Guide to the Jess T. Dugan photographs, 2013-2017
Collection comprises a series of forty large color digital photographs of transgender and non-conforming people over the age of fifty, living throughout the United States. The portraits are of single individuals as well as couples, and were chiefly taken in outdoor and street locations. These portraits are part of an interdisciplinary project titled "To Survive on this Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Older Adults," by Jess T. Dugan, photographer, and Vanessa Fabbre, PhD, LCSW, a social worker and Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, whose research focuses on the intersection of LGBTQ issues and aging. Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts.
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- Jess T. Dugan photographs
- 1.5 Linear Feet, 1 box; 40 prints, 40 prints
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Materials in English
This body of work by photographer Jess T. Dugan, entitled "To Survive on this Shore," comprises forty large color inkjet photographs of transgender and gender non-conforming people over the age of fifty, living throughout the United States. The portraits are of single individuals as well as couples, and are chiefly shot in outdoor and street locations.
All images measure 15 x 20 inches except for "Grace" and "Chris," which are slightly larger at 15.7 x 20 inches.
These portraits are part of an interdisciplinary project titled "To Survive on this Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Older Adults," by Jess T. Dugan, photographer, and Vanessa Fabbre, PhD, LCSW, a social worker and Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, whose research focuses on the intersection of LGBTQ issues and aging.
From the artist's statement: "Our society is experiencing a breakthrough moment with respect to transgender issues. From Amazon's series 'Transparent,' winning Golden Globe and Emmy awards, to Caitlyn Jenner's highly publicized transition, transgender issues are getting mainstream exposure in an unprecedented way. However, it is essential to continue educating ourselves and others about the challenges faced by the transgender community and to resist Hollywood-dominated narratives about trans experiences. We believe that the time is right to make this work on a national scale and that society is ready to receive it more than at any other time in history. Ultimately, it is our intention to provide visibility to a community that is often overlooked, both because of their age as well as their gender, and to encourage empathy, understanding, and dialogue."
For this work, Jess Dugan received the 2017 Archive of Documentary Arts Award for Women Documentarians.
Acquired as part of the Archive of Documentary Arts at Duke University.
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How to Cite
[Identification of item], Jess T. Dugan photographs, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of gender, sexuality, identity, and community. Dugan holds an MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago, a Master of Liberal Arts in Museum Studies from Harvard University, and a BFA in Photography from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.
Dugan's work has been exhibited internationally at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Aperture Foundation, the San Diego Museum of Art, and other institutions. Her photographs are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Harvard Art Museums, and others.
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. For her work in this collection, Dugan was awarded the Archive of Documentary Arts 2017 Collection Award for Women Documentarians.
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- Aging -- United States
- Gays -- Portraits
- Gay couples -- Portraits
- Gender identity -- United States
- Homosexuality -- United States
- Older gays -- United States
- Portrait photography -- United States
- Sexual minorities -- United States -- Aging
- Transgender people -- United States -- Portraits
The Jess T. Dugan photographs were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2017.
Processed and encoded by Yuqiao Cao and Paula Jeannet, November 2017.
Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2017-0132.
The photographs are Archival Pigment Prints on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl paper (320 gsm, 100 percent cotton, natural white, pearl-finish). They were produced on an Epson 3880 inkjet printer using UltraChrome K3 ink.