Doug DuBois, associate professor of art photography in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Department of Transmedia, will deliver the keynote lecture at the Philadelphia Art Book Fair on Saturday, April 2. DuBois will focus on his most recent series and book, “My Last Day at Seventeen” (Aperture, 2015). A book signing will follow the 6:30 p.m. lecture.
In “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 is also exhibiting “In Good Time: Photographs by Doug DuBois,” through May 19 at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore in New York City.
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). He has also photographed for magazines, including the New York Times Magazine, Time, Details and GQ.