Paul Dougan

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Paul Dougan Photography: Biography

When I was eight years old I began my photographic journey using a simple box camera and a Kodak 2C Autographic Camera my father bought in 1915.  In my senior year in college, using my first Leica, I became completely hooked on the beauty and mystery of photography.  I quickly learned that the camera is only a tool.  A better tool helps, but if you are not able to see, the very best tool will not produce interesting and creative images. I am a street photographer and have been for 65 years.  This simply means that all my photos are candid shots taken wherever I am with a hand-held camera. Before 2004 I shot everything using film.  Since then all of my work has been with digital cameras.


Some years ago, my good friend Karen Huntsman came to me and asked me if I would consider donating a few of my prints to the brand new Huntsman Cancer Center Hospital. Since then, it has been my honor and pleasure to have donated more than160 prints to the Hospital. All of them are placed where they will bring comfort to the patients.  They especially like my flowers, and I have received notes from many friends who were getting mammograms and were distracted from the discomfort of the whole process by a huge rose or poppy.


While I have no formal education in photography or art, I have been very fortunate to attend photo workshops with some of finest photographers/teachers in the country, including  Paul Caponigro, Eliot Porter, Jerry Ulesman and the very best, Jay Maisel.


Since 2007, I have had ten one-man shows, including my most recent show in January 2021 at Phillips Gallery, 444 East Second South Salt Lake City. The photos in that show were an eclectic glimpse of some favorite images captured since I started my adventure in photography. I have been fortunate to travel to more than thirty countries, the bulk of the images were taken during those travels.   


I am represented in Salt Lake City by Phillips, where images in this show can be seen on their website Phillips-Gallery.Com  On my website you can see a large sample of my work and images from my most recent exhibits including the January 15, 2021 show.