At the January 4th meeting, John Dugdale brought PWP members along on the journey of his life and feelings, through photographs he took as the effects of HIV related illnesses and a stroke took over his body at the age of 33. With his vision deteriorating, Mr. Dugdale quoted, “The mind is the essence of your sight. It’s really the mind that sees.” With his mind seeing the photograph he wanted to take, he would place the model behind the camera and he, himself, would pose in the scene as his mind envisioned it. He would instruct the model to focus at certain points, then switch places with the model and snap the picture. The results were stunning and timeless. With their simplicity and honesty, many have said they felt as if they were transported to a different era.
You can learn more about Mr. Dugdale at his website: johndudgasestudio.com
Be ready for an emotional and inspirational journey.
6:00 - 6:30: Member and Guest Meet & Greet
6:30: Meeting begins
John Dugdale is a remarkable and much loved artist. Over the past twenty years, working in a state of near blindness, he has created photographs as if from his soul. John, at age 53, has reached a notable level of artistic acclaim with his photographs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum in New York City, among other noteworthy collections, and more than twenty solo exhibitions worldwide.
Dugdale's theme is one of survival and the triumph of the creative spirit; his vision is of gracious beauty, emotionally rich and sensual. John was diagnosed HIV positive over 21 years ago and nearly struck blind. Life forced him to see and photograph in a new and more personal way.
John's pictures are influenced by 19th century imagery, as seen in his dream-like portraits or in his ordered still-lifes. From image to presentation the artist's hand is apparent from start to finish. He began to use a nineteenth century large format camera producing classic, ethereal blue cyanotypes, a simple rustic process invented in 1842. John has also produced albument and platinum prints.
Born in Connecticut in 1960, John lives and works in his attic studio in Greenwich Village and his 19th century farmhouse located in Upstate New York. A successful commercial photographer, he graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 1984. His subjects are portraits and figure studies of his friends and family, flowers, still-lifes of his collection of antique china and glass, and the rural landscape of his home. They are also intimate glimpses of private moments and personal space. There is a tranquil and timeless quality to his work.
Pictured here is a self portrait from 2016.