Art Issue #40

Justin Hamm


Artist Statement
“For me, the act of photography is similar to the act of writing a poem. I try to get lost, be unafraid of any turn, and react emotionally first. These pictures come from my drives down backroads in Missouri, Illinois, and elsewhere. In poems and in photos, I am trying to capture an image that has a chance to stick around.”

By Justin Hamm

Justin Hamm’s latest book is a collection of photographs, Midwestern., forthcoming from Spartan Press. He is also the author of two full-length books of poems, American Ephemeral and Lessons in Ruin, and two poetry chapbooks. Justin’s photographs have earned a twelve-page, full-color feature in San Pedro River Review and the Inkslinger Award from Buffalo Almanack. His first solo exhibition took place in the fall of 2017 in Columbia, Missouri; further exhibitions are scheduled for the Mississippi River Gallery in Hannibal, Missouri, and Normal Public Library in Normal, Illinois.