Jonathan Savoie

Jonathan Savoie

Raised in Canada, Jonathan Savoie moved to Europe to study art and design before relocating to Tokyo in 2000 to pursue a career in photography.

He has worked with some of Japan’s leading design firms and architects as well as some of the world’s largest agencies.

His work has been used in advertising campaigns as well as being featured in editorial magazines such as Casa Vogue, The Guardian, GQ Italy, Frame, InteriorDesign and Tokion.

 Jonathan Savoie
 

Jonathan Savoie

 
 

Biography

Raised in Canada, Jonathan Savoie moved to Europe to study art and design before relocating to Tokyo in 2000 to pursue a career in photography.

He has worked with some of Japan’s leading design firms and architects as well as some of the world’s largest agencies.

His work has been used in advertising campaigns as well as being featured in editorial magazines such as Casa Vogue, The Guardian, GQ Italy, Frame, InteriorDesign and Tokion.


Artist Statement

West-East, East-West
Thoughts—

In 2013, my wife and I decided to leave Tokyo for a while and return to Los Angeles. From there, we decided to take a journey we both wanted to take but had never had the chance. So we took her car and left LA with a plan to drive to the Atlantic Ocean and back, while I worked on a photo record of America at that time.

Below the surface and the veneer of freedom and wealth and the American dream is the reality of environmental pollution, loss of resources, genocide, the influence of the military-industrial complex, waste, poverty, the un-sustainability of mass tourism, despair, and the ever-present threat of nuclear annihilation.

Thinking of the past: Stephen Shore, Joel Sternfeld, William Eggleston, Walker Evans, Edward Weston, Robert Frank, Gary Winogrand.

The project was made using a medium-format digital camera for all composed photographs and a 35-mm rangefinder camera for all snapshots using existing light. Both formats were then transferred to 4 X 5 sheet film, and then the final images were hand-printed following the traditional method, so that each print is one-of-a-kind.

Setting: Modern day America.

 

Curriculum Vitæ

Jonathan Savoie currently lives in Tokyo, Japan.

His works has been collected by HBC NY (Hudson Bay Collection) and was featured in international art fairs such as Art Toronto, Foire Papier 18 Montreal and Affordable Art Fair NYC.

His solo exhibition at Galerie Youn is set for 2019.