Randy Johnson: Storytelling with Photographs

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Randy Johnson: Storytelling with Photographs

April 1 – September 17, 2023

Hall of Fame pitcher, Randy Johnson, shares his forty-year passion for photography in his first-ever solo exhibition. Randy Johnson: Storytelling with Photographs features an array of images captured by Johnson during his treks across Africa. The work includes intimate shots of the people he engaged with and the abundance of wildlife he encountered. Johnson’s accompanying written account partners with the vibrant imagery, weaving together a visually appealing grand tour of the continent.

Randy Johnson: Storytelling with Photographs is the culmination of four visits to separate regions of the African continent, with the goal of creating a visual document. The exhibition features sections on Ethiopia and its people, Rwanda and its silverback gorilla population, the great herd migrations of Eastern Africa, and portraits of various animals photographed in the wild. A total of 30 large prints will be on view.

Johnson’s career as a Major League pitcher is well documented, but his passion for photography is not as widely known. It began when he studied photojournalism at the University of Southern California from 1983-1985. Following his retirement from baseball in 2010, the five-time Cy Young Award winner was able to revive earlier aspirations and devote his full attention to the craft.

Johnson has frequently been spotted around the country photographing rock concerts and occasional sporting events. His work has been featured in publications such as Rolling Stone, Spin, and Metal Hammer. Johnson’s concert photography has even found its way into tour programs, posters, and books.

Fenimore Art Museum will also feature a symposium on photography featuring Johnson and other respected photographers, plus programs specifically designed for children. More information on these and other 2023 programs coming soon.

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