Sam Wang was born in China and grew up in Hong Kong. He received an MFA in photography from the University of Iowa in 1966 and initiated the photography program at Clemson University in that year. In the late 1990’s, he co-initiated a graduate program with computer science in Digital Production Arts. He retired as Alumni Distinguished Professor of Art from Clemson in 2006. His book, SAM WANG - Four Decades of Photographic Explorations, was published by the Jiangsu Arts Publishing in China in 2010. In 2012, he received the Elizabeth Verner /Governor's award for his contributions to the arts in South Carolina.
Sam’s work has been collected and exhibited extensively in major museums and university art galleries in the US and in China.
I am most interested in the expansion of our imagination through observation, so photography became the perfect vehicle. Designing and making my own cameras, as well as using the digital alongside hand-crafted photographic processes, have customized my tools and enhanced the creative process. The round images were made by one such camera to take in the entire image field of particular wide-angle lenses.
Although I make my digital prints one at a time, perhaps not unlike a musician’s performance, usually there is far more satisfaction from having made a good platinum, or especially a platinum/cyanotype, casein, or any of the “hand-crafted” process prints. This is partly because of the complexity and the vast number of small R&D steps I have to go through to get the final result: the failure rate and amount of necessary waste are so much higher.