Sam Fentress was born in Detroit in 1955 and grew up in Nashville
and Detroit. In 1977 he received a B.A. from Princeton, where he
studied with Emmet Gowin and Frederick Sommer. He received his
M.F.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago and was awarded an
Emerging Artist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in
1979, and a grant from the Bradley Foundation in 1997-98.
He has had shows at Afterimage Gallery in Dallas and O.K. Harris
in New York, and his work has appeared in First Things,
Christianity Today, Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, and
Commonweal. In 2005 his photos were included in Looking at Los
Angeles (Metropolis Books).
His photos are part of the permanent collections of the Los
Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the
Saint Louis Art Museum, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the
Princeton University Art Museum, and the Center for Documentary
Studies at Duke University, as well as the noted private collections
of Hollywood producer Bruce Berman, chairman of Village
Roadshow Pictures, and prentice and Paul Sack.
Fentress and his wife Betsy live in St. Louis and are the parents of
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