John Greenman photographs, 1992-2018: An evolving approach to color

January 14, 2024 - March 10, 2024
a light blue door on an sandstone wall with large blocks of stone making the stairs, a shadow is being cast from the right against the wall just before reaching the door

Entrance to private home, San Ildefonso Pueblo, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1992

Archival ink print from a scanned film transparency

About The Art

John Greenman is an emeritus professor and Carter Chair in Journalism from Grady College of Journalism, University of Georgia.  He says of his photography, “You would be forgiven if you thought these photographs were taken by different photographers.”

They were, in fact, made by one photographer, John Greenman. They represent 26 years of work in color photography, with a focus on images that depend more on color than “composition,” from the interpretation of work by London street artists to a series of urban and rural landscapes.

Across all of it – though varied – is an investigation of color.  Like many other photographers, Greenman, 74, started out with black and white, understanding its wide dynamic range, flexibility, and potential for control. Color, by contrast, was limited–what we thought of as inflexible, snapshot photography. He moved to color because of the influence of war photographer Larry Burrows. Larry was an art student before taking his first job photographing Old Masters paintings at a London museum. He came to understand that color photographs weren’t black and white images taken in color. The color had to be central to the composition.

That’s the approach in the work you see here, in different ways, over many years.

CATEGORIES: Exhibition

DATE: January 14, 2024 - March 10, 2024

LOCATION: Davis Gallery

RECEPTION: January 14th, 2024 1:00pm—3:00pm

Selected Works


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