11 Photographers on How To Finish a Body of Work

When should you bring a photographic project to an end? LaToya Ruby Frazier, Justine Kurland, Alec Soth, and more reflect on how to know when a series of work is complete.

Over the course of her career, curator and lecturer Sasha Wolf has heard countless young photographers say they often feel adrift in their own practices, wondering if they are doing it the “right” way. This inspired her to seek out insights from a wide range of photographers about their approaches to making photographs and a sustained a body of work, which are brought together in PhotoWork: Forty Photographers on Process and Practice. Structured as a Proust-like questionnaire, the responses from both established and newly emerging photographers reveal that there is no single path. Below, eleven artists respond to the question: How do you know when a body of work is finished?

LOOK3: Doug DuBois on Creating Images “Based on a True Story” | PDNPulse

Over the course of five summers, Doug DuBois photographed teenagers living in public housing in a small Irish city of Cobh, depicting scenes of the kids drinking, carousing and coping with the boredom and restlessness that characterizes the period between

Over the course of five summers, Doug DuBois photographed teenagers living in public housing in a small Irish city of Cobh, depicting scenes of the kids drinking, carousing and coping with the boredom and restlessness that characterizes the period between childhood and adulthood. Photos from the project, published in his book My Last Day at Seventeen, were shown at the LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph

Doug DuBois's Beautiful Photos of Youth, Age, and His Parents' Failing Marriage

The photographer has a retrospective at Aperture in New York.

"Was it really that bad?" That's what Roger DuBois asked after seeing his son Doug's photograph of their family's 1987 New Year's Eve celebration. In it, the DuBois clan sits silently and glumly around a corked champagne bottle. Roger looks at his feet. His wife Ruth and his daughter Lise stare blankly at opposite walls. And his younger son Luke looks emotionlessly at the camera. Given that the photograph was taken soon after Ruth's attempted suicide, and a few years before the couple's divorce, was the photograph predicting the events that were to come?

History, Time, Trauma: The Photography of Doug DuBois

In a mid-career retrospective, DuBois depicts life’s limits—physical and psychic—as well as the momentary freedoms found within bounded worlds.

In 1985, the photographer Doug DuBois took a picture of his parents at their kitchen table after dinner. He saw, he says, their “visible estrangement”—their bodies and gazes turned away from each other, their faces long. But he missed something else, present in the scene right before him. Roughly a week after the photograph was taken, his mother attempted suicide.

Doug DuBois’ Poignant Portrait Of Irish Youth

At times wistful and others heavy, ‘My Last Day at Seventeen’ is a beautiful, sympathetic view of teens’ worlds, worries and wants

At times wistful and others heavy, ‘My Last Day at Seventeen’ is a beautiful, sympathetic view of teens’ worlds, worries and wants

Photographic Exhibition of Doug DuBois and Protégé Aaron Blum Explores Mentorships and Influences

Continuum: Doug DuBois and Aaron Blum is the first in a series of exhibitions that explore mentorships and influences in contemporary photography, pairing two photographers together that share a mentor-mentee relationship. Selections from New York-based p

Continuum: Doug DuBois and Aaron Blum is the first in a series of exhibitions that explore mentorships and influences in contemporary photography, pairing two photographers together that share a mentor-mentee relationship

5B4: …all the days and nights by Doug DuBois

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From 5B4: …all the days and nights by Doug DuBois:

It is hard enough to photograph your family let alone to be honest about it.

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