John Gossage

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John Gossage (born 1946, New York City)[1] is an American photographer, noted for his artist's books and other publications using his photographs to explore under-recognised elements of the urban environment such as abandoned tracts of land, debris and garbage, and graffiti, and themes of surveillance, memory and the relationship between architecture and power.

Life and career[edit]

Gossage was born in Staten Island, New York City in 1946 and at an early age became interested in photography, leaving school at 16 and taking private instruction from Lisette Model,[1] Alexey Brodovich[1] and Bruce Davidson. He later moved to Washington, D.C. to study, and subsequently received a grant from the Washington Gallery of Modern Art which allowed him to remain in the city and refine his photographic technique. He has shown his photographs in solo and group exhibitions since 1963.

After a number of years with Nazraeli Press his usual publisher is now Loosestrife Editions and Steidl.

He has taught at the University of Maryland, College Park and curated several photographic exhibitions. He lives and works in Washington, D.C.


Publications by Gossage[edit]

  • Gardens. Castelli.
  • The Pond.
  • Stadt des Schwarz. Loosestrife, 1987.
  • LAMF: Three Days in Berlin 1987. Self-published, 1988.
  • There and Gone. Nazraeli, 1997.
  • Empire. Nazraeli, 2000.
  • The Things that Animals Care About. Tucson, AZ: Nazraeli, 1998.
  • Romance Industry. Nazraeli, 2002.
  • Four American Photographs. Nazraeli.
  • Hey Fuckface!. 1984. A study of Environmental Protection Agency-listed hazardous waste sites in and near Staten Island and Syracuse, New York. Nazraeli, 1999.
  • Dance Card Vol. 2. One Star Press 2003.
  • Berlin in the Time of the Wall. 2004. Images taken during more than twenty years of study of Berlin.
  • Putting Back the Wall. Loosestrife.
  • 13 Ways to Miss a Train. Linea di Confine, 2004.
  • Ordinary and Obvious. 2006.
  • Secret of Real Estate. Sheldon Art Galleries, 2008.
  • The Absolute Truth. Tokyo: Super Labo.
  • Eva’s Book. Tokyo: Super Labo.
  • Here. Rochester Art Center.
  • A Few Years With a Telecaster. Harper’s books 2010.
  • The Thirty Two Inch Ruler: Map of Babylon. Göttingen: Steidl, 2010. ISBN 978-3865217103.
  • Waking in Warhol’s Bed. Kehrer, 2010.
  • The Auckland Project. Radius, 2011.
  • The Actor. Loosestrife, 2012.
  • She Called me by Name. Loosestrife, 2012.
  • The Code. Harper’s Books 2012.
  • Pomodori a Grappolo. Radius, 2014.
  • Who Do You Love. Fraenkel Gallery, 2014.
  • Nothing. Waltz Books, 2015.
  • Hey Fuckface (bootleg). Horses Think Press, 2015. With texts by Gus Blaisdell and Peter Lloyd.
  • A Dozen Failures. TIS (This Is Sausage), 2016. ISBN 9781943146086. Edition of 700 copies.

Publications with others[edit]

  • Snake Eyes (2002). Washington D.C.: Loosestrife Editions, 2002. With Terri Weifenbach. Edition of 500 copies.



Gossage's work is held in the following private and public collections:



  1. ^ a b c d Pulver, Andrew (13 April 2011). "Photographer John Gossage's best shot". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 July 2014.