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Natural Light

J. John Priola (Photographer), J. John Priola, Rita Bullwinkel (Text by (Art/Photo Books))


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A comprehensive insight into the work of the artist spanning 20 years from several different series

J. John Priola's second monograph, features work from twelve different series made over twenty years time and investigates the natural and un-natural world. It includes essays from Rita Bullwinkel, Claire Daigle and a conversation with Alec Soth. There is a beauty and perversity at work in this collection of images. Plants carry stories and offer information about their caretakers, perseverance, and what nature and nurture hold. The images are often portraits and evidence of what was and can no longer be seen. Photography is magic in this way, deceptively acting as a document, yet personal, seen but beyond reach. While there are different formal approaches to image making, the aspirations remain the same. Following the title Natural Light, all images - even seemly studio set ups - are done with natural light, and are in color and black and white. Shifts in scale and layout show the diverse ways to look at our world and how we live in it.

Kehrer Verlag, 9783969000663, 144pp.

Publication Date: January 3, 2023

About the Author

J. John Priola is a contemporary visual artist who uses photography and video. He is known for working with a highly refined print quality and presentation of black and white photography but works with the digital medium and video as well. Priola graduated from Metropolitan State College in Denver and went on the receive an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. His work first gained recognition at the Fraenkel Gallery and has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco, then Anglim Gilbert Gallery, and now Anglim/Trimble Gallery. Priola's work has been included in numerous exhibitions and featured in many national and international publications.He has taught at the International Center of Photography Bard MFA program, Hartford Art School International Limited Residency MFA Photography Program, California College of the Arts, and San Francisco State University. J. John Priola is based in San Francisco, California