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Photography as Memoir

Doug DuBois signs book, shows new work

Introducing the photographer Doug DuBois at Light Work last Thursday night, gallery director Hannah Frieser said, "We especially appreciate the special relationship we've built with Doug since he came to Syracuse. We knew him before, but since he came here to teach he's strengthened photo on campus and he's tightened the relationship between Light Work and Visual and Performing Arts and Transmedia. But it's easy to take Doug for granted because he's always around and we see him. If you talk to people elsewhere, in other cities, you will hear that they know his work and how well regarded he is -- that he's quite important nationally."

Frieser went on to tick off some of the major venues where DuBois' work has shown in the U.S. -- the Getty in Los Angeles, MoMA and Higher Pictures in New York, the Langston in San Francisco, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston -- without going on to those abroad. The occasion was a talk by DuBois about his new book and other projects he's working on now, followed by a book signing. His All the Days and Nights was published earlier this year by Aperture and released here and in England. The title comes from a short story by New Yorker editor William Maxwell about a man who goes searching "not exactly" for his memories but for "evidence of his existence in the world."

All the Days and Nights is a collection of 62 large-format color photographs that DuBois has chosen from those he made of his family over 25 years. They chronicle his father's severe accident and lengthy recovery -- he had fallen off a commuter train -- along with his mother's evident depression and the decline of their marriage, aging just by virtue of time passing, a teen-aged sister and later her children, assorted moments from daily life and holidays.

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