John began working as a professional photographer in 1987 after studying photography at the Antonelli Institute of Art and Photography. Immediately he discovered the possibilities of creating art within fashion but found a more natural fit for his work in storytelling as a photojournalist. His work reflects this whether it’s in a single image created during a fashion shoot or a photo essay published in a newspaper.
John’s travels in Iceland in 2001 placed him in an area of photography he rarely explored, the landscape. He found the traditional approach unrealistic with the way he liked to travel. So, he made the best of whatever opportunity he found. Whether the skies were thick with clouds or bright and welcoming, John made his way through Iceland over a period of several years and captured what he experienced.
As described in The Philadelphia Inquirer’s review of a 2007 exhibition, “Welsh seems to be working in the area between documentary photography and art.” So far his Icelandic images have been exhibited in Pennsylvania, North Dakota, New Jersey and Ontario, Canada. They also have been gifted to the Embassy of Iceland in Washington, D.C.
Welsh has taught within various intern programs through his work at Suburban Publications in Wayne, Pennsylvania, is part of the faculty at Wayne Art Center and has also taught honors program workshops in photography at Villanova University.
Photo copyright 2011 Shawn Henry.