John Trotter


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Based in New-York

John, a native of Missouri, in the Midwestern United States, worked as a newspaper photojournalist for fourteen years, on stories large and small, local and international. In 1997, while photographing in Sacramento, California, a gang accosted John, demanding his film. He was summarily beaten, left for dead, bleeding on a sidewalk. Over the next two and a half months he was in rehabilitation. After his attack while working he needed to learn how to be a photographer once again.

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Through this act of fixing images outside his injured brain, he learned to place himself once again in time. His body of work The Burden of Memory has been broadly published, exhibited and praised. John is also working on an ongoing project focused on the massive human alteration of the Colorado River. He is based in Brooklyn, New York.

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Selected works

Nevada

Nevada

John Trotter

About twenty years ago I was wandering around in Nevada with my camera, compelled to photograph there and hoping that doing so would help me articulate the story I needed to tell to myself. I had just retreated back West from my first move to New York City, realizing that I would need a running…

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No Agua, No Vida

No Agua, No Vida

Since 2001, I have been photographing the consequences of the sweeping human alteration of the Colorado River, in the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico. The Colorado, I soon learned,…

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The Burden of Memory

The Burden of Memory

"With the loss of memory the continuities of meaning and judgment are also lost to us. The camera relieves us of the burden of memory. It surveys us like God,…

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