Biography

John was born and raised in Louisiana but has lived in Atlanta Georgia since 1996. He has both a BFA in art photography / art history, from the University of Arizona in Tucson and an MFA in art photography from Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Before that he studied contemporary art with Francis Coelho at Antioch College West in San Francisco. He studied photography with the internationally recognized artists, Todd Walker, William Larson, Harold Jones, Martha Madigan, Esther Parada, and Larry Fink. Two of these artists Todd Walker and Esther Parada were among the very first well known art photographers to fully embrace the transition to digital imagery, long before it was practical and supported commercially the way it is today.

John has studied and worked in a variety of avenues of art photography since the late 1970’s. His personal imagery has been influenced by the American artists Frederick  Sommer and Robert Smithson, as well as the the New Topographics genre of urban landscape photo imagery in the  Southwest and, architectural theory that he encountered as a young student in the Southwest and later the East Coast.  His work is represented in the Robert and Lucinda Bunnen Collection, and the Greenberg Traurig Collections in Atlanta, the Museum Of Contemporary Art of Georgia, The Kling architectural photography collection Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Camerawork artist’s book collection. Besides his long involvement with art photography, John has worked in the architectural and still life applied photography world both for himself as well as other established photographers in both Philadelphia and Atlanta. When digital technology began to emerge in big way in the late 1990s, he was among that first group of artists to embrace the creative side of high stability photo pigment inkjet printmaking. He has continued to work with and teach the transitions of expression and craftsmanship made possible with these new tools, materials, and methods.

Two limited portfolios are available of John’s photography that describe various aspects of architecture and the interaction of the built landscape with the pre-human landscape. His last series, Before and After Pangaea, pictures geological formations photographed in the Atlanta vicinity by isolating them from their contexts. He uses them as a metaphor for plate tectonics, geological time, and the formation of continents and the Appalachian mountain range. As with the architectural models and objects he’s photographed, these pictures function more as still life works than traditional landscape photographs.

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