Debe Arlook is an award-winning American artist working in photography. She majored in Film and Media Arts and minored in Psychology at American University, Washington D.C. After graduating, Arlook drove across the country with the intent to direct films in Los Angeles. Her progressing career shifted into a long hiatus called motherhood. Over time, the still camera became an outlet for self awareness and a tool to investigate the existential questions that prodded her. During that time she developed a meditation practice and devotion to personal growth. Both led to her becoming a life coach.
Arlook’s conceptual and documentary work is a response to her surroundings and the larger environment. Her projects depict the inner and outer worlds of human relationships, informed by her studies in filmmaking, psychology and spiritual practices.
She exhibits her photographs in solo and group exhibitions throughout the U.S., Europe, and Asia including Lishui Art Museum (China), Fotonostrum (Barcelona), Lancaster Museum of Art & History (CA), Foley Gallery (New York), Rick Wester Fine Art (New York), Griffin Museum of Photography (Massachusetts), Center for Photographic Art (Carmel, CA), Colorado Photographic Arts Center (Denver, CO), A.Smith Gallery, (Johnson City, TX), San Diego Art Institute (San Diego, CA). Arlook has been recognized for her ongoing “one, one thousand…” portfolio with Photolucida Critical Mass TOP 50 2022, Critical Mass Finalist 2021, CENTER Social Award Honorable Mention 2022, Las Fotos Advocacy Award Nomination 2022, and others. 46 prints are on view at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities through February 2023.
Her photographs have been featured in Lenscratch, Frames Magazine, Fraction Magazine, L’Oeil de la Photographie, Strange Fire, Rangefinder, Shots Magazine, What Will You Remember, and One Twelve Publishing. Books include California Love, Perceive Me, and Emptiness Defined.
In addition to her studio practice, Arlook is on the teaching roster at Los Angeles Center of Photography and John C. Campbell Folk School. She is a Pasadena Photography Arts Advisor and PhotoBook Journal contributing editor and resource manager. Arlook transitioned from the darkroom to inkjet printing and founded Arlook Printing Services in 2016, where she provides project consultation and archival printing for fine art photographers. She is based in Santa Monica, California.