Seen & Imagined: The World of Clifford RossEdited by Jay A. Clarke and Joseph ThompsonFall 2015


From the romantic, highly detailed realism of his large-scale Mountain photographs to multimedia pieces that embrace abstract forms drawn from close observation of nature, Clifford Ross’s work is unlike any other. In 2002, Ross invented his R1 camera, with which he has produced some of the highest resolution single shot photographs ever realized. In a Ross landscape, viewers can spot a bird in a tree on a mountain a mile away. Ross’s longstanding desire to reconcile realism and abstraction in his art intensified when he took up photography in the mid-1990s. This book offers the first comprehensive survey of his work, from large-scale, highly detailed landscape photographs to his latest “invisible art”—an augmented reality app for smartphones that reveals a hidden work within a work.


Seen & Imagined accompanies a landmark exhibition at MASS MoCA. Featuring 139 images, most of them in color, including such major Ross series as MountainsMountain Redux, Harmoniums, and Digital Waves, it is the first fine-art book to offer readers an augmented reality 3D “pop up” experience (through a free downloadable app) using their smartphones. Texts by noted writers and critics David Anfam, Quentin Bajac, Arthur C. Danto, Jack Flam, Nicholas Negroponte, and Jock Reynolds, comment on Ross’s work, placing it within the history of art and technology.


Edited By Jay A. Clarke and Joseph Thompson

Texts by David Anfam, Quentin Bajac, Arthur Danto, Jack Flam, Nicholas Negroponte, Jock Reynolds, and Joseph Thompson


Co-published with MIT Press and MASS MoCA 


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