John O'Hagan is a photographer and director. He was born in Dublin, Ireland and grew up in Dayton, Ohio and Washington DC. He studied photography and film at Brown University, Rhode Island School of Design, New York University, and the International Center of Photography.
"Whether it is a wide open landscape or someone's living room, I have always been fascinated by the relationship between person and place--how humans are impacted by their surroundings, and vice versa--specifically in American culture. The New Topographics photography of Robert Adams and the social road photography of Lee Friedlander and Robert Frank have been enormous inspirations. Frank’s The Americans changed my life."
In addition to his photography, O'Hagan has also created a body of film work. He directed the feature documentary film, Wonderland, about the birth of suburbia and America's first mass-produced "cookie cutter" town -- Levittown, New York. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win several Best Documentary film festival awards and was purchased by HBO. O'Hagan's second documentary film, Waveland, is about "the town America lost in the storm" -- Waveland, Mississippi -- where 90% of the town's homes were lost in one day during Hurricane Katrina.
O'Hagan is currently working on a large format photography project, American Citadels, about the walled desert communities of Nevada and Southern California.