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Narrative Formats: Artwork by Paul Thomann

A sheet of chemically manipulated photographic paperChemical 6A, direct chemically manipulated photographic paper

Chicago-based artist Paul Thomann works in photography and film as well as other narrative formats. The artist’s works are ethereal and documentary in nature, often taking the artist’s own family and background as subject matter.


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Paul’s images range in style from ethereal to clear and expansive. I enjoy the contrast the between the artist’s series of Baseball Pictures and the rest of his portfolio. The baseball images are crisp and clear, showing a wide view of a baseball field in both color and black and white. All details are treated with equal importance in these works.


The Family gallery on Paul Thomann's photography websitePaul's Family gallery

Similarly, in Paul’s Lanterns series, every detail is deliberately blurred, so that the lighting of the image comes to the forefront, rather than the precise subject matter. Paul has also used his artistic practice to explore his own family tree through photographs and documents, similar to Monique Fouquet’s ruminations on memory.

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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