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Dan Estabrook was born and raised in Boston, where he studied art at city schools and the Museum of Fine Arts. He discovered photography in his teens through the underground magazines of the punk-rock and skateboarding cultures of the 1980s. As an undergraduate at Harvard University, he began studying alternative photographic processes with Christopher James. In 1993, after receiving an MFA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Campaign, Estabrook continued working and teaching in Illinois, Boston, and Florida, and eventually settled in Brooklyn, New York.

Estabrook has continued to make contemporary art using the photographic techniques and processes of the nineteenth century, with forays into sculpture, painting, drawing, and other works on paper. He has exhibited widely and has received several awards, including the Artist's Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1994. In 2019, he was the juror for the Young Contemporaries exhibition at the Halsey Institute.

Dan Estabrook: Wunderkammer will be on view at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston in spring 2021.

Dan Estabrook
The Other Source, 2020
10 x 8 inches
Archival ink-jet print with hand cut-out

This work encapsulates Dan Estabrook's fascination with photography as an object. As a digital print of a tintype that he made, Estabrook uses modern technology to mediate an antiquated form of photography -- one that only existed in the physical world, as tintypes do. Estabrook manipulates the print by cutting out a segment, revealing the photographs physical qualities. With this work, the artist examines the history of photography, from its nascent beginnings as light-sensitive chemicals to its now digital ubiquity.