Photographs by Miah Nate Johnson
July 3, 2013-August 26, 2013
Opening reception August 8, 2013 6 – 8 pm
A series of his photographs,Perceptions, is featured at the Griffin Museum at Digital Silver Imaging, 9 Brighton St., Belmont, MA, July 3 through August 26. A reception with the artist is August 8, 6-8 p.m.
“The images are typically ordinary moments between ordinary people, nothing special, as they say,” Johnson explains. “But for me there is beauty in such experiences and an instinctual need to look rather than look away.”
“Why should we care about the everyday mundane? It is because through the act of bearing witness, we transform the mundane into art.”
Johnson says the series of black and white images “juxtaposes parallel or mirroring images that subtly bring the viewer into relationship with seemingly disparate elements. In these images, relationships emerge slowly and sometimes bestow themselves with a finality.”
He adds, “My work explores the relationship between the constructed backdrops of modern society and the individuals who play out their private, human dramas within and against these public spaces.”
Johnson began working for wire services, including the Associated Press, while in college. After graduating from the Academy of Art in San Francisco, he traveled to Eastern Europe to photograph scenes from the Velvet Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
After returning to New York, he spent a year at Magnum Photos. His work has since taken him to unexplored islands off the coast of Africa, as an underwater photographer, and to Hollywood movie sets, where he contributed still photography to the films Sphere and War of the Worlds.
His clients include National Geographic, National Geographic Channel, The New York Times, The City SUN, World Wildlife Fund, American Red Cross, Warner Bros., and Paramount Pictures, among others.
Johnson’s awards include a 1994 Picture of the Year for magazine pictorial, as well as honors from the Chicago International Film Festival, EPIC Festival, and Houston Innerspace.
He lives and has a studio/darkroom in Wellfleet, MA, and is the recipient of five Massachusetts Cultural Art Council regional grants.
The Griffin satellite gallery, which had been at 4 Clarendon St. in Boston’s South End, has moved back to its renovated and expanded space in Belmont.
The exhibit is open to the public Mondays through Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.