JOE CUNNINGHAM
PHOTOGRAPHY

Hi. I’m Joe.

Thank you for visiting

I am a documentary photographer at large in Minnesota. Since 2003, I have been shooting ideas – be they street, landscape, portrait or music scene ideas with the goal of photojournaling and creating subject-specific essays, which I post here: “my diary that I let people read” to quote Nan Goldin, whose incredible, very personal work drove me to start doing this all those years ago. I am one of the thousands of photographers that she spawned with her brazen reportage. I had deep-seated demons and seeing her exorcising her own with her eye for all to see granted me permission to do likewise. A decade of shooting publicly posted messages to myself pulled me out the fire and creative inertia has kept me going ever since.

The main reason I photograph a subject is because I want to see what it looks like photographed. Simple as that. However, my unconscious often has reasons it keeps to itself and that synergy makes for a healthy relationship between inner me, my eye, and my surroundings.

This new incarnation of my web site went live on October 6th, 2021 (the day of this writing). There’s not much to see here now, but each morning I will add to either the ongoing photo journal, or add a slideshow or story from my back catalog (which is immense). Newly added material will always appear front and center on the homepage, which will change nearly every day. So each time you return here there will be more for you.

Again, thank you for visiting.

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P.S. Presently I am getting this site properly configured. Please excuse the sawdust. Also, my site’s host is experiencing some performance issues. If you find that thumbnails or images are not loading, click your browser’s reload button a bunch of times. This usually works.