DANIEL JOHNSTON: here is an in-depth photographic study of legendary singer-songwriter and visual artist Daniel Johnston. The culmination of an intimate five-year collaboration and friendship, DANIEL JOHNSTON: here captures rare and beautifully moving moments of one of the most compelling artists today. The photographs not only chronicle Johnston’s life on the road during his worldwide tours, but also his prolific life at home in Waller, Texas. A traveling exhibition launched in conjunction with this first-ever photography book on Johnston. The photographs are a selection from thousands of photographs captured on film from 2008 to 2012. DANIEL JOHNSTON: here was underwritten entirely by Johnston’s fans around the world via Kickstarter, becoming one of its most successful photography projects.
The exhibition and limited first edition photography book launched on March 13, 2013, at Okay Mountain Gallery in Austin, Texas, during South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival. Co-founder of SXSW and The Austin Chronicle Louis Black hosted the opening night celebration of DANIEL JOHNSTON: here, which featured intimate performances by Daniel Johnston, including tribute performances by Common Prayer (lead by Jason Russo of Hopewell and Mercury Rev) and Lost Boy ?. The second stop of the traveling exhibition was in London, England, from May-June 2013, hosted by the creative agency and gallery Protein. The opening night included special performance by Johnston, as well as, tribute performances by Charlie Voyeur and the Voyeurs with Steffan Halperin of the Klaxons. The New York City exhibition and book release of DANIEL JOHNSTON: here took place on October 10, 2013, in Brooklyn, New York, hosted by J. Spaceman of Spaceman 3 and Spiritualized who gave a special tribute performance along with Glen Hansard of The Frames and The Swell Season, and Brooklyn musician Sean Bones.
PHOTOGRAPHY & EXHIBITION PRODUCTION
BY JUNG KIM