About Douglas

Douglas R. Gilbert has been a serious photographer since the age of fourteen. When he was twenty-one, he joined the staff of Look magazine in New York as the second youngest photojournalist in the magazines history.  A few years later, he left Look to work as an artist and has since had his work published in countless national and international publications such as LIFE, The Saturday Evening Post and Glamour.

His work is in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena CA, and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, as well as in many private and institutional collections. Forever Young, a group of photographs from an unpublished Look story is his fourth book.  His complete body of work is archived at Grand Valley State University in Michigan. He lives with his wife in Grand Haven, MI.

Enjoy this insightful interview with Douglas from 2012 (PDF)


Although I have worked with film sizes from 35mm to 4×5, I return to the 35mm format for my project work. My equipment is minimal, but meets my needs perfectly. I use 2 Leica M6 cameras, a 35mm Leica Summicron lens, a 50mm Summicron lens, a portable tripod, Ilford Delta 100 film and a camera bag. Using just those two lenses means I must get close, into the “space” of whatever I”m photographing. This allows me to feel the space and experience it in a way that standing back wouldn”t allow.


1993   M.S.W. Salem State College. Salem, MA.

1972   M. S. Photography. Institute of Design. Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL.

1964   B.A. Social Sciences and Art. Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI.

Professional Experience

1960-present Photographer

1972-1982     Assistant Prof. Of Art. Wheaton College, IL.

1967-1972     Freelance photographer. New York City, NY and Chicago, IL.

1964-1967     Staff photographer. LOOK Magazine. New York City, NY.

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2016    Leica Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. “Italian Light”

2014    C2C Gallery, Grand Haven, MI. selected images from “Italian Light”

2014   South Haven Center for the Arts, South Haven, MI.  “Bob Dylan:  Forever Young”

2014   Convent of the Servite Order, Orvieto, Italy.  “Light from Light”

2012   Adams Gallery, Wheaton College, IL.  “Italian Light”

2010   Holland Museum & Archives, Holland, MI. “Bob Dylan: Forever Young”

2010   Sao Paolo Gallery, Gordon College, Orvieto, Italy. “Italian Light”

2006   Farmani Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. “Street Shots: New York’s Financial District in 1965”

2005   Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA. “Bob Dylan: Unscripted”

2005   The Perfect Exposure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. “Bob Dylan: Unscripted”

2003-2004     The Lobby for the Arts Gallery, Amesbury, MA. “Selections from the Italy Collection”

2003   The Gallery at Barrington Center for the Arts, Gordon College, Wenham, MA. “Selections from the Italy and Dangerous Beauty Collections”

2001   Istituto San Lodovico. Orvieto, Italy. “A Dangerous Beauty”. Black and white photographs of New England gardens

2000   The Home Gallery, Downriver Council for the Arts, Taylor, MI.”Orvieto, Umbria, Italy”

1999   Istituto San Lodovico. Orvieto, Italy. “Orvieto and Vicinity”

1987   Auginbaugh Gallery, Messiah College, PA. New England domestic architecture

1984   Maritime Museum, Newburyport, MA. 19th Century New England Domestic Architecture

1983   Wisteriahurst Museum, Holyoke, MA. Early 20th Century Memorial Chapel Architecture

1981   The Gilbert Gallery, Chicago, IL. “The American Wilderness”

1978   The Art Institute of Chicago, IL. “Spaces and Intersections”

Selected Group Exhibition

2015   Illinois Institute of Technology, Institute of Design, Chicago, IL.  “A Lasting Vision: Photographs from the ID 1971-2001”

2015   South Haven Center for the Arts, South Haven, MI.  “Face2Face”

2015   Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA.  “Living Arrangements”

2014   The Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA.  “Face It:  The Photographic Portrait”

2007   Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA. “Documentary Photography”

2006-2007     The Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA. “The Collectable Moment”

2006-2007     Farmani Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Holiday Group Show

2005   Sony Ericsson Proud Galleries, London, U.K. “The Official Bob Dylan Exhibition”

2000   The Stage Gallery, Merrick, NY

1987   The Art Institute of Chicago, IL

1981   The Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney, Australia

1980   The Gilbert Gallery, Chicago, IL.

1980   Bertha Urdang Gallery, New York City, NY. “Black and White Photographs”

1979   The Atlanta Gallery of Photography, Atlanta, GA.

1978   The University of Maryland Art Gallery, College Park, MD

1975   N.A.M.E. Gallery, Chicago, IL.

1974   The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

1970   The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C


The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

The Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, CA.

Continental Bank, Chicago, IL.

The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA.

American Art Collection, Wheaton College, IL.

Auginbaugh Gallery Collection, Messiah College, PA.

The Downriver Council for the Arts. Taylor, MI.

Joseph Bellows Gallery, La Jolla, CA.

Permanent Installation: St. Patrick-St. Anthony”s Parish, Grand Haven, MI.

Numerous private collections.


The Development of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  Inside the Atria in Rome.  With Sofia Cavalletti.  Archdiocese of Chicago:  Liturgy Training Publications. 2014

Forever Young: Photographs of Bob Dylan. With Dave Marsh. DaCapo Press: New York: 2005 Paperback edition: 2006

C. S. Lewis: Images of His World. With Clyde Kilby. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids: 1973 Revised edition published 2005

Flannery O’Connor: Images of Grace. With Harold Fickett. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids: 1985

The Steps of Bonhoeffer:  A Pictorial Album.  With J. Martin Bailey.  United Church Press, Philadelphia: 1969 hardcover edition.   Macmillan Company, New York: 1971 paperback edition.

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