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Light Lure
by Courtney Johnson

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Project statement:

Light Lure features underwater photographs taken with low-tech pinhole cameras constructed out of cookie tins, fishing line and waterproof tape. Pulled down by fishing weights, the pinhole cameras were lowered into the Atlantic Ocean off all 19 fishing piers along the North Carolina coast. The images capture the light, mystery, and exploration imbedded in the historic North Carolina coastal tradition. The Underwater Pinhole Photographs of North Carolina Piers was generously supported by a Charles L. Cahill Research Award.


Bio and contact:

Courtney Johnson's work has been featured in 11 solo exhibitions and over 30 group exhibitions in the last three years. Her work is included in numerous permanent collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale; Lowe Art Museum; and FOTOMUSEO, The National Museum of Photography in Bogotá, Colombia where Johnson's work was featured in the 4th International Biennale of Photography: FOTOGRÁFICA BOGOTÁ 2011. Johnson earned her BFA with Honors from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, and her MFA from the University of Miami. She was born in Houston in 1982 and has lived in Malaysia, New Jersey, Tennessee, New York, Virginia, Florida, California, and currently lives and works in Wilmington, North Carolina where she is an Assistant Professor of Photography and Gallery Director in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.


Courtney Johnson is a Wilmington, NC, based photographer.
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