Join Lucas as he shares his experiences throughout the United States & be introduced to the people behind the images. In English and Japanese. Space is limited, please make a reservation to get a seat!
John Einarsen – Kyoto Journal Founding Director
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in Conversation with Lucas Foglia and John Einarsen
Lucas Foglia was born in 1983 in New York and now lives in San Francisco. He graduated with a MFA in Photography from Yale University and with a BA in Art Semiotics from Brown University.
Foglia grew up with his extended family on a small farm in the suburbs of New York City. While malls and supermarkets developed around them, they heated their house with wood, farmed and canned their food, and bartered the plants they grew for everything from shoes to dental work. But while his family followed many of the principles of the back-to-the-land movement, by the time he was eighteen they owned three tractors, four cars, and five computers. This mixture of the modern world in their otherwise rustic life made him curious to see what a completely self-sufficient way of living might look like.
From 2006 through 2010, Foglia traveled throughout the southeastern United States befriending, photographing, and interviewing a network of people who left cities and suburbs to live off the grid. Motivated by environmental concerns, religious beliefs or the global economic recession, they chose to build their homes from local materials, obtain their water from nearby springs, and hunt, gather, or grow their own food.
John Einarsen, originally from Colorado, is the founding editor of Kyoto Journal. He is a designer and photographer, and Received of the Japanese Cultural Affairs Agency Commissioner’s Award in 2013. His book of photographs with poems by Edith Shiffert, Kyoto: The Forest Within the Gate, was published in 2014.