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John Pinderhughes Bio

Overview, an exhibition of captivating photographs by John Pinderhughes reflecting on his enduring quest to delve into subjects revealing both impressiveness and mysteries will open at the June Kelly Gallery, 166 Mercer Street, on November 30.  The works will remain on view through January 16, 2024.

Pinderhughes, about whom professors C. Daniel Dawson and Robert G. O’Meally of Columbia University described in an exhibition invitation, as a fine art photographer who seeks to capture “beauty we almost saw in life but somehow missed.”  Further, Pinderhughes’ photographs reflect carefully structured and highly disciplined preparation following painstaking, arduous rituals that enable him to move “beyond the limits of mere technique into the realm of spirituality, where … he uncovers the uncommon beauty of things usually taken for granted or not seen at all.”

Pinderhughes has said, I tend to be a little serious and overthink things …”

In this overview, the works bear out Pinderhughes’ patience in waiting for the correct lighting and time of day and finding the proper position for his camera to achieve the result he wants, as in the black and white drama of sky, water, and rocks at Gay Head.

Pinderhughes’ panoramic landscapes, many with water, are surreally evocative, as are the intriguing images of interiors, Untitled From The Series Encounters, where the viewer experiences a serene intimacy with mood and place.

Pinderhughes seeks places where natural light enhances and intensifies the subjects his eye discovers.  A photographer for more than 45 years, whether his subjects are interior or exterior shots, he has an evident appreciation for the variations in light and tone, pattern and line that acutely allow his perceived perceptions, where he says self-assuredly, “The light is right,” as Untitled / Breadfruit On Beach.

"I'm primarily a people photographer," says Pinderhughes, as evident in his series on Africa, including Untitled Gorie Island Kids.

"My work is quiet and understated," Pinderhughes says, "I don't like to smack people between the eyes.  I am not a street photographer who puts a camera on his shoulder and rushes out to see what he can find.  I immerse myself in my subject.  I sit and watch and listen and speculate.  I like to make people really look at my work.”

Pinderhughes, a native of Washington, DC, lives and works in New York City.  He attended Howard University and the WNET (PBS) Film and Television Training School.  He became interested in photography while working in Africa with Operation Crossroads Africa.

His work has been seen in numerous one-person and group exhibitions throughout the United States and the Caribbean.  He is represented in many significant collections, including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; The Detroit Institute of Arts, Michigan; The Picker Art Gallery/Colgate University, Hamilton, New York; Howard University, Washington, DC; The DeMenil Foundation, Houston, Texas; and The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York.


Born Washington, DC
Lives and works in New York City

1971-72 WNET Film and Television Training School, WNET (PBS) Television, New York
1964-68 Howard University, Washington, DC

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2023 Overview, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2022 My Love of Our Community, Southampton African American Museum, NY
2021 Finding Meaning Within The Photography of John Pinderhughes, Polk Museum of Art Florida
  Southern College, Lakeland, FL.
2016 Reflections/Meditations: A Retrospective of Photography by John Pinderhughes; Crossroads
  Gallery, Notre Dame Center for Arts and Culture, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
Life and Light: St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Reframed Through the Lens of John Pinderhughes, The
  John L. Warfield Center for African American Studies, The University of Texas at Austin,
2014 Quiet Scripture: Recent Photographs, essay by C. Daniel Dawson and Robert G. O’Meally, June
  Kelly Gallery, New York
2012 Eatonville Embodied, The Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Art, Eatonville, FL
2011 A Heritage Fulfilled: Photographs of West Africa By John Pinderhughes, Museum of Art and
  Origins, New York
2010 The Katrina Portraits, The East Meadow Public Library, East Meadow, NY
2000 Majestic Vista: Landscapes of Eastern Long Island, June Kelly Gallery, New York
Soliloquies: Photography, Sherry Washington Gallery, Detroit, MI
1993 One Photographer’s View, AT&T, Holmdel, NJ
1990 Dry Bones & Burnt Offerings, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NY
1989 A Celebration of Nature, The Nature Conservancy, Holland & Holland, New York
Recent Work, G.R. N’Namdi Gallery, Birmingham, MI Cinque Gallery, New York
1987 The Photographer’s Eye, The Port Washington Public Library, NY
1985 An African Experience Revisited, The Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI
1984 Wavelines/Martha’s Vineyard: Recent Photographs, Gallery 62, The National Urban
  League, New York
1982 The Shadyside Portfolio, The W.E.B. Dubois Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1979 John Pinderhughes: Photography, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC
1978 Hoffman La Roche Pharmaceuticals, Nutley, NJ
1972 John Pinderhughes , The Metropolitan Applied Research Center, New York

Selected Group Exhibitions
2023 House of Love, Amistad Center for Art and Culture, Hartford, CT
Rest is Power, Center for Black Visual Culture at the Institute of Africa American Affairs aka
  IAAA, New York University, NY
2022 A Picture Gallery of the Soul, curator Herman J. Milligan, Jr. and Howard Oransky, Director of
  the Katherine E. Nash Gallery, University of Minnesota Minneapolis
2017 Celebrating 30 Years, Gallery Artists: Drawings and Photographs, June Kelly Gallery, New York
2014 Kamoinge & En Foco: Advancing the Frame, The Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York
Optional Allusions: Art in Flux Harlem, Aloft Hotel, New York
2013 Permanent Collection: The General Motor’s Center For African American Art, Detroit Institute
  of Arts, MI
2012 Celebrating 25 Years, June Kelly Gallery, New York
Kamoinge: Revealing The Face Of Katrina, Gordon Parks Gallery, The College of New
  Rochelle, Bronx, NY
2008 Moving Walls 14, Open Society Institute, New York
2007 Death Bizarre, Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY
Kamoinge: Revealing The Face of Katrina, Calumet HP Gallery, New York
2006 Soul Food, The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art,
  Hartford, CT
Engulfed By Katrina: Photographs Before & After The Storm, Nathan Cummings Foundation &
  New York University Tisch School of Arts, New York
2005 Saturday Night / Sunday Morning; African American Museum in Philadelphia, PA
2004 A Universe of Art, organized by Corporate Art Directions, Credit Suisse First Boston,
  New York
2001 Committed To The Image: Contemporary Black Photographers, organized by the Brooklyn
  Museum of Art, New York; catalogue
2000 Reflections In Black: A History of African American Photographers 1840 to Present, Arts &
  Industries Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
1999 Jazz Plus/Kamoinge, The UFA Gallery, New York
1992 Paintings & Photographs, Alitash Kebede Fine Arts, Los Angeles, CA
1991 The Pleasures and Terrors of Domestic Comfort, The Museum of Modern Art, New York
New York Time, The De Meervaart Cultural Center, Amsterdam, Holland
1990 Home: Contemporary Urban Images by Black Photographers, The Studio Museum in Harlem,
  New York
Images of Africa, Cinque Gallery, New York
1989 Photographs and Diaries, The Photo Center Gallery, Tisch School of the Arts, New York
  University, New York
National Black Arts Festival, Atlanta, GA
1987 Curator’s Choice: The Photographer’s Mind, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY
1986 Two Schools: New York and Chicago: Contemporary African-American Photography of the 60s
  and 70s
, Kenkeleba Gallery, New York
America: Another Perspective, Photo Center Gallery, Tisch School of the Arts, New York
  University, New York
Contemporary Afro American Photography, The Weatherspoon Gallery, University of North
  Carolina at Greensboro, NC
1985 Contemporary America: Perspectives, The Black Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Contemporary Afro American Photography, The Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University,
  Hamilton, NY
1983 Contemporary Afro-American Photography, The Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin
  College, OH
The Robert Freidus Gallery, New York
1982 Photography: Image & Imagination, The Jazzonia Gallery, Detroit, MI
Recent Acquisitions, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, N ew Y ork
1981 Six Photographers, The Western Electric Company, New York
1980 Self-Portrait, The Springfield Museum of Fine Art, MA
Selections From the Permanent Collection, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
1979 The Black Photographer, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA
Diaspora 2, Festival de Diaspora Africaine du Nouveau Monde, Port au Prince, Haiti
Encounters, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
1978 The Black Photographer, The Pittsburgh Arts Institute, PA
1977 The Black Photographer, The Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC
1976 Light Textures Three, Just Above Midtown Gallery, New York
1972 The Flag Show, Judson Memorial Church, New York

Public Collections
James E. Lewis Museum of Art, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD.
The Baltimore Museum of Art, MD
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York
The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC
The DeMenil Foundation, Houston, TX
The Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Howard University, Washington, DC
The John L. Warfield Center, The University of Texas, Austin
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York
AXA Gallery, Equitable Collection, New York

Selected Publications
2012 “John Pinderhughes,” Nueva Luz (Photographic Journal), Volume15, No. 3, Bronx, NY
2005 Pinderhughes, John, Burnt Offerings / Photography, Black Renaissance Noire, Institute Of
  African American Affairs, New York University, New York
2003 Cole, Harriette and John Pinderhughes, “Coming Together: Celebrations For African
  American Families; Jump At The Sun, Hyperion, New York
2001 Willis, Deborah, “Committed To The Image: Contemporary Black Photographers,”
  The Brooklyn Museum/Merrell Publishers, Brooklyn, NY
“A Tribute To Kamoinge, Inc.” Nueva Luz (Photographic Journal), Bronx, NY
Logan, Fern, “The Artists Portrait Series: Images Of Contemporary African American
  Artists,” Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale, IL
2000 Willis, Deborah, “Reflections In Black: A History of Black Photographer’s 1840-1999,” W.
  W. Norton & Company
, New York
1999 Pinderhughes, John, “Hurt No Living Thing,” McClanahan Book Company, New York

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