— Blantyre (Malawi), 1969
Tim Davis is an American visual artist, musician and poet. His photographic work delves into formal aspects of photography (light and abstraction) as well as socially engaged documentary. He is the author and subject of several books, including Lots, Permanent Collection and My Life in Politics, plus a book of poetry titled American Whatever.
His photographs and videos have been exhibited in public institutions including the Whitney Museum, Tate Modern in London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Knoxville Museum. Selected solo exhibitions include White Cube, London, Rodolphe Janssen, Brussels, and Greenberg Van Doren, New York, NY. Several monographs of his work have been published including The New Antiquity [Damiani, 2009] and My Life in Politcs [Aperture, 2006] Permanent Collection [Nazraeli, 2005]. He is the recipient of the 2007- 2008 Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize and the 2005 Leopold Godowsky Jr. Color Photography Award. His work is in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Guggenheim Museum, and The Walker Art Center, among many others. As a writer, he is a regular contributor to periodicals such as Aperture and Cabinet. Davis lives and works in Tivoli, NY and teaches Photography at Bard College