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Photograph - Untitled; In Between

Untitled; In Between

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    USA (probably, made)

  • Date:

    1994 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Adam Fuss, born 1961 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gelatin silver print photogram

  • Credit Line:

    Gift of the artist, through the generosity of Pierre Brahm

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Adam Fuss was born in Britain and lives and works in New York. Having worked as a commercial photographer, he is conscious of what he calls "the pervasive technological- consumerist culture". In response to this, along with other artists of his generation such as Garry Fabian Miller and Susan Derges, he has returned to the simplest photographic means: photography without the use of a camera. Such procedures recall the earliest photographs of the 1830s and 1840s. This work was inspired by Fuss' visit to a Shaker community where he was impressed with their hand-built ladders. It also references William Blake's work 'I want, I want' showing a figure holding a ladder up to the stars, as well as the famous ladder in Henry Fox Talbot's 'The Haystack'. Imbued with a poignant sensibility, or the implication of transcendent aspirations, Fuss' works resound with metaphysical meaning.

Physical description

A mounted and framed photogram of a ladder by Adam Fuss.

Place of Origin

USA (probably, made)


1994 (made)


Adam Fuss, born 1961 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gelatin silver print photogram


Height: 486 cm frame, Width: 137 cm frame

Descriptive line

Photograph, photogram of a silver-coloured ladder on a white background, 'Untitled', from the series 'In Between', Adam Fuss, USA, 1994.

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Working for a time among the members of a Shaker community, Fuss was inspired by their hand-built ladders. Set against a bright, dematerialized background, the rungs of Fuss's photogram equivalent shimmer with a look of oxidized silver. For Fuss, the ladder is much more than a practical tool: it is an emblem of aspiration. Like the ladder of Jacob's dream in the Book of Genesis, it is the route via which angels ascend and descend. It also provides a means of moving away from Earth towards the cosmos, into the 'in between' space of the title of the series from which the work is taken.

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