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John Gossage (born 1946, New York City) 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
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, Alexey Brodovich 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.
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
- 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
- Snake Eyes (2002). Washington D.C.: Loosestrife Editions, 2002. With Terri Weifenbach. Edition of 500 copies.
- The Thirty Two Inch Ruler: Map of Babylon, World Photography Festival and Sony World Photography Awards Exhibitions, World Photography Organisation, Somerset House, London, 26 April–22 May 2011.
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Gossage's work is held in the following private and public collections:
- Museum of Modern Art, New York.
- Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC.
- Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago.
- Sprengel Museum, Hanover, Germany.
- Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal.
- The Menil Collection, Houston
- Anglo-American Name Authority File, s.v. "Gossage, John R.", LC Control Number n 79075639. Accessed 11 May 2006.
- Canadian Centre for Architecture; Exhibitions, 'Empire'. Accessed 11 May 2006.
- Gossage, John. Hey Fuckface! (Tucson, Arizona: Nazraeli Press, 2002).
- Nazraeli Press. Accessed 11 May 2006.
- Photo-eye, "Hey F**kface". Accessed 11 May 2006.
- Photo-eye, "Snake Eyes". Accessed 11 May 2006.
- Photography-now.com. "John Gossage". Accessed 11 May 2006.
- Ryerson University; The Kodak Lecture Series; John Gossage, Date of Lecture: 1999-11-12. Accessed 11 May 2006.
- Stephen Daiter Gallery; Artists; John Gossage. Accessed 11 May 2006.
- Union List of Artist Names, s.v. "Gossage, John". Accessed 11 May 2006.