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John Gossage
1946, New York
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John Gossage left school early and at the age of 16 he began to contribute full time to magazine such as Look, Newsweek and Esquire. Meanwhile he honed his photographic skills: student of Bruce Davidson, he met also Diane Arbus, who encouraged him to leave the commercial scene. He moved to Washington to attend the experimental Walden school and there devote his time entirely to his own personal research.
Gossage focused his photography on the cultural and political dimension of the landscape, exploring areas around urban territories and grasping the traces left there by man. Dealing with themes such as surveillance, memory and the relastionship between architecture and power, his photographs highlight the growing fragility of the world, often best presented as artist’ book or other form of publication. The major production of books for which he is known to this day testifies the evolution of an articulate resarch project on the relationship between man and the landscape, switching from the theme of pollution to the examination of the ways in wich power exploits images of the landscape, from the reflection of the relationship between places and memories, to the series of photographs of his neighborhood.
The two photographs that are now in the collection are part of the memorable project titled The Pond, which brings together 49 black & white photographs shot between 1981 and 1985 in Baltimore and Washington, in those interstitial urban spaces where nature manages to seurvive despite the sprawl of the new building work. The pond in the title lies at the heart of a pathway which emerges throughout the sequence: a dirt track leads into the thick vegetation, behind which unnerving commerical structures may be seen to rise, before disapperaing again. Gossage describes The Pond as a fiction based on facts, designed to tell the story of a place and he way in which it is discovered; the result is an archetypical image, represetative of the contemporary relationship between nature and civilization.

Lands of Men

Palazzo Gromo Losa, Biella

27 ottobre 2017 - 7 gennaio 2018

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Flags of America

CIAC, Foligno

19 marzo - 10 luglio 2016

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Flags of America

The major American authors of 1940s/1970s

15th December | 7th April 2013

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John  Gossage

The Pond, 1982
gelatin silver print
27 x 34 cm
© John Gossage

John  Gossage

The Pond, 1982
gelatin silver print
27 x 34 cm
© John Gossage