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Paul Jett

As an undergraduate at the University of New Mexico, I had coursework in photography, Chinese brush painting, and the philosophy, history, and language of East Asia. Later as a conservator for the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museums of Asian Art, I made numerous trips to Asia while, at the same time, continuing my pursuit of photography. My dual experience working with black-and-white film and my involvement with the art of East Asia became the guiding influences for my photographic style. I am particularly inspired by Chinese ink brush paintings and how they convey multiple levels of meaning using simple depictions of ordinary things; this aesthetic guides my efforts. The images I am submitting here are a little different from my usual work, but I was struck by the sights and sounds at the Day of the Dead festival in Phoenix last fall.

My work has been selected for publication and a number of juried national exhibitions, and I am represented by Calloway Fine Art & Consulting, Washington D.C., ( and {9} The Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona, ( I now divide my time between Washington and Phoenix.

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