The Photographers Series

Dan Estabrook

This new edition to the series looks at one of today’s most innovative artists.  Working exclusively in 19th century processes, Dan Estabrook produces intimate, yet compelling photographs that illustrate the beauty of long forgotten methods.  In the documentary portion, he talks about his influences, techniques and the impetus behind everything he creates, while writer and critic Lyle Rexer and others comment on his exceptional talent.  In the Photo Commentary, Estabrook provides insight to many of his photographs, and in the Bonus Feature, he demonstrates the salt print process.

Dan’s work bears the hallmark of his intelligence...
— Liz Siegel, The Art Institute of Chicago

Main Documentary: 50 minutes
Photography Commentary: 37 minutes
Bonus Feature: Step-by-Step Salt Print Process: 12 minutes
Color • NTSC • Stereo • English • All Regions

Dan Estabrook discovered photography through the underground magazines of the punk-rock and skateboard culture of the 1980’s. As an undergraduate at Harvard, he worked with Christopher James, from whom he learned alternative photographic processes as well as ways to combine his disparate artistic interests. In 1993, after receiving an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Estabrook continued working and teaching, eventually settling in Brooklyn, New York. He is exhibited widely, included in numerous permanent collections, and has received several major awards, including an Artist's Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.