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

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

Entrance to private home, San Ildefonso Pueblo, Santa Fe, New Mexico, 1992, Archival ink print from a scanned film transparency

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.


Exhibition, Featured


January 14, 2024 - March 10, 2024