John Sexton was born in 1953, and has lived on the Monterey Peninsula in California for more than thirty years. Respected as a photographer, master printmaker, author, and workshop instructor, he is best known for his luminous, quiet, black and white photographs of the natural environment.
John's most recent book is Recollections: Three Decades of Photographs, an award-winning retrospective volume, published in late 2006 by Ventana Editions. John's previous award-winning books include Quiet Light a monograph representing fifteen years of his work, and Listen to the Trees, which were published by Bulfinch Press/Little, Brown and Company, along with Places of Power: The Aesthetics of Technology published by Ventana Editions.
He is Director of the John Sexton Photography Workshops 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. Some of these other programs include: Anderson Ranch Arts Center, The Ansel Adams Gallery, Maine Photographic Workshops, and The Palm Beach Workshops.
Isn't it amazing how photography has advanced without improving.
There are no shortcuts to excellence.
The harder you work, the luckier you get.
Rules of composition are deduced from the work of strong masters and used by weak imitators to produce - nothing!
When I am working on a problem, I never think about beauty. I think only of how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
R. Buckminster Fuller
The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious; it is the source of all true art and science.
The production of a perfect picture by means of photography is an art; the production of a technically perfect negative is a science.
Ferdinand Hurter and Vero Charles. Driffield, May 31, 1890
Anything worth doing is worth doing to excess.
Edwin H. Land
You will never make a photograph that everyone likes, so make sure that you like every one of your photographs.
It is only a little planet, but how beautiful it is.
We do not see things as they are; we see them as WE are.