Raised in Western Pa., Dana Duke was fascinated by the images in LIFE and Look magazines and received his first camera at the age of fourteen. While still a teenager, Dana was exposed to the fine art photography of Robert Frank at the “Americans” exhibit in Philadelphia, plus the unique still life and portrait photography of Irving Penn in Vogue Magazine. He attended a workshop by noted nature photographer Paul Caponigro, that had a profound effect on his future.
Dana majored in photography at R.I.S.D. (Rhode Island School of Design), where he studied with photographers Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. Upon graduation, he went to New York City to assist Arnold Newman and then Magnum photographer Bruce Davidson.
Dana is influenced by all things visual. He is primarily inspired by the work of many photographers and painters such as Ellsworth Kelly, Agnes Martin, and Francis Bacon. While his fine art work has changed over time, it is still the patterns that arise out of nature and urban scenes that intrigue him most. The simplest lines against a field of just the right values and textures pull his attention. “I try to go beyond the obvious, there is so much that is overlooked”.
Dana has had a successful career shooting commercially with a studio in New York City for 25 years before moving to Sullivan County. He has photographed portraits and industrial situations for magazines such as Life, Discover, Time and Fortune, and has traveled the world shooting for major Fortune 500 companies. He has also taught at the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport, Maine. In addition to his photography studio, Dana is the owner and audio engineer of Big Twig Recording Studio.
Commercial Website: http://danaduke.com/
Personal Website: http://danadukephotography.com/