JD and Steve, from the portfolio every breath we drew

Jess T. Dugan, American, born 1986


2020, printed 2022

Color photograph printed on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Pearl paper

Image: 18 1/16 × 13 1/2 in. (45.8 × 34.3 cm)

Sheet: 20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Miriam H. and S. Sidney Stoneman Acquisition Fund

© Jess T. Dugan



Place Made: United States, North America


21st century

Object Name


Research Area


On view


Signed and inscribed, on reverse, bottom edge, in black ink: JD AND STEVE, 2020 EDITION 3/20 JESS T. DUGAN Jess Dugan


Jess T. Dugan’s portraits capture personal intimacies, especially in queer lives. The two on view here express the love of a longtime couple and the self-love of someone who is enjoying their body in a moment of euphoria. The portfolio, titled Every Breath We Drew, is made up of ten photographs—both portraits and still lifes—in a custom-designed clamshell box. The works’ subjects usually fill the frame, bathed in a gentle light that reflects the quiet, self-contained moments Dugan favors.

How might an artist select works to shape into a dedicated portfolio?

From the 2024 exhibition An Instant Out of Time: Shaping a Collection, curated by Alisa Swindell, Associate Curator of Photography

Course History

SART 30/SART 75, Photography II/III, Virginia Beahan, Spring 2022

SART 29.01, Photography I, Virginia Beahan, Fall 2022

Exhibition History

An Instant Out of Time: Shaping a Collection, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 20-July 21, 2024.


The artist, Jess T. Dugan, St. Louis, Missouri; sold to present collection, 2022.

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