February 2009

Greetings Friends,

After a long, dry spell in California significant rain has finally arrived here, and it's good to hear the creek in the canyon below our home and studio flowing again. The hills are green and we've even had some snow on the higher ridges above Carmel Valley.

My 2009-2010 workshop brochure was recently mailed. Those of you who are on my postal mailing list should be receiving your brochure shortly. If you simply can't wait until the Post Office delivers them, you can find the schedule for the upcoming workshops at You can download a PDF version of the brochure there.

Included in this installment of my email newsletter are announcements of lectures I will be presenting this spring, and we are pleased to have autographed copies of a beautiful new book by Richard Garrod, Visual Metaphors, available at the Ventana Editions online store. We also have signed copies of Dick's previous book Visual Prayers back in stock. The very popular DVD, The Roots of California Photography: The Monterey Legacy, is also in stock again at the Ventana Editions online store. If you enjoy the rich photographic heritage of the Monterey Peninsula, you will find this DVD of interest.

Finally I have some sad news to pass on to the many subscribers of this e-mail newsletter who have read and learned from the Ansel Adams Photography Series. Robert H. Baker, who was Ansel's technical editor on this extremely popular series of books, passed away last week due to health problems. I had the great privilege of working with Robert and Ansel on that series. Robert's knowledge of photography, combined with his skill as a writer, was unique. He attempted to keep Ansel's distinctive voice in these technical books, but also give Ansel's writing greater clarity and ease of comprehension. Ansel had the highest regard for Robert, as did I. I will miss Robert dearly.

Anne and I send you best wishes for the coming year, and hope it will be one filled with greater prosperity for all of you, our country, and indeed the world.




From time to time, I make special print offerings available at reduced prices. My new Special Collector's Edition offering of Corn Lily and Grasses shown below is now available for order online. This print is available for a limited time at the very special price of $500. To learn more about this print, or to order, follow this link:

Boulders and Cliff, Sunrise

Corn Lily and Grasses
Near Snowmass Village, Colorado
©1996 John Sexton. All rights reserved.

I made the image Corn Lily and Grasses early one chilly September morning following the conclusion of one of my many Anderson Ranch Art Center two-week long workshops in Snowmass, Colorado. Though we were exhausted from the intense and exciting workshop experience, Anne and I were up before first light, hiking into a favorite location of ours that we try to visit every time we are in that area.

I have enjoyed photographing corn lilies since I first became involved in photography. Usually I photograph them in the early summer, when their luminous leaves are a subtle green. This particular corn lily plant had finished its growing stage, and fallen over a few weeks before. I found a quiet grace in the gesture of the plant nestled in the grasses. I used a red filter to separate the yellow-orange color of the dried corn lily leaves from the green of the surrounding grasses. I enjoy the elegant simplicity of this image. I hope the reproduction can convey the luminosity of the print and the original scene. This photograph is also reproduced as Plate 48 in my book Recollections: Three Decades of Photographs.

The print is approximately 8x10", personally printed by me (as are all my prints), processed to current archival standards, signed, mounted, and matted to 14x17" on 100 percent rag museum board. My prints in this size normally retail in galleries for $900, so the savings of $400 is significant - nearly 45%. Prints will be shipped by March 18, 2009.

The special discounted price is $500, a $400 savings from the normal retail price of $900. All prints are carefully prepared and packaged in specially designed protective shipping boxes, and shipped fully insured via UPS ground. If you have any questions about the print, please feel free to contact my assistant Laura Bayless at 831-659-3130, or email: Her office hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm, Pacific Time.




My new 2009 workshop brochure is now printed and in the mail. If you can't wait for the U.S. Postal Service, you can visit my web site and read the schedule there, as well as download an Adobe Acrobat PDF version of the complete brochure and application form, along with workshop procedures and policies.

See a schedule of all of John's workshops

Download the complete illustrated workshop brochure




I am very pleased to announce that I will be having a retrospective exhibition of my photographs at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. This will be the "premier" installation of my traveling exhibition John Sexton: Thirty-Five Years of Photographs. The exhibition will run from April 6 through 29 in the beautiful Fairbanks Gallery at OSU. We are currently putting the finishing touches on this exhibition. I'm doing last minute work in the darkroom, and Anne and I are busy matting, framing, and crating the exhibition. There will be images from as early as 1973, along with some recently printed images from new negatives.

I will be presenting a lecture on Monday evening, April 6, at the LaSells Stewart Center at OSU, as part of the Visiting Artists and Scholars Lecture Program. The lecture will be at 7:00 pm. There will be an opening reception at 6:00 pm, prior to the lecture, and a book signing will follow the conclusion of the lecture. The reception and lecture are open to the public and the admission is free. Seating for the lecture is on a first come basis. Fairbanks Gallery and the Visiting Artists & Scholars Lecture Program are sponsored by the OSU Department of Art.

I look forward to seeing a number of friends and past workshop participants from the area on Monday, April 6.  During my time on campus I will be visiting with OSU photography students.

The Gallery will be open late until 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 6 to view the exhibition prior to John's reception and lecture.

John will be in the Fairbanks Gallery from 4:30-5:45 pm to visit with people, and answer any questions anyone might have about the photographs in the exhibition.

Monday, April 6, 2009
Exhibition, reception, lecture, and book signing

Reception, 6 - 7:00 p.m.
A reception will be held at the LaSells Stewart Center (this is the location for the lecture that follows). The LaSells Stewart Center is a 5-10 minute walk, or a short drive, from the Fairbanks Gallery on the OSU campus. The reception will give people a chance to visit with me, and others, prior to my lecture.

Lecture and book signing, 7:00 p.m.
LaSells Stewart Center, OSU

John will be presenting a lecture on his photographic work for the past thirty-five years. Following the lecture there will be a book signing, and he will also be happy to visit with lecture attendees. The reception and lecture is free and open to the public. The lecture is limited to available seating, on a first come basis.

Exhibition, April 6-29, 2009
Fairbanks Gallery

John's new traveling exhibition John Sexton: Thirty-Five Years of Photographs will have its "premier" at the beautiful Fairbanks Gallery at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, April 6th through 29th.

This exhibition spans John's long career in photography and includes early images, as well as recent photographs.

Gallery hours to view the exhibition are: 8:00 am - 5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday

For more information on the exhibition and lecture contact Doug Russell: or 541-737-5009

Fairbanks Gallery Schedule

Fairbanks Gallery Schedule/John Sexton

For more information on the Fairbanks Gallery, and directions, please follow this link.
Fairbanks Gallery

For more information on the LaSells Stewart Center, and directions, please follow this link.
LaSells Stewart Center

Parking is free on campus after 5:00 pm in faculty, staff, visitor, and student parking areas.

Fairbanks Gallery and the Visiting Artists & Lecture Program are sponsored by the OSU Department of Art

For those of you involved with organizations that might be interested in hosting John's traveling exhibition John Sexton: Thirty-Five Years of Photographs, please contact Laura Bayless via email at or by phone at 831-659-3130 to discuss details, budgets, and availability.




On Saturday evening April 4 I will be presenting a lecture and book signing sponsored and organized by the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center in Sacramento. The event will be held at The Recital Hall at Cosumnes River College starting at 7:00 pm. General admission tickets for the lecture are $10.00 in advance, and $15.00 at the door. For students tickets are $5.00 in advance, and $7.00 at the door.

Saturday, April 4, 7:00 PM
The Recital Hall at Cosumnes River College
8401 Center Parkway
Sacramento, California 95823

Click here for details about the lecture

The last time I presented a lecture in Sacramento was in 1994. There was a terrific turnout, and the audience was very enthusiastic.  I'm pleased to be able to offer this lecture to benefit the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center. You might recall that I wrote about the Gladding McBean Workshops, which are sponsored by the Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, in my last email newsletter. Viewpoint moved into a beautiful new gallery recently, and is a great asset to the photographic community in the Sacramento area.Viewpoint will be having their annual fund-raising print auction on May 2nd. Both Anne and I have donated prints to this worthwhile event.  Auction prints will be on exhibit at the Viewpoint Galley from April 10 to May 2. The auction images can also be viewed, and bids submitted online, at

If you have questions or would like to purchase advance tickets for the lecture call the Viewpoint Gallery at 916-441-2341 or email:




I am thrilled to offer Richard Garrod's brand new, beautiful book Visual Metaphors for sale at the Ventana Editions online store. This 11x11" hardcover book has a retail price of $49.95. Through a special arrangement with Dick Garrod we are offering the book at the very special discounted price of $30.00 for orders placed through February 28th. After that time the price at the Ventana Editions store will be $40.00 - still a significant savings from the suggested retail price.

I've known Dick for thirty-five years. He is a kind and generous person and a very talented photographer. This new book includes sixty-seven luminous and lyrical black and white photographs. The images reveal Dick's incisive vision and his ability to distill magical details from even the most prosaic subjects. Also included in the book are four essays, one by Dick, as well as essays by Donald R. Anderson, Larry Gustafson, and Ira Latour. The book is beautifully printed in the Fultone Staccato process by Dual Graphics under the supervision of David Gray Gardner and Kevin Broady. This book will make a great addition to your photographic library.

Order an autographed copy of Visual Metaphors at the discounted price of $30.00

We are also thrilled to again have a supply of Dick's previous book Visual Prayers. This book has been extremely popular over the years, and we are fortunate to have a few signed copies available for sale. Visual Prayers, a softbound book published in 2001, has fifty-two beautiful black and white laser Fultone reproductions printed by Gardner Lithograph. The price for Visual Prayers is $19.95.

Order a signed copy of Richard Garrod's earlier book Visual Prayers

For additional information or to order, please feel free to contact Ventana Editions at 831-659-3130 or email

Monday through Thursday 9:30-5:00 Pacific Time.

For those who live on the Monterey Peninsula, or may be visiting the area, the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel is hosting a reception and book signing for Dick Garrod and Loran List on Saturday, February 28, from 1:00 to 5:00 pm. The first $500 in book sale proceeds will benefit the upcoming ImageMakers of Monterey exhibition at the Pacific Grove Art Center. Both Dick and Loran will be personalizing copies of their new books, and both books will be available at special discounted prices. Dick's book Visual Metaphors will be $30.00, and Loran A. List: A Fifty-Five Year Retrospective will be available for $40.00. If you purchase both books together, they will be $65.00... a great savings! For further information you can contact the Center for Photographic Art. Their contact information is included below in the section about the upcoming Ansel Adams exhibition at the Center.




The Center for Photographic Art in Carmel will be hosting a unique exhibition of Ansel Adams photographs.  The exhibition, People, of and by Ansel Adams, includes rare, seldom-seen portraits from Michael and Jeanne Adams' personal collection. An interesting aspect of the exhibition is that it also includes portraits of Ansel made by friends, students, and colleagues. The exhibition is curated by Jeanne and Sarah Adams.

The exhibition will run from March 24 to August 30. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 28 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.

The Center for Photographic Art's gallery and offices occupy the same location in Carmel as the legendary organization, The Friends of Photography, at the Sunset Cultural Center at the corner of San Carlos and 9th Street.  The gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 1:00 to 5:00 pm. The Center is a non-profit organization supported by membership, grants, and gifts.

If you would like further information about the exhibition, please contact the Center by phone at 831-625-5181 or email at You'll find additional information at their web site at




Ventana Editions is very pleased to be able to again offer the documentary film The Roots of California Photography: The Monterey Legacy on DVD. This film is a wonderful overview of photography on the spectacular Monterey Peninsula. It was produced by the Monterey Museum of Art and The University of California, Santa Cruz Extension, Art & Design Department, and was directed by Steve Rosen and Terri DeBono.

The fifty-six minute film chronicles the important photographic heritage of this region and pays tribute to some of the most important men and women in American photography, masters whose creative and technical visions changed the way the world views photographic art. Photographers included are Ansel Adams, Edward, Brett and Cole Weston, Wynn and Edna Bullock, Morley Baer, Henry Gilpin, Richard Garrod, Al Weber, Sonya Noskowiak, Margrethe Mather, and John Sexton, among others.

Narrated by the late Jack Lemmon, the film is dedicated to his memory.

The special discount price of the DVD is $19.95.

Order The Roots of California Photography DVD

For additional information or to order, please feel free to contact Ventana Editions at 831-659-3130 or e-mail Monday through Thursday 9:30-5:00 Pacific Time.



“How much happier humanity would be
if all mankind followed the artist's example,
or better yet, became artists themselves.
For the word artist, in its widest acceptance,
means to me the one who takes pleasure in what he does.”

– Auguste Rodin

“Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.”
– Werner von Braun

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