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Mac Adams, The Whisper (Diptych), 1976–77, diptych, gelatin silver prints, each 36 5/8 x 40 1/8".

Mac Adams

Elizabeth Dee Gallery

Mac Adams, The Whisper (Diptych), 1976–77, diptych, gelatin silver prints, each 36 5/8 x 40 1/8".

To begin his essay published for Mac Adams’s exhibition this past summer, critic David Campany catalogues the many allusions to be found in the photographer’s work: “detective stories and news reportage, crime scenes and film noir, the Nouveau Roman and the photo-roman, movie publicity and film frames, snapshots and high art, advertising and the still life, voyeurism and exhibitionism, glamour and horror, sculpture and painting, literature and architecture.” That sounds about right. The eleven pieces that were in this show—all part of the “Mysteries” series, 1973–80—evince a deep, referential density; sliding between the theatrical and the analytic, the cinematic and the forensic, they are exceedingly familiar but difficult to place. Yet it is always clear what they ask of us: to investigate the pulpy mysteries their scenes contain.

Born in Wales, Adams arrived in the US

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