This collection is about what I call "the art of money." Currencies are created by artists and designers. In many places they are quite colorful and visually enticing; they are, in effect, little pieces of art. Everywhere, images on currencies say something about values. Paper money becomes an artistic and historical document. Bills are re-issued to reflect changes in values and politics.

These images are close photographic portraits of details from currencies from around the world. Some bills are no longer in circulation or reflect series that were issued at earlier times, and so they are of interest historically as well as artistically.

While each image begins with a photograph of an artistic detail from a bill, further work in the digital darkroom creates the beautiful additional effects of age and wear. The result is a decorative piece, distinct from, but related to, the original piece of currency photographed.
Series I (2012)