Majoring in Drawing and Painting, John Nation received
his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Louisville.
He began photography while he was in the U.S. Navy at NAS Pensacola’s
Naval School of Photography.
For the past 30-years, John worked as a photographer for the
Louisville Magazine. He also worked as a free-lance photographer
during his time with the magazine. He has been published regionally,
nationally and internationally in many magazines and books including
Time, Nation’s Business, Food Arts, and Landscape Architecture,
Time Life’s “The Kentucky Derby”, Louisville, A River Serenade,
The Dacian Chronicles, “Turning Heads: Portraits of Grace, Inspiration
and Possibilities,” and many more.
John has had a number of one-person shows and has recently traveled
to Russia, and Romania. He’s also photographed four presidents, spent
a day covering Soviet Union Leader Mikhail Gorbachev, documented Humana’s
helping hand in the hospitals of Romania and over a month on an elephant
research project in Kenya. John has also photographed many celebrities
and countless images of everyday folk.
He has won numerous awards for photography including being a repeated winner as Society of Professional Journalists’ Best Regional Magazine Photographer.
Aside from his career as a photographer, John has a wonderful daughter,
Grace, who is studying visual art at DuPont Manual High School.