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)
- Portraits at night 5,790 photos, 887 members
- Jazz Life : Jazz Is My Religion 34,651 photos, 1,673 members
- The Olympus OM Crew , aka The Cult of Zuiko 77,614 photos, 4,253 members
- Camera Repairs 2,458 photos, 769 members
- Art Galleries 38,517 photos, 1,652 members
- Art-Exhibitions 5,952 photos, 182 members
- Older Cairo 3,417 photos, 508 members
- Thomas Jefferson College (Allendale) 23 photos, 2 members
- Self portrait. 39,168 photos, 3,999 members
- The Film Group 956,907 photos, 15,860 members
- Mamiya 645 45,433 photos, 5,623 members
- The Street Photograph (Black and White Street Photography) 339,368 photos, 7,597 members
- Boston and surrounding 'burbs 110,417 photos, 3,675 members
- The Street Photography Community 1,340,318 photos, 47,307 members
- Street Photos ONLY 170,324 photos, 9,641 members
- 645 Medium Format 61,761 photos, 4,246 members
- Black and White Street photography. 83,174 photos, 2,516 members
- Knolling 73 photos, 35 members
- CIUDAD DE MÉXICO (MEXICO CITY) 36,017 photos, 1,191 members
- Living in Cincinnati 43,490 photos, 1,354 members
- Residential typologies: world wide 4,889 photos, 122 members
- Original 1970s 14,806 photos, 1,519 members
- The Littlest Rollei 526 photos, 86 members
- The Astonishing Power of Flickr 1,674 photos, 229 members
- Contemporary Modern Art 14,780 photos, 446 members
- Geometric Art 5,863 photos, 606 members
- shoe repair 211 photos, 80 members
- Lansing 6,439 photos, 357 members
- Vintage Kodachrome 14,261 photos, 755 members
- TENNESSEE 65,351 photos, 1,749 members
- Art and Artists. 431,109 photos, 19,995 members
- Just Street Photography 2,519,841 photos, 78,994 members
- Le Monde... en noir et blanc -a street photography group 8,010 photos, 368 members
- Sculpture 260,663 photos, 11,698 members
- Detroit 66,669 photos, 2,228 members
- Fuji Medium Format Film Cameras 33,103 photos, 3,027 members
- Closed for Business - abandoned shops/stores 18,776 photos, 988 members
- The Twentieth Century and Contemporary House 18,130 photos, 1,904 members
- Analog Photography 2,351,984 photos, 53,061 members
- 日本の二眼レフ／Japanese TLR 16,924 photos, 646 members
- * the hidden charm of flea markets * 10,035 photos, 1,243 members
- **NEW** Hardcore Street Life 35,163 photos, 2,583 members
- Bar-B-Q Joints Of the World 1,550 photos, 320 members
- Yashica Mat 124(G) 44,589 photos, 4,589 members
- San Francisco 288,207 photos, 15,572 members
- Twin Lens Reflex 215,483 photos, 20,936 members
- GRAIN - B+W photography magazine 29,921 photos, 693 members
- Vintage Steel Signs 17,802 photos, 573 members
- Digital Infrared 110,539 photos, 8,842 members
- Humanistic 8,371 photos, 2,202 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