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Brian Ulrich

Brian Ulrich (born 1971) is an American photographer known for his photographic exploration of consumer culture.
Born in Northport, New York, Ulrich lives in Richmond, Virginia. In 2001 in response to a national call for citizens to bolster the American economy through shopping, Ulrich began a project to document consumer culture. This project, Copia, is a series of large scale photographs of shoppers, retail spaces, and displays of goods. Initially focused on big-box retail establishments and shoppers, the series expanded to include thrift stores, back rooms of retail businesses, art fairs and most recently empty retail stores and dead malls. Ulrich's work is held in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Art Institute of Chicago; and Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago. Photo District News named Ulrich as one of 30 Emerging Photographers of 2007. In 2009 he was awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in photography.


1 Selected exhibitions,
2 Publications
2.1 Sources,
3 External links,

Selected exhibitions:
Thrift and Dark Stores", Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY (2009),
Copia, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Overland Park, KS (2008),
Thrift, Quality Pictures, Portland, OR (2008),
Copia, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY (2007),
Thrift, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL (December 1, 2006-2007),
Copia, Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego (2006-2007),
Copia, Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco (2006),
12 x 12: Shoppers, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2005),
Dystopia", Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2009),
Made in Chicago, Photographs from the LaSalle Bank Collection:, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL (2008),
World's Away: New Suburban Landscapes, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN & Carnegie Museum of Art , Pittsburgh, PA (2008),
"Presumed Innocence: Photographic Perspectives of Children", DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA, (2008),
Chicagraphy", Galerie f5,6, Munich, Germany (2007),
Art Basel Miami Beach, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, (2006, 2007),
MP3, Kelli Connell, Justin Newhall, and Brian Ulrich, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, (2006),
Photocentric, Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis, MN (2005),
On the Scene, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2005),
Contemporary American Photography/Internationalen Fototage Mannheim, Cologne (2005),
Manufactured Self, Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL (2005),

"The Gospel of Consumption", Orion, Jeffrey Kaplan, May/June, 2008,
"La Fin De L'Illusion", Le Monde Magazine, Jeffrey Madrick, July 2008,
"Brian Ulrich: Thrift", D La Republicca, June 2008,
"Fear of Fallowing", Harper's Magazine, Steven Stoll, March 2008,
"Brian Ulrich: The Tough Go Shopping", ARTnews, Richard B. Woodward, November, 2007,
"They Walk (Silently) Among You: The Suburban Photographers", The New York Times, Benjamin Genocchio, September 30, 2007,
"Copia: Where Do You Go to Shop?", Lens Culture, 2007,
"You Are What You Grow", The New York Times Magazine, April 22, 2007,
Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, Robert Hirsch, Focal Press, 2007,
Mother Jones magazine, 'Happiness', March/April 2007,
MP3: Midwest Photographers Project, "Copia", Aperture Foundation, 2006,
ArtForum, 'Brian Ulrich, Robert Koch Gallery', Glen Helfand,October 2006,
Photography Quarterly, "Photography Now", 2006,
Adbusters, #70 2007, #67 September/October 2006, #66 July/August 2006,
Chicago Tribune Magazine, February 5, 2006,
The New York Times Magazine, September 2004,

Brian Ulrich at the Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago),
Not If But When (Ulrich's site),
Interview at Lost in E Minor,
Interview at the Style Press

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