Eirik Johnson

 

 

The nine images are of seasonal hunting shacks of the Iñupiat inhabitants outside of Barrow, Alaska.  The shacks which sit right on the shore of the Arctic Ocean are used for hunting migrating birds in the summer and seals in the winter.  I was drawn to their improvised and haphazard architectural personality.

 

"Shack 01" (2010)

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"Shack 02" (2010)

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"Shack 03" (2010)

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"Shack 07" (2010)

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"Shack 10D" (2010)

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Photographer Eirik Johnson is an Associate Professor of photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  His work has been exhibited at spaces including the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Henry Art Gallery, and the Aperture Foundation in New York.  He has received numerous awards including a Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant in 2009, the Santa Fe Prize in 2005, and a William J. Fulbright Grant to Peru in 2000.  His work is in the permanent collections of institutions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Seattle Art Museum, and the George Eastman House, Rochester, NY.  His second monograph Sawdust Mountain was published by Aperture in 2009.  His first book Borderlands was published by Twin Palms Press in 2005. Eirik Johnson is represented by Rena Bransten Gallery in San Francisco, CA.

 

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