Jonah Samson: Pleasantville
September - November 2009
Jonah Samson's dark sense of humour and fascination with the macabre influences his recent series of photographs called Pleasantville. His hand-assembled and painted sets of murder scenes and sexual encounters are born out of our cultures attraction to sex and violence as entertainment, and walk the line between humour and tragedy.
Jonah Samson celebrated his first commercial gallery exhibit as a contributiong artist to View Master at G. Gibson Gallery in Seattle. Jonah has been writing, curating, collecting, and making art for over a decade. He is a contributor to the daily blog Cool Hunting, and his writing on photography has been included in several magazines across North America. Jonah recently published a collection of his Polaroid images of couples kissing in a book called Kissing Pictures 1998-2008. Tickl magazine will feature a spread of his playful and erotic Polaroids in their next issue due to be released in fall 2009. The Pleasantville series was included in the most recent Slideluck Potshow in New York, and has been featured in the Seattle Times, Seattle Weekly, the Utne Reader and DNA magazine.
Jonah currently lives in Vancouver. He is presently working on a new series of dioramic photographs called Noir, based on early 20th century crime scene photographs.