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“The quietude that people respond to in my pictures is, in part, because of the way the pictures are made: no flash; no harsh electric light; not even the sound of the shutter—just a lens cap removed, and then gently replaced. This encounter provides, for me, a metaphor for looking.” http://www.photographydealers.com/artists/john-dugdale/
"Internationally renowned photographer John Dugdale creates poignant and stirringly intimate imagery using 19th century photographic processes and a 19th century aesthtic. At the age of 33, Dugdale had a transformative experience of nearly total blindness due to a stroke and CMV retinitis, an HIV related illness. Completely blind in his right eye, Dugdale found himself seeing with less than 20 percent visibility in his left eye. While blindness ended his successful commercial photography career, he found himself free to explore his fine art, using friends and family members as studio assistants.
He unconventionally works with some of photography’s first techniques from the 19th century by employing large format cameras, creating cyanotype prints, platinum prints, and using the albumen process which dominated photography from the 1850s to the 1880s. His 19th century sensibility emphasizes the poetics of his work and the transcendence of time and place, seemingly transporting the viewer to a different era. The stirring and poignant imagery is largely composed from memory and as Dugdale himself says, "The mind is the essence of your sight. It's really the mind that sees."
...successful decade long commercial career in photography working for such clients as Bergdorf Goodman and Ralph Lauren before losing much of his eyesight in 1993.
... exhibited in over 25 solo shows in galleries across the world and his work has been included in group shows...[and] such collections as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York ... inducted into the Royal Photographic Society in Bath..." http://www.holdenluntz.com/artists/john-dugdale