John Labovitz | Artistic Photographer

Explorer of spaces & places. Typographer & designer. Observer & flaneur. Specialist in archaic photographic processes.

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Projects

These are some of my major projects either in progress or completed.

Letterpress etc.

I’m currently photographing letterpress printers, engravers, type founders, book binders, paper makers, and other artisans of the assorted printing arts.

Cirque Cascadia

Since 2009, I have been photographing the circus culture of the Pacific Northwest. I have visited street festivals and other large gatherings; small clubs with burlesque, vaudeville, and cabaret; and fire dancers on the street. Cascadia seems to breed a certain style of circus, one simultaneously grounded in the present, and inspired by the mythic and authentic past.

Convento: art emerging from ruins

In 2008, I spent a month exploring the unique environment of the Convento São Francisco de Mértola in Portugal’s rural Alentejo region. The once-ruined and abandoned buildings of the convent have been restored by its artists/residents, and the ancient Moorish gardens are again lush and prosperous. Sculptures and mechanical creatures roam among cypresses, wild asparagus, peacocks, and the native kestrels and storks. The black and white photographs tell intertwining stories of the land, its history, the people, and their art.