Joanne Dugan

Biography

Joanne Dugan is a visual artist who lives and works in New York City.

Her assembled photographic images--often multi-exposed and deeply layered--are studies in repetition and time that utilize the highly labor intensive, imperfect qualities of the black-and-white analog photographic process.

Her newest project, Multiples is influenced by an ongoing meditation practice and incorporates repetitive grids of abstract images shot on analog film, each titled with the total amount of time needed to expose the final prints with the light of an enlarger in the darkroom. The final constructed grids, often consisting of dozens or even hundreds of images, are assembled by hand by the artist using no measuring tools (other than an initial center marking) and are built out from the center and aligned by hand and eye. Each piece is one of a kind.

Another ongoing project, Turning Point, focuses on the electric lights of New York City as sole subject. The works are shot on analog film and feature deeply layered abstractions of multiple exposures, made over many hours or even days. The project began during the six-day blackout following Hurricane Sandy in 2012, focusing on the geographic areas in New York City where Thomas Edison first provided electric light to the Wall Street area of lower Manhattan.

Joanne’s images have been featured in the New York Times T Magazine and the Harvard Review and published in seven books, including two monographs. Her work has been exhibited in the US, Europe and Japan is part of numerous private and public collections.