John Andrulis studied photography at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia and did his graduate work in photojournalism at the University of Montana. Born and raised in central New Jersey, John grew up going to the Jersey Shore every summer and visiting Manhattan as a child to see his grandmother.
When he returned to the East Coast after living out West for some years, he began traveling up and down Jersey shore towns with his old black and white Nikon film camera. The result was two books of photography: The Jersey Shore (Summer) and the The Jersey Shore (Winter), which are arranged sequentially to tell the story of each picturesque community as well as John’s own photographic experience; one photograph will often lead right to the next image.
Portraits, beachscapes, cityscapes, street shots, ferris wheels, roller coasters, Jersey girls, lighthouses, bridges and bicycles are all captured in these patriotic celebrations of some of America’s best beach towns.
In July of 2007, John released Highlands Drawbridge (Connecting Communities) to help try to save the Route 36 to Sandy Hook Highlands Drawbridge which is slated to be demolished for a super-structure bridge at taxpayer’s expense.
In all his work, John not only tries to capture the aesthetic beauty of a scene or location and the essence of a person’s character, but he seeks to capture the essence of a city and community through narrative projects.
His newest book, Manhattan (Black and White Narrative) took a year to complete. John rented an apartment in New York to spend more time there and he moved to Manhattan full-time in the beginning of 2009. Before New York City, John was living in Philadelphia for several years and completed the final edition of his book Philadelphia (Documentations) in the winter of 2008. With his signature style, John weaves together portraits, urbanscapes and beautiful fine art photography in a visual tapestry commemorating the City of Brotherly Love.
Philadelphia’s brownstones, boathouse row, cobblestone streets, charismatic citizens, hoagies shops and fine dining restaurants are brought together to tell the tale of one of American’s oldest and greatest cities.
After teaching in the California public school system, John covered soccer’s World Cup in Japan and Korea for the Princeton Packet newspaper. He returned from his travels and accepted a job working as the Sports Editor and Photographer for The Ravalli Republic newspaper in Hamilton, Montana. A year later he continued freelancing while working on his graduate degree in Missoula, Montana. John’s freelance work has appeared in such magazines as Montana Living, Bucks and the national city-guide Where.
John opened up his first art gallery in New Hope in June of 2007. He then began work on his next photography book New Hope. In search of a larger space for his gallery, John crossed the Delaware to Lambertville and opened JAG Fine Art in February, 2008. The extra wall space has allowed John to hang his large (52×38 in) and medium format prints (43×33) in addition to his standard 16×20 prints. All his limited edition black and white prints are signed and matted and hung with black wood frames. Unframed prints are available upon request.