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 (3)
- The Olympus OM Crew , aka The Cult of Zuiko 76,450 photos, 4,196 members
- Camera Repairs 2,323 photos, 743 members
- Art Galleries 42,109 photos, 1,625 members
- Art-Exhibitions 5,761 photos, 179 members
- Older Cairo 3,377 photos, 504 members
- Thomas Jefferson College (Allendale) 22 photos, 1 member
- Self portrait. 39,376 photos, 3,973 members
- The Film Group 928,927 photos, 15,556 members
- Mamiya 645 44,640 photos, 5,439 members
- The Street Photograph (Black and White Street Photography) 329,980 photos, 7,431 members
- Boston and surrounding 'burbs 110,670 photos, 3,680 members
- The Real Street Photography 1,399,672 photos, 46,127 members
- Street Photos ONLY 157,290 photos, 9,048 members
- 645 Medium Format 60,301 photos, 4,152 members
- Black and White Street photography. 79,105 photos, 2,418 members
- Knolling 93 photos, 32 members
- CIUDAD DE MÉXICO (MEXICO CITY) 34,616 photos, 1,163 members
- Living in Cincinnati 43,472 photos, 1,361 members
- Residential typologies: world wide 4,646 photos, 118 members
- Original 1970s 13,995 photos, 1,484 members
- The Littlest Rollei 522 photos, 81 members
- The Astonishing Power of Flickr 1,608 photos, 225 members
- Contemporary Modern Art 13,258 photos, 414 members
- Geometric Art 5,784 photos, 602 members
- shoe repair 214 photos, 79 members
- Lansing 6,473 photos, 359 members
- Vintage Kodachrome 13,493 photos, 737 members
- TENNESSEE 64,118 photos, 1,734 members
- Art and Artists. 427,055 photos, 19,908 members
- Just Street Photography 2,443,698 photos, 77,582 members
- Le Monde... en noir et blanc -a street photography group 8,107 photos, 372 members
- Sculpture 248,325 photos, 11,503 members
- Detroit 65,300 photos, 2,208 members
- Fuji Medium Format Film Cameras 31,354 photos, 2,871 members
- Closed for Business - abandoned shops/stores 18,551 photos, 970 members
- The Twentieth Century and Contemporary House 17,823 photos, 1,917 members
- Analog Photography 2,331,645 photos, 52,243 members
- 日本の二眼レフ／Japanese TLR 16,978 photos, 645 members
- * the hidden charm of flea markets * 10,121 photos, 1,243 members
- **NEW** Hardcore Street Life 35,288 photos, 2,618 members
- Bar-B-Q Joints Of the World 1,570 photos, 314 members
- Yashica Mat 124(G) 44,006 photos, 4,405 members
- San Francisco 285,886 photos, 15,624 members
- Twin Lens Reflex 215,799 photos, 20,775 members
- GRAIN - B+W photography magazine 30,188 photos, 674 members
- Vintage Steel Signs 17,376 photos, 565 members
- Digital Infrared 109,201 photos, 8,802 members
- Humanistic 8,403 photos, 2,218 members
- Streamline Moderne Architecture (Quality Images) 4,271 photos, 823 members
- No-Flash Night Shots 526,644 photos, 31,659 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."
September 22nd, 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."
August 3rd, 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..."
April 23rd, 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."
November 11th, 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."
May 17th, 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"
January 28th, 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."
December 12th, 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."
August 2nd, 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."
June 28th, 2006
- Joey Harrison
- January 2005
- East Lansing, Michigan
- Louisville, Kentucky, USA
- I am:
- Male and Taken