Travis Samuelson

Travis Samuelson is currently a BFA photography student at Arizona State University with plans to graduate in December 2019. His focus as an artist is on the exploration of the idea that a human event can change a landscape, that certain events retain their impact whether we remember them or not. His work is informed by the study of place; carefully observing the details of specific sites in an effort to gather context and creation of a new narrative. Samuelson was born in California, raised in Nebraska, and currently lives in Tempe, AZ with his family.


Elevation is power.  The neighborhood of Sunnyslope provides one of the best examples of wealth and power dynamics within the larger footprint of Phoenix.  In an area extending over just a nine-mile radius, wealthy residents of Sunnyslope neighbor with the less fortunate, sometimes on the same street or a few blocks apart.  Within this tightly […]


Nearly every day, stories of shocking violence and crime are featured in the back pages of the newspaper.  A terrible event relegated to a less important section;  anonymous crimes that deserve mention but are not front-page worthy.  Some tragedies, like the Baseline Killer murders and the assassination of reporter Don Bolles, become the focus of […]