Most widely known for his 1980s photobook Berlin in the Time of the Wall, John Gossage has been quietly overturning photographic conventions throughout his career. His understated, dynamic compositions inspire constant revisions in the viewer’s process of seeing and comprehending an image.
Frame dimensions: 12"x12". Print dimensions vary.
Signature: Signed verso
Image rights: Courtesy the artist
About John Gossage
In quiet color and black-and-white photographic images, John Gossage shoots abandoned and forgotten parts of the urban landscape, places that conjure narratives and histories, as well as people. He is best known for images of Berlin taken in the 1980s; fascinated by the city’s derelict tracts of land and the forgotten stories they evoke, Gossage took some 10,000 photographs during periods spent there. He has also shot Environmental Protection Agency-listed hazardous sites in and around his native Staten Island, as well as an overgrown wooded area at the edge of the city. Several of Gossage’s books have been published in an unusual format, such as a wooden box with a sliding Plexiglas panel. He trained at various times with the photographers Lisette Model, Alexey Brodovitch, and Bruce Davidson.
American, b. 1946