Edward Fausty

Having completed his BFA, Fausty entered the Yale School of Art photography program in 1984 and graduated in 1986. It was at Yale that he became increasingly interested in ink on paper, due largely to his interaction with future MacArthur fellow Richard Benson, a master lithographer and photographer.

At the suggestion of Norman Sanders, distinguished photo and design teacher at Cooper Union, Fausty began researching an obscure and near-extinct cousin of photo-lithography called collotype, in which gelatin plates yield continuous tone screenless ink prints from photographic negatives. For the next twelve years, Fausty worked at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, a cooperative printmaking studio in New York City and later in his own studio to perfect this technique. Ink on paper became a passion. Photography was almost secondary. It was at this studio on 13th Street in New York that Fausty printed collotype editions for artists such as Kiki Smith and Accra Shep, and worked on his own Camera Vision Series, “objectless” photographs.

It was by accident that the possibilities of digital inkjet became apparent. A simple desktop inkjet printer led to a dangerous leap into the world of wide format digital pigmented inkjet. It was at 111 First Street that Fausty’s 3000 lb. Vandercook proofing press became a (very solid) worktable, and a 44 inch Epson plotter became the instrument of creation. The ease and flexibility of this tool allowed him sometimes to return to descriptive color photography while still indulging his interest in ink and paper. It was at 111 that the series A Fragile Utopia was made, documenting studios and spaces at the now demolished art center in downtown Jersey City.

In addition to his interest in such current subjects as clouds, stars, leaves, and sand dunes, Fausty also offers his wide format printing services to artists and photographers.

Fausty’s work is represented in such collections as The Canadian Center for Architecture, The George Eastman House, The U.S. Library of Congress, Pfizer Corporation, Yale University and others. He has shown at Princeton University, The Brooklyn Museum, Gallery Bi Damas in Japan, Paul Sharpe Contemporary in New York, The World Theatre Festival in Nancy, France. He has recently finished an artist residency at Princeton University.

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