Douglas R. Gilbert has been a serious photographer since the age of fourteen. When he was twenty-one, he joined the staff of LOOK magazine in New York as the second youngest photojournalist in the magazines history. A few years later, he left LOOK to work as an artist and taught at Columbia College in Chicago and then as an Assistant Professor at Wheaton College, IL. His current work focuses mainly on the qualities of sunlight expressed in the landscape. His last 2 projects have focused on the light and landscape in Italy.
His work is in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, CA and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, as well as in many private and institutional collections. He has exhibited in galleries all over the world including New York, California, Chicago, Boston, LA, Washington, Italy, London and Sydney, Australia. He is the co-author of 3 books; C.S. Lewis: Images of his World with Clyde Kilby, Flannery O’Connor: Images of Grace with Harold Fickett and The Steps of Bonhoeffer with J. Martin Bailey. He is the author of Forever Young: Photographs of Bob Dylan with text by Dave Marsh. Most recently, he has gifted his entire archive to Grand Valley State University in Michigan.
He is a West Michigan native who after years of living in NY, IL and MA has returned to Michigan where he lives with his wife in Grand Haven, Michigan.