pinhole, cyanotype, kodachrome and digital self portraits of photographer nancy breslin

Nancy Breslin is a fine art photographer who lives and works in Washington, DC. After spending a decade as an academic psychiatrist, she decided in 1997 to leave medicine to pursue a second career as an artist. She completed an MFA at the University of Delaware in 2000 and received Individual Artist Fellowships from the Delaware Division of the Arts in 2003 and 2008. She has taught photography part-time at the University of Delaware and the Corcoran College of Art & Design and in 2012-2013 was a visiting artist at Winterthur Museum, Gardens and Library.

Postcard for two exhibitions in April 2013

She has had solo shows at the Mezzanine Gallery, Agilent Technologies Corporate Headquarters, Colourworks, and the Grand Opera House (Wilmington, Delaware); the Arlington Arts Center (Arlington, Virginia); the Saint Joseph's University Gallery (Philadelphia); B'nai B'rith International (Washington, DC) and the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center (Frederick, Maryland). She has also had two-person exhibitions at the Biggs Museum of American Art (Dover, Delaware), the Chris White Gallery (Wilmington, Delaware), the Elkton Station Gallery (Elkton, Maryland) and San Antonio College.

Her work has been published in a number of books, including fotolog.book,  The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes by Christopher James (second edition), and Anthotypes: Explore the Darkroom in your Garden, by Malin Fabbri. You can read an interview with her by Erin Malone in Issue #3 of the online journal Without Lenses.  Eleven images are "showcased" in issue 15 of Light Leaks (a print journal of "low fidelity photography"), pages 46 - 49 (fall, 2009). Ten images from her Amenities series are published in the summer 2011 Square Magazine and three are in the book Play: Toy Camera Photographers for Tots, published in December, 2011.

One of her toy camera images was selected from over 60,000 as a finalist in the Smithsonian Magazine 2012 photo contest. In October, 2012 she was the "photographer of the week" at 591photography.com. This website (nancybreslin.com) was featured in the December 2012 issue of Shutterbug (pages 28 and 30). She was interviewed about her pinhole work in the October 15, 2013 issue of the blog Top Photography Films and one of her gum over cyanotype prints illustrates an article on alternative processes in the November 2013 issue of Professional Photographer magazine. The fall 2015 issue of GW Magazine features a story on her work and GW Today and the Washington Post reviewed a show she was in, called Absence/Presence.

Invitation to Nancy Breslin's show at the Mezzanine Gallery in 2008

Nancy Breslin's photography has been seen in over 70 group shows, including exhibits at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, the Delaware Art Museum, the NJ Center for Visual Arts, the Maryland Federation of Art, Nexus Gallery and Viridian Artists Gallery (NYC), Historic Yellow Springs (PA) and Gallery Imperato (Baltimore). Her videos have been shown in Wilmington and Dover (Delaware), Washington, DC and San Antonio (Texas). See exhibitions for more information on where her work has been on view.

She is married to philosopher Peter Caws.