He was in his 20’s when he bought his first stereo set and a camera, the usual acquisitions for someone who has recently enlisted in the military. Since then, John Curry has been honing his skill and deepening his appreciation for photography.A construction engineer by training, has also worked as an educator, having spent eight years teaching at public and private schools around the U.S.
It was while he was a photography instructor at the Orme School, near Cordes Junction, Arizona, that he had the opportunity to work with Jay Dusard, who studied under Ansel Adams. “We had a fine arts festival each year,” explained Curry, “and Jay lived in Prescott. We worked together on that annual event for four years and I learned a lot from him.
“It was also while I was at Orme that I entered my first contest, at the Prescott fair, and won a first place in color slides.”
Visitors to the Arivaca Artists' Co-op will see Curry’s love of the western landscape. “I’ve traveled to all 50 state and photographed scenery in every one of them. At one point, I did a loop of the U.S. on my motorcycle and covered 10,000 miles in 66 days, taking pictures along the way.”
Since joining the Co-op he has expanded his portfolio to include Arivaca imagery, both landscapes and village scenes. Recently he has begun experimenting with printing his work on aluminum.
After retiring in 2001 from 20 years with the Army Corps of Engineers, Curry taught adult seminar classes in construction as well as working as a consultant. Curry and his wife started looking at places to live, and in 2007 their search eventually led them to southern Arizona and Tubac. They ended up purchasing property in Amado.
“You could say, I was born in the southeast, schooled in the Great Lakes, worked in the northwest and southwest, and choose to live in the southwest. Arizona has every thing, except the ocean.
“ I love the warm southwest weather and monsoons. The open country and people; the back roads, such as Ruby Road, and the small towns of Arivaca, Patagonia, Bisbee, Tombstone and Tubac,” said Curry.
It was when they began furnishing their house that they discovered the mesquite furniture of Nancy Fricchione, one of the Co-op’s first members, and that led him to the enclave of some of Arivaca artists.
Curry uses a digital Cannon camera and works from his home studio where he prints his own images for some of the community events he has photographed. He is interested in expanding his reach with his aluminum prints to other Arizona galleries and was recently informed that some of his photographs were selected for the Discover Southern Arizona magazine.
He can be reached at email@example.com or 602.770.7671.