Paul Shambroom - Photographs New York Tuesday, October 2, 2012 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Kavi Gupta Gallery, Chicago

  • Literature

    Phaidon, Vitamin PH: New Perspectives in Photography, p. 256
    Weisman Art Museum, Paul Shambroom: Picturing Power, cover

  • Catalogue Essay

    Since the late 1980s Paul Shambroom has been photographing nuclear sites with a detached, objective eye. The current lot, Level A HAZMAT suit, yellow, 2004, from the Security series that Shambroom began the year the image was taken, is an extension of the previous project. The figure depicted against the Romantic-inspired sky is a first responder, clad in suit and armor against hazardous predicaments. The stark difference between his profession and the atmospheric background begets a sense of ambiguity, at once heroic as well as potentially ominous.

    Shambroom has exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago.


Level A HAZMAT suit, yellow

Archival pigmented inkjet on canvas with varnish.
62 x 37 3/4 in. (157.5 x 95.9 cm)
Signed, titled, dated and copyright in pencil on the reverse. Number 7 from an edition of 8.

$5,000 - 7,000 

Sold for $2,500

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Vanessa Kramer Hallett
Worldwide Head of Photographs
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2 October 2012
New York