John Humble

John Humble currently lives in Los Angeles but did not always call this city home. He was brought up in a Military family and spent much of his youth traveling from base to base in various cities, following to wherever his father was stationed. Before attending the San Francisco Art Institute to complete his Masters, he was a photojournalist for the Washington Post. In the early 1970s, he traveled the world in his Volkswagen van, taking pictures with his 35mm camera, then in 1974 he made Los Angeles his home base. Intrigued by the diversity of the city and it's unique characteristics of a metropolis and suburban fusion, Humble found endless amounts of material to shoot. In 1979 he switched from black-and-white prints to color printing and has been commited to the medium since. He finds that with color he can capture the realities of the city, to which his audience can emotionally relate as well.


John currently lives in Santa Monica and still actively works in his studio.

After seeing an exhibition on Mark Rothko, John Humble was inspired to create a body of work entitled Lifeguard Station 26. Every other day he would set up with his large format camera at lifeguard station 26 on Santa Monica Beach and capture the illuminated horizon in the array of colors and forms it offered. His goal was to produce an image that mirrored what Rothko was doing with paint and canvas. With John's camera as the brush and Mother Earth's natural gift of color, he was able to accomplish a plethora of colored images. This body of work is a unique look at Los Angeles's beaches and offers a peaceful state of mind, as the colors overwhelm the senses.