Dean Kessmann’s photographs—alternately made with scanners, cameras, camera-less darkroom processes, and most recently, screenshots from computer monitor—comment on image-making technologies, landscape photography, and contemporary consumer culture.
Many institutions have collected Kessmann’s work, such as the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Baltimore Museum of Art, Walker Art Center, The Phillips Collection, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, and the Orlando Museum of Art.
Kessmann has had exhibitions at The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, FL, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME, American University Museum, Washington, DC, The Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA, Cerasoli Gallery, Los Angeles, CA, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX, and William Shearburn Gallery, St. Louis, MO.
Kessmann’s exhibitions have been reviewed in a variety of publications, including Art Papers, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and ARTFORUM magazine. Work from his project, Art as Paper as Potential: Giving/Receiving, was reproduced in Contact Sheet, after completing a residency at Light Work in Syracuse, NY.
For nearly two decades, Kessmann has been an innovative contributor to the worlds of art and education from his base in Washington, DC, where he is Professor of Photography at The George Washington University.