For Immediate Release:


Joanne Dugan



Aug 13 thru Aug 26, 2004

Opening Reception Friday, August 13,7-9PM



New York photographer Joanne Dugan's atmospheric black and white photographs of the lower Cape and her uniquely composed cityscapes, inspired by the street rhythms and architecture of New York City, lift "place" into new possibilities of interpretation. With her astute sensitivity to the power and the burden of photography and the transience of the moment, Dugan captures the essence of her subject. Dugan cites classic photojournalism and filmmaking techniques as having a strong influence. She draws from a range of influences, including the filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, the painter Joan Miro and the poet Ranier Maria Rilke.  


Dugan does not find documentation and art antithetical. Her photographs convey emotion and suggest narrative in a juxtaposition of her original perceptions of everyday persons, places and things; humor; mystery; and sheer visual appeal the expressive power of light and shadow evoke resonances beyond the merely descriptive.

The treatment and cropping of the subject matter within the camera's frame are of particular interest to Dugan. She believes that ea
ch subject dictates a very specific composition, and her splendid and original capturing of this essential formal composition is what makes her work unique, on-the-edge photography. She plays her camera like a jazzman plays his piano. If you really know the equipment, it disappears in the moment of art making; intuition takes over.

"I don't obsess as mu
ch anymore about cameras, lights, setups. It's more about finding the essence of the subject.  My favorite images are those that feel completely spontaneous, yet have a careful consideration of composition and spatial awareness."

Dugan has made pictures since her early teens. Her father was a photographer in the Korean War and she grew up looking at his large format documentary photographs of
Korea as well as thousands of saturated Kodachrome images of her childhood.

work has been shown in galleries in New York and around the world.  Her work is in the collections of The J. Paul Getty Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the George Eastman House, among others.   Eighty five of her images illustrated the Chronicle Books' best-seller Taxi Driver Wisdom in 1996.  She has authored two fine art monographs combining text and image, To Music and Other Short Stories (1992) and Mostly True (2000).

Dugan's lifestyle and location assignment
work has won numerous awards in the communications and design fields, including the  American Institute of Graphic Arts, the Art Directors Club,  Graphis, How Magazine and Communication Arts, among others.  She received a BA in Communications from the University of Delaware and has continued her studies at the International Center of Photography, Parson's School of Design, The Maine Photographic Workshop and The New School for Social Research.