James Welling is an American photographer known for his mysterious color photographs. For 20 years Welling was Area Head of Photography ay UCLA and he presently is a lecturer at Princeton University and lives in New York. Welling’s museum exhibition, Choreograph, multilayered photographs of dance and architecture, opened last month at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. Welling received his MFA from Cal Arts where he studied with John Baldessari. After graduating from Cal Arts he turned to photography and for 44 years he has worked with the elemental materials of the medium - light, subject, process, color - to fashion a personal vision that is continuously evolving.
His latest work, Archaeology, recently exhibited at Regen Projects in Hollywood, takes a deep dive into the sculptures, architecture and objects of ancient Greece and Rome. For this show, Welling invented two new color photographic processes using gelatin, colored dyes and oil paint to create evocative recollections of antiquity.