Dwight Primiano Biography

Welcome everyone, and thank you for taking the time to view my photographs.

For those who are curious, one of the reasons I came into photography was partly due to my father's desire to document our extended family life. After eating a big Italian meal and having a nice hot bath, I would often sit together with my family on a Sunday night and look at the family snapshots that my father created. We called them "the family cartoons".

What I remember most vividly is the feeling of comfort and security I experienced as a child when we would turn off all the lights, fire up the slide projector, and spend a couple of hours laughing at each other, or missing those family members who had moved away or died but revisited us through those slides. I can still feel the emotions as if it were yesterday.

Somewhere along the line, I made the decision to live my life making pictures. The decision came to me about twenty-five years ago. While many things have changed in my life, the one thing that hasn't changed is the comfort and security I experience in looking at, and in making my own images.

My images are very personal. They reveal me in ways that I understand, as well as conceal me in ways I don't understand. Once an image is made, I can always go back to it, and, when I'm ready, see what has been concealed from me. Photography is a patient medium. It truly is a very fortifying and humbling experience to look at a portfolio I made twenty years ago, or even a year ago, and have access to parts of myself that I didn't have a clue existed when I made the images.

It is my hope that you, the viewer of my photographs, will find a connection to something personal within yourselves, and in doing so, connect with something within me.