Photography by Eirik Johnson
“There is a moment which follows pride in the boundless extension of the territories we have conquered, and the melancholy and relief of knowing we shall soon give up any thoughts of knowing and understanding them … It is the desperate moment when we discover that this empire, which had seemed to us the sum of all wonders, is an endless, formless ruin.” — Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities
Seattle-based photographic artist Eirik Johnson has exhibited his work at institutions including the Aperture Foundation, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; and the Henry Art Gallery, Seattle. His monographs include Borderlands (Twin Palms Publishers) and Sawdust Mountain (Aperture). Johnson’s work is in the permanent collections of institutions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Seattle Art Museum; the International Center of Photography, New York; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Johnson is represented by G. Gibson Gallery, Seattle.