John R. Gossage

born New York City 1946
Also known as
  • John Ralph Gossage
New York, New York, United States
Active in
  • College Park, Maryland, United States
  • Washington, District of Columbia, United States
  • American


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John Gossage: The Pond
August 26, 2010January 17, 2011
The installation of John Gossage: The Pond celebrates the recent gift to the museum of this remarkable photographic series and the re-issue of one of the most influential photography books of the past three decades. John Gossage (b. 1946) photographed a small, unnamed pond between Washington, D.C., and Queenstown, Maryland, between 1981 and 1985. The title was intended to recall Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, but Gossage advocated a more all-embracing view of the landscape, exploring the less idealized spaces that border America's cities and suburbs. Although many of the images in The Pond appear unruly or uncared for, Gossage found moments of grace and elegance in even the most mundane of places.