John Dugdale (American, b.1960)
Birth Place: CT USA
Who is photographer John Dugdale?
John Dugdale is an American photographer best known for his high art prints and early commercial work. Dugdale lost most of his vision from a stroke in 1993 and has since shifted his technique to explore 19th century-style photography, mostly large format cameras and platinum prints. Dugdale’s commercial clients included Bergdorf Goodman, Ralph Lauren, and even Martha Stewart. Even today, Dugdale continues to produce meaningful work to cement his legacy as one of America’s great contemporary photographers.
Dugdale is the recipient of numerous awards including the Royal Photographic Society of Bath. His first solo exhibition was in 1983 at the Vienna Molotov Art Gallery and since then has exhibited over 25 solo shows around the world. His photographs have been in shows at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, the Whitney, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Miami Art Museum amongst others. He is a favorite guest on BBC and NPR, where he discusses 19th-century photographic processes and how they helped form his aesthetic.
What kind of art does John Dugdale make?
John Dugdale is an American modern art photographer. From the 1980s to the early 1990s, Dugdale focused on high-end commercial and gallery photography, but after a stroke led to near-total blindness in both eyes, Dugdale rethought his process. Today, Dugdale’s pieces are heavily informed by historical photographic processes, using 19th-century techniques to illustrate his aesthetic. In interviews, Dugdale describes it as an emphasis on time and place, “the mind is the essence of your sight. It is really the mind that sees.” His earlier work places great emphasis on the still moment, the implied rather than the stated. It is why it resonates today as clearly as it did when Dugdale photographed each moment.
How did photographer John Dugdale get started?
John Dugdale was born in 1960 in Connecticut to a middle-class family. His mother gave him a camera on his twelfth birthday, sparking a lifelong interest in the art form. He decided to pursue it in college, going to the School of Visual Arts where he majored in photography and art history. His career really broke in 1983 when he had his first solo exhibition at Vienna’s Molotov Art Gallery. After, he was able to leverage this buzz into a successful commercial photography career. His memorable work with Ralph Lauren is still looked at as some of the company’s best work.
How much are John Dugdale photographs worth?
John Dugdale photographs are extremely valuable and can range anywhere from $1,000 to over $7,000 at auction. The most ever paid for a John Dugdale photograph at a Heritage Auction sale is $4,250 for the piece Restored Torso (Roma) (1997) which sold on October 11th, 2017. Dugdale has several photographs that have sold between $4,000 and $7,000 in the last decade, showing a steady demand for the artist’s work. Dugdale’s photographs are a beautiful combination of technique, history, and passion -- no wonder he’s found a large audience.
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