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.