Douglas Dubler is a fashion, beauty and fine art photographer who seamlessly joins craft and creativity to produce some of the most memorable images in editorial, advertising and fine art photography.
Dubler has been able to achieve this union by synthesizing right and left brain thinking. His early training in Fine and Liberal Arts at Boston University enriched him with an articulate sense of form, color, and composition.
His early experience as a plastic sculptor and silk screen artist instilled in him a great respect for the craft and workmanship necessary to produce fine art and produced the dedication to detail that appears in his work as a photographer.
Dubler's early mentors, the famed Japanese sculptor Isamu Noguchi and the renowned American photographer Ansel Adams, reflected his appreciation for the duality of the creative process. From his work with Noguchi, Dubler received the Silver Seagull Award from Oriental Photo in Japan.
Dubler's professional photographic career began in the late '60's in California and the Virgin Islands where he photographed underwater life. Dubler actually lived underwater in submerged habitats for weeks at a time. Clients included the United States Navy, General Electric, and various institutes involved in marine biology research. These experiences taught Dubler the economy of motion and reinforced his highly organized work habits.
Seeking dry ground, Dubler made the transition to studio photography in the early '70's. He established studios in St. Thomas/U.S. Virgin Islands, San Juan/Puerto Rico and Caracas/Venezuela where he worked for Kodak, Coca-Cola, Rolex, Proctor & Gamble, BMW, Eastern Airlines, Waterford, Johnson & Johnson, and Hasselblad.
In 1976 his commercial success drew him to Los Angeles where he began to specialize in fashion and beauty photography. Working primarily with major motion picture studios, Dubler photographed celebrities and subsequently obtained cosmetic contracts with Max Factor and Redken Laboratories. In addition he also began working as a photographic consultant and special photographer on feature films.
Dubler's comprehensive understanding of his client's business evolved the photographer relationship into an informal, symbiotic consulting arrangement with Redken's advertising management. Dubler served as a principal contributor in the company's creative reorganization which catapulted Redken toward commercial success.
Access to European editorial markets and major cosmetic accounts lured Dubler to New York in 1982. He renovated a 5,000 square foot studio in an upper East side carriage house previously occupied over the years by a string of artists -- most notably, the famous French artist, Marc Chagall. His editorial assignments brought him primarily to Italy where he spent extensive amounts of time working for Amica, Lei, and Italian Vogue. His celebrity editorial clients include Jacqueline Bisset, Jane Fonda, Shirley MacLaine, Dolly Parton, Brooke Shields, Andie MacDowell and Sharon Stone.
Dubler's innovative techniques and his consistent ability to reproduce accurate, pleasing skin tones with minimal retouching has produced a client list of major cosmetic companies including Coty, Max Factor, Revlon, Redken, Avon, Charles of the Ritz, Sally Hansen, and Clairol. His commercial successes have been recognized by the industry with awards from the Starch Report, Communication Arts, Art Directors Club and Clio.
In 1994, Dubler completed a six country tour in the Far East for Fuji PhotoFilm where he lectured to professional photographers on commerical fashion photography. His lecturing continues at the International Center of Photography in New York City where he is on staff, as well as Rochester Institute of Technology and other educational venues in the United States. Works in progress include a book of natural light, exotic photographs from Bali and a retrospective of twenty years in the fashion and beauty business. Dubler also has active consulting relationships with Epson, Hasselblad, Mamiya, Minolta, Sekonic, Nikon, Olympus, Leaf America, Fuji, Kodak, Balcar, Dyna-lite, Comet and Sinar-Bron. Recent speaking engagements have been as a spokesperson for Olympus on Fox Channel 5 news, guest lecturer for Nikon at The Disney Institute, and a color temperature seminar sponsored by Fuji at Photo East in New York.
Most recently, Douglas has completed several imaging projects for clients for their websites. His in-depth understanding of light, exposure and film have provided him with the tools to develop an ultra-high quality approach to photography for the Internet. To facilitate this he has entered into a consulting relationship with Leaf America (Mamiya), who is providing him with the technical support to develop creative and innovative approaches to digital imaging assignments. LVMH (Moet,Hennessy,Louis Vuitton) has hired Douglas to produce images for their luxury website, e-luxury.com. Some of the designers involved in the site are Dior, Michael Kors, Ferragamo, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Bulgari, Fendi, and LeClerc Cosmetics. The project is an ongoing one which will provide Douglas with an opportunity to showcase his talents over a wide range of creative challenges. The site launched in June 2000.
In 2001, Dubler was invited to join the Epson Stylus Pros by Epson America. This is a small group of photographers at the top of their respective fields who are involved in digital printmaking and represent to Epson the cutting edge of technology and art. Olympus America has also formed a similar professional photographers group, Visionaires, of which Douglas was invited to become a founding member.
Also in 2002, with the strong emergence of digital photography, Douglas transitioned almost totally to digital capture. Much of the focus of this digital work has been on his fine art photography, which was shown last fall in New York City at Synchronicity Fine Arts.
In 2003, Panasonic sponsored a gallery exhibition of Douglas's fine art series "Steel" at Nexus gallery in New York City. As promotion for the exhibition, several of the images were displayed every half hour on the enormous Astrovision screen in Times Square continuously during the exhibition. Further plans for the "Steel" series include an interactive Plasma screen installation in Grand Central Station as well as gallery exhibitions in Tokyo, Dallas and Los Angeles. In June of 2003, Douglas helped Olympus launch their new digital camera system, E-1. The event, which included a live high fashion shoot, was attended by more than 400 members of the press and has resulted in numerous covers and magazine articles.
The ability to meld technology with creative imagery has firmly established Douglas Dubler as an innovator and artist and will continue to create a constant demand for his iconographic beauty and fine art images. DD3