Sandy Johanson began taking photographs some thirty years ago. Her formal training was in painting, yet the basic skills concerned with color and form were easily transferable within her photographic career.
Having always been a collector of old gloves, books, and letters, these objects have become central to Sandy’s work. Handed down through family generations, the bird books have a special place in her personal history. The objects themselves have deteriorated over time, and in some cases have endured crude repairs, making them in many ways more endearing to the photographer. She writes,
‘In a time of such perfection in our digital world these books fill me with longing for the past, and photographing them helps me to preserve them in some fashion.’
Sandy’s work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States. Some of her shows have been included at the Perkins Center for the Arts in New Jersey, The Center for Photographic Art in California, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, McKay Imaging and the CVA Gallery in New Jersey, as well as the Tilt Gallery in Arizona. She has won many awards such as the Soho Photo National Competition of New York in 2009. Her photography appears in permanent collections at the Brookdale Community College, the Prudential Insurance Corporation, and Johnson and Johnson, as well as the Polaroid Corporation.
Sandy Johanson lives in New Jersey with her husband who is also an artist. She currently manages a community college darkroom and digital lab as well as also making photography-based jewellery.
Text edited by Kiri Scully