Exhibit of Ocala Photographer John Elliott opens October 15, 2023 at Chelsea Art Center.
Selections from two international series by master photographer and former diplomat OCALA, FL — Chelsea Art Center (CAC), Ocala’s latest addition to its burgeoning art and culture scene, is hosting an exhibition of selected photographs of master photographer and author John Elliott, from October 15 to December 15, 2023.
John Elliott is a master photographer with more than five decades invested in the medium. He began his professional career at age 14 as a newspaper photojournalist in Coral Gables, Florida in the early ’70s.
Since then, he has handled a wide variety of international assignments and projects, as a U.S. Army photographer and magazine photojournalist before embarking on a career in public diplomacy as a Foreign Service officer and bureau spokesperson with the U.S. State Department.
With a Fine Arts degree in Photography from Ohio University, and subsequent foreign language studies at Harvard University, he became a photography instructor at the Art Institute of Atlanta in the ’80s, a corporate communications media manager in the ’90s, and a senior principal in an Atlanta, Georgia advertising agency. His photographs have been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in Latin America, the Middle East, and throughout the USA since 1973.
About the Exhibit
Officially opening on October 15, the exhibit of Ocala photographer John Elliott will feature 40 photographs selected out of more than 100 from two of Elliott’s ongoing fine arts series, “The Human Pulse,” and “Walls/Spaces.” With highly detailed film- and digitally-sourced images from 32 countries, a key message of the series is a universality of human experiences throughout unique world cultures.
“I seek dynamic or interrelated movements of people within the depth of physical space,” says Elliott of “The Human Pulse” series. “There is the movement of freedom and exuberance, which adds spontaneity or joy to the captured moment; conversely in other images, there may be a sense of sober reflection by the subject,” he noted.
Elliott began working on his Walls/Spaces series while living in Venezuela in 1980. He notes that the scenes “provide a firm cultural and geographical referent, and also offer powerful, timeless, and transcendent metaphors.”
Downloadable* and captioned images from “The Human Pulse”:
Downloadable* and captioned images from “Walls/Spaces”: