2014: the year so far

"1914-2014," from the series Tropicalísimo, 2014

In a career in which every year seems stranger than the last, 2014 has been particularly bizarre. A string of personal issues along with out-of-nowhere curses from the angry gods have conspired to create a dearth of exhibitions and cancellations, which feels odd given that I'm known to show 10 or 12 times a year. 

On the other hand, my work is getting more attention in the press than ever before, which seems to back up the thought that I'm the best known, unknown living photographer. I don't claim to understand these cycles but here are a few 2014 articles, one in English, two in Spanish, that cast at least a little light upon what I do: 

Trama Mag, Mexico City, John Sevigny, Cazador de Belleza
Fuse Visual, USA, Profile: John Sevigny

I'm always thankful for press and willing to talk to anyone, pretty much anywhere. Just get in touch. 

As for the future, regarding publicity, at least two more interviews in two other countries are set to be published within the next few weeks. I will also be taking part in ESFOTO this month, El Salvador's big, national photography event. More details on that to come as soon as they are available. 

Finally, I expect to confirming several 2015 exhibitions in Wisconsin within a few weeks; and I am very much looking forward to the exhibition, "Flowers for your Altar," set for March in Pomona California at Space Gallery. We are also pushing very hard to exhibit Tropicalisimo anywhere and everywhere, and a few things should be bubbling to the surface on that front very soon. 

Best to all of you, and see you out there. 



Cemetery, Mexico City


A picture of the Sierra de la Silla in Monterrey, Mexico hanging in a bar in Zacatecas. 

Eighteen Seconds - Torture in the Tropics

Over the past few weeks, a number of international mega-news agencies have asked me for my opinions on violence in Central America. Some have also asked me to take them into the worst neighborhoods in El Salvador - for free. Go figure.

Here's a personal take on something that happened several years ago, but which I haven't forgotten, not by a long shot. It's not journalistic but it is true. And it's free, which is what people want, it seems.

Photo by me, as well.



Let us pretend, by Steve Pottinger

Take a few minutes to check out UK poet Steve Pottinger's latest video poem on the cruel absurdity of Gaza. 

For more about Steve and what he does, or to buy his books, check out his official site. It's a valuable investment in "feeding your dome." 


New interview with John Sevigny

Fuse Visual was kind enough to publish this. Please enjoy and spread it around. 


Tropicalísimo: first glance

I'm very happy to announce the completion of my new project, Tropicalísimo, one of the most eclectic and beautiful groups of photos I've ever put together. People who know photography are already getting excited about the project, such as this collector, who was kind enough to post the photograph below, along with the exhibition statement, on her Web site. 

The subject of these 35-40 photographs (which will depend on gallery space) is the tropics, as a place and as a state of mind. The pictures were taken between 2012 and 2014 in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador.

I hope to squeeze in a few exhibitions (along with workshops and lectures) in 2014, but given the lead time needed to program art shows, I expect this work will be seen mostly next year.

Some of these photographs have been around for a while, so don't be surprised if a few look familiar. Most of them, however, have never been seen before.

Please get in touch with me if you'd like to program a showing of this work at your university, museum, independent art space, coffee shop, or bar. Formal proposals are already being sent all over the world and I expect to be able to confirm an exhibition or two of Tropicalísimo pretty soon.

Reach me at jmmsevigny@gmail.com.

- john sevigny