Photo of the Week 7 January 2014
Congratulations to Jori Remus from Chicago, IL for her Photo of the Week funky interior image “Eunice Johnson’s Office (Designed in 1970 by William Raiser and Arthur Elrod).” We had the chance to speak with Jori about her photo which takes us back in time to the 1970s. See more of Jori’s work at joriremus.com to stay up to date on her latest photography projects.
Where are you from?
I’m originally from Michigan. I came to Chicago to attend Columbia College Chicago. This May, I will graduate with a BFA in Photography.
What was this image shot with?
Camera: Nikon D800
Speed: 0.8 seconds
Where was the image taken?
Could you give us some background knowledge about Eunice Johnson or the Johnson Publishing Company?
Eunice was the wife of John H. Johnson, who founded the company in 1942. Eunice Johnson was known for establishing the Ebony Fashion Fair, which became an annual event that highlighted fashion for African American women. Mr. Johnson was the first African American to be on the Forbes 400. The company inhabited this space from 1971 until the spring of 2012. Materials, such as carpet and wall covering, were all designed specifically for the space.
What was this image taken for? (Personal, event, etc.)
This photograph is one of a series I have completed on the funky interiors of the Johnson Publishing Building. The company is responsible for the production of publications Ebony and Jet Magazines. My photographs follow the style of documentary photography with architectural perfection, my goal being to capture the culturally rich design before it is gone.
Can you tell us a little about the process of how you came across this shot? Did you plan it out? Were you walking and saw an opportunity?
The space has been recently purchased by Columbia College Chicago, thus renovation should take place within the next few years. I had seen documentation of the space and it had since been my dream to photograph it. When I learned that my college had purchased the 11-story building, my focus drew even more toward documenting the design before it is destroyed and possibly turned into the college’s new library. I was granted access to create this body of work during my senior year at Columbia.
What did you do post production?
The amount of post work I am doing on images from the “Johnson Building Project” is minimal. I performed lens correction, a contrast fix, and sharpening.
Who are some photographers that inspire you?
What type of photography do you enjoy most for personal and professional projects?
My career goal is to work as a professional architectural photographer, specializing on interior spaces and/or furniture. I will still create personal work that will likely involve the photographic study of a place, near or far, inside or outside. I love photographing landscapes and being somewhere unfamiliar with my camera.
What inspires your photography?
Places and spaces. Design and architecture. The natural and the man-made.
Is there anything else you would like to include about your personal work or this photo?
More photographs from my project on the Johnson Building will be exhibited during Manifest 2014. Manifest is Columbia College Chicago’s annual urban arts festivals that showcases the work of graduating seniors. This year, the event falls on May 16th.
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