I graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA majoring in photography and moved to New York City to pursue a career in this field.
My photographs have been featured in Newsweek, The New York Times and various other publications.
In addition to photography, I also ran my own custom black and white print lab, collaborating with artists and photographers to create both commercial projects and works of art.
By 2007, I began to realize my greatest artistic reward in retouching. I provided technical and artistic support to Eugene Richards, photojournalist for “13 Books,” and an exhibition of mural prints created for National Geographic’s Festival of the Photograph. I collaborated with the photographer Richard P. Goodbody for the art book, Stories in Sterling: Four Centuries of Silver in New York (New-York Historical Society, 2011).
My retouching has been featured in dozens of art books and gallery catalogs, including Delight in Design: Indian Silver for the Raj (Mapin, 2008); Adornment in Clay: Ceramic Netsuke from the Richard R. Silverman Collection (Toledo Museum of Art, 2010); Les Enluminures’ Diamonds: The Collection of Benjamin Zucker (2019) and Rings Around the World (2016).
Photography, and retouching have made up the greater part of my life. Today, my professional objective is to collaborate and support my clients artistic intentions. This includes my commitment to giving clients high-quality, beautiful images while meeting their project goals.
Tiffany & Co., Jewelry
Eugene Richards, Photographer
Mike and Doug Starn, Artists
Phillips de Pury & Co. (now Phillips)
The Wallace Foundation
New-York Historical Society
The Jewish Museum
The Newark Museum
SPORK New York
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Adler Grier, Jewelry
The Toledo Museum of Art
I have worked with John Morgan for many years and cannot imagine collaborating with anyone else. His ever-evolving technical prowess is matched only by his kindness, patience, and creativity. He is not just a master of the science, but also the art of retouching. It is a rare and wonderful combination.
- Richard P. Goodbody, Photographer
All the boxes are checked: talent, expertise, temperament, patience, kindness, and a keen desire to accommodate. John is a joy with whom to work; he is wired to do this kind of thing.
- Darryl Pitt, owner, Depth of Field Management and curator of The Macovich Collection
When I send an image to John, I know that it will come back not just clean and balanced, but also enhanced in subtle ways that I never would have been able to think of myself, much less achieve.
- Richard P. Goodbody, Photographer
WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE TO WORK TOGETHER
You have a vision in mind. I work with you to bring it to light.
The first step? I start with listening and being transparent, so I deliver an end-product that far exceeds your expectations and makes your vision a reality. I apply my in-depth, extensive background based on the project requirements by using a combination of artistry, technical expertise, and the latest digital imaging tools. I also firmly believe that I bring vital components like consistency, reliability, and communication to the forefront to ensure a positive and successful outcome.
Developing and creating visual identities for a full array of projects and being surrounded by so much talent is why I continue to be excited about what awaits on the horizon.
My hope is our creative paths will converge someday.
“There are a lot of talented photographers, artists, and art directors out there. I just take the time to listen and make their good images great.”
- John Morgan