John Kiersten

Opening Reception: Friday, September 27, 7:00 to 9:00PM
Saturdays and Sundays, September 28 to October 13,
1:00 to 5:00 PM


As a photographer I am drawn to capture those moments when form and light combine in a beauty that has meaning for me emotionally as well as esthetically. In making landscape images I move slowly, visiting sites multiple times getting to know the land and light. I prefer working in a particular locale/area so that once completed, the final image(s) will impart a sense of place through my experiences in relation to the geography and atmosphere. For many years I photographed with traditional large format cameras making both silver and hand made platinum prints. Now completely digital I use piezographic archival carbon inks and Hahnemuele cotton rag papers. With these tools I’ve been able to continue to exceed the quality I require and expand on my expectations in the final print.


John Kiersten
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Influenced in photography at an early age by his father and great uncle, John Kiersten is a self taught photographer who began making black & white images and developing his own in 1989. From the beginning John sought to show the detail and tonality of the fine art black & white print. This led him to begin photographing exclusively in large format, 8”x10” & 8”x20” cameras and developing his own selective style. Working primarily with the landscape, he has also explored the figure in the landscape, and abstractions. His work has been shown nationally and in the Hudson Valley. His artistic influences range from the – Hudson River School painters to Pictorialism, the f64 Group, Paul Caponigro & Mitch Dobrowner. Living in Florida, NY with his artist wife Patty for many years, John has photographed extensively in the tri-state area. Besides working as a plant manager in New Jersey, John has also donated his time to the Appalachian Trail in New York.

John Kiersten
73 Jessup Switch Road
Florida, NY 10921

John Kiersten
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Selected Exhibitions

1994 – Exposures Gallery, Sugarloaf, NY – group show
1996 - Exposures Gallery, Sugarloaf, NY – solo show – “Roadside Attractions”
1998 – Allen Sheppard Gallery, Piermont, NY – Contemporary Mystical Photography – group show
2004 – Marie Terrel Gallery, Asheville, NC - “Gestures – Sacred & Secular” – John Kiersten & Lynne Marshall
2005 – Peninsula Museum of Arts, Belmont, CA - “Visions of Beauty” – group show
2005 – Sally D. Francisco Gallery, Peter’s Valley, NJ – “Inside Out: A Photographic Study Of Peter’s Valley” – John Kiersten & Robert Borsuk
2005 – Seligmann Studio & Gallery – Sugarloaf, NY – “Then & Now: A Black & White Essay of Orange County” – group show 2007-2008 – The Artery – Artists cooperative member
2008 - Grey Towers – “Images of the Park” – group show
2009 – The Artery – Alumni Show
2009, 2010,2011,2013 - Warwick Benefit – Planned Parenthood – Warwick, NY
2009 - Beacon Artists Union – Black & White – group show
2011 – Orange County Arts Council Open Studio Tour
2012 - Orange County Art Fed. – Warwick, NY - Hudson Valley Trees – group show
2016 - Chris Davison Gallery, Newburgh, NY - group show
2017 - Chris Davison Gallery, Newburgh, NY - "Nudes" - group show
2017 - Playa Gallery, Warwick, NY - "Spring Show" - group show
2018 - Dutot Museum Gallery, Delaware Water Gap, PA - “Water” - group show

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Bodies of Work

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
The Figure in The Landscape
Arden Farm
The Walpack Oak
Spirit Worlds


Orange Magazine
Times Herald Record
Appalachian Trail Conference
Peter’s Valley workshops – brochure cover

The museum and gallery are open Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00pm to 5:00pm.

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