Joe Johnson
Selected exhibitions
Pictura Gallery at PULSE New York 2016,
Pictura Gallery
Joe Johnson: Playing Field,
Pictura Gallery
Pictura Gallery at Paris Photo Los Angeles 2015,
Pictura Gallery

Joe Johnson’s photographs are highly evocative and atmospheric renderings of his surroundings. His “Local Weather” series captures mostly barren Midwestern landscapes scattered with small buildings, the photographs’ washed-out effects drawing attention to the minutiae visible within. Using a field camera and color sheet film, Johnson employs his understanding of long exposures and natural light to striking effect. His images operate between two extremes: in snowy landscapes, the photographs are flooded with whiteness, while his nightscapes are shrouded in a deep darkness with scant sources of light. Johnson does not manipulate the images, but rather captures dramatic scenes in the natural environment around him.