bio

Debe Arlook (b. New Jersey, USA) is an award winning photographic artist based in Los Angeles, CA.  Having photographed since the age of eight with an Agfamatic 126, she is best known for her graphic photo-based conceptual studies of the psyche.  She uses known objects and landscape to represent illusory perception. Her background in film, psychology and meditation influence each project. She holds a BA in Film & Media Arts, Minor in Psychology from American University, Washington. D.C. and is a Certified Spiritual Life Coach.  After University, Debe moved to Los Angeles to work in the film industry. Years later hiatus came while raising three children who defied her lens with blocked hands.  Upon advice from a soccer dad, she submitted work for a prestigious photography exhibit and the work was accepted. This  renewed her dedication to still photography studying at the Los Angeles Center of Photography (LACP) with artists such as Sam Abell, Phil Borges, Susan Burnstine, Cig Harvey, Aline Smithson and Stephen Wilkes.  

She is a 2020 Critical Mass Top 200 Finalist and Top 20 Focus Photo L.A. 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 L’Oeil de la Photgraphie, Rangefinder, F-Stop, Shots, Èclat International and Ain't Bad. She exhibits extensively in museums, galleries and fairs such as Museum of Art & History-Lancaster, California State University-Los Angeles, San Diego Art Institute, Fahle Galerii-Estonia, Louis Stern Fine Art-Beverly Hills, Palm Springs Art Fair, Photo Independent-Los Angeles and Pop Art Show-Santa Monica.

With experience printing in her own darkroom, Debe ultimately transitioned to inkjet printing and founding Arlook Printing Services.  As the principal, Debe provides project mentoring, post-processing and printing for fine art photographers.   The photograph as an object is the end result.  She guides clients to fully realize their work with editing and the perfect papers that make each photograph sing.  

Debe is on the Board of Advisors for Pasadena Photography Arts (parent organization for Open Show Pasadena and Forum); Contributor and Resource Manager for PhotoBook Journal (contemporary photography book magazine) and founder of Photographic Artist Trīb.  

Early on, as a street photographer, she documented 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.  "Each project is an expression of questions I ask myself as they pertain to my ongoing inner work. I use photography as a reset to pause the mind and open the senses.  Because the eye and mind can be great deceivers, just like the art of photography, I use the camera to illustrate elusive truths and question the idea of reality.  The photographic styles I use change to suit each project and all work is made in-camera, not composited."


She is represented by Posner Fine Art  and VICA, Venice Institute of Contemporary Art

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 — 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

Awards

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

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

Books

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

Publications

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 
2008— 22 Century Rock 
2003— Shots Magazine, No. 82 

Magazine Features

2018 — Èclat International 
2017 — Ain't Bad Magazine

Presentations/Teaching

2020 — 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

Education

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.

Residency

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

Affiliations

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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