The Art of the Image | About

When does a talent become a passion?  For Nathan Dean, the transition came when he could devote himself to photography as strongly as he had previously devoted himself to a distinguished academic career. Born in Tennessee and educated in Cambridge, England, he has traveled the world, visiting and photographing in more than seventy countries.  His art seeks simplicity and coherence in the same way his science did, emphasizing the essential and eliminating the inessential.  His studies of faces, shot on the street, reach into the subject’s inner being to celebrate humanity and soul and ask the viewer to imagine becoming another person.  Guided by Einstein’s rule that “everything should be as simple as possible, but no simpler,” his taut and elegant compositions have won awards and have been exhibited in numerous juried shows in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and elsewhere.  His recent one-man show at Atlanta’s prestigious Restaurant Eugene was highly successful, and his works have been published in both the Portfolio and the Single Shot editions of the highly regarded photography journal Black and White.



Solo and Invited Shows:


Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta, GA, October 2016: invited solo show of 22 images

Artists Atelier, Atlanta, GA, January 2016: invited participant in small-group show, five images

Palm Beach Cultural Council Gallery, June 2012: invited participant in small-group show, seven images

West Wing Gallery, FAU Library, Boca Raton, FL,  August 2011: invited solo 

show of 21 images

110 East Gallery, Delray Beach, FL, April 2011: invited participant in small-group show, six images


Published works:

Black & White Magazine, Portfolio Award, 3 images, February 2016 issue

Black & White Magazine, Single Image Award, August 2015 issue


Prizes and Awards:

Best in Show, Knoxville Arts & Culture League,”Photo Knoxville,” June 2016

First Prize, Atlanta Artists Center, “Renewal,” January 2016

First Prize, People’s Choice, Atlanta Photography Group, “PushPin,” June 2015

First Prize, Atlanta Artists Center, “All Points of View,” May 2015

Juror’s Award of Merit, Grand Prix de la Decouverte, Paris, August 2012

Best Still Life, “Impressive Images”, Ocean Wave Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, August 2011

Numerous other awards


Other Significant Exhibitions:

Atlanta Airport Rotunda, “APG@ATL” show, September 2017, two images

Atlanta Airport Rotunda, “APG@ATL” show, September 2016, two images

Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR, multiple shows

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA, multiple shows

New York Center for Photographic Arts, multiple shows

Minneapolis Center for Photography, multiple shows

1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Dunwoody Fine Arts Association, Dunwoody, GA


Personal Background:

Born in Johnson City, Tennessee

BS in Physics, University of North Carolina; PhD, Cambridge University, England

Academic and administrative career (Professor of Physics; Dean of Science, Vice Provost, Vice President) at major universities (Iowa State University,, University of Georgia, SUNY Binghamton, and Florida Atlantic University)

Studied photography with Jack Wild, Margo Pinkerton, and Arnold Zann