creating, Funding and Sustaining a Long-term Fine-Art Project

March 6, 2014

By Interview Conor Risch

© Brian Ulrich. Image courtesy the artist and Julie Saul Gallery.

"Black River Falls, WI, 2006," from the exhibition “Brian Ulrich: Copia—Retail, Thrift and Dark Stores, 2001-2011."

More than a decade ago, photographer Brian Ulrich, then a graduate student, began creating a body of work that examined American consumerism as a reflection of our culture as a whole. He started by surreptitiously photographing middle-class shoppers at malls, and at large chain retailers like Target and Home Depot for a series titled “Retail.” Later, for the series “Thrift,”...

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