Debe Arlook (b. New Jersey, USA) is a photographer, mentor, writer and fine art digital   in Los Angeles. Her practice is influenced by ongoing spiritual studies and is a reflection of an inward and outward gaze. She uses landscape, various in-camera methods and post processing to represent these meditative explorations. She received a BA in Film & Media, withMinor in Psychology, from American University, Washington D.C.. Further studies include life coach certification, reiki studies, and a dedicated meditation practice which inform her artistic vision.

She is a 2020 Critical Mass Top 200 Finalist and Top 20 Focus Photo LA Artist.  Her work has been selected twice in America Photographic Association’s OFF THE CLOCK exhibit and chosen as a Finalist for two Julia Margaret Cameron Awards in Fine Art and Digital Manipulation 2018. Debe has been featured in numerous publications including What Will You Remember, L’Oeil de la Photgraphie, Rangefinder, F-Stop, Shots, Your Daily Photo, Artist of Possibility, Èclat International and Ain't Bad. National and international exhibitions of Arlook's work have been (or scheduled to be) presented with the Griffin Museum of Photography in Massachusetts, Museum of Art & History, Lancaster, CA, California State University, LA, CA, San Diego Art Institute, CA, Pacific Design Center, LA, CA, Fahle Galerii, Tallin, Estonia and others. 

Having printing in her own darkroom, Debe ultimately transitioned to inkjet printing and founded a bespoke digital printing business in 2016, Arlook Printing Services.  She provides project consultation and printing for fine art photographers guiding clients to produce prints with archival papers that make each photograph sing. 

Before the pandemic she was a photography educator with the Boys & Girls Club ofAmerica and a substitute teacher for teen workshops at the Los AngelesCenter of Photography, where she continues to be a workshop assistant. Arlook joined the PhotoBook Journal as Resource Manager andContributor in 2019. She became an Advisory Board Member of PasadenaPhotography Arts in 2020 as curator and host with FORUM and OpenShow Pasadena/East Los Angeles. During the pandemic she founded thePhotography Artist Trīb, where she leads established photographers in arts and meditation practice.  

Early on, as a street photographer, she documented the humanitarian efforts of  a non-profit charity organization in the jungles of Nicaragua.  Debe considers her photographic exploration as a means to discover the self and uses the medium as a meditative tool.  Because the eye and mind can be great deceivers, just like the art of photography, she uses the camera to illustrate elusive truths and question the idea of reality.  Her photographs of multiple images are made in-camera.

She is represented by Posner Fine Art , Los Angeles, Ca and VICA, Venice Institute of Contemporary Art, Venice, California

For print sales, commissions, presentations, mentoring or digital printing contact Debe directly 

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Group Exhibits

2022 — Perceive Me, Commisioned Work, College of the Sequoias, Visalia, CA 
2021— Digits: A Parallel Universe, Griffin Museum, Winchester, MA
2021 — Perceive Me, Commissioned Work, Museum of Art & History, Lancaster, CA
2020 —California Love, Invitational, The Hive Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2020— FOCUS photo l.a., juried exhibit, PHOTOLA, Barker Hanger, Santa Monica, CA
2020 — Perceive Me, Commissioned Work, California State University, Los Angeles,CA
2019 — Edge to Edge, Juried by Juri Koll, Fahle Galerii, Tallin, Estonia
2019 — OFF THE CLOCK, Juried by W.M. Hunt, American Photographic Association, Santa Monica CA
2019 — Common Threads, Juried by Richard S.Chow,  Art-Share,  Los Angeles, CA
2019 — The Beyond Gala, Juried by Juri Koll, Beyond Baroque, Venice, CA
2018 — Out In The Street, Juried by Juri Koll, Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2018 — LACP Members Exhibition, Juried by Catherine Coutier Gallery, Houston TX, Los Angeles, CA
2018 — One Louder, Curated by Dulce Stein, Neutra Art Institute, Los Angeles, CA
2018 — Nine @ Lamperouge, Lamperouge Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2017 — California Rising, Juried by Chris Davies, Fabrik Projects Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2017 — Abstraction, Juried by Blue Mitchel, Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT  
2017 —  Limited Engagement, The Loft @ tag, Los Angeles, CA
2017 — VS, 825 Gallery, Juried by Nancy Kaye, West Hollywood, CA
2017 — The Thunder of Meaning, Juried by Wendy Posner, 825 Gallery, West Hollywood, CA
2017 — Out There, 825 Gallery, Juried, West Hollywood, CA
2016,17 — Los Angeles: Detailed, Annenberg Community Beach House, Juried, Santa Monica, CA
2016,17 — Southern California/Baja Biennial Invitational, San Diego Art Institute, CA
2016 — LACP Members Exhibition, Juried by January Parkos Arnall, dnj Gallery, Santa Monica, CA           
2016 — Size Matters, Juried by Allie Haeusslein, Low Gallery, San Diego, CA
2015 — In This Frame, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA
2014 — Through The Lens, Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA
2009 — Los Angeles League of Photographers, Santa  Monica Pier Centennial, Santa Monica,  CA
2006 — Alternative Photography, Julia Dean Photo Gallery, Venice, CA
2006 — Everyday L.A., Metro Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
2005 — Damage, drkrm gallery, Juried John Matowsky, Los Angeles, CA
2004 — Site-Seen Los Angeles, I-5 Gallery, Brewery Arts Complex, Los Angeles, CA
2004 — Visions of Venice, Julia Dean Photo Gallery, Marina Del Rey, CA
2003 — Personal Ads, American Photographic Association, Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles, CA
2002 — Personal Ads,American Photographic Association, Louis Stern Gallery, Los Angeles, CA


2020— Critical Mass Top 200 Finalist   
2020— Focus Top 20, Photo L.A.  
2018 — Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Finalist, Fine Art
2018 — Julia Margaret Cameron Award, Finalist, Digital Manipulation + Collage
2014 — Pasadena Photographic Arts Council 1st Place, Shadow & Light


2020— California Love, Cali Editions
2019 — Perceive Me, Edition One Books 
2019 — OFF THE CLOCK, American Photographic Association
2015  — Emptiness Defined, Self Published


2021 — Lenscratch, The 2020 Favorite Photo Exhibition
2020 —What Will You Remember, Remarkable Images from Critical Mass 2020!
2020— F-Stop Magazine, Issue 101  Open Theme
2018 — F-Stop Magazine, Issue 89 Altered Image                                                                   
2018 — F-Stop Magazine, Issue 87 Beauty/Beautiful 
2017 — Lenscratch, Love Letters
2015 — L’Oeil de la Photgraphie, Photo Independent
2015 — Lenscratch, Bathing Suits and Sunburns  
2014 — LenscratchSelf Portrait and Selfies 
2014 — Lenscratch,Your Favorite Portrait
2013 — Lenscratch, Toy Camera Exhibit 
2013 — Lenscratch, Night Exhibition                                                                                                  
2009— Rangefinder Magazine, print
2008— 22 Century Rock, print 
2003— Shots Magazine, No. 82, print 

Magazine Features

2021 — Artist of Possibility, Loss of Grief and Transformation
2018 — Èclat International 
2017 — Ain't Bad Magazine


2021 — Open Show Pasadena, Inspire+Elevate Part II, Curator/Host, ZOOM 
2021 — FORUM Host, Guest: Michael Rababy ZOOM
2021 — Open Show Pasadena, Inspire+Elevate Part I, Curator/Host, ZOOM2020 — Open Show Pasadena, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
2020— Los Angeles Center of Photography, Teaching Assistant, Los Angeles, CA
2019 — Boys & Girls Club of America, Santa Monica, CA
2018 — Street Photography, A Legacy, Muzeumm, VICA, Los Angeles, CA
2018 — Open Show Los Angeles, Los Angeles Center of Photography, CA
2018 — Digital Photography for Teens, Los Angeles Center of Photography, CA
2018 — LitFest Panel Discussion, Girdner Gallery, Pasadena, CA
2018 — F8 Salon, Pasadena, CA 
2017 — Spark Mentor, La Conte Middle School, Los Angeles, CA
2017 — Annenberg Community Beach House, Santa Monica, CA
2016 — Pasadena Photographers Art Council, Pasadena, CA
2014 — Pasadena Photographers Art Council, Pasadena, CA
2014 — Pasadena Photography Arts, Pasadena, CA
2014 — Open Show LA, Gallery,Los Angeles,CA

Art Fairs

2020— StartUp Fair, Venice, CA.2019 — Art Palm Springs, Palm Springs, CA.
2019 — StartUp Fair, Venice, CA .2018 — Pop Art Show, Santa Monica, CA
2015 — 2017 Photo Independent, Los Angeles, CA


2001 — Present,  Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, CA   
                 Studied with Cig Harvey, Sam Abell, Phil Borges, Aline Smithson, Julia Dean, Susan Burnstine, Stephen Wilkes
1980 —1984  B.A. Film & Media, Minor Psychology,  American University, Washington, D.C.


2018 — Antidote, Hondo, New Mexico led by Jonathan Blaustein with Caleb Cain Marcus, Kyohei Abe


American Photographic Artists
American Society of Media Photographers
Boys & Girls Club of America, Educator
Creative Visions Foundations
Center for Fine Art Photography
Center for Photographic Art
Los Angeles Center for Photography, Substitute Teacher & Teaching Assistant 2018-Present
Los Angeles Art Association
Los Angeles League of Photographers
Open Show Pasadena - Advisor
PhotoBook Journal - Resource Manager, Contributor 
Pasadena Photography Arts - Board Member
Society of Photographic Education 
SPARK Mentor Program

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