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Studio Sundays: Photographer Jeff Wall

artist jeff wall on a ladder while looking down at a table in his art studio

On this Studio Sunday we are featuring the workspace of Canadian photographer Jeff Wall. Wall is most well known for his extremely large scale photographs, often featuring complex scenes of everyday life with multiple subjects and focal points – almost like wide shots from a film, suspended in freeze-frame.


Wall’s studio, in this photo, appears clean and stark – a contrast to many of the painter’s studios that I’ve written about. Because Wall’s photographs are often presented formally on light-boxes, the clean, white light in his studio must be essential to going over every inch of the developed photo before presenting it to the public. I enjoy seeing the artist up on a ladder to do this – his works are on such a large scale that he has to make himself bigger, in a way, to deal with them properly.


Jeff Wall is one of several artists known to make up what is called the “Vancouver School” - that is, the grouping of works by several different artists working at Vancouver, BC, in the 1980’s, all dealing with conceptual photography, and photographic artworks that look into deeper social issues or have strong narrative ideas. While Wall and many of the other artists involved tend to resist this generalized grouping, it is undeniable that Wall’s photos are expressly conceptual and narrative.


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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