RECENTLY I got to spend a little time with the Los Angeles-born, Bay Area-dwelling photographer Judy Dater, whose work goes back to the 1960s. Dater’s been experiencing a bit of a career revival lately, with a recent show at San Francisco’s de Young Museum, which has now come to Loyola Marymount University’s art gallery, and a beautiful, career-spanning book of her work, Only Human.
Dater is a case of an artist who’s remained close to a handful of abiding concerns, and a visual style she hit on relatively early, who has managed not to repeat herself. (Her relationship to feminism, for instance, is sort of fascinating.)
Here is my story on the life and work of Judy Dater, for the LMU magazine.