About the Artist:
John Cleave was born and raised in England but has lived in the U.S. since 1966 and for the past 37 years in Washington. After over a decade in the British Colonial Service in Africa Mr. Cleave joined the World Bank here as an agricultural economist. After a successful career with the Bank, where he worked mainly on projects Africa and East Asia, Mr. Cleave retired to a take up a new vocation as an architectural photographer for a clientele of architects, designers and builders in the Washington area. This work lead him into an exploration of the digital manipulation of photography and thence to the publication of three books of "digital watercolors" on Washington, Athens, and Istanbul. Mr. Cleave's (unmanipulated) photographs also accompany various articles throughout this web site.
WASHINGTON: Scenes From a Capital City
The 180 color and black-and-white sketch-like illustrations in this 96 page, 10x8 (landscape) hardback book capture the essence of the nation's capital. These unique renderings have been digitally derived from his work by Washington architectural photographer John Cleave, and cover all parts of the original District of Columbia. Benjamin Forgey, architecture critic of the Washington Post, provides a penetrating sketch of the growth of the city over 200 years and an introduction to each of the succeeding chapters: Corridor of Power; Mall, Monuments and Museums; Downtown and Georgetown; Uptown; East of Rock Creek; and Across the Potomac.
Published by Editions Didier Millet, Paris and Singapore. This book is available on Amazon.com and at many local bookstores.
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Following the success of his book on Washington, which was a Washington Post best-seller over Christmas 2003, John Cleave turned his attentions to his wife’s birthplace, Athens, Greece. Published in September 2005, his book of "digital watercolors" has been critically acclaimed in the city it depicts as "unique," "a literate, image-rich guide to [the] city," which "stands out as a visual delight." It is now available through bookstores in the USA and on the web, including Amazon.com.
ATHENS: Scenes from a Capital City
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This page was updated on August 15, 2008