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John Forasté Photography | Bundoran Farm, Albemarle County, North Garden, Virginia | 434.326.5959 | john@foraste.com
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STATEMENT

I am a freelance, location photographer making landscape, nature, documentary, editorial, environmental and personal images for both exhibition (print) and publication. After working many years in film, I now work entirely digitally.

My roots are in the documentary photograph. As playwright George Bass put it: Let the things speak for themselves. For me, the greatest meaning and satisfaction have always been derived from searching for and making images which, while rooted in a specific time and place, speak beyond them in some special way - when the soul of the commonest object [...] seems to us radiant (James Joyce). With listening eyes, I celebrate and give voice to what might otherwise go unnoticed. I view my nature and personal images as visual poems or music - more about expressing and evoking feelings than conveying information. I'm often drawn to the music more than the lyrics.

Henry David Thoreau: The question is not what you look at, but what you see.


CHRONOLOGY

After college, my wife and I worked in VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) and the Peace Corps (teaching English as a Second Language in Libya, North Africa). I then assisted Arie deZanger, a large format still life photographer in New York City, and photographed for community newspapers in Brooklyn.

From 1975-1998 I was the Brown University Photographer responsible for the photography in major publications. The images produced were documentary, editorial, feature, environmental portraiture, architectural, scenic and illustrative. During these years, I also freelanced, exhibited, made slide shows and presentations, and gave workshops. Assignments took me to Europe, Asia, Africa, the Mideast and Central America. CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) recognized my work many times, including Photographer of the Decade for the 1980s.

Since 1998, I have been freelancing and making personal images. In early 2004, I moved from film to digital and began offering prints in galleries. In early 2006, I also made prints available on this site. See Virginia Landscape Prints and New England Prints below.

Member of The Copley Society of Art (juried), The Art League of Rhode Island (juried), ASMP American Society of Media Photographers (sponsored), Editorial Photographers and Piedmont Council of the Arts.

In 2011, my wife and I moved from Rhode Island to Virginia to be closer to our grown children and growing grandchildren. We now live midst the beautiful rolling hills of Bundoran Farm in Albemarle County, just south of Charlottesville.



CLIENTS INCLUDE

America 24/7 Project, American Medical News (AMA), Bank of America (Corporate Art Program), Biotechnology Healthcare Journal, The Broad Institute (MIT & Harvard), Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of Chicago, Denison University, Roger Williams University, Saint Anselm College, Skidmore College, Swarthmore College, Tuck School of Business (Dartmouth), Ursinus College, Wesleyan University, The Wharton School (Penn), Wheaton College (MA), Women and Infants Hospital (Providence RI), All You Magazine, Assisted Living Today Magazine, AOPA Flight Training Magazine, Findings Magazine (NIH), Governing Magazine, Inc. Magazine, Lumina Foundation for Education, Red Herring Magazine, Time for Kids Magazine, Us Magazine, Yankee Magazine, Community MusicWorks (Providence RI), Walter Feldman (Artist), Motley Rice (law firm) and The Rhode Island Foundation.



PRINTS FOR SALE

Prints can be ordered on this site by going to the Virginia Landscape Prints and New England Prints pages.



GALLERIES

The Barn Swallow: Prints also available at The Barn Swallow, 796 Gillums Ridge Road, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903 (immediately off Ivy Road/250W en route to Crozet; this is just before the Rockfish Gap Turnpike and Three Notch'd Road split), Th-Sa 10-5, Su 12-5 (Spring and Summer); Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 12-5 (Fall & Winter), 434 979-4884. (The Barn Swallow)
David Charles Gallery: And prints of New England available at the David Charles Gallery (over 100 prints), 263 South Main Street, Providence, Rhode Island 02903, Tu-F 10-5:30, Sat 10-5, 434 977-0140.


EXHIBITIONS

Warwick Museum of Art (In The Field, group show of Artists-in-Residence in National Parks et al, 2012) Warwick, Rhode Island.
RISD Art Museum (The Rhode Island School of Design) (Art League of Rhode Island's 10th Annual Exhibition 2010), Providence, Rhode Island.
The Copley Society of Art (Juried Members' Show 2010 [Wanderlust], Juried Members' Show 2010 [Reflections], New Members' Show 2009 and Artists A-Z), Newbury Street, Boston, Massachusetts.
Arnold Art Store & Gallery (The Art League of Rhode Island's End of Winter 2009 Members' Show), Newport, Rhode Island.
Bristol Art Museum (Art League of Rhode Island's 2008 Annual Exhibition), Bristol, Rhode Island.
Yes Gallery + Studio (Group Invitational and Itty Bitty Invitational: 2008), Warren, Rhode Island.
Save The Bay (Group Shows: 2006, 2008), Save The Bay Center, Providence, Rhode Island.
The Center for Fine Art Photography (American Society of Media Photographers' Juried Exhibition: 2008) Fort Collins, Colorado.
Newport Art Museum (2007 & 2008 Newport Annual juried group exhibitions), Newport, Rhode Island.
Gallery 297 (Juried Group Shows in 2008: Seeing White and Seeing Red), Bristol, Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island Watercolor Society (an Art League of Rhode Island group show: 2008), Slater Memorial Park, Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
The Providence Art Club (Art League of Rhode Island's 7th Annual Members Exhibition: 2007), Providence, Rhode Island.
The Portsmouth Arts Guild (Resident Artist 2008; Juried Group Shows in 2007-2009), Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
Hope Gallery | New England Seen (Featured Resident Artist: 2007), Bristol, Rhode Island.
Wilson Scott Gallery (Resident Artist: 2006), Wickford, Rhode Island.
The Rhode Island Foundation (an Art League of Rhode Island group show: Oct 2006 - March 2007), Providence, Rhode Island.
Iona Print Studio & Gallery (Solo: 2006), Provincetown, Massachusetts (Cape Cod).
Barrington Library (Solo: 2006), Barrington, Rhode Island.
Abar Colorlab (Solo: 2000), Providence, Rhode Island.
Rockefeller Library at Brown University (Solo: 1980, 1983, 1999), Providence, Rhode Island.
The SE New England Center for Gerontology at Brown University | On Being Old (Solo: 1980), Providence, Rhode Island.
Nikon House (The Statue of Liberty Project group show: 1973), Rockefeller Plaza, New York City.
The Statue of Liberty, National Park Service (group show: 1973), New York City.


PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

Bank of America: Corporate Art Program.
The National Park Service: Acadia National Park, Maine.
The Center for Fine Art Photography: Fort Collins, Colorado.
Women & Infants Hospital: Providence, Rhode Island.


RESIDENCIES

Artist-in-Residence | Acadia National Park: Mount Desert Island, Maine, 7-27 September 2007. For more information go to the National Park Service.
Artist-in-Residence | Bundoran Farm: North Garden, Virginia in Albemarle County, July 2011-present. This is where I now live (and the title is self-assigned with a smile).


STOCK IMAGES

Stock images are available for licensing at Mira.com



DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY

In March 2004, I moved from film to digital. Professional digital photography had clearly come of age and, I was convinced, would only continue to improve - which it has. The quality is excellent. In addition, it is environmentally friendly - something that is extremely important. (I am dismayed to think of all of the terribly harmful chemistry I used over the years.) This is technology at its best.



COPYRIGHT

As noted on the welcome and home pages, this site and all images are copyrighted: © 1999-2014 John Forasté. The images are only for viewing and identifying images to order as prints. Enjoy. And thank you for your visit.


 




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