John Sexton is
perhaps the most widely known contemporary black and white landscape
photographer and educator. He was an assistant of Ansel Adams for many
years, and his work, in high demand, demonstrates the technical and
artistic expertise that one would expect from such an association.
John's work has a very distinctive feel and is immediately recognizable,
for he has clearly stepped out of the shadow of his mentor and
established a worldwide reputation.
John Sexton was born in
1953, and resides in Carmel Valley, California. Respected as a
photographer, master printmaker, and workshop instructor, he is best
known for his luminous, quiet photographs of the natural environment.
Recently, he has been exploring the aesthetics of humankind's technology, from ancient
Anasazi sites in the Southwestern United States to the Space Shuttle.
This work is included in his book entitled Places of Power.
His photographs are included in
permanent collections, exhibitions, and publications throughout the
world. His work has been featured on CBS "Sunday Morning"
show with Charles Kuralt, and on the MacNeil Leher News Hour. In 1993,
his photographs were used in national advertising campaigns by Bank of
America and General Motors.
Sexton's photographs have been featured in numerous publications
including: Time, Life, American Photo, Aspen, Backpacker, Photo
Techniques, Darkroom Photography, Popular Photography, Zoom, High
Country News, Outdoor Photographer, Outside, TWA Ambassador, Southern
Accents and View Camera.
He is the Director of the John Sexton photography
Workshop program, and teaches numerous photography workshops each year
for other programs in the United States and abroad, emphasizing printing
technique and mastery of the Zone System. These other programs include:
Anderson Ranch Arts Center, The Ansel Adams Gallery
Workshops, The Friends of Photography, Maine Photographic
Workshops, and the Palm Beach Workshops. His informed and entertaining
lectures for photographic and professional organizations, colleges and
universities discuss the aesthetic and technical aspects of fine black
and white photography. He has presented lectures for, among others,
Boston University, George Eastman House, The Friends of Photography, Los
Angeles, County Museum of Art, Museum of Photographic Arts in San
Diego, and the Seattle Art Museum.
Currently a consultant to Eastman Kodak Company
and other photographic manufacturers, he
worked as both Technical and Photographic Assistant, and then Technical
Consultant to Ansel Adams from 1979
to 1984. He continues to serve as Photographic Special Projects
Consultant to the Ansel Adams Publishing
Rights Trust. From 1985 to 1993, he was a member of the Board of
Trustees of The Friends of Photography.