JOHN SPENCE (1943 - ) “The art of my work has to do with where I choose to stand-with my point of view…I do want you to see the image in a universal sense. That is a very specific intention of mine.” As a cinematographer and still photographer, John Spence is dedicated to honesty in his representations. Following the tradition of Paul Strand and Walker Evans, he finds beauty in the commonplace. By coupling the finite and the infinite, the representational and the abstract, Spence echoes the luminist ideal of finding universality in modes of expression. His work captures a comprehensive view of the landscape whether in color or in black and white. Spence received his B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees in photography from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His work has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally, including a show at the Nikon Salon in Tokyo, Japan. He has appeared as a guest lecturer in photography at universities across the country. Spence also has received numerous commissions, among them a set of large color photographs of the Nebraska landscape that hang in the Statehouse in Lincoln. Spence has also earned several accolades ranging from a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Photography, an independent film production grant from the Southwest Alternate Media Project, to the CPB Award for Best Cultural Affairs documentary.