John Slemp

USA / United States
(404) 245-2411

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Born in Japan, John Slemp was a world traveler before he was a teen. After attending college on an academic scholarship, he served in the US Army stationed in Germany, and out of curiosity spent many hours visiting well-known museums throughout Europe. Little did he know that he was preparing for a life in commercial photography, with the world’s best art being a spellbinding tutor.  


Fast forward twenty-plus years, and his extensive photography experience allows him to create a wide variety of images including environmental still life, portraits, and lifestyle images.  


Light, shape, and composition are the tools used to create images for a wide variety of editorial, corporate, and advertising clients worldwide. Easy to work with, his goal is to create the best images possible for each assignment. A great sense of humor is an added plus, which keeps everyone on set loose and lively.  


As an aside, he’s a big fan of dogs, fly fishing, and a good cheeseburger. Oddly, he likes cutting the grass too, as it offers time to think..and we cut a lot of grass in the South.  


His work has won several industry awards, including three times being selected for the Best of ASMP competition. His fine art work hangs in a number of private and public collections, which he continues to actively exhibit.


Auto / Motor
Corporate / Business


Selected as a finalist three times (’08, ’15, ’20) in the annual American Society of Media Photographers's (ASMP) Best Of competition. Many years prior to that John had images selected three years running as a category winner in the annual US Army - Europe photo contest...which started it all.    

I was also honored in 2020 with two Editors Picks in the annual Aviation Week photo contest.  

I am pleased to share that an image has won accolades in the 2021 Plane & Pilot Your Flying World photo contest. Created in a hangar south of Atlanta, the 1916 Gnome et Rhone rotary engine was undergoing restoration at the time the image was taken. Owner Chris Hill is in the process of getting his replica Fokker DR-1 Dreidecker ready to fly with this engine, and was kind enough to allow me to photograph it during this stage of the process. Once completed, this will be one of the most period-correct aircraft of its type in the world.

Gallery Shows:

  • Upcoming exhibition at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
  • Art Institute of Atlanta, Dunwoody, Georgia. Solo exhibition, October - December 2021
  • The National Women Airforce Service Pilots Museum in Sweetwater, Texas. Fall 2021
  • Tucker Arts Guild Group Exhibition - Spring/Summer, 2019
  • Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center, Solo exhibition, November 2016 - April 2017
  • Fulton County Aviation Community Cultural Center, Solo exhibition, January-April 2016
  • The Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, Ga. Solo exhibition, April-June, 2014
  • Colquitt County Art Show, Moultrie, Ga. Group exhibition March-May, 2014
  • Tellus Science Museum, Cartersville, Ga. Solo exhibition, June-November, 2013
  • Emory Law School Library, Atlanta, Ga. Solo exhibition, March-May 2010
  • Marriott Gateway Atlanta Airport, lobby, purchase, 2010
  • DeKalb Peachtree Airport/Atlantic Aviation, Atlanta, Ga. Solo exhibition, 2010-2014
  • Dulles Marriott, Washington DC, 300 rooms, 3 images per room, purchase award 2009
  • Miami Wyndham Airport Hotel, 400 rooms, 3 images per room, purchase award 2009
  • Newark Marriott Airport, Newark, New Jersey, lobby, purchase, 2009
  • American Society of Media Photographers group show, Atlanta Celebrates Photography, 2008
  • H2 Gallery, TULA Fine Arts Center, Atlanta. Solo exhibition, Fall 2007

Select Clients:

The Wall Street Journal, Phillips 66 Aviation Fuels, Home Depot, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Goodyear Aviation Tires, Consumer Reports magazine, Smithsonian Air & Space magazine, Grace Dickerson Advertising, 9th Wonder Advertising, Warbird magazine, AvFuel, Golf Journal magazine, Cargolux, Waco Aircraft Corporation, General Aviation News, Sport Aviation magazine, Fulton County Arts Council, Bombardier Aerospace, Hill Aircraft, Epps Aviation, National WASP WWII Museum.


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