Brian Ulrich: Consumer Desire, Envy, and the Afterlife

Image of a white castle with an excavation site in the middle.

Brian Ulrich, Uhuburg Castle, Helen, GA (2014).

Brian Ulrich was born in 1971 in Northport, New York. His photographs examining consumer culture have been in solo exhibitions at the Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York; the Cleveland Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; the North Carolina Museum of Art; the Julie Saul Gallery, New York City; the Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; and the Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco; as well as in group exhibitions at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; the San Diego Museum of Art; the New York Public Library; and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ulrich is the recipient of a 2009 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. The Aperture Foundation and the Cleveland Museum of Art collaborated to publish his first major monograph, Is This Place Great or What, in 2011. In 2013, the Anderson Gallery published the catalog Closeout: Retail, Relics and Ephemera.

Ulrich's work has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, Time, Orion Magazine, Mother Jones, the Chicago Tribune, Artforum, Harper's Magazine, Politico, Vice, Leica World, Yvi Magazine, Adbusters, and on National Public Radio.

Ulrich is currently an associate professor and the graduate director of photography at RISD.