Jon Linton has been immersed in the art world for more than 2 decades. After graduating from Eastern Illinois University with a liberal arts degree in 1987, Jon went on to work in for Ralph Lauren in NYC. A colleague from Polo had left the fashion industry for a life in the gallery business and urged Jon to follow. Linton would start an art magazine in Arizona in 1998 for which he published for a decade.His publishing concern has also been responsible for creating exquisite books of art for many accomplished artists through the southwest and beyond.
Jon’s first experience with a camera came around the age of 12 or 13. Jon fondly recounts, “I used to borrow my mother’s 35 mm Minolta and take photographs around the neighborhood. I’d snappictures until the film ran out.”
The displaced Chicagoan has called the desert home for almost 3 decades. In recent years his days are spent making pictures, helping the voiceless or publishing art. Linton shares, “I am a man of deep passions and have a variety of interests. I never feel like anything that I do is necessarily work. For this, I’m truly blessed.”
In 2012, Jon would unveil a powerful body of street photography that captured the public’s attention, an exhibit called ‘I Have a Name’ followed. A book showcasing the work was published and the heartrending exhibition traveled through the west for several years. “I had always enjoyed landscape photography but it was only after the street portraits that I truly understood how deeply meaningful work in nature would become. Refuge from the painful images of the street has helped deliver photography that movesthe heart in different measure. “The desert has a quiet sense of calm. The pale blue sky, indigo mountains and majestic sunsetshave a way of stealing your heart”, says Jon.
Fine art photography is photography created in accordance with the vision of the artist as photographer and Ansel Adams believed photography to be more than mere medium for factual communication of ideas but rather a creative art. Mr. Linton only hopes that the work he creates finds resonance with its viewer and reflects, “A good photograph is seen with the eyes but a great photograph is felt in the soul.”