John O'Hagan is a photographer and director. He was born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in the suburbs of Dayton, Ohio and Washington DC. He studied photography and film at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, and New York University. For a time he worked as an assistant to musician/photographer David Byrne.
"Whether it is a wide open landscape or someone's living room, I have always been fascinated by the relationship between person and place--how humans are impacted by their surroundings, and vice versa--specifically in American culture. The New Topographics photography of Robert Adams and the documentary road photography of Lee Friedlander and Robert Frank have been enormous inspirations. The Americans changed my life." -John O'Hagan
In addition to his longtime pursuit of photography, O'Hagan has also created a body of work as a film director. He directed the award-winning documentary film, Wonderland, about the birth of suburbia and America's first mass-produced "cookie cutter" town -- Levittown, New York. O'Hagan is in post-production on his next documentary film, Waveland, about "the town America lost in the storm" during Hurricane Katrina -- Waveland, Mississippi.
O'Hagan is also currently working on a large format photography project, American Citadels, about the walled desert communities of Nevada and Southern California.