Curtis Mann appropriates and manipulates found photographs to create new photographs. After reshooting and enlarging the found image, he then physically erases portions of it through a bleaching process so that only faint traces of the original remain, replaced with an ambiguous emptiness. Other portions are painted with a varnish to resist the bleach and are left intact. Through this subtractive and additive process, Mann expands the boundaries of the medium of photography, while at the same time he reflects on the fragility of the photographic image as a source of information.
Curtis Mann received his MFA in Photography from Columbia College, Chicago, in 2008.