John Running passed away in January 2018. He was a longtime resident of Flagstaff, Arizona and was active in the local art scene. He was also a world citizen, travelling throughout his life, photographing everything as he went along. He shot extensively in the Middle East. His documentary work and portraits of Native Americans is one of his more marvelous bodies of work. He had a magnetic glow that instantly attracted everyone fortunate enough to enter his orbit. His massive body of work, unflinching, intimate, and revelatory, attests to that privileged access.
In addition to photojournalism, portraiture, and many other genres, John Running photographed nudes with the same level of intimacy and fearlessness that characterize his other works. He shot figure studies, nude portraits, and a variety of erotica that always showcased the unique beauty and splendor of his subject. Many models worked with the iconic artist exclusively and collaborated with him over several years.