Nathan Dean was passionate about photography, even during a distinguished academic career in science. A native of eastern Tennessee, he received a PhD in physics from Cambridge University and became a professor, a dean of science, a vice provost for graduate studies and research, and a university vice president. After he turned his attention fully to photography, his images won awards and were exhibited in numerous juried shows in New York, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Minneapolis, and Los Angeles. In 2015, his work was published in both the Portfolio and the Single Shot editions of the highly regarded photography journal Black and White. His images suggest that what the eye sees is less important than what lies beneath. It may be a moment of emotional truth, when the masks we too often wear are dropped, allowing a glimpse of the soul; or the smallness of life in the largeness around us, which tries but fails to conquer hope. Something more important, something we can’t quite visualize, something intriguing and perhaps magical or else full of terror, waits for us just beyond the image. Like our future, it is unknown, but we yearn to find it.


Shutterbug Magazine – “Fire Ax” published in December 2014 issue, “Picture This: Red”; "On the Bridge" published in November 2013 issue, "Picture This: Sense of Scale"

Atlanta Artists Center, Atlanta, GA:
“Girl in Doorway, Khajuraho” second prize in Atlanta Celebrates Photography show, October 2014; “The Girl in Red Shoes” Honorable Mention, September 2014; other images selected for monthly juried shows

New York Center for Photographic Art, Manhattan – “Backwater Bikers” chosen as Juror’s Selection, one of twenty photos selected for show “Transportation”, September 2014; "Girl in Doorway, Khajuraho" Honorable Mention, "Black and White", January 2015

1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, California – “Atlanta Reflections” selected for juried exhibition, November 15 – December 13, 2013

2013 International Photography Competition, Fort Lauderdale, Florida – “Fandance” selected for juried exhibition, August 12 – 26, 2013

Minneapolis Photo Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota – “Yosemite Falls, Midnight” selected for juried exhibition, September 8 - October 27, 2013; "Potoprens” selected for juried exhibition, January 18 - March 2, 2013

Arts Arena, Delray Beach, Florida – invited exhibition of ten images, June 1 - 30, 2013

2012 Grand Prix de la Decouverte International Competition, Paris, November 16 -19, 2012
“Stair Study 12” selected for Juror’s Award of Merit

2012 International Photography Competition, Fort Lauderdale, FL, August 13 - 31, 2012
“Dubonnet” selected as “Best Still Life/Object” after being chosen as one of 45 images juried into show

Prior Professional career:

BS in Physics with Honors, University of North Carolina
PhD in Physics, Cambridge University, England
Faculty member in Physics, Vanderbilt University, Iowa State University
Academic administration (Dean, Vice Provost, Vice President), University of Georgia, SUNY BInghamton, Florida Atlantic University