Max-Steven
Grossman


Works

Architecture IV


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

AFF


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Art 3S


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Art 3F


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Art 3SW


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Art Film


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Art MZ


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Art SP2


48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Art W SQ


40’’ x 44’’, Ed. 5

Art WT4


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Art 10


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Comedy


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Cooking and Wine SFA


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Duos


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Fashion 4


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Fashion Jewelry


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Fashion Sport V


75’’ x 39’’, Ed. 5 & 2AP
91’’ x 48’’, Ed. 5 & 2AP

Fashion SQ 4


40’’ x 44’’, Ed. 5

Fashion SQ B


50 x 55, Ed. 5 & 2AP

Film A


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Film SQ


40’’ x 44’’, Ed. 5

Film WD


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Film, B&W


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Graffiti Street Art


37’’ x 75’’, Ed 5 & 2AP
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5 & 2AP

Hip Hop Box V


75’’ x 39’’, Ed. 5
91’’ x 48’’, Ed. 5

Jazz H


37’’ x 75’’, Ed 5 & 2AP
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5 & 2AP

Music 12


48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Music V


75’’ x 39’’, Ed. 5 & 2AP
91’’ x 648’’, Ed. 5 & 2AP

Music V7


75’’ x 39’’, Ed. 5 & 2AP
91’’ x 648’’, Ed. 5 & 2AP

Photography 2


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Psychology


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

R & R B


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

RAF


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

RAF W


48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

RAFF AM


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Raff 2


37’’ x 75’’, Ed 5 & 2AP
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5 & 2AP

Rock 3S


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Rock B&W 3B


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Rock Brit SQ


40’’ x 44’’, Ed. 5 & 2AP

Rock MC


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Rock NB V


75’’ x 39’’, Ed. 5
91’’ x 48’’, Ed. 5

Rock WSR


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Rock WV5


75’’ x 39’’, Ed. 5
91’’ x 48’’, Ed. 5

Rock 60 & 70 BC


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Rock 70 & 80 2


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Rock & Roll NH


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Rock Fashion


48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 2 AP

Rock Film 2


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Sport Hockey


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Sport SQ


40’’ x 44’’, Ed. 5

Super Heroes B


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Science


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Soccer


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Soccer SQ


40’’ x 44’’, Ed. 5 & 2AP

Sport BOX


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Travel 2


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Typography


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5; 48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5

Woman Culture


75’’ x 39’’, Ed. 5
91’’ x 48’’, Ed. 5

Woman Rock


37’’ x 75’’, Ed. 5
48’’ x 100’’, Ed. 5


Biography

Two objects that have punctuated key moments in the history of Western modernity have undergone a process of radical transformation since the advent of the digital: books and photographs. Max Steven Grossman’s Bookscapes question these transformations. Printed large enough to pass as an actual library, these images point to the gradual loss of paper books, specially those that inhabited homes and fostered learning, dreaming, escapes. These surface only libraries are now commodities of the art world, that can be purchased according to themes -art, film, music, fashion- and literally reproduce both the classic cataloguing systems of libraries, as well as the fantasies and desires of their owners.

Yet these images are composites, collages in Grossman’s own words. The books in every image have never quite been placed in that way except in the virtual space of his computer. Grossman photographs some of the books in bookstores he visits, others he finds floating in the sea of Internet images. He builds collections, and then chooses from his own image banks. When looked at from a close distance, you can see that each book spine has a distinct image quality, revealing their different provenance, their composite or collage character. Grossman returns time and again to these bookscapes to not only reflect on the changing nature of books and photographs in the present times but to also insist on the dreamlike potential of books. Books that keep hidden within their covers, secrets that can only be revealed if you enter them, dive into the pages, allow for the physical world to be taken over by the virtual world offered.

Max Steven Grossman was born in Barranquilla, Colombia in 1971. He originally studied engineering and graduated from the University of Philadelphia in 1994. Soon after he discovered his passion in life for photography. In 2000, Max Steven graduated from New York University and the International Center of Photography with a Master of Arts specializing in photography. Max Steven Grossmans photographs have been exhibited in museums such as Beatriz Esguerra art in Bogota, Colombia; Museum of Modern Art in Cartagena, Colombia; Museum of Modern Art in Barranquilla and other galleries in Miami, Hong Kong, Buenos Aires and Toronto.