Pure Vision

January 10, 2003

Photographer John Dugdale (BFA Photography, 1983) is presenting 35 new works in The Lover and Beloved at the John Stevenson Gallery, January 9 – March 15. Over the past 10 years Mr. Dugdale has been working in a state of near blindness due to an AIDS-related illness. In 1993, at the peak of his success as a commercial photographer, he suffered two strokes. After months in the hospital, often near death, he recovered except for a condition that left him with just 20 percent of peripheral vision in his left eye. Not one to give up, he changed his method of working. Now he composes by sensing shapes and having his assistant focus the camera. He processes the images based on a 19th century method and using a large format antique camera, yielding a glowing and expressive body of work. When discussing how his work has changed over the last 10 years, Mr. Dugdale says, “My style hasn’t changed. It’s the same subject matter, but shown with a clarity I didn’t have then. My photographic vision is clearer now than when I could see.” The John Stevenson Gallery is located at 338 West 23 Street.

Image: Mourning Tulips (1999), by John Dugdale

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