Since the 1980s, Mike and Doug Starn’s conceptual approach to photography, and use of unorthodox techniques, has broadened notions of what is accepted as a photograph. In a signature manipulation of materials and form, the twin brothers apply innovative printing techniques, and a vast array of materials including transparency film, plexiglass, layered fused glass panels, gilded colored carbon prints, scotch tape, wax and pushpins, to create, and intensify, their metaphorical landscapes. With the theme of light as a central component of their work, the brothers explore the physical and philosophical interconnections between subjects such as leaves, trees, snowflakes, and religious icons, with human memory, perception and thought. Working collaboratively in photography since the age of thirteen, their innovative techniques, and unique combination of sculpture, painting, and video, have defied categorization, and earned them a position of eminence within the history of art.
Born in New Jersey, 1961, Mike and Doug Starn attended The School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Their work has been widely exhibited throughout the world, and represented in the collections of the Baltimore Museum of Art, Art Institute of Chicago, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among many others. They live and work in Brooklyn, New York.