Joseph Bellows Gallery presents the solo exhibition, John Humble Los Angeles Cibachromes. The exhibition will present a selection of vintage Cibachrome color photographs that the artist created in 1980 as he began his highly acclaimed extended exploration and documentation of the greater Los Angeles landscape.
Using a view camera and color materials, Humble created a vast document of the city’s urban surroundings, describing a changing physical and social landscape. The artist noted, “swift changes in the built environment, particularly the often awkward and interesting juxtapositions of old and new”. Humble’s brilliant photographs follow a particular lineage of picture making, one that honors their subject through a clear and straightforward rendering. His images are contemporary depictions of the urban environment, yet his methodology reminds his audience of Eugene Atget’s views of Paris, wherein both artists assembled a vision of their city with a sense of awe and with the knowledge of its changing subject matter.
Joseph Bellows Gallery presents a selection of images printed by the artist in the vibrant Cibachrome process, a revered color photographic printing process that produces richly rendered hues and excellent color permanence. The exhibition features a selection of rare vintage 8 x 10 and 16 x 20 inch prints.
Humble’s work was celebrated with the publication of A Place in the Sun and with an exhibition of the same title at the J. Paul Getty Museum. In 2016 Nazraeli Press published the monograph Manifest Density as part of their critically praised NZ Library Series. His photographs are held within the collections of numerous museums including: the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Center for Creative Photography, Museum of Photographic Arts, Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
John Humble : Los Angeles Cibachromes
September 16 – October 31
Joseph Bellows Gallery
7661 Girard Avenue
La Jolla, CA 92037