Humor - Doug Johnson

I've been thinking lately about photography and humor. It's hard to create images with "good" humor that use wit, irony, satire and/or absurdity to make viewers first laugh and then think. Cartier-Bresson and Elliott Erwitt are masters at this -- finding humor in everyday street scenes. The internet is full of "funny" photos that are silly, staged or demeaning. However, images that are both rib tickling and thought provoking are few and far between.


The closest I've come to creating a project with an ongoing dollop of humor is in my "We Are the World" series. I love stumbling upon mom-and-pop shops with highfalutin names like Noodle World or Baby World or even one for the photographers -- Camera World. Mostly it's the pretentiousness that surprises and amuses me -- a dozen boxes of onions, corn and cabbages in a gravel pull-off becomes "Farmer's World" and a dusty field with a few numbered signs becomes "Golf World."


You can see the whole series at my "Projects" page; meanwhile, here are a couple of my favorites from “We Are the World.”


Concrete World

Concrete World

Salad World

Salad World
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