JoAnn Verburg

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JoAnn Verburg is an American photographer.

JoAnn Verburg was born in 1950 in Summit, New Jersey. She studied at Ohio Wesleyan University, earning her B.A. in sociology in 1972.[1] She worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 1972 to 1974 and earned her M.A. in photography from the Rochester Institute of Photography in 1976. She studied photography with a sculptor while working with multiple artists and developing a thesis that addressed issues of time in photography.[2] From 1977 to 1979 she worked as project manager for the Rephotographic Survey Project, replicating frontier photography from the 19th century.[3] The focus of this project was to re-photograph sites that were previously shot by well known 19th-century photographers of the American West using the same vantage point, similar equipment and under comparable weather conditions.[2]

She lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and worked at the Polaroid Corporation from 1978 to 1980. She moved to Minnesota in 1981 where she was an artist-in-residence at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.[4] Verburg shot group portraits that extended across multiple frames in the early 1980s.[2]

Verburg uses a large format camera and shoots life-size portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. She works in diptychs and triptychs, using vibrant color palettes.[5] She photographed Italian landscapes in the mid-1990s.[2] As seen in her previous work, she manipulated the focal points to reflect the eye's movement during the act of looking.[2]

From 1978 to 2007 Verburg had 20 solo exhibitions, including those at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Kansas City Art Institute.[4]

Verburg is married to poet Jim Moore, frequently portrayed as reading the newspaper or napping in her work. She splits her time between St. Paul, Minnesota and Spoleto, Italy.

Selected exhibitions[edit]

  • Present on the Road to Bazzano, 2001, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Present Tense: Photographs by Joann Verburg, 2007, Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York[6]


  1. ^ Gefter, Philip (July 15, 2007). "Moments in Time, Yet Somehow in Motion". The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b c d e Jones, Kristen (2008). JoAnn Verburg. Frieze 112. p. 184.
  3. ^ Warren, Lynne (2005). Encyclopedia of Twentieth-Century Photography, 3-Volume Set. Routledge. p. 880. ISBN 1-135-20543-4.
  4. ^ a b Abbe, Mary (January 10, 2008). "Art: Intimate images". Star Tribune.
  5. ^ Kerr, Euan (January 10, 2008). "JoAnn Verburg relates to the world through her camera". MPR News.
  6. ^ "Present Tense: Photographs by JoAnn Verburg | MoMA". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 2016-05-24.

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