John Ganis is the 2008 Harold H. Jones Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient.
From the press release:
“For over two decades, John Ganis has photographed the Environmental impact of overdevelopment and resource exploitation, creating a body of work that was published in 2003 as a monograph titled Consuming the American Landscape. Using straight color photographs in a way that is descriptive yet somewhat poetic, Ganis provokes a process of inquiry and concern in the viewer. His photographs are characterized by a very visceral response to the earth itself, whether it is the red soil of the south laid bare by development, the cross sections of stripmined rock strata, or the disturbingly artificial color of golf course greens. The oddly beautiful nature of the images encourages the viewer to respond with empathy to the photographs. In his talk, Ganis will trace the development of this series in which images of the Southwest figure prominently from his early years and time as a graduate student at the University of Arizona to the present.”
This lecture is free and open to the public
2008 marks the third year of the Harold H. Jones Distinguished Alumni Award, created to honor Jones, the founding director of LIGHT Gallery in NYC, the founding director of the Center for Creative Photography who later launched the MFA photo program at the University of Arizona as its founding professor; Jones continues to be an important mentor to many. The Distinquish Alumni Award/Lecture Series “honors a photo alumnus who has made a significant contribution to the field of photography.” Previous recipients include galleriest Peter MacGill of Pace/MacGill Gallery (2006) and artist/author Ann Fessler (2007).
Ganis will lecture on his long-term project CONSUMING THE AMERICAN LANDSCAPE at the Center for CreativePhotography Auditorium. There will be a book signing with Ganis at 5 p.m. with his lecture to follow at 6 p.m.