Joanne Dugan is a visual artist who lives and works in New York City.
Her practice explores the various tools of a traditional analog darkroom in unconventional ways to render three-dimensional works that are contemplative in nature. The one-of-a-kind works utilize intricate, repetitive hand-cutting and painting techniques, chemical alterations and vintage equipment to pay homage to the physical limitations and opportunities found in analog methods, while also exploring the potential for creating works informed by mindfulness practices. Each piece is fully rendered by hand, slowly.
Joanne’s works have been exhibited in the United States, England, Germany, Amsterdam and Japan. They are part of many public and private collections and have been featured in The New York Times T Magazine and the Harvard Review. Her work is represented by Black Box Projects in London and Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles and Marlborough Gallery in New York City.
As an author, Joanne’s image/text pairings have been published in seven books, including two fine-art monographs. Her limited-edition artist book Mostly True is in the permanent library collections of The J. Paul Getty Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The New York Public Library and The George Eastman House. She is the editor of Summertime (Chronicle Books), a hardcover photography book featuring the work 46 emerging and established photographers.
Joanne is a faculty member of the International Center of Photography in New York City and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. She has taught and lectured about the creative process in numerous institutions across the country. Her studio and darkroom are located in a 19th-century building in Union Square and she lives in Harlem.