When does a talent become a passion?  For Nathan Dean, the transition came when he could devote himself to photography as strongly as he had previously devoted himself to a distinguished academic career. Born in Tennessee and educated in Cambridge, England, he has traveled the world, visiting and photographing in more than eighty countries.  His art seeks simplicity and coherence in the same way his science did, emphasizing the essential and eliminating the inessential.  His studies of faces, shot on the street, reach into the subject’s inner being to celebrate humanity and soul and ask the viewer to imagine becoming another person.  Guided by Einstein’s rule that “everything should be as simple as possible, but no simpler,” his taut and elegant compositions have won awards and have been exhibited in numerous juried shows in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and elsewhere.  Now residing in Atlanta, he continues to be recognized for his street portraits, a nine-image portfolio of which received Honorable Mention in the International Photo Awards competition as well as an Award of Excellence in the Black & White magazine Portfolio competition.  In addition, one of his photos was selected as the winner of the “Writ Large” competition in the North Carolina Click! Photo Fest and was shown there full-size on a 10x20 foot billboard.  He is an articulate advocate of photography, serving on the Board of Directors and chairing the Development Committee of Atlanta Celebrates Photography, the city’s overall photography organization.



Solo Shows:

Vinings Public Library, Vinings, GA, July 2019: invited solo show of 22 images

Restaurant Eugene, Atlanta, GA, October 2016: invited solo show of 22 images

West Wing Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL, August 2011: invited solo show of 21 images


Invited Shows:

Quinlan Arts Center, Gainesville, GA: invited participant in small-group show, five images

Artists Atelier, Atlanta, GA, January 2016: invited participant in small-group show, five images

Palm Beach Cultural Council Gallery, June 2012: invited participant in small-group show, 7 images

110 East Gallery, Delray Beach, FL, April 2011: invited participant in small-group show, six images


Published works:

Black & White Magazine, Portfolio Excellence Award, 6 images, August 2018 issue

Black & White Magazine, Portfolio Merit Award, 3 images, February 2016 issue

Black & White Magazine, Single Image Award, August 2015 issue


Prizes and Awards:

Best in Show, Knoxville Arts & Culture League,”Photo Knoxville,” June 2016

First Prize, Atlanta Artists Center, “Renewal,” January 2016

First Prize, People’s Choice, Atlanta Photography Group, “PushPin,” June 2015

First Prize, Atlanta Artists Center, “All Points of View,” May 2015

Juror’s Award of Merit, Grand Prix de la Decouverte, Paris, August 2012

Best Still Life, “Impressive Images”, Ocean Wave Gallery, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, August 2011

Numerous other awards


Other Significant Exhibitions:

Click! Photo Festival, "Writ Large" show, Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill, NC, October 2018, one image displayed 10'x20' on billboard

Atlanta Airport Rotunda, “[email protected]” show, September 2017, two images

Atlanta Airport Rotunda, “[email protected]” show, September 2016, two images

Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR, multiple shows

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Atlanta, GA, multiple shows

New York Center for Photographic Arts, multiple shows

Minneapolis Center for Photography, multiple shows

1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Dunwoody Fine Arts Association, Dunwoody, GA


Personal Background:

Born in Johnson City, Tennessee

BS in Physics, University of North Carolina; PhD, Cambridge University, England

Academic and administrative career (Professor of Physics; Dean of Science, Vice Provost, Vice President) at major universities (Iowa State University,, University of Georgia, SUNY Binghamton, and Florida Atlantic University)

Studied photography with Jack Wild, Margo Pinkerton, and Arnold Zann