Jan Groover

Photographer, Visual Artist

1943 – 2012


Who was Jan Groover?

Jan Groover was an American photographer who spent the last part of her life in Montpon-Menesterol,France, with her husband, a painter and critic named Bruce Boice. Groover was born in Plainfield, New Jersey and died in 2012 at Montpon-Ménestérol, France.

Groover received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1965 from Pratt Institute, and a Master of Arts in 1970 from Ohio State University.

Groover was noted for her use of emerging color technologies. In 1979, Groover began to use platinum prints for portraits and still lifes, transforming everyday items into beautiful, formal still lifes. In 1987, critic Andy Grundberg noted in The New York Times, "In 1978 an exhibition of her dramatic still-life photographs of objects in her kitchen sink caused a sensation. When one appeared on the cover of Artforum magazine, it was a signal that photography had arrived in the art world - complete with a marketplace to support it."

Groover also used early 20th century camera technology, such as the banquet camera, for elongated, horizontal presentations of otherwise pedestrian items.

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Apr 24, 1943
  • United States of America
  • Master of Fine Arts, Ohio State University
    Visual arts education
    ( - 1969)
  • Pratt Institute
Lived in
  • Montpon-Ménestérol
    ( - 2012/01/01)
Jan 1, 2012

on July 23, 2013


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