John Long is a Toronto based artist. He attained his BA in Photography from Ryerson University in 1981. His photographic practice utilizes different equipment and technique, enabling him to exercise almost any aspect of photographic media. His artistic process involves a blend of historic and current technologies.
Several years after graduation, John Long began to explore a photographic technique known as the stereo format. He uses a 1929 Rolleidoscop medium format stereo camera, shooting on fine-grain, low speed film from which he makes high-resolution scans. He then assembles the images digitally, creating a three-dimensional effect, and prints on Enhanced Matte paper using Ultrachrome inks.
His stereo work is presented in a variety of formats: stereo slides viewable in a late 19th century Taxiphote viewer, triptych prints viewable with a Hyperviewer large format viewer, large diptych prints using cross-eye a viewing technique, and most recently as backlight stereo photographs that are viewed in the third dimension without the use of any optical equipment.
John Long’s panoramic work exemplifies diversity in many ways. While social images, or portraits of people and animals, display a social dialogue, they are also similar to the industrial or cultural documentary style shots that record both human presence and interaction. On the other hand, the landscapes are contemplative, serene, vast and tumultuous. Each piece is a comment about a location. Thus free of human presence, African landscapes reveal exotic mystery; yet landscape of Canada speaks to our Canadian identity.
1981 Bachelor Degree in Applied Arts
1975-81 Ryerson University, Photographic Arts Department, Toronto, ON
May 2007 Sculptural Images presented in conjunction with CONTACT photography festival, Leonardo Gallery, Toronto, ON
May 2006 Landscapes Revealed, presented in conjunction with CONTACT photography festival, Leonardo Gallery, Toronto, ON
January 2006 Gallery Artists Show, Leonardo Gallery, Toronto, ON
October 2005 X,Y&Z An Exploration of Stereo Photography, Leonardo Gallery, Toronto, ON
June 2005 The Third Dimention Stereo Photographic Images, Leonardo Gallery, Toronto, ON
April 1980Lincoln Coffee Bar Black and White Photographic Essay, Ryerson Photographic Arts