Joe Johnson received his MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art (Boston, MA) in 2004 and his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (San Francisco, CA). His work has been shown in group shows at the Caro D'Offay Gallery (Chicago, IL), Bonni Benrubi Gallery (New York, NY), and the Laconia Gallery (Boston, MA), among others. In addition, he has been juried into the Griffin Museum of Photography's annual exhibition (Winchester, MA) by Andy Grundberg and the Photographic Center Northwest's Annual Photographic Competition (Seattle, WA) by Roy Flukinger. Johnson's work is featured in this year's highly-anticipated DeCordova Annual at the DeCordova Museum of Art and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, MA (April 29 – August 20, 2006). Johnson taught photography at Emerson College (Boston, MA) and recently accepted a position at Bowling Green State University (Bowling Green, OH).
Featured online are selections from his ongoing series of night photographs of cities as well as a series focusing on the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA. Johnson's City Pictures are taken at night with ambient exterior and interior lights as the only source of illumination. His unique perspective on the urban concentration of people and architecture makes us feel as if we were peering or falling into someone else's space, witnessing a private, yet somehow shared, domestic drama. In the Colonial images, he documents a once-grand theater before its restoration in a series of subtly composed images of the interiors and found ephemera. Built in 1903 and once host to legendary vaudeville performers, the Colonial will open to the public in Summer 2006; Johnson hopes to continue this important project.
- Leslie K. Brown, PRC Curator
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