Tender Portraits of Provincetown’s Queer Community

Seeping Deep Within, 2019, Photography by Cai Quirk

Provincetown has been attracting artists and writers to its rugged shores for decades. Jess T. Dugan, a celebrated portrait photographer, and White House Champion of Change winner, has taught portrait workshops at the Fine Arts Work Center for many years. Dugan has an upcoming exhibition and artist talk at The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago on September 13. 

In an exclusive for AnOther Magazine, Dugan curated a collection of intimate portraits taken by their students and discussed with them what makes the people and landscapes of Provincetown unique.

“Travelling to the seaside town for two weeks every year for the past two decades (omitting 2020 and the year their daughter was born), Dugan has found a nurturing sense of community in the area. ‘I feel a comfort in my body and moving through the world that I don’t feel in my daily life, and a freedom to be out in the world making pictures,’ says the photographer. ‘There’s a full acceptance of who I am, which is really singular to that place.’

Read “Tender Portraits of Provincetown’s Queer Community  by Zoe Whitfield, published in AnOther Magazine on August 17, 2023.

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