EF-T-6/C-3/S-2, 1999

Digital Inkjet on Arches Paper


A. Doren, EF-T-6/C-3/S-2, 1999


Arnold T. Doren, known professionally as A. Doren, taught photography in the Department of Art at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) from 1978 until he retired in 2002 as Associate Professor Emeritus. At UNCG, Doren’s classes were always filled to capacity. He was described as having a fiery enthusiasm in his teaching.

This digitally manipulated image, titled EF-T-6/C-3/S-2, is a layering of a number of photographic techniques. In 1968, Doren began experimenting with a process called solarization, which is the re-exposure of an image to white light during the development stage in the darkroom to partially reverse the image. He did a series using this process called “Solarized Nude Studies.” In this work, we see one of these solarized figures, as if floating in a sea of leaves.

Doren’s commitment during a 45-year career, during which he captured on film memorable scenes from New York to China, earned him awards and international distinction. A selection of his work appeared in the original Time-Life series, Photographing Children. His photographs are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, George Eastman House of Photography, MIT, Dallas Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum.