American artist Elliot Ross was intrigued by the portrait of his late cat, which his wife put up on the wall in their house. The cat seemed to stare right at him. Ross wondered if the cat had consciously looked into the camera when the photo was taken. What was the cat thinking at the time? In what ways is the consciousness of an animal different from that of a human being? Ross turned his thoughts and questions into a project: Animal. Photographing animals from around the world, he discarded their surroundings afterwards to make these isolated and powerful portraits.
Text by Manfred Zollner:
‘The haunting animal portraits of the American Elliot Ross question our relation to other creatures and the ways we perceive the animal world’.
Manfred Zollner in fotoMAGAZIN.
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Obvious Magazine (Portuguese)
Other Animals is the sequel to American artist Elliot Ross' critically acclaimed book of photographic animal portraits titled Animal (Schilt Publishing 2010). Approaching more closely subjects of many species, he has continued examining his thoughts and feelings about being an animal in a world with other animals: the wonder and beauty, as well as the unease. In this book he studies other species' similarities and differences, the textures, physiques, and apparent physiognomies while using free-hand drawing techniques he has developed within digital imaging. The result is a group of strikingly sculptural black and white portraits that are at once photographs and drawings.
Elliot Ross was born in Chicago. He was awarded a Master of Fine Arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1971. His work can be found in the collections of many famous institutes around the world. Ross is represented by Schilt Publishing Gallery. He lives in San Francisco and New York City.
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Actualité Photographique (French)
Die Zeit (German)