John Waller was born in Edgartown, MA in 1976 and grew up in Western Massachusetts. In his formative years he discovered skateboarding, whose syncretic culture and outsider attitude shaped his outlook on creativity and life. As an adult, he tinkered with electronic music and relocated to Philadelphia. While living there, he completed a BFA in Multimedia at The University of the Arts (2010). Since then, he has dedicated his creative time to photography.
Waller’s photography is informed by his previous experience with sample-based music. He approaches the camera like a digital sampler, exploring its ability to cut-up slices of visual information and re-contextualize them by proximity, point/counter-point, motif, rhythm and repetition. He utilizes these properties in the context of his relationship to places; foremost the idea of a hometown. In praxis, Waller makes pictures while walking around the small city of Holyoke, MA.
His publications reside in the collections of the Fisher Fine Arts Library at the University of Pennsylvania and the Photobook Café Archive. Permanent Drift, a recent monograph published by Daylight Books, was recently reviewed in Frames Magazine.