Michael Thompson by Joseph Hartman
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Chromogenic print mounted to archival board
Signed, titled, dated, and editioned, in ink, au mount verso
Printed in 2015
Edition of 9 + 2 APs (#1/9)
After receiving a Master’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of McMaster in 2004 and being accepted into Medical School, Joseph Hartman decided to pursue a career as an artist. Hartman, a self-taught photographer, apprenticed with Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky for over four years.
Hartman’s work arises from his curiosity about the interaction between humans and landscape and how each influences the other. In his first main series, Highway 69 he made large format photographs of landscapes in a transitional state; choosing to record the landscape as it is transformed into a new place. His subjects include highway construction and large urban demolition sites. Hartman finds the concept of transition intriguing, using the subject to articulate basic human desire and our need for progress. In Hartman’s work the deconstruction of large buildings signifies change in human perception; what was once seen as progress is now seen as a hindrance. His photographs tell a story about society through what Hartman calls, “monuments of our time."
With his most recent series The Artist’s Studio, Hartman traveled across the country documenting Canadian artists' work spaces. The photographs are an intimate view of the artists' personal creative spaces, which provide insight into their creative processes: both the physical process of how a painting or sculpture is made, and the mental process related to source material and the origin of their ideas.
Photographing the Artist’s Studio—More Than 100 Times Over (PDF) - Canadian Art, June 2017
Photographer Joseph Hartman's Artist Studios (PDF) - CBC ARTS, October 2015