About - Doug Johnson

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Doug Johnson

Northampton, MA

doug (at) dojopico (dot) org



My Work

Much of my work focuses on how we make our way in the world, safely and sanely. I use photography to better understand the unique worlds that people create for themselves; to explore the paths they follow or trails they blaze; to record the footprints and artifacts they leave behind. I wonder if they like their job, where they're going, who cares if they're sick, what makes them happy, is their family safe, what do they regret, what do they show/hide?


My favorite photographers, Henri-Cartier Bresson, Steve McCurry and Elliott Erwitt, created intimate, quirky and sometimes disturbing images of daily lives that usually offered more questions than answers. For me, a successful photograph grabs the viewer with a compelling image and story and leaves them wanting to know more. Bresson said “Taking photographs is putting one's head, one's eye and one's heart on the same axis.” That's what I'm trying to do.


Bio

Following a career in high-tech, I've focused my creative energies on photography, printmaking and writing. Most of what I know comes from collaboration with fellow artists, teachers and mentors (Arthur Meyerson, Nick Johnson, Jay Maisel, Karin Rosenthal, Arno Minkkinen and Billie Mandle).


Exhibitions in 2017

Griffin Museum of Photography. (8/1-11/7, Boston, MA). One of the images from the "Waterlines" series selected for the "Visual Metric” exhibition at the Lafayette City Center Gallery. Juried by Paula Tognarelli, director of the Griffin Museum of Photography.

A Smith Gallery. (5/5-6/11, Johnson City, TX). "Open Arms" from the "Street" series selected for the "she” exhibition. Juried by Kat Kiernan, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Don't Take Pictures magazine.

The Curated Fridge. (2/1-4/30, Somerville, MA). "Korean Stewartia" from the "Bark" series selected for the "Spring 2017” show. Juried by Jessica Roscio, curator of the Danforth Art Museum.

Griffin Museum of Photography. (3/8-7/24, Boston, MA). "Trajectories IV" from the "Fauna" series selected for the "Aviary” exhibition at the Lafayette City Center Gallery. Juried by Paula Tognarelli, director of the Griffin Museum of Photography.

PhotoPlace Gallery (3/8 - 4/8, Middlebury, VT). "Projections" selected for the "Color of Light" international juried exhibition. Juried by Arthur Meyerson.

Colson Gallery (2/15-3/21, Easthampton, MA). "Jelly Donut" from the "Monday Morning Blues" series selected for the "All-Too-Human Condition” exhibition. Juried by Rick Colson and Paula Tognarelli, director of the Griffin Museum of Photography.


Exhibitions in 2016

Don't Take Pictures (11/23-2/21/17). "Sand Blasting" from the "Foundry" series selected for the "Masks" international juried exhibition. Juried by Kat Kiernan, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Don't Take Pictures magazine.

Don't Take Pictures (8/24 - 11/22). Image selected for the "Seven Seas" international juried exhibition. Juried by Kat Kiernan, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Don't Take Pictures magazine.

Griffin Museum of Photography (5/5 - 6/12, Winchester, MA). Seven of my "Beyond the Pose" images were selected for the "Jim" show, curated by Karin Rosenthal and Paula Tognarelli. By exhibiting images of one model (Jim Banta), a male dancer in his fifties, the curators expect the show to break down stereotypes and shift the public’s sense of what nude photography can be about.

The Art Connection (4/30/2016, Boston, MA). "Level 5"from my "Strange as it Seems" series was selected for the "Art Bingo" fundraising event. Juried by Katherine French, Gallery Director of Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, VT and Jane Young, Director of Chase Young Gallery in Boston, MA.

Don't Take Pictures (2/24 - 5/24). "Morning Blues (phone)" selected for the "Still Life" international juried exhibition. Juried by Kat Kiernan, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Don't Take Pictures magazine.


Exhibitions in 2015

Maine Media Gallery (12/10 - 4/1/2016, Rockport, ME). Image selected for the "Light It Up" juried exhibition.

Griffin Museum of Photography (12/10 - 12/30, Winchester, MA). "Evanesce" selected for the "Winter Solstice" show.

Cambridge Art Association (11/19/2015 - 1/5/2016, Cambridge, MA). An image from my "Monday Morning Blues" series selected for the "Blue Exhibition". Juried by Katherine French, Gallery Director at Catamount Arts in St. Johnsbury, VT.

Gallery Seven (11/24 - 12/23, Maynard, MA). One of 12 artists featured for the Holiday Art Show. The opening reception is December 5, 6-8 p.m.

Danforth Art Museum (9/9 - 12/6, Framingham, MA). A collage of 12 images from my "Sandlines" series was selected for the "New England Photography Biennial" exhibition. Juried by Susan Nalband, director of the 555 Gallery in Boston.

Griffin Museum (7/9 - 8/30, Winchester, MA). "Plasterwork" from my "Hands" series selected for the museum's "21st Juried Show". Juried by Jim Casper, editor and publisher of LensCulture.

Danforth Art Museum (6/2 - 8/7, Framingham, MA). "Pink Car" from my "Cuba 2015" series selected for the "Community of Artists" exhibition. Juried by Associate Curator Jessica Roscio.

Cambridge Art Association (5/15 - 6/25, Cambridge, MA). "Diver" from my "Beyond the Pose" series selected for the "National Prize Show". Juried by Michael Rush, former director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at MSU.

Nave Gallery (4/24 - 5/31, Somerville, MA). Three images from my Foundry series selected for the "Metal and Fire: The Children of Vulcan" exhibition. Juried by William Turville and Ecco Pierce.


Exhibitions in 2014

Griffin Museum (12/11 - 12/30, Winchester, MA). "Pre-heat" selected for the "Winter Solstice" show.

Don't Take Pictures (11/26 - 2/24/15). "Lonesome Notes" selected for the "City Life" international juried exhibition. Juried by Kat Kiernan , Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Don't Take Pictures magazine.

Gallery Photographica (8/10 - 8/24, San Francisco, CA). "Concrete World" selected for the "San Francisco International Photography Exhibition" and received a Silver Medal Award. Juried by Paula Tognarelli, Director of Griffin Photography Museum , Winchester MA.

PhotoPlace Gallery (4/30 - 5/30, Middlebury, VT). "Trajectories IV" selected for the "Things With Wings" international juried exhibition. Juried by Emma Powell.

Arts Wayland (5/3 - 5/29, Wayland, MA). "Wine Bottles" selected for the "Celebrate Spring" show at the Wayland Public Library.

Cambridge Art Association (4/8 - 5/3, Cambridge, MA). "Projections" selected for the "Refused" show at the Kathryn Schultz Gallery.

Main Street Cafe (2/16 - 4/17, Marlborough, MA). Solo show of recent work.

Cape Cod Art Association (2/20 - 3/16, Barnstable, MA). "Witness" and "Create" selected for the "Inspirations" exhibition. Juried by Ginger Mochen, Mary Moquin & Geoffrey Smith. "Witness" was awarded "Best in Show" for photography.

Cambridge Art Association (2/4 - 3/1, Cambridge, MA). "No Refunds" selected for the "Mirrors/Windows" exhibition. Juried by Dana Salvo & Dawn Southworth, owners of the Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA.

Black Box Gallery (2/1 - 2/20, Portland, OR). "Lonesome Notes" selected for the "Portraiture: Through the Lens" exhibition. Juried by Annick Sjobakken. My image was used for the exhibition catalog's cover, available at www.blurb.com

Darkroom Gallery (1/9 - 2/2, Essex Junction, VT). "Sandline XI" selected for the "Five Elements" exhibition. Juried by Eddie Soloway.


Exhibitions in 2013

Kiernan Gallery (12/4 - 12/28, Lexington, VA). "Escort (Iceland Air)" selected for the "Voyages" exhibition. Juried by Christy Karpinski, founder and editor of the F-Stop Magazine.

Griffin Museum (12/12 - 12/23, Winchester, MA). "Flying" selected for the "Winter Solstice" show and used for the announcement cards.

South Shore Art Center (11/8 - 12/22, Cohasset, MA). "Lonesome Notes" selected for the "Cool" exhibition and awarded "Honorable Mention". Juried by Joseph Carroll, owner and director of the Carroll and Sons art gallery in Boston.

Center for Fine Art Photography (11/1 - 11/30, Fort Collins, CO). "Night School" selected for the "IDentity" exhibition. Juried by Barbara Tannenbaum, curator of photography at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Cape Cod Art Association (10/10 - 11/11, Barnstable, MA). "Projections" selected for the "All New England" exhibition and awarded "Best in Show" for photography. Juried by Robert Beaulieu, Jeff Lovinger and Cindy Nickerson.

Darkroom Gallery (9/19 - 10/13, Essex Junction, VT). "Lonesome Notes" selected for the "Real Life" exhibition. Juried by Saul Robbins.

Norumbega Point Gallery (8/6 - 9/28, Weston, MA). Solo show of recent work.

Galatea Fine Art (8/1 - 8/28, Boston, MA). "Spent" selected for "The New England Collective IV" exhibition. Juried by Kaveh Mojtabai, Publisher and Brian Goslow, Editor-in-Chief, of ArtScope Magazine.

Danforth Art Museum (6/9 - 8/4, Framingham, MA). "Call 911" and "STAND BACK" selected for the "Community of Artists" exhibition. Juried by Katherine French, Executive Director at Danforth Art.

Cape Cod Art Association (7/11 - 8/12, Barnstable, MA). "Spent" selected for "The National" exhibition and awarded "Honorable Mention". Juried by Sarah Bates Washburn, Suzanne Packer and Ron Rosenstock.

Cambridge Art Association (5/15 - 7/11, Cambridge, MA). "Could Be Me" selected for the "12th National Prize Show". Juried by Toby Kamps, Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at the Menil Collection, Houston, Texas.

Cape Cod Art Association (6/13 - 7/8, Barnstable, MA). "AWOL" and "Cobbles & Limbs" selected for the "Points of View" juried exhibition. "Cobbles & Limbs" was awarded "Best Photograph" in show.

Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center (February - May, Boston, MA). Recent work (19 images) at the Illuminations Exhibition in the Yawkey Center.

South Shore Art Association (4/12 - 5/26, Cohasset, MA). "Kick Ass" selected for the "Photography NOW" national juried exhibition. Juried by the always inspiring and encouraging photographer, educator and mentor Karin Rosenthal.

PhotoPlace Gallery (4/23 - 5/18, Middlebury, VT). "Spent" selected for the "Mysterious Visions: Dreams, Fantasies and Mirages" international juried exhibition. Juried by Emma Powell.

Cambridge Art Association (3/2 - 3/30, Cambridge, MA). "Larry the Watch Doctor" selected for the "Face-to-Face" juried exhibition. Juried by Arlette Kayafas, owner of Gallery Kayafas.

Cape Cod Art Association (2/14 - 3/18, Barnstable, MA). "Kick Ass" selected for the "Breath of Spring" juried exhibition and awarded "Honorable Mention".


Exhibitions in 2012

Cambridge Art Association (11/9 - 1/10, 2013, Cambridge, MA). "Call 911" selected for the Regional Juried Exhibition. The theme was "Blue: It's More Than a Color, Metaphor, Feeling, Idea or Hue". Juried by Joseph Thompson, Director of Mass MoCA. Mr. Thompson spearheaded the creation of Mass MoCA, the largest center for contemporary and performing arts in the United States.

South Shore Art Center (11/9 - 12/23, Cohasset, MA). "Call 911" selected for the National Juried Exhibition. The theme was "Regarding the 3rd Dimension". Juried by Camilo Alvarez, the owner, director and preparator at Samson Gallery in Boston's South End.

Zullo Gallery Center for the Arts (9/15 - 11/4, Medfield, MA). "Lonesome Notes" selected for the 18th Annual Juried Exhibition. Juried by Jean Mineo, the Coordinator of the Boston Sculptors Gallery in Boston's South End.

PhotoPlace Gallery (9/4 - 9/29, Middlebury, VT). "Fluid Dynamics I" selected for the "Water" juried exhibition. Juried by renowned photographer and educator, Connie Imboden.

Cotuit Center for the Arts (7/28 - 9/2, Cotuit, MA). "Gossamer Geese" and "Chinese Chess Masters" selected for "The Big Picture" juried exhibition. Juried by Alison Shaw, noted professional photographer from Martha’s Vineyard; Paula Tognarelli, Director of Griffin Photography Museum, Winchester MA; and Cindy Vallino, owner of Focus Gallery in Chatham, MA.

Cape Cod Art Association (7/12 - 8/13, Barnstable, MA). "Park Prof" selected for "The National" juried exhibition. Juried by James Maddocks, Katherine Smit and Ron Wilson.

Danforth Museum (6/3 - 8/5, Framingham, MA). "Danger Moon" selected for the "Off the Wall" juried exhibition. Juried by Cody Hartley, Director of Gifts of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA.

Weston Public Library (6/1 - 7/30, Weston, MA). Solo show of recent work (30 images).

Newburyport Art Association (5/11 - 6/9, Newburyport, MA). "Veraison" and "Gossamer Geese" selected for the 15th Annual Regional Juried Show. Juried by Brian Allen, Director of the Addison Gallery of American Art.

Currier Museum of Art (4/19 - 5/9, Manchester, NH). Selected as one of 12 photographers to present their work for the Photo Slam. The theme was "capturing the world around us in a new way." Curated by Michelle Lamuniere, the John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Assistant Curator of Photography at Harvard Art Museums.

Hopkinton Center for the Arts (4/6 - 4/27, Hopkinton, MA). "Veraison" selected for the "Arts in Bloom" show. Juried by Arthur Dion, Director of Gallery NAGA.

Artists' Group of Charlestown StoveFactory Gallery (3/30 - 4/1, Charlestown, MA). "STAND BACK" selected for "Surfaces -- Interpretations of tactile adventures and subliminal boundaries". Juried by Maggie J. Cavallo, independent curator and Assistant Curator of Education at Montserrat College of Art Galleries.

Marlborough Public Library (2/6 - 2/12, Marlborough, MA). "Foggy Dawn" selected for the 18th annual photography show and awarded "Honorable Mention".

Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts (1/16 - 3/5, Concord, MA). Three photographs accepted for "Liminal: The Space Between -- An Exhibition of Contemporary Photography". Juried by Barbara Hitchcock, curator of the Polaroid Collection. The "City Breath" image was used for the show's marketing materials.


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