- Francis Summers
(b Provincetown, MA, Sept 24, 1960).
American photographer and installation artist. He completed his BFA at the Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, in 1984. He is often grouped together with other American photographers who use a diaristic style, such as Nan Goldin and Marc Morrisroe (1959–89). Like Goldin and other contemporary photographers such as Wolfgang Tillmans and the American Collier Schorr (b 1963), Pierson concentrates on ambiguity of gender and on evoking an emotional resonance through his images. Approaching photography in a pictorialist and painterly fashion, he uses techniques of over-exposure and colour saturation to give his images an atmosphere of a scene located in the subconscious rather than in any specific place. His image repertoire focuses mainly on men, flowers, landscapes and city scenes. His work of the 1980s reflects his displaced life at the time, while he was living on the road in motels and moving from city to city. ...