Davidjohn Lotto (1947-2014) worked and lived in Sacramento, California. He was self-taught and had been taking photographs for over twenty years. He assisted Oliver Gagliani in his Nevada workshops for three years, teaching silver-based technique, but he ulimately found his own voice in the platinum/palladium process. He used vintage, brass and Petzval lenses, as well as older soft-focus lenses to capture his images. His meticulous printing on handmade Japanese gampi and on Arches Platine papers created images that evoke the soulful sensitivity of early Pictoralism. His latest work had been undertaken with digital negatives made from scanned wet-plate collodion positives. "It is the best of both worlds: a one-of-a-kind wet plate image and a beautiful platinum print".
Davidjohn had a degree in Psychology and was a life-long student of Buddism. "I have always been interested in emotional states and photography merges perfectly with these two interests, allowing me to explore my emotions visually as well as psychologically and spiritually".
For him, photography was "a way to portray the inevitable but difficult process of understanding and coming to terms with self".
Davidjohn's work has been published in B&W Magazine and View Camera Magazine.