Doug Van De Zande’s inventive approach to photography puts a fresh face on classic Charleston scenes. From the downtown streets and architecture to the marsh and beach, Doug’s unusual finishing process blurs the distinction between now and then. Doug’s "new antiquity" captures and compliments the grace of Charleston.
Doug Van De Zande was born in Hampton, Virginia and raised in Poughkeepsie, New York. Starting with photography in high school, he went on to work in a very well regarded portrait studio for most of the next four years. With the desire to make a career out of this medium, Doug moved to Santa Barbara, California and attended the Brooks Institute of Photography. After graduating, Doug preferred the pace and project variety of a smaller market and moved to Raleigh, North Carolina.
Doug has been experimenting with a way to express his own vision in the world of black and white photography. With a firm understanding that one must bring an exceptional voice to the art market, Doug tested various processes with his sepia toned, silver gelatin prints. The process that yields his signature results was discovered accidentally through a chemical and physical manipulation of the print. No two of the archival quality photographs are ever the same, though each one bears the subtle textures and tonal nuances that are the hallmark of Doug Van De Zande’s unique photographic vision.