"My friend showed me a photo and said 'Here's a picture of me when I was younger'.
Every picture is of you when you were younger.' – Mitch Hedberg
I have been engaged in photography for the last fifty years, both as a picture-maker and teacher at the University of Florida and Rhode Island School of Design, among others. After a firm grounding in the craft and vision of traditional black and white photography, I began to explore the potential of alternative uses of the film/darkroom processes, notably multiple-negative prints and photo-sculptures. During that time my photographs were included in many group exhibitions in this country and abroad, as well as in numerous one-person shows in New York and Chicago. I have received several grants, including two NEA’s, in 1977 and 1979. My work is found in permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Currier Museum of Art and the Princeton Art Museum.
After decades of being devoted to camera/darkroom work, I began exploring the digital image in 1990. In addition to my love of the photographic image, these explorations include an appreciation of the aesthetic and creative potential found in painting and printmaking. This ongoing digital work is exhibited on line at Douglas D. Prince.com and now both as digital images and exhibition prints on Doug Prince Art Work. I am currently vertical and ventilating and creatively engaged in Portsmouth, NH.
"…what is he searching for? Perhaps he searches for his destiny.
Perhaps his destiny is to search."
– Octavio Paz, The Labyrinth of Solitude
This website, Doug Prince Art Work, is a natural extension of my digital image-making and charts my creative evolution in digital photography. The digital revolution has transformed the image production processes in many areas: photography, printing, publishing, and exhibition. This expansion allows the individual to become directly involved in the medium, expanding the artists' expressive freedom and increasing access for the viewers.
Of all the fine art media that I studied in college, photography resonated with my creative spirit and has become a life-affirming pursuit. My creative evolution in photography is driven by my response to the environment and my curiosity about image-making processes and how these processes in turn affect my perceptions. Whether I work with the camera, in the darkroom, or on the computer, I look for juxtapositions and relationships that create new perceptions, fostering an appreciation of and a new insight into the nature of things--a transformative vision.
As a pre-digital photographer, I was interested in expanding the creative process beyond the camera and straight print into the darkroom where I manipulated images by combining previously unrelated picture elements. As a digital photographer, this potential and interest in the additive image has been greatly expanded. Digital image-making offers greatly expanded freedoms as a collage medium. I am able to archive, organize, access, view, select and arrange these elements with a great deal of flexibility. I can use images from many sources: digital camera images, scans of film, scans from books, scans of objects directly on the scanner and images downloaded from the web.
Searching the world of digital images, via the web, is at this time for me, much the same process as exploring the "real" environment with a camera. While acquired images from the web or printed materials are static and two-dimensional, they offer an exciting diversity and global range of accessibility. I see myself using the monitor in much the same way as I use the viewfinder in my camera. I also find the digital environment well-suited to my creative processes. In addition to the enhanced facility for managing images, the digital process is also responsive to my creative inquiries and intuitive explorations. I am able to respond directly to new ideas as they evolve within the process of building images. For me, this creative directness allows me to forge images that would not be possible in another medium.
I see evidence of evolution all around me: in biology, in societies, in technology, in the planet and in my own artistic growth. I regard evolution, not as a force, but rather as a methodology used to explain the process of the change. By understanding evolutionary processes we can better understand the constant changes we experience everyday. A salient feature of evolution is the dynamics of simultaneous continuity and mutation. We find evidence of past forms continuing in present structures that will persist into the future. At the same time, we also experience completely new and unexpected variations, or mutations, which are necessary for new growth.
In my own work I see certain sensibilities to subjects, forms and processes that have been consistent over the decades, such as my interest in combining images and exploring processes. I also delight in the unpredicted, spontaneous elements introduced into the work in unexpected image combinations that occur as part of the process. Evolution is possible because of the essential cycles of birth and death. There are also similar cycles in the creative growth process: expansion and contraction, acquisition and editing, exploration and production. As the basis of my artistic growth, I have cultivated a creative diversity of perceptions and processes, as well as a respect for the natural cycles of evolution. This diversity has been a vital part of sustaining my curiosity and creative vision.
“I have love in me the likes of which you can scarcely imagine and rage the likes of which you would not believe. If I cannot satisfy the one, I will indulge the other.” - Mary Shelly, Frankenstein
DOUGLAS PRINCE - RESUME
1968 M.A. University of Iowa (Photography major)
1965 B.A. University of Iowa (Fine Arts major)
2008-2014 New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH.
1993-1996 New Hampshire Institute of Art, Manchester, NH.
1991-1993 Tufts University, Department of Fine Arts, Medford, MA.
1976-1979 Rhode Island School of Design, Photography Department, Providence, RI.
1968-1976 University of Florida, Department of Fine Arts, Gainesville, FL.
HONORS AND AWARDS
2007 New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Artist’s Advancement Grant, Finalist
2005 New Hampshire Charitable Foundation Artist’s Advancement Grant, Finalist
1990 New York Foundation for the Arts, Artist's Fellowship
1986 Light Work Grant
1979 National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowship
1977 National Endowment for the Arts Photography Fellowship
1972 Le Prix de la Ville D'Avignon
LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS
2013 “Evolving Vision,” Society for Photographic Education, NE Conference, Portland, ME
2012 “Evolving Vision III” Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.
“Evolving Vision,” Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles, CA.
2000 “Report from a Trained Observer" Society for Photographic Education, Cincinnati, OH.
“Light Construction,” Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
SELECTED ONE-PERSON EXHIBITIONS
2012 “Multiple Perspectives: New Work by Peter Milton and Douglas Prince”, UNH, Museum of Art, Durham, NH.
2006 “All Possible Worlds, Photographs by Douglas D. Prince," Ekstrom Library, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.
2002 “Doug Prince, Explorations in Image-Making,” McIninch Art Gallery, SNHU, Manchester, NH.
2000 “All Possible Worlds,” Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX.
“Light Construction: Photo-Sculptures by Doug Prince,” Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art,
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
“All Possible Worlds, Photographs by Douglas D. Prince,” Fine Arts Center, Main Gallery
Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY.
“Light Construction: Photo-Sculptures by Doug Prince,” The Art gallery, UNH, Durham, NH.
1995 “Doug Prince: Photographs,” Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.
1994 “Douglas Prince: 20 Years, 1973-1993,” Witkin Gallery, New York, NY.
“Perceptions and Reflections,” The Print Club, Philadelphia, PA.
1990 “Douglas Prince: Italian Observations,” PRC, Boston, MA.
1987 “Doug Prince, Italian Observations,” Witkin Gallery, New York, NY.
“Doug Prince-Italian Observations,” Kathleen Ewing Gallery, Wash, DC.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 "10th Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition," Eastern Carolina University, Greenville, NC.
"Closer Readings, NH Writers Respond to Art, Museum of Art, University of New Hampshire, Durham NH.
2016 "New Hamsphire Institute of Art Faculty ," Camera Commons, Dover, NH.
2015 "One-of-a-Kind, Unique Photographic Objects", The Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, AZ
2014 Catherine Edelman Gallery, Art Fairs: AIPAD-NYC, Paris Photo LA, Expo Chicago, Art Silicon Valley, Art Miami.
"The Photographic Object, 1970," Hauser & Wirth, New York, NY.
"Transformational Image-making: Handmade Photography Since 1960," CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY.
2012 “What I Was Thinking”, 25th year Anniversary, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL.
2011 “Mirrors and Reflections,” Robert Anderson Gallery, New York, NY.
“Remembering Light,” Light Gallery 40th Anniversary, New York, NY.
“Photography into Sculpture,” Cherry and Martin Gallery, Los Angels, CA.
2009 “Look Again: A Selection of Photographs from the Permanent Collection”, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.
2008 “Then and Now: Chinese Art from 1710 to 2007”, Lamont Gallery, Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH.
“On the Road: Photographs Across America," Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL.
“Sun Pictures to Mega Pixels, Archaic Processes and Digital Processes Photography”,
The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY.
2006 “Momentum IV”, George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME.
2005 “OnLine/OnSite: Selections from Online: Photographer’s Showcase,” Photo-Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
“Accord VI”, George Marshall Store Gallery, York, ME.
2004 “In the Center of Things:a Tribute to Harold Jones,” Center for Creative Photography, University of Ariz,Tucson, AZ.
2003 “Lotte’s Legacy: Five New Hampshire Photographers,” The Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH.
“What Were You thinking?” 15th anniversary exhibition and book, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago IL.
2001 “Florida Photogenesis, The Work of Creative and Experimental Photographers in Florida,”
Florida State University, Museum of Fine Arts, Tallahassee, FL Traveling exhibit with catalogue.
1998 “The Body,” a summer festival on Skopelos, Greece. Musee de l’Eysee Lausanne, Switzerland.
“Photography’s Multiple Roles,” The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL.
“Moments in Time: Master Photographs for the Currier,” The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, NH.
1989 “Behold,” Museum of Contemporary Photography, Columbia College, Chicago. IL.
“Photomontage/Photocollage: The Changing Picture,” Jan Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA.
“The Second Ten Years,” Witkin Gallery, New York, NY.
1988 “The Altering Eye: Layered Photographic Images,” Arts Club of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
1987 “Light Work Grants 1986-1987,” Light Works, Syracuse, NY.
“Photography and Art, Interactions Since 1946,” Los Angles County Museum of Art, Los Angles, CA.
1986 “City Light,” ICP/Midtown, New York, NY.
“Photography in Chicago Collections,” The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.
1985 “Work Based on ‘Boxes’,” Museo Tamayo, Arte Contemporaneo International Bosque de Chapultepec, Mexico.
1984 “20th Century Photographs from Hawaii Collections,” Honolulu Academy of Arts, HI.
1983 “Chris Danton, Doug Prince, and Robert Rauschenberg,” Carl Solway Gallery, Cincinnati, OH.
1982 “Harry Callahan, Doug Prince and William Cleft,” Photoworks Gallery, Boston, MA.
1981 “The First International Photographic Exhibition,” Leicester Museum, Leicester, England; Traveling exhibition.
1980 “Photography: Recent Directions,” DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA.
1979 “Un Autre Relief,” Recontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France.
Four Person Show with Bart Parker, Jerry Uelsmann, and John Woods, Vision Gallery, Boston, MA.
1978 “Mirrors and Windows: American Photography since 1960,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.
1977 “Photo-Synthesis,” Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
1976 “12 Photographers,” Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA.
1975 “Artist Biennial,” New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA.
1974 “Ten American Photographers,” Photographers’ Gallery, London.
“New Images in Photography,” Lowe Art Museum, Miami, FL.
1973 “Light and Lens,” Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY.
“Extraordinary Realities.” Whitney Museum, New York, NY.
“Contemporary Photographs,” Princeton Art Museum, Princeton, NJ.
1970 “Photography Into Sculpture,” Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY. "
“12 X 12,” Museum of Art, RISD, Providence, RI.
1968 “Young Photographers,” University Art Museum, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM. Toured nationally.
“7 Young Talents from Iowa,” Richard Feign Gallery, Chicago, IL.
1965 “Seeing Photographically,” George Eastman House, Rochester, NY.
SELECTED PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Massachusetts.
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
Australian National Gallery, Canberra, Australia.
Center for Creative Photography, Tucson, Arizona.
Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire
Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware.
High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia.
Honolulu Museum of Art, Honolulu, Hawaii.
International Center of Photography, New York, New York.
International Museum of Photography, Rochester, New York.
Kansas City Art Museum, Kansas City, Kansas.
Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, Illinois.
Museum of Arts, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas.
Museum of Fine Arts, RISD, Providence, Rhode Island.
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida.
Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York.
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Missouri
National Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Princeton Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey,
Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, New Paltz, New York.
Samuel P. Harns Museum of Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, California.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California.