Photo District News features the work of Jess T. Dugan, including images from her series “To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews of Gender Nonconforming Older Adults.” PDN discusses Dugan’s early experiences with photography, starting as a child and continuing through high school, as well as her current practice as a photography, saying:
“Jess T. Dugan believes that artists have a question that they try to answer over and over again through their work. For Jess, whose portraits explore issues of identity, gender and sexuality, that question has centered around what it means to live authentically, especially when you have an identity that is different than what other people expect, she says. “I have this question, and I’m compelled to answer it.”
Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of identity, gender, sexuality, and community. She received her MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago (2014), her Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from Harvard University (2010), and her BFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (2007). Dugan’s monographs include To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults (Kehrer Verlag, 2018) and Every Breath We Drew (Daylight Books, 2015). Dugan is the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, an Artist Fellowship from the Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis, and was selected by the White House as a 2015 Champion of Change. In 2016, Dugan was honored as a Commended Artist by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. for her photograph Self-Portrait (Muscle Shirt), exhibited in The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today. In 2018, she was an artist-in-residence at Light Work at Syracuse University and was the recipient of the Women Photograph + Nikon Grant.