The​ ​work​ ​of​ ​Western​ ​Doughty​ ​is​ ​a​ ​series​ ​of​ ​studies​ ​in​ ​vivid​ ​contrasts​ ​and​ ​unseen​ ​beauty​ ​which reflect ​his​ ​childhood​ ​in​ ​Oklahoma,​ ​where​ ​gender,​ ​race,​ ​and​ ​class​ ​struggles impacted​ ​him​ ​profoundly.​ ​Also​ ​raised​ ​in​ ​the​ ​world​ ​of​ ​art​ ​and​ ​photography,​ ​he​ ​first​ ​began shooting​ ​images​ ​for​ ​his​ ​father’s​ ​company​ ​as​ ​early​ ​as​ ​nine​ ​years​ ​old.

“I​ ​draw​ ​from​ ​anything​ ​I​ ​see​ ​that​ ​leaves​ ​a​ ​profound​ ​impression.​ ​Gaylord​ ​Oscar​ ​Herron,​ ​Larry Clark,​ ​Robert​ ​Mapplethorpe,​ ​Francesca​ ​Woodman,​ ​David​ ​Lynch,​ ​Andrei​ ​Tarkovsky,​ ​James Baldwin​ ​and​ ​Akira​ ​Kurosawa​ ​are​ ​all​ ​significant​ ​to​ ​me​ ​in​ ​that​ ​I​ ​could​ ​relate​ ​to​ ​them.​ ​Each​ ​has,​ ​in different​ ​ways,​ ​enabled​ ​me​ ​to​ ​see​ ​that​ ​my​ ​own​ ​struggles​ ​with​ ​the​ ​world​ ​around​ ​me​ ​can​ ​be incorporated​ ​into​ ​my​ ​art.”

Western​ ​Doughty’s​ ​professional​ ​photography​ ​career​ ​has​ ​spanned​ ​twenty​ ​years​ ​of​ ​gallery, portraiture,​ ​advertising,​ ​and​ ​commissions.

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