Jess T. Dugan, Champion of Change!

Congratulations Jess T. Dugan! Jess has been chosen as a White House LGBT Artists Champion of Change. On Monday, November 23rd, she will be speaking about her work and recent project To Survive on this Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender-Variant Older Adults at the White House in Washington D.C.!

To hear the live stream tune into at 1:00pm EST this Monday.

Champions of Change


“Every Breath We Drew” is available from Daylight Books!

Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 5.17.48 PM Screen Shot 2015-08-26 at 5.17.22 PMOver the past decade, Jess T. Dugan has created intimate portraits that engage with issues of identity, sexuality, gender and community. Her first book, Every Breath We Drew, compiles color portraits of the artist and others. Working within the framework of queer experience and actively constructed masculinity, these portraits examine the intersection between private, individual identity and the search for intimate connection with others. The photographs are made in private spaces, often the subject’s home or bedroom, using medium- and large-format cameras to create a sustained engagement that results in an intimate portrait.

With text by curator Amy Galpin and an interview by acclaimed photographer Dawoud Bey, this hardcover is an important addition to the canon of queer photography.

Visit to purchase your copy today!

deLassée and Dugan Soak up the Sun in Los Angeles!

It’s the final day of Paris Photo LA and CEG is excited to be showcasing the work of Floriane deLassée and Jess T. Dugan at Stage 31 / Booth 16!

Pieces from Floriane deLassée‘s ongoing series How Much Can You Carry? walked the long road to Los Angeles. Her series started in 2012 and is still on-going. It spreads out to 4 continents, 15 regions, within 7 countries, and now The Golden State, California. Don’t miss the opportunity to see them at Paramount Pictures Studios – they’ll be walking the road back to Chicago soon!

Aru, Ethiopia, 2012 © Floriane de Lassée
Aru, Ethiopia, 2012 © Floriane de Lassée


On view at Paris Photo LA is Jess T. Dugan’s Self-Portrait (Muscle Shirt) , 2013. This piece is from her on-going series Every Breath We Drew. This body of work is incredibly intimate and raises questions about the idea of gender. It invites the viewer to share a private moment with the individual in the portrait including Jess T. Dugan herself. She is redefining the idea of masculinity and asking fundamental questions about identity. If you’re in LA you’ll want to see Self-Portrait (Muscle Shirt) , 2013 in person – hurry up to Stage 31 / Booth 16!

I was trying to make something more universal than just showing a group of people who share a similar identity. I wanted people to reflect on that process for themselves, and how we connect with people. -Jess T. Dugan

Self-Portrait (Muscle Shirt) , 2013 © Jess T. Dugan
Self-Portrait (Muscle Shirt) , 2013 © Jess T. Dugan

Jess T. Dugan featured at AIPAD 2015!

At this year’s AIPAD Photography Show New York CEG features Jess T. Dugan!

11026288_10205510647302153_5671400427362614437_oJess T. Dugan’s  series Every Breath We Drew explores the power of identity, desire, and connection through portraits of herself and others. Her photographs challenge our perceptions of identity and the attitudes often defined by it. Her series Every Breath We Drew began with the idea of photographing people who demonstrated a common sense of identity she could connect with, whether physically or emotionally. Jess’s photographs have been featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Fusion Network, Advocate, and Photograph Magazine. Currently on view at AIPAD 2015 are two of Jess T. Dugan’s self-portraits. Make sure to stop by Booth #204!

Self Portrait, 2014 © Jess T. Dugan
Self Portrait, 2014 © Jess T. Dugan

In most of my images I want you to have to participate, even if it’s just to take stock of what your reaction is to that, but also to be invited into this moment in a positive way. – Jess T. Dugan

We also have photographs from Jess’s series Every Breath We Drew currently on display at the gallery. Please stop by CEG or visit us at AIPAD, Booth #204 to see more work!

If You Haven’t Seen “Identify” Yet, Go!

It’s the final week of Identify!


If you have not seen CEG’s current group show Identify, this is your chance! Stop by to see the works of Tara Bogart, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Jess T. Dugan, Michael Itkoff, and Garth & Peirre as they address current concerns of identity, gender, privacy and classification. Select images from Ctrl+P artist Francine Fleischer’s Swim series will also be on view through April 4th. This exhibition is not to be missed!

Through a captivating collection of multi-media works, this exhibit rouses viewers to dig below the surface of mere likenesses and explore identity in light of a range of personal challenges from online privacy issues to shifting definitions of gender.        – Elin Spring Photography

Swim 3487, 2010  © Francine Fleischer
Swim 3487, 2010 © Francine Fleischer

The following exhibition is Ysabel LeMay: Wonders opening April 10th.

Artist Talk: Identify, 2015

Why do artists create the work they make? This question sparked CEG’s Artist Talk series in the summer of 2008.

This Artist Talk features five artists in CEG’s current exhibition, Identify. Artists include Tara Bogart, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Jess T. Dugan, Michael Itkoff and collaborative team Garth & Pierre. Listen as they explore ideas of surveillance, body image and sexuality.

Please stop by and see the work of all five artists on view through April 4th!

Jess T. Dugan all over the interwebs!

Self Portrait, 2014 © Jess T. Dugan
Self Portrait, 2014 © Jess T. Dugan

Jess T. Dugan, one of CEG’s current Identify artists, has been popping up all over the internet. If you didn’t see her fantastic interview with Fusion Network or the great articles in the Advocate and The Boston Globe, then you must have seen her work tumbling all over tumbler.

Jess has been using photography to explore issues of gender, sexuality, identity, and community for almost a decade. In her most recent body of work, Every breath we drew, Jess shows the power of identity and connection through portraits of both herself and others. She photographs people within vulnerable spaces of their homes to create deep relationships with the viewer. Stop by CEG to see select works on view through April 4th.

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Through beautifully intimate and honest portraits, Every breath we drew engages larger questions about how identity is formed, desire is expressed, and intimate connection is sought.