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Dominic Hawgood

American, b. 1980

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Dominic Hawgood

American, b. 1980

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Photographer Dominic Hawgood uses the language of cinema to craft documentary-style stories. Carefully staging his shots and using dramatic, high-contrast lighting, he aims to “challenge notions of truth by disrupting a more traditional documentary aesthetic,” he has said. Frequently drawn to culturally pervasive and individually resonant moments, Hawgood often chooses subjects that involve religious iconography and collective spiritual practices. “I am interested in the process of representing another’s internal experience,” he has said. In his “Under the Influence” (2014) series, Hawgood documents a Christian revival meeting, his camera isolating tiny, easily overlooked movements within the larger chaos of the highly constructed service. Previous series documented Texan residents believed to be speaking in tongues and monolithic Dallas-area church signs, each image as formally constructed as a staged movie still.

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Biography

Photographer Dominic Hawgood uses the language of cinema to craft documentary-style stories. Carefully staging his shots and using dramatic, high-contrast lighting, he aims to “challenge notions of truth by disrupting a more traditional documentary aesthetic,” he has said. Frequently drawn to culturally pervasive and individually resonant moments, Hawgood often chooses subjects that involve religious iconography and collective spiritual practices. “I am interested in the process of representing another’s internal experience,” he has said. In his “Under the Influence” (2014) series, Hawgood documents a Christian revival meeting, his camera isolating tiny, easily overlooked movements within the larger chaos of the highly constructed service. Previous series documented Texan residents believed to be speaking in tongues and monolithic Dallas-area church signs, each image as formally constructed as a staged movie still.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
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Group show at a major institution
National Portrait Gallery - London
Articles Featuring Dominic Hawgood
The 2015 London Open Is a Mixed Bag—With a Handful of Standout Emerging Artists
Jul 21st, 2015
The 2015 London Open Is a Mixed Bag—With a Handful of Standout Emerging Artists
Religious Iconography For the Modern Age, In the Work of Dominic Hawgood
Sep 30th, 2014
Religious Iconography For the Modern Age, In the Work of Dominic Hawgood
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