Payson Photographer Featured In Two Shows

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William Fuller sees the majesty of cities in the architecture of skyscrapers and sculptures of stone.

There is not a person, car or wire in any of the black-and-white photographs he took with his large-format film-based 4-by-5 camera for his two-volume portfolio, "The City -- A Formalist View of American Architecture."

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Building/Cloud, Chicago, Illinois, 1987 by photographer William Fuller.

"The photographs are really pure form. That's what a landscape photographer looks for," Fuller said.

Because of something called "swings and tilts" Fuller uses a large-format camera to get all the lines in a building parallel.

He likens a 4-by-5 camera to a periscope.

"You can be down at ground level and still be looking up, yet get straight lines," Fuller said.

Terry Etherton, owner of the Etherton and Temple galleries, chose 26 of Fuller's modernist photographs for a one-man show at his Temple Gallery in Tucson.

The show opened Jan. 18 and runs through Feb. 27. "Bill's photographs are not so much the buildings as an architect might take, they are about the rhythm of the windows, the balance of sky," says Mark McDowell, publisher of photographic projects.

Fuller "sees the ubiquitous office building, banal condominium, even a Mormon Temple, as pure, abstract form, rendering them beautiful and even edgy in our eyes."

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