Edward Fausty is a photographer and printer. A graduate of the Yale Master of Fine Arts program and The Cooper Union School of Art, Fausty’s photography is grounded in the documentary tradition of Walker Evans and color sensibility of his first teacher, Joel Meyerowitz.
Working with fellow Cooper Union graduate Brian Rose in the 1980’s, Fausty docu- mented (with view camera and color film) much of Manhattan’s Lower East Side. The book by that name is a compilation of that project, which also earned National Endowment for the Arts and CAPS (later NYFA) grants. But Fausty has since taken excursions into the worlds of abstraction, minimalism, autobiography, graphic my- thology, and asian form and temperament, all within the photographic medium and viewable on his website www.edwardfausty.com.
These personal projects coincide with an interest in ink and paper as an alternative to chemical based darkroom photography. Inspired by master printer Richard Benson and former teacher Norman Sanders, Fausty spent years learning and developing collotype press-based ink printing, and eventually transitioned to large format digital printing. Both share the virtue of use of fine papers as opposed to more pragmatic resin-based media with emulsions.
In 2007 Fausty conducted, with photographer and educator Accra Shepp, an artist teaching residency (Collotype and the Art of the Book) at Princeton University Lewis Center for The Arts. (Previous participants include Toni Morrison and Yo Yo Ma). This resulted in the limited edition artist’s book by Shepp entitled Atlas.
Fausty’s next series Next Frontier: the Land and the Night Sky has been featured in solo exhibits at the Hunterdon Art Museum in Clinton, NJ, the Lewis K. Meisel Gallery and The Carter Burden Gallery in New York City, and The Art Center of New Jersey in Summitt. Here Fausty returns to his roots in earthbound social documentary ap- proach, but in color and including the infinitude of the stars in the night sky.
His most current series, Worlds, has been shown at DM Contemporary, New York City and at Inquiry in Boonton, NJ. Harkening back to a dream Fausty had during his second year of college, Worlds uses circular landscapes done with a fisheye lens in order to replicate the wonder of seeing our planet from above and pondering our footprint upon it.
Fausty’s work is represented in such collections as The Canadian Center for Archi- tecture, The George Eastman House, The U.S. Library of Congress, Pfizer Corporation, Yale University and others. He has shown at such institutions as The Hunterdon Museum, The Arts Center of New Jersey, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Canadian Center for Architecture, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, and numerous other venues.