Jonathan L. Clark, Photographer


Jonathan L. Clark is a multi-faceted artist whose work encompasses photography and the creation of books using letterpress, gravure, and digital printing. 

His work is included in many permanent collections, including: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris; Smithsonian Institution; Center for Creative Photography, Tucson; The Art Museum, Princeton University; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; JGS Foundation, New York; George Eastman House; Reva & David Logan Foundation, Chicago; PaceMacGill, New York; Detroit Institute of Arts; Chicago Art Institute; Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University; Achenbach Foundation, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; University of California, Santa Cruz; University of Rochester; and other museums and private collections in the USA, Japan, and Europe.

Solo exhibitions of Clark’s photographs have been held in Japan, Spain, and Eastern Europe, as well as the United States. A show organized by the US Information Service travelled to museums throughout Poland.

Clark’s work has been included in scores of group exhibitions including: J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco; Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago; Stanford University Library; Center for Photographic Art, Carmel; Photo Gallery International, Tokyo; Scott Nichols Gallery, San Francisco; San Francisco Center for the Book; George Krevsky Gallery, San Francisco; Gallery 291, San Francisco; The Mississippi University Museum; Society for Contemporary Photography, Kansas City; Napa Art Center; Missouri State University, Warrensburg; and others.

Clark is the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Oscar Lewis Award for Book Arts from the Book Club of California. He has received two USIA travel grants to Poland and Spain; a fellowship from the Arts Council Silicon Valley; the JGS Foundation Book Award; the Western Books Award of Merit; and Photo-eye’s Best Photography Book Design of the Year Award.

He has given lectures or held residencies at: The Legion of Honor Museum, San Francisco; Stanford University; University of Barcelona, Spain; Institute for North American Studies, Barcelona; Center for Photographic Art, Carmel; University of West Florida, Pensacola; University of South Florida, Tampa; and the US Consulate and Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

His publications include: Carmine (Artichoke Editions, 2011); Ottawa, Illinois 1967 (Nazraeli Press, 2008); Prospects of Florence (a photogravure album with text); Cut-Paper (with Frederick Sommer; 2006);  as well as articles and photographs in various books and journals. He is co-editor of The Hedgehog, an international arts review published in San Francisco.

Clark was born in Ottawa, Illinois, and has spent most of his life in California. He began taking photographs at the age of 14, studied with George A. Tice at the Aspen School of Contemporary Art, and worked on a personal basis with Wynn Bullock and Frederick Sommer. He received a BA in Aesthetic Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a MA in Humanities from CSU Dominguez Hills. Since 1975, he has printed and published fine letterpress editions at The Artichoke Press, his private printing studio in Mountain View. For more information see

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