Dorie Dahlberg

I look for peculiar tableaus people assemble to decorate their yards and businesses. I see them as artifacts of American culture. My intent is to make beautiful photographs of these artifacts as indirect portraits of their makers. My tools are aging 35mm & medium format film cameras. I also can’t ignore shots of opportunity.

As a retired art educator of Newark Public Schools, I can now concentrate on my own work. For several years, I exhibited large pastel and mixed media drawings but turned my attention to photography in 2006, an interest that began at 19 when I met artist/photographer E. Jan Kounitz. Although I have digital cameras, I love film machines and the look of prints made from negatives.

Awards: Juror’s Selection: Urban Suburban Rural 2018 New York Center for Photographic Arts. Merit Award: I Shot It International Photography Competition Leica Camera in 2017. Best in Monochrome: EyeSights 2018 Annual Photography Exhibition and Bronze Achievement Award: Annual Juried Exhibition 2017 both at The Guild, Shrewsbury NJ.

BFA Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers New Brunswick, printmaking/drawing. Pratt Graduate School of Communication Design, illustration & design. MA Education Administration St. Peter’s University, Jersey City.

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