Gold of Africa

New Work by Adam Shulman
April 1st - May 6th, 2017

Opening Reception: April 1st, 6 to 9 pm

Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present Gold of Africa - a new body of work by international photographer Adam Shulman. A self-taught photographer from an early age, Adam has pursued both digital and film media of various format throughout his career and has shot everything from Arizona landscapes to fashion photography. His Gold of Africa series is the culmination of the greater part of a decade immersed in two divergent worlds: the wonder-filled dream of fashion and the life it cultivates, and the painstaking pursuit of an African medical system deserving of its people.

Gold of Africa metaphorically represents the gold of Africa as being the people and the land. Showcasing beautiful African bodies covered in what appears to be golden, cracked, desert earth, each model captivates the viewer with overwhelming power and beauty. The mass of an entire continent lies behind their eyes or under the contours of each muscle or shadow. The gold seems to be a suffocating barrier at times, yet also somehow an extension of each model's body and soul.

Shot with 6x7 film on a Mamiya RZ67 manual camera, the images capture the essence and the magnitude of life. The actual film size leads to larger, crisper images, capturing the subtleties of each model. The imperfections of the film grain are representative of the subtle flaws in nature that captivate the senses, and yet the smoothness of the image as a whole is representative of the fluidity of life. The images are crisp, powerful, and yet sensual.

Adam Shulman was born and raised in Nashville, TN. He is a board-certified medical physicist as well as a medical philanthropist, having completed his training at Vanderbilt University. He has spent 6 years working in and out of Africa donating medical equipment and training local medical professionals on modern cancer treatment techniques through the NGO Radiating Hope. Adam has lived in Dakar, Senegal with his Senegalese wife Adama training medical staff, and just recently completed a year of medical training in Accra, Ghana. He has been immersed in African culture and beauty for the greater part of a decade, and for this, his series Gold of Africa is more than art on a wall. It is life.