JOE RAMOS Photography
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"I hate cameras. They are so much more sure than I am about everything." ~ John Steinbeck
Originally from the Salinas Valley, San Francisco photographer Joe Ramos has been photographing for over 40 years. He studied photography at the San Francisco Art Institute with Richard Conrat, Dorothea Lange's last assistant. He considers himself a documentary photographer and has large bodies of imagery from the Salinas Valley and San Francisco's Mission District.
His botanical photography attests to his love of the natural world and during his travels he goes out of his way to visit municipal gardens. Not satisfied photographing plants as mere botanical specimens, Ramos portrays them with a sensitivity to their sculptural shapes and ethereal colors. Often his botanical images are pure abstraction.
Ramos is most comfortable taking portraits which is evident in his images of people in his documentary work. His sensitivity towards his subjects and the trust they give in return imbue his images with great strength.
Since 2006 he has been taking portraits for San Francisco's Project Homeless Connect, a non-profit that offers services to the city's poor and homeless in bi-monthly events held at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. He has taken over 1000 portraits at these events and the archive of images from Project Homeless Connect has become a compendium of compelling portraits. Many of the portraits will be exhibited in an exibition at the San Francisco Main Branch Library in early 2012.
Besides Dorothea Lange, Ramos admires photographers Robert Frank, Edward Weston, Henri Cartier Bresson, Imogen Cunningham, Yousof Karsh, Paul Strand among others. Photography for Ramos has become a way for him to document both the simple and the profound.