Doug Dubois  All the Days and Nights

01 spencer and rake

Spencer finds a rake, Syracuse, NY, 2008

02 dad packing

My father packs, California, 1984

03 lisa turning

My sister Lise, Christmas Eve, Far Hills, NJ, 1984

04 mom and

My mother and father at the bar, London, 1990

05 dad commuting

My father commuting, Summit, NJ, 1984

06 lisa in bed

Lise on our parent's bed, Far Hills, NJ, 1985

07 luke wreath

Luke, Christmas Eve, Far Hills, NJ, 1985

08 dad mom depressed after dinner

After dinner, December, Far Hills, NJ, 1985

09 mom on scale

My mother on the bathroom scale, Oldwick, NJ, 1999

10 my mother

My mother, Oldwick, Nj, 2001

11 puzzle

My mother's puzzle, Oldwick, NJ, 1999

12 my father at birthday

My father at the birthday party, Ithaca, 2003

13 lise.spence.bed.2

Lise and Spencer, Ithaca, NY, 2004


Spencer and Lise, Ithaca, NY, 2004


My mother at the Penn club, New York, 2005

16 spencer tub.8bit.300

Spencer in the bathtub, Ithaca, NY, 2003

17 luke.2

Luke at 2 a.m., New York, 2004

18 dad in

My father in his kitchen, Bridgeville, PA, 2004

19 mom scar.8

My mother's scar, Gloucester, MA, 2003

20 mom's leg.2.8bit

After the wedding, Gloucester, MA, 2006

21 my sister's bedrm

My sister's bedroom, Ithaca, NY, 2008

22 lise pajamas.8bit.2

Lise in pajamas, Ithaca, NY, 2005

23 Spencer_violin_2

Spencer with his violin, Ithaca, NY, 2008

24 dad and chandellier.8

My father outside his bedroom, Bridgeville, PA, 2005

25 spencer and hand.8

Spencer on the floor, Ithaca, NY, 2005

26 dad.ocean.1.8bit

My father in the ocean, Naples, FL, 2006


Doug DuBois began photographing his family in 1984, prior to his father’s near-fatal fall from a commuter train and his mother’s subsequent breakdown and hospitalizations. While these events set a narrative backdrop to his work, the emotional freight is carried by the details as described by the artist: “the pallor of my mother’s skin, the glare of my father’s gaze and the tactile communion between my sister and nephew constitute a complex and resonant picture of family ties.”

More than twenty years later, DuBois’s project has developed in remarkable ways. Doug DuBois: All the Days and Nights resonates with emotional immediacy, offering a potent examination of family relations, and what it means to subject personal relationships to the unblinking eye of the camera. Each photograph is rich with color, nuanced gestures and glances enveloping the viewer in a multivalent, emotionally tense world.


All images © courtesy of Doug Dubois