Artist Biography

John Charles Dean is originally from Louisiana but has lived in Atlanta Georgia since 1996. He has both a BFA in art photography / art history, from the University of Arizona in Tucson and an MFA in art photography from Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. In the mid 1970's he studied contemporary art at Antioch College West in San Francisco. In the late 1970's and early 1980’s John studied photography with the internationally recognized artists, Todd Walker, William Larson, Larry Fink, and Esther Parada. In Arizona, he also took classes with the great American artists, W. Eugene Smith and James Turrell.

John’s work is represented in the collections of The Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago, the Museum Of Contemporary Art of Georgia, the Yale University rare prints collection, the Kling architectural photography collection Philadelphia, the San Francisco Camerawork artist's book collection, Clarence John Laughlin’s personal collection, and the Greenberg Traurig and Bunnen Collections in Atlanta.

Four limited edition portfolios are available of John's photography that describe various aspects of architecture, landscape, and especially the interaction of the constructed landscape with the pre-humanized landscape. His last two series, Before and After Pangaea, pictures geological formations photographed in the Atlanta vicinity by isolating them from their contexts. He uses their shape as a metaphor for plate tectonics, geological time, and the formation of continents and the Appalachian mountain range. The most recent, Cool Clear Water, relates to the mystery of the most precious life force on the planet, the element that makes life and the landscape possible. These two series as in his previous works, Buford Highway Glyphs and Buildings in Motion, blend the mediums of still life and landscape photography into a hybrid form of crafted expression.