Dan Estabrook was born and raised in Boston, where he studied art at city schools and the Museum of Fine Arts. He discovered photography in his teens through the underground magazines of the punk-rock and skateboarding cultures of the 1980’s, which is probably also where he learned to be deeply and annoyingly opinionated. As an undergraduate at Harvard he began studying alternative photographic processes with Christopher James. In 1993, after receiving an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Dan continued working and teaching in Illinois, Boston, and Florida, eventually settling in Brooklyn, New York.

Dan has continued to make contemporary art using the photographic techniques and processes of the nineteenth century, with forays into sculpture, painting, drawing and other works on paper. He has exhibited widely and has received several awards, including an Artist’s Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts in 1994. A documentary on Dan and his work was produced for Anthropy Arts’ Photographers Series. He is represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago.

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  1. Hi Dan
    I came across the DVD of you and your work in the library and was amazed att he processes you use. Quite some time ago i used the gum method and loved it but sadly I put it aside for digital, then decided to pick it up again but here in Sydney it seems that getting the requirements for the process is difficult, but am sure that I can source them somewhere
    I know I am not the first to say this but here goes I love your work
    Regards Kye Thompson

  2. DAN! Almost 20 years and I receive a copy of “Photography Beyond Technique” to review today for Afterimage and yours is the first essay! I do hope you remember our time at Penland with Merry Moor Winnett. I have our collaborative print, “Heal Merry” – when I moved up to Rochester I contacted the wonderful Robert Turner, who had purchased it, and traded a bowl made of leaves for it. He was fantastic. Would love to catch up – planning on attending f295 this summer. My warmest regards, Kitty

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