Doug DuBois: All the Days and Nights,” the artist’s first and long-awaited monograph, resonates with diaristic immediacy, offering a potent examination of family relations under stress and what it means to subject personal relationships to the unblinking eye of the camera. Each photograph is rich with color, nuanced gestures and glances, enveloping the viewer in a multivalent, emotionally tense world. 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. While these events set a narrative backdrop to his work, the emotional freight is carried by the details as described by the artist: “The pallor of my mother’s skin, the glare of my father’s gaze and the tactile communion between my sister and nephew. These details constitute a complex and resonant picture of family ties…” More than 20 years later, DuBois’ project has developed in remarkable ways.
Number of pages: 126
Publication date: 06-01-2009
Measurements: 10.4 x 9.8 x 0.7 inches
Doug DuBois (born in Dearborn, Michigan, 1960) has photographs in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, MacDowell Colony, and National Endowment for the Arts. DuBois has exhibited at the J. Paul Getty Museum and MoMA. His first monograph was All the Days and Nights (Aperture, 2009). In 2015, Aperture published his latest book, My Last Day at Seventeen. He has also photographed for magazines including the New York Times Magazine, Time, Details, and GQ. DuBois teaches in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University.
Donald Antrim is a regular contributor to the New Yorker, and author of The Afterlife: A Memoir and The Verificationist, among other titles.