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Jonathan Macagba is an artist, designer, and scholar based in Brooklyn, New York. His research and teaching interests include the history, theory, and practice of photography, the history, theory, and practice of communication design, postwar American visual culture, suburban representations and the suburban imaginary, and works and theories of space and place. He holds an MA in Art History from Stony Brook University, and an MFA in Visual Art from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. He is currently a PhD candidate at Stony Brook University, where he is working to complete his dissertation on the role and influence of photography and the photo essay on Charles and Ray Eames’ multi-screen work, Glimpses of the USA, shown at the American National Exhibition in Moscow (ANEM) in 1959. Jonathan has worked for international creative agencies in New York, London, Paris, and Berlin including Saatchi & Saatchi, Publicis, FCB, EuroRSCG, and TBWA as a designer, art director, and creative director. He developed core concepts and big ideas for advertising and branding campaigns for clients including Nestlé, Sanofi, L’Oreal, Societe Generale, Pfizer, Bel Foods, and Total Energy. He worked as a photographic consultant for Digital Vision (Getty Images) and Veer (Corbis) to research and develop shoot ideas and themes the American and international markets. And, as a type designer, Jonathan has created more than a dozen custom and commercial typefaces, some of which have been licensed by font foundries including Adobe, Corbis, and Linotype. His current artistic practice involves repeated photographic engagements with his immediate surroundings, and the routines of daily life, as principal points of departure to draw out significance and meaning from uneventful encounters and the mundane.
photography (history, theory, practice); typography, graphic design, and advertising (history, theory, practice); twentieth century visual culture; suburban representations and the suburban imaginary; works on and theories of space and place