A professional photographer unique in the
Southern California region, Dok Blanchard’s work has been described
by collectors and curators as “quite beautiful” and “well executed.”
(Dr. Carol McCusker, Curator of Photography, MOPA, 2003). In fact,
beauty and serenity are the emotional keys to Blanchard’s work,
with a technique as grounded in the classic style of f64. The
collection is executed in black and white, large format (4x5 and
above) and consistently poetic in both content and composition.
Dok Blanchard’s awards include many first
place honors, including a first place from the Escondido Municipal
Gallery in 2002 for a nude study in a show entitled Figure,
and in 2004 received a first place award from Mind’s Island, Indian Orchard,
MA. Dok was asked to submit an award winning work which toured
in a three city/three country show of contemporary artists (Tijuana-Yohahama-San
Diego Art Exchange, “One With Clouds” juried show 1992-93).
He has created works for, and been honored by the San Diego Historical
Society, The Ocean Beach Historical Society, and the San
Diego Museum of Natural History, which awarded Dok one of the
top “100 Blacks in San Diego” for his work; all institutions
retain his visions of San Diego in their collections.
Recently his photos taken of the restoration of the U.S. Grant
Hotel in 2006 are now part of the U.S. Grant Historical Archive.
The February 2004 show was a one-man, invitational
show at The San Diego County Administration Building.
This show has been widely praised and has won Blanchard a new
following in the collections of the legal community.
Blanchard has been featured in publications
such as the San Diego Union Tribune (“Photographer’s Main
Goal to Translate Emotions” March 2003), reviewed for his first
place award in the North County Times (“Library Curator
Studies Human Form in “Figure”, June 2002), and reviewed for yet
another first place entry in The Paper (Gallery Walk, Escondido,
The County Administration Building San Diego
show appeared in the KPBS “On Air Magazine”, The Visual Arts
Gallery, “The Photography of Dok Blanchard,” Jan 2004.
Blanchard has shown in the top Southern California
galleries; to mention a few: William Cannon, Lewis King, the Upstairs
Gallery, Art Site Gallery, the Horton Plaza Lyceum Theatre Gallery,
John Sexton Gallery of Carmel, and the Laguna Beach Gallery of
His influences include f64, Steichen, Weston,
and more recently his teacher John Sexton (see John Sexton, Places
of Power, Carmel Valley, Ventana Ed., 2000.)
His work consistently entered the well-loved
“Book of Days” calendar, an international juried selection of
54 photographers, (Keith Carter, Book of Days); one of
the favorites is a nude of great emotional parity entitled “Classical
Diffused.” Blanchard’s work glows with quiet deep strength.
- 2007 William D. Cannon Art Gallery,
Carlsbad, CA, Juried Biennial
2006 The Photographers’ Gallery – Calumet Gallery, Escondido
- 2004 - 2005 San Diego Art Institute, San Diego
- 2004 County Administration Building, San
Diego, CA, one man invitational show: Art Halls & Walls,
- 2004 San Diego Historical Society permanent
collection, works of San Diego Historical significance.
- 2004 Ocean Beach Historical Society, “Ocean
Beach Pier,” permanent collection, O.B. Exposed.
- 2002 First place summer juried show, “Figure”,
curator Mark Elliot Lugo, San Diego Public Library.
- 1994-2004 30 monthly juried shows, Escondido
- 2000-2001 William D. Cannon Gallery
- 1998 Twiggs Coffee House, San Diego, one
- 1997 San Diego Natural History Museum,
awarded “Top 100 Blacks in San Diego” for oeuvre, permanent
- 1992 Contemporary Art Exhibition, 3-city
show, San Diego-Tijuana-Yokahama Citizen’s Galleries, juried
show, pub., “San Diego City Pact 35th Anniversary
Commemorative Catalogue, page 36, work, “One With Clouds.”
- 2004 first place, Mind’s Island, Indian
Orchard, MA, “Composition in White, #6.”
- 1993-1999 Featured artist, Nelson Photo
- 1997 “10 Top Blacks” Museum of Natural
History, for landscape work.
- 1993-1995 Featured artist, International
Juried Contest, Book of Days Calendar, ”52 Weeks, 54 Photographers”,
ed. Keith Carter, “Classical Diffused.”
December 2006, First published book, “Retrospective” will be
available Fall 2007.
- January 2004, On Air Magazine, “Visual
Arts Gallery” The Photography of Dok Blanchard, San Diego
County Administration Building, Show.
- March 2003, Feature story, “Photographers
Main Goal to Translate Emotions”, San Diego Union Tribune.
- July 2002, The Paper, Review of
first place award-winning photograph “Figure”, review of Gallery
Walk, Escondido, CA, photo of work.
- June 2002, “Library Curator Studies Human
Form in “Figure”, photo of work and review, North County Times.
- San Diego City College, Dr. Sandy: Continuing
Education with Fred Picker, R.A. Hanson, John Sexton, Phil Davis
and constant historical research into f64 photographers.