Another Master to Honor – James Fee

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© James Fee – Bird on a Tree, 2006

While in a random discussion the other day, I was reminded of the passing of James Fee in September 2006.
The emotional overwhelming power of this photographers work, knowing that he was dying of cancer, underscores the obvious potency of these images. But it was not just his most recent work.

© James Fee 1998 Crossed Wires

There is a show of his photographs that is only on for 2 more days.Craig Krull Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, California.

From the site:

On December 2nd, Craig Krull Gallery will open its ninth solo exhibition of the work of James Fee. The six large-scale photographic images in this exhibition represent the last body of work that Fee created before his passing on Labor Day of this year. For the past 16 years, Fee’s work has been marked by a darkness and obsession with the detritus of decaying America; abandoned factories, rusting machinery and sinking ships. Seemingly pessimistic, Fee was actually motivated by his firm beliefs in the “true meaning” of American principles like equal rights, freedom and democracy. His positive convictions, tempered by his disappointment with the direction America was headed were partially instilled by his father, a WWII veteran who eventually committed suicide due to lingering post-war trauma. Fee confronted these demons of the past in his remarkable “Peleliu Project,” revisiting the South Pacific island of his father’s great war scars. In his last three bodies of work, “Odesangel,” “Isochrone” and “Last Photographs,” Fee seems to have come to terms with his dark side through an immersion in pensive landscape imagery. These last six images were made in Monterey and Joshua Tree National Monument. While finding solace in the natural, these images also portend his demise in images of barren trees, solemn rock formations and a lone raven.

Craig Krull Gallery
Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Avenue, Building B3
Los Angeles, CA
Santa Monica
North America
p: 310.828.6410

And if you can’t make it to the exhibit, check out his books, at James Fee.

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