Born in 1965, Beth Dow grew up in Minneapolis where her father was a photographer and filmmaker. Early memories include watching him make prints in the darkroom along with creating her own first photographs when she was twelve. After graduating from college with a BA in studio art, she moved to London, where she lived for eight years. It was while she was in England that she began to explore and photograph the formal gardens that make up this body of work. Her photography has been exhibited internationally and has received numerous awards. She has returned to the States and now lives in Minneapolis once again with her English husband, Keith Taylor, and their two children. Keith is a master printer and makes all of his wife’s Platinum Palladium prints.
“These pictures extend the moment when I first glimpse something extraordinary – that purely sensory moment before things make sense. At their most basic, gardens are an idealized assembly of natural elements, and my photographs take this one step further to create a new ideal – one that exists only in the platinum and paper.”
Beth was the recent recipient of a $25,000 fellowship from the McKnight Foundation, which funded her series of garden photographs.
A Selection of Solo Shows:
2006 Focal Point Gallery, Minnesota State University, Moorhead, Minnesota,"In the Garden"
1998 St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1998, Selections from "The GrassMuseum"
1993 Past Rays Gallery, Yokohama, Japan
1993 Impressions Gallery, York, England "Still Lives"
1992 The Special Photographers Company, London, England "Still Lives"
1990 Islington Arts Factory, London, England "Antique and Future Worlds"
A Selection of Group Shows:
2005 Minnesota Center for Photography, Minneapolis
2004 Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship Exhibition, St Paul
2002 The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery, Stoke-on-Trent, England
2002 Royal Photographic Society, Bath, England
1995 The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
1995 The National Portrait Gallery, London, England
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