"Out of portraits, Doug DuBois makes memoir. Memoir is autobiographical but not to be confused with autobiography—it need not be comprehensive in its telling of a life." —Donald Antrim
My Sister's Bedroom is part of Doug DuBois' series All the Days and Nights, a collection of sixty-two photographs of his family taken over twenty-five years. DuBois began photographing his family in 1984, prior to his father's near fatal fall from a commuter train and his mother's subsequent breakdown and hospitalizations. A palpable tension in the work resonates with emotional immediacy, presenting viewers with an nuanced rumination on family relations and what it means to subject personal relationships to the unblinking eye of the camera.
In an interview with Alec Soth, DuBois said, "Individual photographs can be like little plot fragments, yanked out of large, complex stories. We can describe the plot, more or less, by looking at the photograph, but we invent the story out of our own imagination and experience." A stunning print, My Sister's Bedroom encourages the viewer to recall the imagination and discovery of childhood.
Doug Dubois (born in Dearborn, Michigan 1960) received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and Parco Gallery, Tokyo, among other venues, and can be found in the collections of major institutions, including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In 2006, he received the John Gutman Photography Fellowship.