Sam Falls was born in San Diego in 1984. He received his BA from Reed College in 2007 and his MFA from ICP-Bard in 2010. Though trained as a photographer, Falls often combines the medium with painting and sculpture to explore the potentials of combining color, digital renderings, and natural processes.
Keenly aware of the implications of photography as a medium, he uses his work in a self-referential manner, pointing out both its strengths and shortcomings: “My images are not only investigating the medium’s potential as an art form, but also continue exploring photography’s capacity for representation and challenging its veracity.” Falls also makes use of materials borrowed from nature, exploring notions of temporality, change, and perception.
Falls’ works have been featured in exhibitions at LAXART (Los Angeles), the Pomona College Museum of Art (Claremont), and the International Center of Photography (New York). They can also be found in the collections of various institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Centre Pompidou (Paris), and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He lives and works in Hudson, New York and Los Angeles.