Who is Dan Estabrook? Dan Estabrook is an American photographer, sculptor, painter and production designer. A renowned artist who has been active since the 1990s, he gained notoriety as a pop culture figure after his relationship with actress Megan Boone became public.
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Art has always been part of the life of Dan Estabrook. Raised in a cultural melting pot like Boston, he was exposed to a variety of traditions and artistic expressions. He learned about art in city schools and the Museum of Fine Arts. When he was a teenager, he developed an interest in photography through the underground magazines of the punk rock and skateboard cultures of the 1980s.
After graduating from high school, he enrolled at the prestigious Harvard University to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree. He was an exceptional student and graduated magna cum laude in 1990. He then studied for a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Illinois and passed out there in 1993. When he was at Harvard, he received lessons on christopher James’ alternative photographic processes.
One of his first exhibitions was held in 1993 under the name ‘Minimal’ at Gallery X in Los Angeles, California. A year later, he organized his solo exhibition at I-Space Gallery in Chicago, Illinois. In 1995 he was part of two exhibitions: ‘A New Direction’ at Warren Street Gallery in Hudson, New York and ‘Dysfunctional’ at Blue Note Gallery, London, England. He traveled to San Francisco, California to hold an exhibition at the Catharine Clark Gallery in 1996. That year, he also organized the solo exhibition ‘Interior Views’ at the Houston Center for Photography in Houston, Texas.
In 1997 he participated in the ‘Glorious Gardens’ exhibition at Bonni Benrubi Gallery in New York City and ‘Time Zero: Artists and Polaroids’ at ESP Gallery in San Francisco. He returned to Chicago to hold the ‘UIUC/Glasgow Exchange Exhibition’ at I-Space Gallery and ‘The Camera Obscured II: Mixed Media Photography’ at Catherine Edelman Gallery in 1998. The following year he was in New York to host ‘Inherent Vice’ as well as the untitled exhibition at Sarah Morthland Gallery.
He started the new millennia by organizing the exhibition ‘The Exquisite Corpse’ at the Printworks Gallery in Chicago. That year he also organized ‘First Photographs’ at the Sarah Morthland Gallery. In 2001, he moved to Kansas City, Missouri to host the exhibition ‘Re-Thought, Re-Seen: 21st-Century Photographers Using 19th Century Processes’ at UMKC Gallery of Art. He then returned to his hometown of Boston to host the Sun Works: Contemporary Alternative Photography at Art Institute.
In 2002 he was part of three exhibitions: ‘The Camera Obscured IV: Mixed Media Photography’ at Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago and ‘Pathetica’ and ‘The Antiquarian Avant-Garde’ at Sarah Morthland Gallery. In the following year he participated in “Pathetica and Other Stories” at Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta, Georgia. Estabrook was featured in two exhibitions in 2004; these were: ‘From Penland’ at Rebus Works in Raleigh, North Carolina and ‘Alchemy’ at Penland Gallery in Penland School of Crafts. In 2005, he participated in two exhibitions: ‘Wetlab: The New Nexus Between Art and Science’ at The Gallery of Contemporary Art at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut and ‘Dan Estabrook: Sleep and Nine Symptoms’ at Catherine Edelman Gallery.
As a photographer he creates contemporary art by using the photographic techniques and processes of the nineteenth century. In 1994, he received an Artist’s Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts.
In 1997 Dan Estabrook was production designer with Jesse Peretz ‘First Love, Last Rites’. He was also associated with the art department of the 2018 musical drama ‘Juliet, Naked’.