Influenced by the codices of Leonardo DaVinci, the landscape painters of the Song Dynasty, and the tectonic environmental changes of the anthropocene, Justin Brice Guariglia makes large-scale, resolution-rich photographic works of art using industrial materials, commodities and natural history.

His painterly images explore the landscape of the anthropocene.

“…a great stride has been made when we turn our back on the real…and watch for the hour at which the storm that has been gathering during our unconscious sleep will break with sufficient force to make sleep cease.”
– Marcel Proust
Remembrance of Things Past (Swann’s Way)



Justin Brice Guariglia (b. 1974) is an American visual artist whose large-scale photographs explore the landscape of the anthropocene.

Guariglia was born and raised in Maplewood, New Jersey, next to the home of Hudson River School painter Asher B. Durand. He went on to study Liberal Arts at Wake Forest University, and art history in 1995 under the legendary art historian Teresio Pignatti in Venice, Italy. In 1996, Guariglia moved to Beijing, China to study Chinese and would remain in Asia for nearly two decades, residing in Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Taipei, documenting the rapid changes of Asian society, culture and landscape.

In 2007 Guariglia published his first monograph with the Aperture Foundation, which was accompanied by a 99 piece traveling exhibition, followed by his second monograph in 2008 with Chronicle Books, and a third book in 2011 published by de.MO. His books have been reviewed in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and numerous other publications, and have won awards with the Art Directors Club of America, Communications Arts, and Independent Publishers Group. His work is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Guariglia was nominated for the 2014 Sovereign Art Prize by UCCA Beijing director Philip Tinari and in 2015, Guariglia began collaborating with NASA to gather new and unique photographic source materials.

He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.


Sovereign Art Foundation

Spring 2014

Nominated for the Sovereign Art Prize by UCCA Director Phil Tinari
Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong

Deep Time

2 September - 7 October 2012

Noorderlicht International Photofestival
Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen/Oranjewoud, Netherlands



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