Karen Johanson has evolved as an artist, from advertising and editorial photographer capturing adventure, excitement and style, back to fine art, her original focus. Her current work showcases the energy of everyday life, utilizing alternative processes that have been around for more than a century. Urban elements including graffiti and architectural details have always captured her attention, and are among the visuals incorporated when she layers images physically and digitally, via photography and glass, to create new perspectives.
Awards and scholarships
Canon Emerging Professional Photographer Award, Santa Fe Workshops, 1996
Karen Johanson is a Pacific Northwest photographer whose work utilizes the alternative process of cyanotypes to showcase imagery that is frequently focused on urban life – everything from graffiti to architectural elements. Because cyanotypes rely on a single hue – blue – to relay the specifics of an image, the viewer can focus on abstract elements in a way that moves the mind away from the representational and to the inner world of contemplation.