A selection from my personal collection of historical artifacts. In this case photographs of men, specifically American soldiers. The identities of most are unknown to me except for the portrait of my father, from basic training when he was 18 years old.
From left to right:
01 PORTRAIT OF A UNION SOLDIER FROM THE CIVIL WAR, year unknown, tintype.
02 PORTRAIT OF A UNION SOLDIER FROM THE CIVIL WAR, year unknown, ambrotype.
03 PORTRAIT OF A UNION SOLDIER FROM THE CIVIL WAR, year unknown, tintype.
04 PORTRAIT OF A UNION SOLDIER AND HIS WIFE, FROM THE CIVIL WAR, year unknown, tintype.
05 UNITED STATES ARMY GROUP PORTRAIT, 1942. Camp Tyson, Tennessee.
06 PORTRAIT OF AN AMERICAN MILITARY MAN, year unknown.
07 PORTRAIT OF AN AMERICAN NAVY SAILOR, OR MARINE, May, 1943.
08 PORTRAIT OF ARMY PRIVATE CHRISTOPHER LEE HELMS, 1958. Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
Adam Helms was born in 1974 in Tucson, Arizona. He lives and works in New York. He works with a variety of materials: charcoal, graphite and gouache on paper, ink on Mylar, silkscreen, assemblage and sculptural installation. Recent solo exhibitions include Kathryn Brennan Gallery, Los Angeles (2009); Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver (2008); Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York (2007). Group exhibitions include The Imaginary Museum: The Dakis Joannou Collection, New Museum, New York (2010); Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/Performance, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); Every Revolution is a Roll of the Dice, Ballroom Marfa, Texas (2007); Just Kick it Till it Breaks, The Kitchen, New York (2007); Ordinary Culture: Heikes/Helms/McMillian, Walker Art Center, Minnesota (2006).