John Manno - photographer | artist
John Manno (b. 1951) was born in Brooklyn, raised in Long Island, moved to Manhattan and settled in Brooklyn once again. He attended Boston University studying film and photography, graduating in 1973. Afterwards, he moved to New York City where he assisted several commercial photographers for a few years before embarking on his own in 1977. His commercial photography business quickly expanded, as he made memorable images for design studios, magazines and advertising agencies. For four decades, working from his studio in the Flatiron District, John’s work for high profile clients has been seen in some of the world’s most prestigious publications. His editorial work has been published in Vogue, Allure, Vanity Fair and others.
While working in the commercial field John never lost sight of his art, constantly and consistently creating photographs in his own aesthetic style.
Primarily a still life photographer, his art photos are mostly of this genre.The body of work called Misbegotten Places continues in that vein, being a series of still life photos of dioramas created in turn from other photographs. Painstakingly built, these still life images reflect places and scenes which exist only in the artist’s imagination. These have been shown in dozens of gallery exhibitions around the country.
John continues making these images and others from his studio in Brooklyn.