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John Sexton, American Educator ( September 29, 1942 - )

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There is a considerable amount of manipulation in the printmaking from the straight photograph to the finished print. If I do my job correctly that shouldn't be visible at all, it should be transparent.~John Sexton


Job Manipulation Should

I make photographs and still make photographs of the natural environment. It's a love because that was part of my life before I was involved in photography.~John Sexton


Life Love Environment

I remember being shocked when I came out from under the focusing cloth after a minute or two being submerged within that, at the startling green color of those ferns.~John Sexton


Color Remember Green

So to me it's very similar in terms of trying to distill within the image, those elements that are gonna form, hopefully, a compelling visual statement.~John Sexton


Me Trying Within

In my mind I needed a symbol of today's technology, and I realized that what I wanted to photograph was the Space Shuttle. And so that's where Places of Power came into being.~John Sexton


Technology Power Today

I've found even after nearly 30 years of doing this, there are all kinds of new surprises that rear their heads at various times and I truly believe that 51% of the images, success takes place in the darkroom.~John Sexton


Success Believe Doing

One of the workshop participants had shown me a single 8 X 10 photograph of a power plant where he actually was the general manager of this power cooperative. It was quite magical to me.~John Sexton


Power Me Plant

The first day at the power plant I found myself photographing some steam vents on the roof of the structure. And I remember consciously thinking that they were just like trees but they were metal.~John Sexton


Myself Power Day

When I teach and meet a class for the first time, you realize that there are people there that have exceptional abilities or have the potential to do exceptional things and you never know who those people are. My job is to provide the best information I can.~John Sexton


Time Best Job

I took a workshop from him a few months after that. That experience changed my whole approach to photography. At that workshop in Yosemite in 1973 I decided I wanted to try and see if I could pursue this for myself, and I'm still trying.~John Sexton


Myself Experience Trying

Whatever it takes to get the image to reach that level is what that photographer needs to do. And for me, I just have such a love of the tactile and sensuous quality of a black and white silver gelatin print.~John Sexton


Love Black And White Black

When the object that is produced, the photographic image has the ability to make tears come to your eyes; to inspire you to the point where you have to catch your breath, then nothing else matters.~John Sexton


Eyes Inspire Nothing

When I'm about ready to press the cable release on the View camera, I've tried to anticipate some of the challenges I'm going to encounter in the darkroom.~John Sexton


Challenges View Camera

And friends of mine that had photography class in high school would develop the film and make prints and I'd take them back to the track and give 'em away or try and sell them. Much to my parents' dismay, I majored in photography in college.~John Sexton


Parents School Friends

For me the printing process is part of the magic of photography. It's that magic that can be exciting, disappointing, rewarding and frustrating all in the same few moments in the darkroom.~John Sexton


Moments Me Magic

Having photographed the landscape for a number of years and specifically working with trees and in the forest I found, without consciously thinking about it, that it was a great learning experience for me in terms of organizing elements.~John Sexton


Learning Experience Great

I really don't have any secrets. I've never met a photographer whose work I respected that had a secret because the secret lies within each and every one of us.~John Sexton


Work Secrets Within

I remembered seeing it and it was this metallic turbine and I thought it was beautiful. I had never been in a power plant before, but I felt, without being overly dramatic, compelled to make photographs of this for myself.~John Sexton


Beautiful Myself Power

I support any procedure that allows photographers to express themselves, whether that involves color, black and white, platinum, palladium and digital technology.~John Sexton


Technology Support Black

I think the greatest photographers are the amateur photographers who do it because they love it. Arnold Newman is a good example; he is a consummate professional, but he's also an 'amateur' in the pure sense of the word.~John Sexton


Love Good Greatest

I've never seen a surface that I think is more seductive in image making.~John Sexton


Think Surface Never

In 1979, I received a phone call from Ansel Adams asking me if I would be willing to consider coming to work for him. I was teaching photography in Southern California at that point.~John Sexton


Work Me Photography

It had rained on some vivid green ferns in Maine and it was quite beautiful. I was moving the camera slightly and studying the ground glass. Looking at those 20 square inches, trying to find out just what were the right elements to include.~John Sexton


Beautiful Studying Moving

It was amazing to watch him in the darkroom at an advanced age, still get excited when the results were pleasing. He still struggled like we all do in the darkroom and he struggled behind the camera, and when he had a success he was beaming.~John Sexton


Success Age Amazing

The reason I do workshops is so I can learn, and I am fortunate that I've probably gained more from the whole experience of teaching than any one participant has. It is all about asking.~John Sexton


Experience I Am Learn

We all start in this medium because of the magic and the challenge is to keep it going.~John Sexton


Challenge Magic Start