Eliot Dudik is an American photographer and book artist with works in institutional and private collections worldwide. His long-term projects, books, and collaborations focus on the connections between landscape, culture, memory, history, and how these combine to create place. Increasingly focused on the photobook as a means of expression, Eliot has published, self-published, or hand crafted 11 editions to date, beginning with Road Ends In Water in 2010. He was awarded the PhotoNOLA Review Prize in 2014 for his Broken Land and Still Lives portfolio, resulting in a book publication and solo exhibition.
Eliot released his most elaborate book design to date, Country Made of Dirt, in 2017, and he produced two collaborative books in 2018: Nothing That Falls Away with Meg Griffiths and Zatara Press and And Light Followed the Flight of Sound with Jared Ragland for One Day Projects. His work from the Paradise Road series was included in the Mulhouse Biennial of Photography at the French Cultural Center in Freiburg, Germany in 2018.
His works have been acquired by institutions such as Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Duke University’s Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the MoMA Library, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Special Collections and Archives, Chrysler Museum of Art, University of Connecticut, William & Mary, the Cassilhaus Collection, The Do Good Fund Collection, Southeast Museum of Photography, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Phoenix Art Museum, as well as many private collections
Eliot’s photographs have been published in Smithsonian Magazine, New York Times, CNN, Oxford American Magazine, and featured in Lenscratch, View Camera Magazine, Rangefinder Magazine, Photo District News (PDN), Hotshoe International, Feature Shoot, On Landscape, Southern Cultures, The Great Leap Sideways, Guide to Unique Photography (GUP) Magazine, and VICE.
His photographs have been shown internationally in solo and group exhibitions including the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Griffin Museum of Photography, Center for Fine Art Photography, Dishman Art Museum, Morris Museum of Art, Masur Museum of Art, Muscarelle Museum of Art, Cassilhaus, Annenberg Space for Photography, Columbia Museum of Art, Southeast Museum of Photography, Hunter Museum of American Art, Meridian Museum of Art, Gregg Museum of Art & Design, the Chiang Mai Photo Festival, The Southern Gallery of Contemporary Art, Gordon Art Galleries at Old Dominion University, Welch Gallery at Georgia State University, Rebecca Randall Bryan Gallery at Coastal Carolina University, Staniar Gallery at Washington and Lee University, Warner Gallery at St. Andrew’s School, New Orleans Photo Alliance, Carte Blanche Gallery, Davis Gallery at the Mayo Clinic, and the Carlson Gallery at the University of La Verne.
Eliot is currently working on two long-form photographic projects: Paradise Road (2013-present) and a yet untitled six-year exploration of the coastal landscape and culture of Maine in the winter. His work in Maine has expanded now into collaboration with the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park to help increase awareness of environmental change and the scientific research being conducted in and around the park.
Eliot is based in eastern Virginia, between Richmond and Williamsburg, where he manages his active photography and book arts studios. He founded the photography program within the Department of Art & Art History at the College of William & Mary in 2014 where he is currently teaching and learning.