John Sexton, a Monterey Peninsula resident for more than thirty years, is recognized internationally as a photographer, print maker, workshop instructor and lecturer. A former Photographic and Technical assistant of Ansel Adams, John is best known for his photographs of the natural environment, but has photographed a wide variety of subjects during his thirty-five year photographic career. This exhibition includes never before seen images, along with some of his best known photographs – including landscapes, human made environments and ancient Anasazi sites.
Sexton’s Saturday afternoon audio/video presentation will transport viewers “on location,” as he shares new work, along with a number of well-known images from the past three decades. This lecture will also include images and anecdotes from his six-year working relationship with Ansel Adams. Images by both Sexton and Adams will evolve on the screen from negative to final expressive print – a process that will intrigue professional and amateur photographers alike.
He is the author of four award-winning photographic books, including Places of Power, and his most recent Recollections, both of which he will sign at the opening day reception. He received the North American Nature Photography Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005.
Sexton’s love of photography is obvious in both his photographs and his writing. He refers to the darkroom as a sanctuary, and says, “Watching an image appear under the dim glow of safelights is still an intoxicating part of the process: the anticipation, waiting for the processing time to pass, the excitement when the white light illuminates a print which meets one’s expectations. Today, after so many years, photography remains magical and alive for me.”
According to well-known photographer, Michael Kenna, “John Sexton’s images portray idyllic landscapes in moments of rare beauty—seductive, mysterious, and vaguely familiar. Time slows down, movement ceases, the world becomes quiet, and if we are patient, the subtle whisperings of the land may be heard.”