James Welling


*1951 in Hartford (Connecticut), USA
Lives in
Los Angeles
Works with

Light might be the main asset to the photographic process, but for Welling it is also his primary subject. Since graduating California Institute of the Arts in 1974 (the unique light of the golden state must have had an effect on Welling’s practice) he had utilised almost every method of photography available, from digital and film to photograms (photography without a camera in which light-sensitive photographic paper is exposed to light).

When Welling undertook a three-year project to picture Philip Johnson's Glass House, he did not merely document the iconic architecture, but transformed it with coloured filters to distort the end images to sublime effect. In doing so, typically, Welling concentrates our mind not on the building itself, but on how we see the building.