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'British Journal of Photography' Spotlight on SVA Alumnus Simen Johan

From British Journal of Photography: "An exhibition of new photographic works by Simen Johan, the Norwegian artist known for his 'psychologically charged depictions of the natural world,' is about to go on show at New York's Yossi Milo Gallery.

Simen Johan was born in 1973 in Kirkenes, the extreme north of Norway, and raised in Sweden. After attending film school at Lugnetskolan in Falun, Sweden, Johan moved to New York City in 1992 to continue his studies at the city’s School of Visual Arts.

He now works primarily in New York City, becoming a mainstay of the city’s galleries. It will be the Norwegian photographer’s ninth exhibition at the prestigious Chelsea-based gallery.

Johan made his name in the early 90s by merging digital manipulation techniques with traditional darkroom photography practices.

Since then, he has been developing a hybrid form of image-making that integrates photographs of animals and landscapes with a 'compositional structuring and conceptual intent typically associated with painting.'

'In a reality where understanding is never total, I depict "living" as an emotion-driven experience, engulfed in uncertainty, desire and illusion,' Johan writes of his work..." ( continue reading)

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