Photographer Jess T. Dugan is one of my favorite contemporary portrait artists, whose work explores issues of gender, sexuality, identity, and community. Jess's 2015 book Every Breath We Drew is a favorite of mine, and I was pleased to be able to discuss that book with her, as well as her recent series To Survive On This Shore, photographs and interviews with transgender and gender non-conforming people over the age of fifty. We had a great conversation about her artistic process, how she approaches making a portrait, and how her tools inform her work. For the second segment, Jess chose "golden hour" as her subject, the time just before sunset when the light is both striking and rapidly changing.
(Conversation recorded May 8, 2017)
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Show Notes: Jess T. Dugan Jess T. Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre - To Survive on this Shore Jess T. Dugan - Every Breath We Drew Jess T. Dugan - “Colby, 2012” Jess T. Dugan - “Devotion” Dawoud Bey Catherine Opie Robert Mapplethorpe Rembrandt van Rijn Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio Richard Renaldi Strange Fire Collective Kerry James Marshall Deana Lawson Daylight Books - Every Breath We Drew (purchase link) Jess T. Dugan - Upcoming exhibitions, workshops, and lectures