John Ganis will present his latest photo book on Thursday, December 15th from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at Signal-Return, 1345 Division, (located off Russell Street in the Eastern Market area of Detroit); Call 313.567.8970 for more info. The Book Beat will have books available for sale at the event, please call to reserve copies. Shipping options are also available: 248.968.1190
Since 1980 John Ganis has been a photography instructor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. His work for the past twenty years has been concerned with man’s impact on the landscape. His most recent book; America’s Endangered Coasts: Photographs from Texas to Maine (George F. Thompson Publishing) documents how climate change has effected the landscape in work that is simply stated and highly topical, “I’m still sort of right on that edge between being a documentarian and having the environmental subtext in the work,” he said in recent Metro Times article. “But I also want them to be looked at as legitimate photographs in their own right.” He describes his shots as “intentionally straightforward … almost de-aestheticized.”
A full interview with Ganis and an article about the book can be seen in the Metro Times.
Like Ganis’ previous book Consuming the American Landscape, his new book is another chapter in the photographer’s self-directed landscape project. In 171 color plates, Ganis tells the recent history of storm-surges, hurricanes, sea-rise, and other climate catastrophes we can no longer ignore except at our own peril. The serenity, beauty and calmn in the photography betray the violence and cataclysm of the story happening beneath the surface. An eerie lack of human figures in the photographs lends the scenes an almost post-apocalyptic vibe, saying how we we will be inhearting emptynessness as climate change begins to eliminate life itself.
In this time of increasing natural disasters and environmental ignorance, books showing the physical evidence of climate change damage are necessary weapons we can use to educate ourselves in the fight to save the earth. We hope you can attend and support the book launch of America’s Endangered Coasts: Photographs from Texas to Maine. It is high time we awoke to the warning signs around us.
John Ganis completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts at Ohio Wesleyan University where he also started his experience in New York by interning for Irving Penn and studying with Lisette Model and Larry Fink. Ganis received his M.F.A. in photography from the University of Arizona where he studied with Harold Jones, Todd Walker and W. Eugene Smith. In 1980 he began his teaching career in photography at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. Portfolios of his photographs have appeared in Aperture Magazine, Camera Austria International, Kwartlnik Fotografia, Photographie Magazine The Photo Review and Photo Technik International. Photographs by John Ganis are included in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Center for Creative Photography, The Detroit Institute of Arts, The George Eastman House, The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas, The New York Public Library, and The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art among others. His previous book on land use, Consuming the American Landscape, included essays by the late Robert Sobieszek and George Thompson, and was published by Dewi Lewis Publishing (England) and Edition Braus (German edition) in 2003. It was awarded a Stuttgart Photo Books Prize in 2003. Ganis is the recipient of the 2008 Harold Jones Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Arizona and the 2007 Honored Educator Award from the Midwest Region of the Society for Photographic Education. John Ganis is a Professor at the College for Creative Studies where he teaches fine art photography and is currently involved in efforts to develop an interdisciplinary concentration in sustainability. –bio from the photographer’s website