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Lise and Spencer, Ithaca, NY, 2004

Doug DuBois, associate professor of art photography in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Department of Transmedia, will exhibit “In Good Time: Photographs by Doug DuBois,” March 24-May 19 at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore, 547 West 27th St., 4th Floor, New York City. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, March 23, from 7-8:30 p.m.

Curated by Cory Jacobs, “In Good Time” is the first mid-career survey of DuBois’ photographs from three different bodies of work: “All the Days and Nights,” “Avella” and “My Last Day at Seventeen.”

Family is a recurring theme in DuBois’ work, and his first project on the subject, “All the Days and Nights,” took more than 20 years to complete. In 1984, DuBois began photographing his own family, tracing the complicated and nuanced relationships that unfolded as time passed and events transpired, such as his father’s near-fatal accident, subsequent recovery and the impact on his family.

For his series “Avella,” DuBois spent years photographing the residents of an old coal-mining town in Pennsylvania where his grandmother had lived. He collected her stories and made a portrait of the inhabitants of an American town past its prime.

In his most recent series, “My Last Day at Seventeen,” DuBois traveled to Cobh, Ireland, where he was an artist-in-residence at the Sirius Arts Centre. What started as a month-long residency turned into a five-year project for DuBois, who was fascinated by the complex connections between the teenagers in the insular neighborhood of Russell Heights. He began photographing them, and earned their trust, in order to tell a coming-of-age story about the delicate moment between childhood and adulthood, filled with both confidence and uncertainty.

DuBois has photographs in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation, MacDowell Colony and National Endowment for the Arts. He 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.

Editor's update: Since its opening, the exhibition has received coverage in the New Yorker, The New York Times Style Magazine, Artsy and Widewalls.