Photographer Deborah Roan foregoes digital manipulation of any kind in her high-intensity large-scale, panoramic photographs. Exposing the same roll of film multiple times, Roan creates montages of urban signage, storefronts and light. This process of chance dislodges the subjects of the pictures from their usual contexts, making them momentarily unrecognizable and strange, like the images that are formed by film dissolves.
Born in 1950 in High Point, North California, Deborah Roan received her academic training at Cornell University, the School of Visual Arts, New York and the Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Roan has exhibited both nationally and internationally and lives and works in New York.
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fantasy, and intellect, Gay City News, Vol. 5, Number 5, February 2-8, 2006
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