Charles Johnstone
American, born 1952
Selected exhibitions
Summer Selections,
Joseph Bellows Gallery
Charles Johnstone: Cibachromes,
Joseph Bellows Gallery
Jörg Maass Kunsthandel at The Photography Show 2017, presented by AIPAD,
Jörg Maass Kunsthandel

Charles Johnstone is a self-taught photographer, whose works feature his immediate surroundings and environments encountered during travel. Johnstone’s series are grouped around common subjects, like urban school basketball courts, gas stations, and swimming pools, particularly centered on New York City and Havana. His sense of composition is almost documentarian, with careful framing and emphasis on aligned angles. The square format of his works, made using a 6-by-6-centimeter camera, has become his signature. Though his influences include photographers Eugène Atget, Walker Evans, and Stephen Shore, Johnstone holds particular admiration for Edward Hopper and the painter’s use of geometric forms and themes of alienation.