I got serious about photography in my late teens. Then I went through a long stretch of snapshooting. Then I got serious again. Then I went through another snapshooting phase. When photo blogs first started appearing, my passion got refueled. In short order I got a digital camera and started my own photo blog (now euthanized). Flickr came shortly afterward. In more recent years I started using film again.
My return to passionate photography wouldn't have happened without the incredible inspiration offered by my flickr friends. Thank you all. And great thanks, also, to those who visit and comment. Your interest is both stimulating and encouraging.
Groups I curate:
Indoor 'Street' Shooting
The Level Gaze
By the way, that's not me in my flickr icon. It's a 1927 painting of the artist Jean Charlot by his friend Henrietta Shore. It's in the collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Photos of Joey Harrison (11)
- First-Name Basis Signage Project 14,480 photos, 1,410 members
- Burn My Eye Photography Contest "ON THE BRIGHT SIDE OF THE ROAD 112 photos, 336 members
- Mississippi 12,037 photos, 731 members
- geometric art 5,552 photos, 366 members
- Art and Artists. 300,306 photos, 17,442 members
- Chicago... 126,461 photos, 8,219 members
- Cairo, Illinois 234 photos, 46 members
- What's A Paducah? 833 photos, 55 members
- Just Street Photography 1,143,853 photos, 38,382 members
- Le Monde... en noir et blanc -a street photography group 2,941 photos, 236 members
- Portraits of Artists 7,236 photos, 547 members
- Sculpture 146,752 photos, 8,579 members
- Detroit 47,244 photos, 1,917 members
- Fuji Medium Format Cameras 16,082 photos, 1,626 members
- Closed for Business - abandoned shops/stores 11,534 photos, 775 members
- The Twentieth Century and Contemporary House 15,882 photos, 1,926 members
- Analog Photography 1,435,825 photos, 31,677 members
- 日本の二眼レフ／Japanese TLR 13,292 photos, 533 members
- * the hidden charm of flea markets * 8,834 photos, 1,093 members
- **NEW** Hardcore Street Life 19,286 photos, 1,291 members
- Arkansas 34,456 photos, 1,231 members
- Bar-B-Q Joints Of the World 1,547 photos, 290 members
- Yashica Mat 124(G) 30,086 photos, 2,499 members
- San Francisco 224,707 photos, 13,709 members
- Twin Lens Reflex 171,119 photos, 14,638 members
- GRAIN - B+W photography magazine 6,977 photos, 311 members
- Vintage Steel Signs 13,222 photos, 475 members
- BSP (Best Street Photography) 4,515 photos, 212 members
- Street Portraitist 55,875 photos, 2,718 members
- Digital Infrared 77,670 photos, 7,588 members
- Lyric Documentary 7,684 photos, 656 members
- Humanistic 8,116 photos, 2,016 members
- Streamline Moderne Architecture (Quality Images) 3,317 photos, 672 members
- No-Flash Night Shots 334,116 photos, 25,621 members
- 1950s 28,687 photos, 1,089 members
- Unfortunate Names 555 photos, 116 members
- The Level Gaze 336 photos, 46 members
- Street Musicians - Buskers 12,088 photos, 2,414 members
- Stephen Shore 10,860 photos, 629 members
- Camera-wiki.org 59,383 photos, 1,480 members
- Vintage Travel Trailers 5,300 photos, 729 members
- New Topographics 50,774 photos, 1,377 members
- Vintage Barber Shops 1,661 photos, 366 members
- Alabama 33,538 photos, 1,178 members
- Appalachia 16,534 photos, 799 members
- Candid Revelations 5,084 photos, 655 members
- Lansing 5,880 photos, 337 members
- FILM CAMERAS ONLY! 835,158 photos, 28,414 members
- NKY (Northern Kentucky) 2,595 photos, 121 members
- Liquor Signs - Neon, Painted, Plastic Liquor Store & Bar Signs 1,835 photos, 293 members
"Joey is Genius. I don't like photos of people (should be obvious from my stream). In fact, I don't like people that much -- but I continue to follow Joey's stream year after year, photo after photo, because his portraits are sensational and masterful. The expressions, the cropping, the lighting -- sheer genius -- non-judgemental, humorous, perfection. Simply awesome. One of the best photographers out there -- period."
22nd September, 2011
"Joey is a wonderful polyglot photographer. At once cataloging the built landscape with the dispassionate eye of a semiologist building a private encyclopedia of vernacular architecture and signage, and assembling a fabulous history of amateur photography from his mother's negatives, his own prescient longitudinal study of coiffure featuring himself with his siblings (don't miss the "Time-lapse family series" set), and the piles of found photos he's assembled from flea markets and probably dumpster-dives. And after all that, he attacks the streets, social gatherings and the occasional "official event" with an increasingly sharp street photographer's eye. Not to mention that he's a very very funny guy."
3rd August, 2010
URBAN PHOTOS says:
"Joey, I hope you're organizing all the signage you've captured into some sort of a book. There are quite a few sign people out there, besides me! You've really done an amazing job of finding these fragments of 20th century America, which are long gone..."
23rd April, 2009
Tom Spaulding says:
"Joey Harrison is the Flickr person that I wish I had the patience, persistence, and skill to be. An abandoned, decrepit, and decaying building in a bad neighborhood with a "NO TRESPASSING" sign is an invitation, rather than a deterrent, to Joey. But once he gets great shots from such a subject, he doesn't rush them onto Flickr. He saves up a number of photos of similar subjects to post at once, giving greater impact than if he had posted them individually, or he gets someone knowledgeable on the subject to provide commentary before posting.
If he could just recognize the photogenic qualities of cheeseburgers, he would be my perfect Flickr contact."
11th November, 2007
"My hero. Joey was the first person I contacted on Flickr, since he was also the first photostream I ever really looked at. He was helpful & willing to answer all my newbie questions. Not only did his photos inspire me to do more, his Mother's photos (also in his stream) just flattened me like a steamroller. I awed by them. Photographic talent runs in this family. I've since met Joey in person a few times, and I can say he's just as interesting and humorous person as he is here. A great guy, and someone I gladly consider a friend."
17th May, 2007
"It wouldn't be flickr to me without the consistently involving photos of Joey Harrison. Joey was one of the first people here who became increasingly real to me as a photographer with a complex personality, a great eye, and a perpetually satisfying revelation of American artifact. I'm a bit less blind to things as a result of Joey's smart photos, his humor, his attention to his world. Thanks, Joey"
28th January, 2007
Dania Hurley says:
"Joey has been a friend, a mentor, and an inspiration to me almost since I joined Flickr. Directly, he's taught me about perspective correction, and indirectly, he's taught me all kinds of things about what's worth pointing a camera at and how best to do it. (He's also responsible for my newfound interest in painted brick buildings.) I find not only his talent inspiring, but the fact that he's so prolific as well.
Thanks, Joey, for your friendship, for making me laugh so often, and for showing me how to grow as a photographer."
12th December, 2006
"I can't believe no one has written a testamonial for Joey. Well, then, let me be the first. I stumbled into his photostream through...Signs, I think, and rapidly got lost. You know how you go to the dictionary for one word and end up spending the night in the Rs? That was what it was like. First the signs, then the southwest photos, then the Detroit photos, then Gas Station Museum and on and on. And not only are Joey's tastes eclectic, but his skills are both varied and vast. He captures candid motion shots of his dog (and others) as well as stationary building fronts and collections of people, places and objects in his own unique and fabulous way.
Plus, he seldom (if ever) makes punctuation errors."
2nd August, 2006
"Joey's pictures range far and wide and have a special focus on the traces of bygone days, sometimes vibrant, sometimes fading, but always with a sense of wonder. He's given me a totally new perspective on the American Heartland.
Thanks, Joey, for one of the finest photostreams on flickr."
28th June, 2006
- Joey Harrison
- January 2005
- East Lansing, Michigan
- Louisville, Kentucky, USA
- I am:
- Male and Taken