Arts & Entertainment

Out of the Mainstream: Photographer John Wyatt to Speak at Scotch Plains Public Library

December 20, 2013 at 10:28 PM

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - John Wyatt is a photographer whose two books of photographic essays reveal unexpected insights into his subjects -- heavily tattooed people and fighters of all kinds. He will speak and share elements of his work and the projects he has undertaken over his forty years as a photographer at the Scotch Plains Public Library on Thursday, January 9 at 7 pm. He will sign books which will be available to purchase.

Tough Guys, (Schiffer Publishing LTD, 2013) reveals Wyatt’s lifelong interest in boxing and mixed martial arts.  Over the course of seven years he photographed seventy people in the fighting disciplines, including professional fighters, a barroom brawler, member of the military, bounty hunter, and bouncer. By photographing and interviewing his subjects in their own environments, Wyatt claims that “the reader may be surprised at what is revealed.”

Under My Skin (Schiffer Publishing LTD, 2003), includes portraits of heavily tattooed men and women in their own environment accompanied by interviews that reveal their dedication to their art and the meanings they attach to the art. His subjects include a lawyer, mechanic, executive, motorcycle designer, former Catholic priest, sculptor and retail manager as well as tattoo artists, two of whom appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records. The photographs span twenty seven years giving Wyatt the opportunity to revisit and photograph some subjects seven to twenty years later.

Wyatt's photographs have been published in magazines and books and displayed in museums and galleries throughout the United States.

Registration is recommended, but drop-ins are also welcome. Interested participants can sign up for the presentation by calling the library at (908) 322-5007, ext. 204, by email to,  or via the Events tab on the library web site,
Scotch Plains Public Library programs are free and open to the public. The Scotch Plains Library is located at 1927 Bartle Avenue, one block from Park Avenue in the center of town.

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