November 5, 1941–January 15, 2014
Artist and teacher Marion Faller passed away on January 15, 2014, after a short illness. Her photographic practice focused on elevating the mundane; she celebrated her surroundings by capturing them in her art. Faller frequently collaborated with her husband, avant-garde filmmaker Hollis Frampton, who died in 1984. Frampton said of Faller’s work that it is “ambitious: aesthetically, philosophically, politically . . . Best of all, the wit and grace with which it is joined make her work entirely unique.”1 Gina Murtagh, former assistant director of Light Work, praised her “flexibility in charting the quirks of human nature.”2
A graduate of the Visual Studies Workshop MFA program, as well as of Hunger College, Faller was an active lecturer. She taught at Hunter, Marymount Manhattan College, Colgate University, and the University of Buffalo. In 1977, Faller was awarded a Creative Artists Public Service Program Photographer’s Fellowship. Other recognitions include three New York Foundation for the Arts grants, a SUNY/Buffalo Faculty Award, a grant from Women’s Studio Workshop, and a fellowship at Light Work. Faller’s work is collected by many public institutions including Albright-Knox Art Gallery and Burchfield-Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY; Visual Studies Workshop and the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY; National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Canada; Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, CA; and High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA.
Faller is survived by her son, Will; a sister, Barbara Schroeder; and a granddaughter.
Tal-Or Ben-Choreen is an MA Candidate in Photographic Preservation & Collections Management at Ryerson University in Toronto and George Eastman House in Rochester, New York.
NOTES 1. Hollis Frampton, “Notes on Marion Faller’s Photographs” originally published in Marion Faller / Photographs (Utica College of Syracuse, 1981), in On the Camera Arts and Consecutive Matters: The Writings of Hollis Frampton, ed. Bruce Jenkins (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009), 103–104. 2. Gina Murtagh, “Marion Faller: Detail-Repetition-Variation” (Syracuse: Light Work, 1988), 2.