About Dorie Dahlberg
An artist and art educator, Dorie Dalberg was drawn to photography in the 1970s when she joined a small photography group in Princeton, NJ with E. Jan Kounitz. She has worked in both film and digital, but has come to prefer the former for it’s softer, grainy aesthetic, which conveys the timelessness of the various environments she has traveled to – particularly the Jersey Shore.
New Brunswick Art Salon 2020 – Photography: “Moments of Focus”
In Pedestrians: North of Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ, Dahlberg brings the viewer to the beach, modern buildings on one side and ocean on the other, human figures scattered in between, the softened image inviting the viewer to contemplate the timeless setting. The timelessness of Dahlberg’s photographs is also reflected in her process of taking the negative of her black and white film, scanning the negatives, and using LightRoom to finally edit them.
My interest in photography began in the 1970s when I joined a small photography group in Princeton, NJ. Although I’ve exhibited a mix of drawings & photographs, by 2014 I started concentrating on photography exclusively. In early 2017, I returned to film cameras, almost abandoning my digital camera entirely. The grainy aesthetic of film photographs most accurately conveys the timelessness of the diverse environments I travel to. I’m attracted to the boardwalk and beach scenes where I live, but also the industrial landscapes of North Jersey. I always have at least one camera with me and it seems I need to have a project (or projects) in my head or I’ll come home without taking a single shot. Projects give me focus. That said, I have several cameras, each one lending itself to a different theme as I can anticipate their capabilities.
At present, I am using two 35mm cameras, a Rollei35 (1966), a Leicaflexsl (1970); my medium format camera is a Hasselblad500c (1969). I process black-and-white film at home, scan my negatives, and edit in LightRoom which I use to edit as I once did in a darkroom.
- Mana Decentralized Artist. Mana Contemporary; Jersey City, NJ September 2019-2021
- ProArts Cook. Curator & Exhibitor of Publication & Exhibition; Rotunda Gallery; Jersey City, NJ December 2019
- Juried Photography Exhibition. Monmouth Museum; Lincroft, NJ October 2019
- Art House Productions. Lost Then Found; Jersey City Art & Studio Tour; October 2019
- Shape of Things. September 2019
- Impressions of Life: B&W Photography. SK Gallery; White Plains, NY September 2019
- Significant Color. August 2019
- Glitch. August 2019
- Ellarslie Open 36. Ellarslie Museum; Trenton, NJ May – July 2019
- The Shape of Things. May 2019
- Stories. April 2019
- Postcards from the Edge. Visual Aids at Bortolami; Tribeca, NYC March 2019
- Quiet Places. Solo Exhibition in Alternative Spaces; Photographic Essay at Mision Burrito; Jersey City, NJ December 2, 2018 – January 25, 2019
- Fabulous Food. Monmouth Museum; Juried Holiday Exhibition; Lincroft, NJ December 2018
- Does It Match the Couch? An exploration of Color; Summer 2018
- Jersey City Art & Studio Tour. ProArts Jersey City Members Exhibition; JCAST; 2017, 2018 & 2019, Curator 2018
- 2 Beach Towns 3 Seasons 6 Cameras. Zine Project
- Woman Alone. Zine Project
- Watching Arts Center; Watchung NJ
- PH21. Budapest, Hungary
- ProArtsJC Salons 2019
- ProArtsJC Salons 2019
Rutgers University – Bachelor of Fine Arts with a Concentration in Printmaking/Intaglio)
St. Peter’s University – Master of Education Administration