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John Nation, Photographer

Anyone who’s been a fan of Louisville magazine over the years would find it hard to separate photographer John Nation’s work from the magazine itself. Nation celebrated his 30th year at the publication in 2007.

Although not a native of the Derby City, Nation attended the University of Louisville, then joined the magazine after a hitch in the U.S. Navy. His work has since taken him to Russia, Romania, and other places, but he keeps returning home to Louisville: He has attended every Derby since the mid-1970s. One of his other favorite subjects is his daughter, Grace, and he says that he also enjoys food shoots.

In honor of his anniversary with the magazine, Nation’s work was featured in a special exhibition at the U of L Photographic Archives in spring 2007.

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Louisville photographer John Nation, pampered pets, Muth’s Candies, and Jefferson Memorial Forest. (#120)