Life Form Exhibition at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center
March 6 through April 7, 2018


Life Form opened on March 6 to the public and was celebrated in a Member's opening on the evening of March 9th, a public opening on March 10 and featured a lecture on March 11. The prints will be on display at Viewpoint Photographic Art Center through April 7.

The Members Opening was very busy with many old friends dropping by. The Public Opening had almost 400 people come by, the Lecture was standing room only. I was very pleased with the attendance and their reactions to the work.


Viewpoint Photographic Art Center
2015 J. Street, Suite 101
Sacramento, CA 95811

Phone: 916-441-2341


Life Form exhibition at the  ViewPoint Gallery  and Art Center.

Life Form exhibition at the ViewPoint Gallery and Art Center.

Life Form  Online Gallery.  Invitation pdf .

Life Form Online Gallery. Invitation pdf.

Web Gallery of Viewpoint  Images

Web Gallery of Viewpoint  Images

Steve with the Life Exhibit, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center. 2018 Canon 1DX II.

Steve with the Life Exhibit, Viewpoint Photographic Art Center. 2018
Canon 1DX II.



Steve's Opening Remarks, March 9. Viewpoint Photographic Art Center. 2018.

A Review of the Viewpoint Show

Today we live in a world where photography is digital, the product of the ubiquitous cell phone camera. It is perhaps fortunate, given that this is “Photography Month Sacramento,” that we are treated to an exhibit that allows us to see what this technology makes possible. The photography of Stephen Johnson, at the Viewpoint Gallery in Sacramento, allows us to realize a view of our environment where we do not live in the Kodachrome world many photographic artists embrace. Johnson’s intimate explorations in this exhibition titled Life Form depict the organic forms to be found in flowers and other flora. 

Although Life Form marks a departure from his much praised grand landscapes, Johnson maintains a high ethic that only someone with a total understanding of digital photographic technology can achieve. By mastering techniques known as focus stacking and obsessive color management, and joining them in marriage with his unique vision and respect for the natural world, Stephen Johnson’s Life Form exposes the often-ignored subtleties in his themes. These are large prints depicting small subjects and yet they retain, in exquisite detail, the structures to be found therein. It is hard not to find oneself drawn into this world that we are surrounded by yet seldom see.

Gabriel Unda. Fellow, BioCommunications Association.

Exhibition Guide and Poster


Project photographs made with Canon cameras. Prints are being made on the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-4000 using the Hahnemühle Museum Etching paper which Steve designed with Hahnemühle.

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