Bill Durgin is a New York based photographer born in 1970, in Vermont, USA. He received his BFA from the Tufts University and The School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Massachusetts and continued his studies in the California College of the Arts (MFA). Durgin presents the human figure in a discernible yet unfamiliar manner and his inspiration comes from human interaction, films, abstract figurative painting, contemporary dance and art performances. His work has been exhibited in galleries and prestigious publications worldwide.
In his own words:
The gesture within each photograph is created through exploring my own physical limitations and collaborative improvisation with dancers and performers. Often I will come up with a pose and demonstrate it and then ask the model to repeat or respond to it. Each pose transmogrifies the figure towards abstraction; exaggerating or diminishing the skeletal structure until it approaches an amorphic form. I want the bodies to be recognized as bodies, but also to be detached from common perceptions of the figure. Bound within each singular view, the uncanny figures convey the body as both abject and marvelous.
This is a sample of his work
All images © Bill Durgin