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Pacifica: A Photographic Portrait of Land and Sea


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Pacifica: A Photographic Portrait of Land and Sea

Back in 2017, a fellow dropped by interested in our 2017 Pacifica Calendar, and bought one on the spot. A few days later he came in and asked if older Pacifica Calendars were available. He bought two more and we ordered yet another that were out of stock. All told, my new friend Ralph bought 4 calendars from current and past years.

This sparked an old idea, why not assemble all of these Pacifica Calendar I've done over the years into a print-on-demand book? I gathered all of the old InDesign files and started working. As always, a simple idea became more complex than I would have liked, but that is the nature of almost everything in the arts.

The result is an evolving 74 page 11x17 wire bound book. 32 years of Pacifica photographs, 10 years of calendars and a lot of answers as to why I stay in this beautiful coastside community. $50



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  • 74 pages
  • 11x17 wire-bound book for full lay-flat opening and enjoyment
  • Pacifica Trail Map
  • 32 years of Pacifica photographs
  • Drawn from 10 years of calendars
  • $50

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Stephen Johnson

A photographer, teacher and designer, Stephen has been teaching and working in photography since 1977. His books include At Mono Lake, the critically acclaimed The Great Central Valley: California's Heartland and Making a Digital Book. He has run his own photography, publishing and design company since the late 1980s--digitaly scanning and designing his photographic books using Macintosh computers and since 1994 photographing in the field with digital view cameras.

Current projects include With a New Eye, his groundbreaking and historic all digital national parks project, the acclaimed 2006 book Stephen Johnson On Digital Photography, new work Exquisite Earth and ongoing portfolio development and extensive lecturing.

Stephen's pioneering work in digital photography has included software and product development for clients such as Apple, Adobe, Epson, Kodak, Hewlett Packard, Leaf, Ricoh and SuperMac. His work with Adobe includes the creation of the duotone curves shipped with their Photoshop software.

His photographic clients have included the Ansel Adams Publishing Trust, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and the Friends of Photography. Johnson's photographs have been widely published and collected internationally.

In 1999, Folio Magazine declared the publication of Johnson's digital photographs in Life Magazine to be one of the Top 15 Critical Events in magazine publishing in the twentieth century. Stephen Johnson was named as a 2003 inductee into the Photoshop Hall of Fame, recognized for his achievements in Art. Canon named Steve as one of their Explorers of Light in 2006. In 2007 X-Rite named Stephen as a founding member of their exclusive Coloratti group of photographers and educators honored for their skills in color management.

In 1997, Life Magazine described Stephen Johnson as an artist that "...applies science to nature and creates art." His images create " intimacy that brings subject and viewer close in ways conventional photographs cannot." 

The Photographer’s Gallery wrote in 1998: “Stephen Johnson's photography rides on the "bleeding edge" of photography's transition to a digital media. Schooled in the traditions of fine-art western landscape photography, Johnson has taken his understanding of traditional photographic processes and brought those skills to bear on the emerging technologies and aesthetics of digital photography. He has pushed technology companies to rise to the best of what imagemaking can be, and pushed his own vision of how we see and record light in the natural world. This has led him to conclude that the way we have traditionally captured images with silver-based photography has been a poor and distortive view of the real and rich world before our eyes. His photographs look almost "unphotographic" in their clarity and purity of color. He shows us a world we know, but rarely see on paper. His is a truly remarkable vision.”


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1220-C Linda Mar Boulevard, Creekside Suites 5-7
Pacifica, CA 94044
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