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Artist Talk | ‘The Van Gogh Affect’

Traveling in Van Gogh’s footsteps, Lynn Johnson and Patricia Lanza conjured hauntingly intimate images in black & white [Johnson] and impressionist-imbued color [Lanza] in their exploration of Van Gogh’s quest to master the use of color as he studied, tracked and paid tribute to his most enduring muse— the sun. Johnson and Lanza shared their insights in an online artist talk featuring photography and reflection inspired by Van Gogh's time at Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts among other historic locales.

Working in collaboration with the Saint-Paul Asylum in Saint-Rémy, Johnson & Lanza were granted special access in their retracing of Van Gogh’s time spent in the still-functioning sanitarium and the village of Auvers-sur-Oise where he died under mysterious circumstances in July of 1890.

LYNN JOHNSON is recognized globally for her artistry in photographing the human condition. A regular contributor to National Geographic, with more than 37 stories to her credit, Johnson is a twice-recognized Pulitzer Prize Finalist—first, in 2017 for the National Geographic “Gender Identity” story, and then again in 2019 for her National Geographic feature, “Face Transplant.”

PATRICIA LANZA is an American photographer and photo curator who has traveled to over 53 countries on assignment to document some of the most compelling people, nature, cultures and stories of our time. Lanza began her career as a staff photo editor working with Nat-Geo’s vast archive, her position evolved to full-time contract photographer. Then, as the Director of Talent and Content and Exhibitions for the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles from 2009 to 2017, Lanza curated and developed twenty-two exhibitions from concept to installation.

The Van Gogh Affect exhibition was on view at Snap! Downtown through June 2021.

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