I was born and raised in Seattle. Since college, I’ve mostly lived in Boston where I teach. [This book] was kind of a homecoming and an opportunity to make work about where I’d grown up. Read more about Johnson’s interview with Nicole Pasulka Here.
Last fall the Henry exhibited a series of photographs by Seattle native, and former University of Washington BFA Graduate, Eirik Johnson. The exhibition, titled Sawdust Mountain, was a ruddy and rural exploration of “19th-century myths about a powerful and romantic West full of promise and bountiful assets, myths that are now replaced by 21st-century ecological concerns arising from the toll taken by natural-resource-based industries.” The exhibition has since traveled to New York where it was on view at the Aperture Foundation Gallery. Johnson is currently working as an assistant professor of photography at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston.