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Brian Taylor Works Biography

Brian Taylor

Contemporary Photographer

Brian Taylor’s photographically illustrated handmade books spring from his fascination with the book and a love of texture in art. Begun in 1992, each book from the series is hand-bound and displayed fully opened to a two-page spread. Encased in wooden shadow boxes and presented behind Plexiglas, these books are not accessible. They are filled with other photographically illustrated pages, including prototypes, work prints, and out-takes that can’t be viewed, but “gave their lives” for the imagery seen in the open folio spread .These illustrated pages lie beneath the displayed imagery, like history. “I like the idea of making art that contains some imagery that can be sensed but not seen.” The text and photographs that fill these books portray the surrealism of our fast-paced, modern world. “The 20th century presents us incredible experiences with such regularity that we no longer differentiate between what is natural and what is colored with magic and irony.”

Each book is printed in very limited editions of seven variations and each is unique: due to the texture and handwork, no two books could ever be exactly alike. Sizes vary, approximately 22” x 30” framed.


Brief Biography

Brian Taylor was born in Tucson, Arizona in 1954. He received his B.A. Degree in Visual Arts from the University of California at San Diego, and M.A. from Stanford University and his M.F.A. from the University of New Mexico. His manipulated photography is a personal description of life in these surreal times and deals with issues ranging from natural disasters to social commentary. Brian explores techniques which best portray his ideas, and employs alternative photo processes including non-silver, photomontage, collage, computer digitization, and mixed media. Brian’s work has been exhibited nationally and abroad, and is in the permanent collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Center for Creative Photography in Arizona. He is currently a professor of art and design and the coordinator of the photography program at California State University, San Jose.

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