American, born in 1971
Lives and works in San Francisco, CA

San Francisco-based artist John Chiara pushes the boundaries of the photographic medium through his choice of process and the mastery of its possibilities. His approach is distinguished by its incredible physicality and recalls the early days of the medium when artists dealt with heavy, awkward equipment and endured long exposure and development times. Chiara's giant cameras, which he designed and built himself, are transported to locations on a flatbed trailer to produce one-of-a-kind large-scale prints.  The design of the cameras, which is much like daguerreotype box cameras, allows the artist to simultaneously shoot and perform his darkroom work while images are recorded directly onto oversized photosensitive paper (not film). This process, which Chiara first discovered as a student in 1999, invites anomalies in his final prints and adds to the mystery and lyricism of his pictures.

John Chiara received his B.F.A. in Photography from the University of Utah in 1995, and his M.F.A. in Photography from the California College of the Arts in 2004. Chiara was an Artist in Residence at Crown Point Press, San Francisco (2006), Gallery Four, Baltimore (2010) and the Marin Headlands Center for the Arts (2010). In 2011 Chiara's Bridge Project was commissioned by the Pilara Foundation in San Francisco and was included in the Pier 24 Photography group exhibition, HERE. In 2012 Chiara was one of 13 international artists' whose work was included in the exhibition Crown Point Press at Fifty at the de Young, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. He also curated the duel-exhibition In Conversation - June Schwarcz and John Chiara, at the Richmond Art Center. The Pilara Foundation again commissioned Chiara in 2013, for the group exhibition A Sense of Place at Pier 24 Photography. Concurrently, Chiara's work is included in TWISTED SISTERS: Reimaging Urban Portraiture, Museum Bärengasse, Zurich, Switzerland and Staking Claim: A California Invitational, a triennial exhibition at the San Diego Museum of Photographic Art. In 2015, John Chiara's works were exhibited at the J. Paul Getty Museum for the group show 'Light, Paper, Process, Reinventing Photography'.


EDUCATION

2004
MFA, Photography, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA

1995
BFA, Photography, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA


SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
West Side at Tioronda, Yossi Milo, New York, USA
In Camera: American Landscapes
, NextLevel Galerie, Paris, France

2015
Mississippi, RoseGallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Jackson Fine Art Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA

2014
Coahoma County, 141 Delta, Clarksdale, MS, USA
de • tached, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

2013
John Chiara: Los Angeles, RoseGallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA

2012
Crestmont at Coral, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
In Conversation, June Schwartz and John Chiara, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA, USA (2-person exhibit)

2011
Fort at Lime Point, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY, USA
2010
Point Bonita, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

2008
Land's End, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Land's End: Starr King, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

2007
Club Sportiva, Sponsored by Gen Art and Johnny Walker, San Francisco, CA, USA

2003
BUILD Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA


SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2016
Boundless: A California Invitational, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, USA
A Matter of Memory, George Eastman Museum, Rochester, USA
Transphotographiques "These Americans", Tri Postal, Lille, France
Choices Paris, with NextLevel Galerie, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, France
Look Inside: New Photography Acquisitions, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, USA

2015
Paris Photo, NextLevel Galerie, Paris, France
Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography, J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Aperture: Photographs, 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2014
The Photographer's Playspace, Aperture Gallery, Aperture Foundation, New York, NY, USA
Initial Public Offering, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, USA
Passing Through, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, USA
A Sense of Place, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA, USA
Initial Public Offering, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA, USA
California Dreaming, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY, USA

2013
Staking Claim: A California Invitational, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA, USA
TWISTED SISTERS: Reimaging Urban Portraiture, Museum Bärengasse, Zurich, Switzerland
Caspar : FORT BRAGG, LCCM, Fort Bragg, CA, USA
The Road, Luis De Jesus Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, USA
UNIQUE, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Cardinal (SW), Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA, USA

2012
Suspended Disbelief, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Imagining Memory, Pence Gallery, Davis, CA, USA
In Conversation, June Schwartz and John Chiara, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA, USA

2011
HERE, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA, USA
Science of Sight: Alternative Photography, Haines Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
San Francisco Views, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA, USA
Bending the Light, Oakland International Airport, Oakland, CA, USA
Donde El Tempo Se Encuentra, Ana Valasco Gallery. A Coru a. Galicia, Spain
California Continued: New Approaches to West Coast Photography, Smith Anderson North, Marin, CA, USA

2010
There is a Way in Which, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA
Edges of Light, Arts Benicia, Benicia, CA, USA
Summer Group Show, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY, USA
You and Me Living Today / Vol. 2 / The Land, Gallery Four, Baltimore, MD, USA
Alchemy, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA, USA
Front and Center, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin, CA, USA

2009
John Chiara : Sean McFarland, Swimming Pool Gallery, Chicago, IL, USA
An Autobiography of the San Francisco Bay Area, Part One. SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA, USA
Live & Direct, Ping Pong Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Printing a Photograph as an Etching, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA, USA

2008
Summer Group Show, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Innovation in Tradition, San Francisco War Memorial Opera House, San Francisco, CA, USA
Winter Group Show, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA, USA

2007
Urban Landscapes, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA, USA
Visual Alchemy, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, CA, USA

2006
Awesome: The Contemporary Sublime, Playspace Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA
Landscapes: John Chiara and Tom Marioni, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA, USA

2005
The Photograph in Question, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY, USA
Lands End - New Work by John Chiara and Liz Walsh, Adobe Books, San Francisco, CA, USA

2004
Masters of Fine Arts Exhibition, California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA, USA

2003
All College Honors Exhibition, North/South Gallery, Oakland, CA, USA

2002
Pin Up Show, Playspace Gallery, San Francisco, CA, USA

2000
Z Program - Infinite, Pamela Z Performance / Collaboration, Theater Artaud, San Francisco, CA, USA

1995
Fifth Utah Photographic Biennial, Nora Eccles Museum of Fine Art, Logan, UT


SELECTED PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS

Pilara Foundation, San Francisco, USA
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, USA
National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, USA
San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, USA
Museum of Photographic Art, San Diego, USA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, USA
Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University, Milwaukee, USA
Yale Gallery of Art, Cambridge, USA
Flat Files Collection, Pierogi 2000, Williamsburg, USA
Crown Point Press Archive, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, USA
Crown Point Press Archive, National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA
Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin, USA
Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, USA
Collection Freese Family, USA
Collection Kerstin Morehead, USA
Collection Elton John, Atlanta, USA


BROADCAST SEGMENTS

2012
In Conversation - June Schwarcz and John Chiara, presented by the Richmond Art Center, WCVE, Channel 23

2011
Bridge Project, Video Documentary, Pilara Foundation, November

2007
Experimenting, Spark, Television Documentary, KQED, Channel 9, May
Inside Crown Point Press, Spark, Television Documentary, KQED, Channel 9, February


HONORS & AWARDS

2016
Artist in Residence, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA

2010
Artist in Residence, Headlands Center for the Arts, Marin, CA
Artist in Residence, Gallery Four, Baltimore, MD

2006
Artist in Residence, Crown Point Press, San Francisco, CA
Spark Education Honorarium, KQED, San Francisco, CA

2004
California College of the Arts, Dennis Leon and Christine Nelson Scholarship, San Francisco, CA
California College of the Arts, All College Honors, Masters of Fine Arts Honorable Mention, San Francisco, CA

COMMISIONS

2013
Pilara Foundation, San Francisco, CA

2011
Pilara Foundation, San Francisco, CA

2009
SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA


CURATION

2012
In Conversation, June Schwartz and John Chiara, Richmond Art Center, Richmond, CA (2-person exhibit)


PUBLICATIONS

2015
Coahoma County, Mississippi, Limited edition catalogue, RoseGallery, Los Angeles, CA
Light, Paper, Process: Reinventing Photography, Getty Publications, Los Angeles, CA

2014
A Sense of Place, (cover and 4 page spread) Pier 24 Photography, Pier 24, San Francisco. CA

2013
Staking Claim: A California Invitational, Museum of Photographic Arts Publication
A Sense of Place, Pier 24 Publication (cover and 4 page spred) Pier 24
San Francisco: Arts for the City'Civic Art and Urban Change, 1932-2012, Heyday Books, San Francisco, CA

2012
Paris Photo vu par David Lynch, Published by Steidl, Germany

2011
Fort at Lime Point, Von Lintel Gallery, New York, NY
HERE, Pier 24 Photography, San Francisco, CA
Interview with Artist Portfolio, PHOTO WORLD, Xinhua News Agency, Beijing, China

2010
An Autobiography of the San Francisco Bay Area, Part One. San Francisco Plays Itself, SF Camerawork, San Francisco, CA

2007
Artist Portfolio, Blind Spot, 36th Edition, Beshty, Breuer, Chiara, Deschenes, Fischer, Fontcuberta, Kloehn, Signer
Works on Paper Originally in B&W, ZYZZYVA, Issue 79, the last word: west coast writers & artists, Spring, pp. 133-135

2004
Artist Portfolio, Eleven Eleven, Annual Journal of Literature and Art. May


SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY

2016
Haeusslein, Allie. “John Chiara’s Sidewalk Studio: A Conversation with Allie Haeusslein“, Aperture, June, USA
Aletti, Vince. Art Review, The New Yorker
Asokan, Ratik. “John Chiara: West Side at Tioronda“, Photograph Magazine
Knoblauch, Loring. “John Chiara: West Side at Tioronda“, Collector Daily
Kurcfeld, Michael. “Photographer Spotlight: John Chiara“, LA Review of Books
Huchet, Patrice. “Paris: John Chiara, In Camera. American Landscapes“, L’Oeil de la Photographie, May, France
Leland, John. “Big Town, Big Camera“, The New York Times, April, USA
Seymour, Tom. “In Camera: John Chiara’s American Landscapes“, British Journal of Photography, April, United Kingdom
Camera Obscura Ilfochrome Photography, unique, Portfolio Review and Interview (8 page spread), Monthly Photography Magazine, Seoul South Korea, June Issue

2015
Martinez, Freddy. Interview: “Photography in the Internet Age, Looking Back to See Ahead“, PhotoWhoa
Black, Jean. “Perception through process and the persuasion of pathos“, Artillery
King, Heather. “The otherworldly photography of John Chiara“, Angelus
Goldman, Edward. “Art that A) Amuses, B) Challenges, C) Leaves Us in Disbelief“, KCRW

2014
“Camera Obscura Ilfochrome Photography, unique“, Portfolio Review and Interview (8 page spread)
Monthly Photography Magazine, Seoul, South Korea, june
Hodgson, Simon. “The Development of John Chiara“, California College of the Arts, San Francisco
Wood, Sura. “Pier 24 Revisted“, The Bay Area Reporter
Sachs, Danica Willard. “John Chiara: de • tached“, Art Practical
Curiel, Jonathan. “Dreamscapes: A Photographer Processes the City’s Essence“, SF Weekly
Wood, Sura. “Looking back at the art world, 2013“, The Bay Area Reporter
“The Development of John Chiara by Simon Hodgson“, California College of the Arts

2013
Looking back at the art world, The Bay Area Reporter
Pier 24 Revisted, a review, The Bay Area Reporter
Portfolio Review and Interview, (4 page spread), PEN MAGAZINE November, Tokyo, Japan
Collectors: The Filmmakers Contributions by Jan de Bont, Aperture Magazine, November
Goodman, Lauren. “Inside the Artists’ Studio: John Chiara, The Craftsman“, 7X7 Magazine, November
“Uncanny Images, John Chiara in Santa Monica“, current issue of afterimage: THE JOURNAL OF MEDIA
ARTS AND CULTURAL CRITICISM
“Longer Ways To Go“, Portfolio Review (3 page spread) Harper’s, June
Westerbeck, Colin. “Top Finds at Paris Photo Los Angeles“, Art in America, May

2012
Baker, Kenneth. A Look Back at the Year in Bay Area Art, San Francisco Chronicle, December 30.
Scholz, Zachary Royer, Crestmont at Coral, Art Practical, May 3.
“Haines Gallery announces its first solo exhibition with newly represented artist, John Chiara,“ artdaily, April 15.
Walker, David. DIY Camera: John Chiara’s Giant Camera Obscura, Photo District News, February 6.
Alleti, Vince. John Chiara, The New Yorker, January 2.

2011
Jones, Brent Foster. Aliens v. Venetians, Art Practical, December.
Winant, Carmen. John Chiara at Von Lintel Gallery, Daily Serving, November.
Roalf, Peggy. John Chiara at Von Lintel Gallery, Design Arts Daily, November.
Baker, R.C. Artists Reveal the Tunes They Work To, Village Voice, July 20th .
Whiting, Sam. John Chiara’s Camera Obscura Captures Big Picture, San Francisco Chronicle, June 16th.

2010
Bamberger, Alan. Eleanor Harwood: John Chiara, ArtBusiness.com, November.
Johnson, Martin L. Chewing the Scenery, Baltimore City Paper, August 25th.
Dawson, Jessica. Portrait of an Artist as an Old Landscape, The Washington Post, August 13th.
Scholz, Zachary Royer. Alchemy, Art Practical, March.
Vobis, Annelies. Alchemy, Goup Exhibition, Art Business, March.
Scholz, Zachary Royer. Front + Center: Weather Streams, Art Practical, January.

2009
Pearson, Laura. John Chiara : Sean McFarland, TimeOut Magazine, November.
Houston, Johnny Ray. The Photo Issue: John Chiara, San Francisco Bay Guardian, August 5th.
Ishola, Olubunmi. John Chiara, SCI Q Magazine, January, p.24.

2008
Helfland, Glen. John Chiara, Art Forum Magazine, November, p.359-360.
Bennett, Kim. John Chiara at Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Art Week Magazine, November p.15-16.
Ryan, Christine. Watch This Space, 7X7 Magazine, November p.121.
Bamberger, Alan. Eleanor Harwood: John Chiara, ArtBusiness.com, September.
Aletti, Vince. Goings On About Town, John Chiara, The New Yorker, February 25th, p.16.
Wolff, Rachel. John Chiara is His Own Camera, New York Magazine, February 26th.
Baker, R.C. Best in Show: Big Shots, The Village Voice, February12th.
Hicks, Erin. Camera Obscura, BlackBook Magazine, February 21st.
Daily Candy, New York. See John Chiara, February 21st.
Roaff, Peggy. John Chiara - Lands End, Design Arts Daily Telegraph, January 23rd.
Bennett, Kim. Imperfect Beauty, A Conversation with John Chiara, ARTICLE, art and the imaginative promise, p. 2-6.

2007
Spicer, Jakki K. On the Wall, East Bay Express, March 21.
Harmanci, Reyhan. Special pairings, ‘Visual Alchemy’ San Francisco Chronicle, February.

2006
Twomey, Chris. The Photograph In Question at Von Lintel Gallery, M: The New York Art World, September Edition


LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS

2016
Lecture, Penumbra Foundation, New York, NY

2015
Lecture, George Eastman House, Rochester, NY

2014
Workshop and Artist Talk, ITALIC Program, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Landscape Alchemy Workshop, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA
Creative Minds Lecture, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA

2013
PhotoAlliance Lecture, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Lecture, California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
Artist Talk / Studio Visit, VIP Collectors Circle, Paris Photo - LA, San Francisco CA
Artist Talk, Photographic Arts Council of Los Angeles, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA

2012
Artist Talk, Getty Donors Circle, Haines Gallery, San Francisco CA
Lecture, Mills College, Oakland, CA