Simen Johan

Simen Johan was born in Kirkenes, Norway in 1973 and was raised in southern Sweden. Moving to New York in 1992, Johan initially studied film at the School of Visual Arts before switching to photography. He found early inspiration in the works of directors such as Stanley Kubrick, David Cronenberg and David Lynch, whose movies “transported [him] to suspenseful, strange and psychologically-charged places that didn’t merely entertain, but also revealed complex truths about life, people and the world.” A cinematic sensibility remains apparent in Johan’s still images, where dramatic tension, atmosphere and symbolism communicate meaning. Johan travels near and far to photograph his source material, and can find inspiration anywhere from the local zoo to the jungles of Costa Rica or the lava fields of Iceland. He then spends countless hours assembling his images captured in these far flung locations into a unifying whole. The result is an often-unsettling sense of placelessness. In his images, we see pigeons flocking toward light like moths (or angels); a zebra camouflaged by geographically incongruent palms; a foreboding cave entrance (uncertainty), transformed into a bright opening (enlightenment), when the image is inverted to its negative. Each image reveals poetic and often unexpected relationships that speak to the illusory and multifaceted nature of existence. Tensions between what is revealed and what is concealed, what is alluring and what is menacing, what is fact and what is fiction, both shape and unsettle the scenes. These amalgamations of sentiments, creatures, and environments are printed near lifesize to more faithfully represent the scale of natural vision. He currently lives and works in New York.



BFA in Photography, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY


Degree in Photography, Video, and Film, Lugnetskolan, Falun, Sweden

Selected solo exhibition


Conspiracy of Ravens, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY

Brad Cushman Gallery, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR


Until the Kingdom Comes, Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden


Center for Photography, Ykaterinburg, Russia


Simen Johan, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY


Simen Johan, Olson Gallery, Bethel University, St. Paul, MN


Simen Johan, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY


Simen Johan, Until the Kingdom Comes, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown University, Providence, RI


Simen Johan, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY

Simen Johan: Until the Kingdom Comes, Pollock Gallery, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX

Simen Johan: Until the Kingdom Comes, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN


Simen Johan: Until the Kingdom Comes, 21c Museum, Louisville, KY

Simen Johan, Pollock Gallery, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX


Until the Kingdom Comes, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY


Simen Johan: Evidence of Things Unseen, Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI


Until the Kingdom Comes, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY


Breeding Ground, Stiftelsen 3, 14, Bergen, Norway

Simen Johan, M. K. Ciurlionis National Art Museum, Lithuania


Breeding Ground, Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Simen Johan, Kunstnernes Hus, Oslo, Norway

Simen Johan, Lumen Travo Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Breeding Ground, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY

Simen Johan, Hordaland Kunstsenter, Bergen, Norway and Rogaland Kunstsenter, Stavanger, Norway


Evidence of Things Unseen, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY


Room to Play, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY


And Nothing Was to Be Trusted, Benham Studio Gallery, Seattle, WA

And Nothing Was to Be Trusted, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY


Simen Johan, The Physics Room, Christchurch, New Zealand

Recent Works, Cortland Jessup Gallery, New York, NY


Self Portraits, Cortland Jessup Gallery, Provincetown, MA


Simen Johan, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY

Simen Johan, Galleri Lava, Stockholm, Sweden

Selected group exhibition


The SuperNatural, 21c Museum Hotel, Nashville, TN


Another North: Landscape Reimagined, Scandinavia House, New York, NY


From Vision Machines to Instagram: Preus Museum Twenty Years, Preus Museum, Horten, Norway

Director's Cut: Recent Photography Gifts to the NCMA, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

100+: A Photograph For Every Year of the MIA, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minneapolis, MN

Fra Synsmaskiner Til Instagram: Preus Museum 20 År, Preus Museum, Karljohansvern, Horten, Norway

Beastly/Tierisch, Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland

Tech 4 Change, Vestfossen Kunstlaboratorium, Øvre Eiker, Norway


New Mythologies: Supernatural States and Polar Exploration, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred University, Alfred, NY

The Collector’s Eye: The Maloney Collection, FotoFest 2014, Silver Street Studios, Houston, TX

Birds, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery, New York, NY


Myths & Realities, Visual Arts Gallery at the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Unnatural Formations: Three Contemporary Photographers at Scandinavia House, Nordic Center in America, New York, NY

The Perfect Storm, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY


Beautiful Vagabonds: Birds in Contemporary Photography, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY


Dead or Alive: Nature Revisited, Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

Other as Animal, Danese Gallery, New York, NY


Extended Family: Contemporary Connections, Brooklyn Museum, New York


Presumed Innocence, Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, MA

Pubertet, Haugar Vestfold Kunstmuseum, Tønsberg, Norway


All for Art!, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Canada

The Digital Portrait, Clamp Art, New York, NY

Lost in the Woods, University of Arizona Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ

New Acquisitions, 21C Museum, Louisville, KY

Photographic Culture, CONTACT Toronto Photography Festival, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, Canada


Creepy Crawlies, Ipswich Art Gallery, Ipswich, Australia

Drawn, Exposed, & Impressed, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

New to View: Recent Acquisitions in Photography, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA


Picturing Eden, George Eastman Museum Rochester, NY (traveling); Herbert Johnson Museum, Cornell University, NY; John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, Florida; Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute, Utica, NY, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, Iowa

Acting Out: The Invented Melodrama in Contemporary Photography, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA and the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY

The Children’s House, Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI

In Focus: Contemporary Photography From the Allen G. Thomas Jr. Collection, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC


Photography Reborn, Kresge Gallery, Ramapo College, NJ

Changeling, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia

The Picture of Innocence: Children in Modern Photography, Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN

Dreamweavers, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY

Beginning Here: 101 Ways, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY

Pool Party, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY

The Beauty of Darkness, Reflex Gallery, Amsterdam, The Neatherlands


Only Skin Deep, International Center of Photography, New York, NY

Niños, Centro de Arte de Salamanca, Spain

Migration, A Barents Art Project, Grenseland Museum, Kirkenes, Norway (to travel to Norway,

Sweden, Finland, and Russia through 2004)


Role Play in Self-Portrait Photography, Zabriskie Gallery, New York, NY

New Acquisitions, Los Angeles Contemporary Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Into the Woods, Julie Saul Gallery, New York, NY

Evidence of Things Unseen, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY

Situated Realities, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD and Minneapolis College of Art and Design, MN


Chelsea Rising, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA

In a New York State of Mind, Embassy of Sweden, Washington, DC

Go Fish, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, CO


Don’t Follow Patterns, Empire Bronze Foundry, Queens, NY

Images in a Post-Photographic Age, Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY


The Artist as Patron, The Alternative Museum, New York, NY

Images in a Post-Photographic Age, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY

Artists of Our Times III, The Alternative Museum, New York, NY

Revolution in Technology: Past and Present, Foreman Gallery, Hartwick College, Oneonta, NY

Transcending Limits: Moving Beyond Mainstream, Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin, TX


Re-conceptualizations of a Vision, Goldstrom Gallery, New York, NY

Sixth Annual New York Digital Salon, Visual Arts Museum, New York, NY (traveled to Italy, Spain

and Portugal through 1999)

(R)evolution, Bianca Pilat Contemporary Art Gallery and Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of

Science and Technology, Milan, Italy


SVA Alumni, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, NY


The Art Market, Gen Art, New York, NY


Bit by Bit, Post-Photographic Imaging, Hunter College Times Square Gallery, New York, NY


Disposable Generation, CB’s 313 Gallery, New York, NY


21C Museum, Louisville, KY

Art and Learning Center & Union Gallery, University of Maryland, College Park, MD

The Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario, Canada

Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO

Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

LaSalle Bank, Chicago, IL

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Museet for Fotokunst – Brandts, Denmark

North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC

Norsk Museum for Fotografi - Preus Fotomuseum, Norway

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX

Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA

Collections Grants and Awards


The George A. and Eliza Gardner Howard Foundation Grant for Photography, Providence, RI


The Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant, New York, NY

American-Scandinavian Foundation Grant, New York, NY


MacDowell Colony Fellowship, Peterborough, NH


New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, Brooklyn, NY



“The Speakeasy with Dorian.” WFMU, 91.1FM & 90.1FM, 27 March.


“Kultur Nytt.” NRK1, (Norwegian Television), 14 Oct.


“The Speakeasy with Dorian.” WFMU, 91.1FM & 90.1FM, 10 Nov.

“The Leonard Lopate Show.” WNYC, 820AM & 93.9FM, 28 Oct.

Selected Bibliography


Fortin, Hugo. “Simen Johan: Wilderness Stories.” Blind 22 December 2019

Fahling, Sara. “Award Nomination: Simen Johan.” YIELD December 2019

Johan, Simen. “The Back Page: Simen Johan.” Photograph November 2019

Glaviano, Alessia. “The magic world of Simen Johan.” Vogue 26 September 2019

Rapp, Adam. "The Sand and the Snow." The New York Times Style Magazine 10 April 2019

“Stunning Surreal Opposites: Simen Johan.” Beautiful Now March 2019


“La Storia Infinita.” Amica June 2017

Fu, Joanna. “The Nature of the World is Ambiguous.” Cityzine April 2017

“On Post-Production, Pt. 3: Inside the fantastical world of photographer Simen Johan.” British Journal of Photography 27 January 2017


Horne, Rebecca. “These Nature Photographs Aren’t What They Seem.” Nautilus 14 July 2016

Rexer, Lyle. “Interview: Simen Johan.” Photograph Magazine July/August 2016

Meyers, William. “Gravity Defiers, Fashion Mavens and Shape Shifters.” Wall Street Journal 24 June 2016

Aletti, Vince. “Simen Johan.” The New Yorker 27 June 2016

“Simen Johan” Scandinavian Traveler 2 June 2016

“Simen Johan's Ninth Exhibition at Yossi Millo Gallery.” Juxtapoz Magazine 31 May 2016

Carassai, Elisa. “Simen Johan at Yossi Miro.” Wallpaper* 26 May 2016

Cascone, Sarah. “How Simen Johan Transforms Nature into Fantasy at Yossi Milo.” Artnet News 26 May 2016

Campbell, Maxwell. “Simen Johan’s Wildlife Illusions.” The New Yorker 19 May 2016.

Pereira, Lorenzo. “Amalgamation of Anthropomorphic and Zoomorphic in the New Simen Johan Exhibition at Yossi Milo.” Widewalls 17 May 2016.

Seymour, Tom. “Simen Johan’s matrix of the natural world go on show in New York.” British Journal of Photography 3 May 2016.


Don’t Call Me a Photographer! Ivorypress: Madrid, 2015

Leen, Sarah. “Picturing an Imaginary Animal Kingdom” National Geographic Proof 11 March 2015


“Goings On About Town: Art, Simen Johan” New Yorker, November 2013.

“Simon Johan’s Digitally Manipulated Photographs of Animals at Yossi Milo Gallery” Architectural Digest, 28 October, 2013

“The One Show You Must See in NYC this Season.” Condé Nast Traveler 30 September 2013.

Allende, Monica. “Simen Johan: Evidence of Things Unseen.” Ojodepez Volume 13 (2013)


Leibach, Julie. “One Picture, Simen Johan.” Audubon Magazine Nov. – Dec. (2012)

Meyers, William. “Lay of the Land and Strange Sights.” The Wall Street Journal. 14-15 July, (2012).

Zimmer, Carl. “Friends with Benefits” Time Magazine February 20, 2012.

Piatti, Elisabetta. “Simen Johan: Until the Kingdom Comes” Zoom Magazine Spring 2012.


Baldwin, Rosecrans. “The Eerie: Simen Johan [Interview].” The Morning News. 31 October (2011).

Aletti, Vince. “Beautiful Vagabonds.” The New Yorker. 29 August (2011): 20.

T, Adam. “Simen Johan.” Dallas. 29 August (2011): 67.

Hutson, Laura. “The weird and wonderful photographs of Simen Johan: In the Kingdom of the Unreal.” Nashville Scene. 21 April (2011).

Barrera, Aida. “Simen Johan.” Revista Origama (Mexico). February (2011).


Dead or Alive. Museum of Art and Design, NY.

“Simen Johan.” Måg (Norway). Issue 2 (2010): 56-63.

Baldini, Costanza. “Simen Johan.” Drome Magazine (Italy). Fall Issue (2010).

Galloway, Jordan. “Exquisite Corpses.” New York Press. 27 April (2010).

Siegel, Miranda. “Skip the Oil Paint.” New York Magazine. 25 April (2010).

Hameiri, Yam. “Perfect Vision.” Haaretz Magazine (Israel). 23 April (2010).

“Until the Kingdom Comes.” Marie Claire (Greece). February (2010).


D’Acquisto, Germano. “Gli animali di Simen Johan raccontano le nostre paure.” Marie Claire (Italy), October (2009).

“Simen Johan.” Camerata (Korea). Volume 27, November (2009): 48-55.

Aletti, Vince. “Goings on About Town: Simen Johan.” The New Yorker. 21 September (2009): 20.

“Until the Kingdom Comes.” Modern Luxury. September/October (2009): 54.

Jovanovic, Rozalia. “Truth Beauty.” The Rumpus. 24 April, (2009)

Jiang, Rong. “Virtuality and Reality.” Chinese Photography (China). Issue 75 (2009): 27-28 & 44-47.

Clarke, Indigo. “Life is but a Dream.” Oyster (Australia). Issue 75 (2009): 94-95.


Presumed Innocence. Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park, MA. P. 18, 107 & 148.


All for Art! In Conversation with Collectors. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. p. 218.

My Soviet Union, by Michael Dumanis. University of Massachusetts Press. Cover.

Light and Lens, by Robert Hirsch. Focal Press. p. 119.

Black Magic, White Noise. Die Gestalten Verlag (Germany). p. 92-95, 150.

“two for one.” Adbusters. Nov/Dec (2007): 2.

Max, D.T. “The Gray One is Taking Over.” New York Times Magazine. 7 October (2007): 66.

Bright, Susan. “What both artists and advertisers have in common is staging of the real.” Photofile. Summer (2007): 27.

“New York Snapper Sees Red in Dundee.” Evening Telegraph and Post (Scotland). 14 August (2007): 2.

“CONTACT Press Clippings: In Pictures.” Globe and Mail. May (2007).

“The Unreal World.” en Route. May (2007): 74.

Milroy, Sarah. “Point, shoot, click, trick.” Globe and Mail (Canada). 5 May (2007): R12.

“Antecámera.” Picnic (Mexico). February (2007): 92-93.

Chabon, Michael. “Nostalgia: It’s Only Make-Believe.” Details. Jan/Feb (2007): 102-105.

Clarke, Indigo. “Doors of Perception: Art by Simen Johan.” BIG. (2007): 67.

Lee, Gwen. “Simen Johan.” Ish (Singapore). 8.1 (2007).

“Qu’est-ce que la photographie aujourd’hui?” Beaux Arts. (2007).

The Drawbridge (United Kingdom). 5(2007): 5.


Picturing Eden, by Deborah Klochko. George Eastman House.

Full of Grace, by Ray Merritt. Cygnet Foundation. p. 329.

Aletti, Vince. “Goings on About Town: Simen Johan.” The New Yorker. 27 March (2006): 16.

Tikhonova, Yulia. “Simen Johan, Yossi Milo Gallery.” Sculpture. December (2006): 75-76.

Bo, Li. “Gallery: The Foreland of Photography Market.” Chinese Photography July (2006).

Esquire (Russia). July/August (2006):122-129.

Esquire (Russia). December (2006): 209.

Girard, Marie-Claude. “Les enfants ont bien changé.” La Presse (Canada) 4 January 2006: Cover.

International Photo Magazine 1 (2006): 36.

Lingard, Jason. “Simen Johan.” Nothing Magazine. 11 (2006).

Mitchell, Chris. “Simen Johan, Until the Kingdom Comes.” Lifelounge (Australia). 2. (2006): 26-33.

Mouvement (France). April/June (2006): 136-137.

Photo District News. March (2006): 54.

Powers, Bill. “Welcome to the Age of Entitlement.” Blackbook. (2006): 80-81.

Robinson, Andrew. “Illuminating Artifice.” Gay City News. June (2006): 8-14.

Schwartz, Staci. Village Voice. 8 March (2006): 51.

“Simen Johan.” Rojo (Spain). December (2006): Cover, 114-117.

“Special Exhibitions- Drawn, Exposed, & Impressed: Simen Johan.” The Cleveland Museum of Art.

“The AI Eye: Editors’ Pick of Art for Sale.” ArtInfo 29 March 2006.

Therond, Eve. “North Wind.” Whitewall. 4(2006): 113-115.

Westerstad, Elsa. “Simen Johan.” Odd at Large (Sweden). June/July (2006): 42-46.

“Witches.” Vision (China). July (2006): 142-145.

Wolinski, Natacha. “Cap Au Nord.” Beaux Arts. 269 (2006).


Photography Reborn, by Jonathan Lipkin. Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Publishers. pp. 11, 82-87, 84-85.

Antimanuél d’Éducation Sexuelle. Éditions Bréal (France). pp. 166 & 194.

Designed to Help. Die Gestalten Verlag (Germany). pp. 103-112.

Acting Out. Essay by Kathleen A. Edwards. University of Iowa Museum of Art. Cover & pp. 35-37.

Brakewood, John Peter. “Je de Rôles.” art actuel. 41(2005).

Coleman, A.D. “Painting with Photographs: The Hybrid Vision of Simen Johan.” AG Magazine (UK). 38(2005): Cover & p. 20-27.

“Cuando papa sale de viaje.” Picnic. July/Aug, 5(2005): 85-93.

“Evidence of Things Unseen.” Beautiful/Decay Magazine (UK). J (2005): Cover & p. 50-55.

Farrington, Susan. “Art Museum Opens Singular Photography Exhibit.” The Sanford Herald 13 April (2005): 2C & Cover.

Gravagnuolo, Emma. “La Covata Malefica.” Arte (Italy). Sept. (2005): 64-70.

Hirsch, Rob. “An Alternative View.” Digital Camera Magazine (United Kingdom). 31(2005): 28.

Kuizinaitė, Gabrielė. “Vaikisko pasaulio atspindziai.” 7 Meno Dienos (Lithuania). 11 March (2005): 10.

Kuizinaitė, Gabrielė. “Norvegų šiuolaikinės dailės tendencijos.” akiraciai (Lithuania). 2 (2005).

Kuizinaitė, Gabrielė. “Simenas Johanas: Stengiuosi Suprantamai Pasakoti Istorijas.” Literatüra ir menas (Lithuania). 15 March (2005): 7.

Patterson, Tom. “An Eye for the Unusual.” Winston-Salem Journal. 19 June 2005.

Sanaç, Ekin. “Simen Johan.” Bant (Turkey). June (2005).

Sanchez, Marisa C. “Photographers and Printmakers in the Digital Studio.” Artl¡es. 46 (2005).

Shepherd, Jan. “Photography Debut.” Boston Sunday Globe 27 March 2005.

Smith, Roberta. “Postmodern Wandering In a Forest of Poses.” The New York Times 2 September (2005): E27.

The Big City (Russia). 2 February 2005.


Simen Johan. Kunstnernes Hus (Norway). Curated by Malin Barth. Essays by A.D. Coleman & Gisle Ledel Johannessen.

Wonderland. Die Gestalten Verlag (Germany). pp. 110-119.

Amdam, Peter. “Barnestreker.” Natt & Dag (Norway). October (2004): 14.

Arntzen, Mari Grinde. “Barndommens by.” Aftenposten (Norway). 15 October (2004): 6-7.

Baker, Kenneth. “Simen Johan.” Art News. June (2004): 120.

Carlin, Carrie.” Growing Pains.” City Weekly (Australia). August (2004): 22.

“Changeling.” Artlink (Australia). December (2004): 76.

“Changeling.” The BRAG (Australia). November (2004): 50.

Chatiliez, Philippe. “Bodgan et Vasile contre le destin.” Extra Small (France). Fall Issue (2004): 90-95.

“Crazy Kids.” TNT Magazine (Australia). 11 August (2004): 4.

Elton, Lars. “Scary Monsters.” VG (Norway). 42.274 (2004).

Eriksen, Thor Gjermund. “Siste Sjanse.” Dagbladet (Norway). 11 November (2004): 42.

“God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” The Art Life. 9 December 2004.

“Growing Pains.” Sunday Telegraph Magazine (Australia). 12 December (2004): 10.

Hageberg, Arne Olav L. “Det ingen vaksne såg.” Vårt Land (Norway). 18 December (2004): Cover & 20-21.

Hauer, Gérald. “Une Société Génétiquement Modifiée.” Préférences (France).(2004):72-76.

Hill, Peter. “Sticks and Bones.” Sydney Morning Herald (Australia). 11 December (2004), Visual Arts Section: 13.

“Innercity-Long Walk Home.” SOMA. 18.4 (2004): 78.

le Loët, Karine. “Salem Sur Outreau.” Préférences (France). July (2004): 106-112.

Matsue, Misho. “Simen Johan.” Ryuko Tsushin (Japan). April (2004): 111.

Photo District News. January (2004): 114.

Rexer, Lyle. “The Arbus Effect.” Art on Paper. Jan/Feb (2004): 66-69.

Sandor, Claudia C. “Simen Johan.” Fjords (Norway) Fall Issue (2004): 3.

Saunders, George. “Fiction: Bohemians.” The New Yorker. 19 January (2004): 75.

Slater, Lauren. “The Devil is Her Only Friend.” New York Magazine 20 September (2004): p. 47.

“The Week’s Best Exhibitions.” Sydney Morning Herald (Australia). 19-25 November, Metro Section (2004): 2.

“Visual art: Changeling.” The Weekend (Australia). 27-28 November (2004): 17.

Zeaman, John. “What You See is No Necessarily What You Get.” The Record. 28 November (2004): E-8.


Rexer, Lyle, Simen Johan: Room to Play. Monograph from Twin Palms Publishers, 2003.

Ninos, Centro de Arte de Salamanca (Spain).

Aletti, Vince. “Fall Preview: Simen Johan.” Village Voice Sept. 2003.

Aletti, Vince. “Voice Choices: Simen Johan.” Village Voice 12 Nov. 2003 pg 51.

“Amazing Sight.” Boiler Magazine (Italy), 2003.

Børresen, Einar. “Mytisk Barndom.” Rogalands Avis 12 March 2003: pg 29.

Borgen, Trond. “Syntetisk Barndom.” Stavanger Aftenblad 14 March 2003: 14 pg 40.

Checchi, Rosanna. “Simen Johan.” Zoom International (Italy), November/December 2003.

Frøystad, Ann Kristin. “Provoserer i USA.” Bergens Avisen 24 Jan. 2003: pg 33.

Gardner, Jay. “Books.” Picture May/June 2003: pg 59.

“Goings on About Town: Simen Johan.” The New Yorker 27 Oct 2003: pg 16.

Hansen, Cathrine. K. “Klipper og Limer seg inn i Kunsthistorien.” Bergens Tidene 24 January 2003: pg 14.

Harper’s Magazine April 2003: pg 19.

“Images From the forthcoming monograph Room to Play.” Contents Jan. 2003: pg 52-57.

Kopalak, Eliza. “Simen Johan Wobec Dzieci.” Fotopozytyw No 10 2003: pg 49-54.

Lillebostad, Sissel. “Narrativ.” Billed Kunst January 2003 pg 22.

Ljunggren, Charlotte. “3 Svenskar i New York.” Konstvärlden & Disajn Issue 4 2003: pg 36, 42-43.

New Yorker, 3 November 2003.

Perring, Christian. “Review of Room to Play.” Metapsychology: Mental Help Net’s Bookstore.

Resnick, Mason. “Not Quite Right.” Popular Photography March 2003: pg 188.

Rexer, Lyle. “Seeing is Believing: Photographs by Simen Johan.” Aperture Magazine Fall 2003: pg cover, 66-75, 80.

Rice, Jennifer. “Room to Play.” Flaunt Spring 2003: pg 163.

Thérond, Eve. “Drôles de Jeux.” Photo March 2003: pg 12.

Tischer, Benjamin. “Dreams, Children & Self-Esteem.” FINE Issue 3 2003: pg 122, 126-127.

Webb, Sarah. “Simen Johan: Evidence of Things Unseen.” Fotophile, Issue #42 2003: pg cover, 6-15.

Wolfe, Kristin, L. “Room to Play.” Visual Arts Magazine Spring 2003: pg 7.

Yanagihara, Hanya. “Buying Young, Who, What, and Where.” Departures Nov/Dec. 2003: pg 146.


Strange Genius. Essay by John Bennette. 21st: The Journal of Contemporary Photog. pp. 140-141.

Aletti, Vince. “Voice Choices: Simen Johan.” Village Voice 12 March 2002: pg 77.

“Goings on About Town: Simen Johan.” The New Yorker 25 March 2002: pg 16.

Kitamura, Katie. “Simen Johan.” Contemporary May 2002: pg 113.

Magania, Alessandro. “Child’s Play.” Visionaire Magazine Sept/Oct 2002: pg 104.

Myers, Holly. “Maybe Context Isn’t Necessary.” Los Angeles Times 7 July 2002: pg 55-56.

“Provoserer med Barnebilder i New York.” Aftenposten 21 Feb. 2002: pg 16.

Rexer, Lyle. “Fairy Tales Move to a Darker, Wilder Part of the Forest.” The New York Times 7 April 2002: pg 34.

Rexer, Lyle ed. Simen Johan: Room to Play. Twin Palms Publishers, Santa Fe, NM

“The Architect of Photography.” Mariv USA 22 March 2002: pg 13.

Widdicombe, Ben. “Private Eye.” Art & Auction Nov. 2002: pg cover, 99, 101-103.

Wood, John and John Bennette, ed. “Strange Genius.” The Journal of Contemporary Photography pg 140-141.


Chelsea Rising. Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans.

Photographic Possibilites. Focal Press. By Robert Hirsch and John P. Valentino. 2nd ed. p. 242.

Aletti, Vince. “Voice Choices: Simen Johan.” Village Voice 3 April 2001: pg 77.

Black Book Magazine Spring 2001: pg 174.

Bookhardt, Eric D. “Been there, Viewed that.” Gambit Weekly’s 27 Feb. 2001 pg 26.

Bull, Stephen. “The Lexicon of Digital Art.” DPICT (Incorporating Creative Camera) April/May 2001: pg cover, 32-35.

Hirsch, Robert and John P. Valentino. Photographic Possibilities 2nd edition, Focal Press 2001: pg 242.

Hoffengh, Sissel. “Ubehag i Galleriet.” Dagsavisen 4 March 2001: pg cover, 26-27.

Leroy, JT. “Smack Filled Balloons.” Black Book Magazine Fall 2001: pg. 42, 146-149.

Ochayon, Karen. “That’s My Signature.” Mariv USA 19 July 2001: pg 4-5.

“Offerlammet.” Korn Issue # 149 2001: pg 16-17.

“Room to Play.” Kid’s Wear Winter 2001: pg 36.

“Simen Johan: Goings on About Town.” The New Yorker 2 April: pg 17.

Sullivan, Al. “Sensations magazine explores sexual leanings in America.” The Secaucus Reporter, 7 October 2001: 8.

Widdicombe, Ben. “Just Desserts.” Jalouse Sept. 2001: pg 72-75.


Cotter, James A. “Simen Johan, Shock Value.” Photo Insider Magazine Jan/Feb 2000: pg 16-21.

“Flash Art Agenda: New York.” Flash Art, 2122000.

Gullestad. Frida H. “Jakter på det Bizarre.” Adresseavisen (Norway), 28 Aug. 2000: 9.

Horton, Anne. “Preview: Friends Without a Border Annual Benefit Auction.” Black & White Magazine, 92000: 56.

“Mostre New York.” PHOTO June 2000: pg 16.

“Norsk kunstner i New York.” Dagsavisen 19 April 2000: pg 34.

“Portfolio - Simen Johan.” Photo Metro Magazine volume 18 issue 159 2000: pg 10-17.

Sandvik, Hilde. “Bare barn er barn.” Dagbladet 21 July 2000: pg 14-15.

Weideman, Paul. “Surrogates for Humanity.” New Mexican 8 Sept. 2000 pg 24-25.

Widdicombe, Ben. “Parlay Profits into Art.” Art Collector Oct/Dec. 2000: pg 38-39.


“Artist as a Patron.” The New York Art World Nov. 2000: pg 3.

Halm, David and Emily Sarah Prawda. “Five to Watch.” Visual Arts Journal, the Photography Issue. 1999: 22

“Images in a Post-Photographic Age.” CEPA Gallery. September 17- December 17, 1999.


Crosby, David. “Simen Johan.” ZOOM International Sept/Oct 1998: pg 30-35.

“Hot Tips: A Digital Sneak Peak.” Good Times Magazine 3 Nov. 1998: pg 3.


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