Curriculum Vitae

Alec Dawson

Photograph by Jeremy Center (Ogalthorpe)

Alec Dawson is a Mexican-American photographic artist who has been doing art photography since 2007. Alec was born in Mexico City in 1975 and has lived in the United States of America, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Turkey, and Australia. Alec studied and received a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and has worked as a consulting engineer in that field since then. He has no formal training in the arts and is almost entirely an auto-didact on the subject of photography. Alec enjoys exhibiting his photographic art on the internet and local exhibitions as well as giving lectures to photographic societies.

Photography Festivals

2016 – Perugia Social Photo Fest, Exhibited: Nobody Claps Anymore , Perugia, Italy
2015 – Ballarat International Foto Biennale, Projections Program, Exhbited: Nobody Claps Anymore, Ballarat, Australia
2014 – Ulsan International Photography Festival: Human + Graphy, Exhibited: Nobody Claps Anymore / Nocturna, Ulsan, South Korea
2014 – Head On Photo Festival, Featured Exhibition: Nobody Claps Anymore, Sydney, Australia

Solo Exhibitions

2014 – Nobody Claps Anymore, He Made She Made Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2014 – Nobody Claps Anymore, Zigi’s Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Group Exhibitions

2017 – Perfect 10, Bodega Gallery,  San Diego, California, United States
2016 – Southern California/Baja Biennial, San Diego Art Institute, California, United States
2016 – Final MAS Attack, Mutual Appreciation Society group show, Torrance Art Museum, California, United States
2015 – Nude Survey 3, Planet Rooth Design Haus, San Diego, California, United States
2015 – SHVR Pop-Up Show, The Fruit Gallery, Durham, North Carolina, United States
2014 – AddOn, Head On Photo Festival – Featured Exhibition, Depot Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2014 – Nudes on TAP, Head On Photo Festival – Associated Exhibition, TAP Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2013 – Nudes on TAP, Head On Photo Festival – Associated Exhibition, TAP Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2012 – Nudes on TAP, Head On Photo Festival – Associated Exhibition, TAP Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2012 – Photostart, Australian Center for Photograph, Sydney, Australia

Books / Monographs

2014 – Nocturna, Blurb, Inc., LINK
2014 – Diplopia, Blurb, Inc., LINK
2011 – Austamatic: A hipstamatic tour of Australia, Blurb Inc., LINK

Books / Anthologies

2016 – Normal Magazine, HS N ° 1 – Art Book, Normal Magazine, LINK


Alec’s works have been purchased by private collectors, internationally.

Media Coverage

2016 – Alec Dawson Photographer, Blog Post, Oxford School of Photography, LINK 
2016 – Alone together: the silent despair of the suburbs – in pictures, The Guardian, LINK 
2016 – Il festival che ritorna. Per vederci meglio, Luoghi Comuni, photo in article is of my work in the festival, LINK 
2015 – Artist Profile: Alec Dawson, Prime 8,  Interview took place in 2014, LINK / LINK
2015 – Elect Alec Dawson for Prez, Undr Rpblc Issue #37,  October, LINK
2015 – Nobody Claps Anymore, a dramatic photo shoot Alec Dawson, Phototrend,  July, LINK
2015 – Images from Nocturna, The Opera, Vol IV,  July, LINK
2015 – Alec Dawson: Nobody Claps Anymore, NuArt Revue Magazine, Summer 2015, pages 116-163, June, LINK
2015 – Le désespoir en image par Alec Dawson, Pixelsites, May, LINK
2015 – Les Tableaux Vivants et Mélancoliques d’Alec Dawson, The Bergerie, May, LINK
2015 – From Start to Finish: An interview with Alec Dawson, Ragazine, May, LINK
2015 – Photographs featured on SF MOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) Tumblr blog, multiple postings, LINK
2015 – Dark and Haunting Portraits of People Struggling with ‘Emotional Cancers’, PetaPixel photography blog, Michael Zhang, April, LINK
2015 – Alec Dawson: Transforming Nude Photography, Video Interview and Photos, Touch magazine,  Issue 37, March, LINK
2015 – Alec Dawson, Lightbox Plus / Large Images, Interview, LIFO Magazine, February, LINK
2014 – Alec Dawson: Nocturna, Interview, Fluffer Magazine, Issue #3, LINK
2014 – nobody claps anymore by alec dawson, lamono magazine, LINK
2014 – Photographer Alec Dawson Turns Existential Despair Into Jaw-Droppingly Amazing Nudes, Interview by Erica Jagger, LINK
2014 – Alec Dawson, Nocturna, on Blurb, L’Oeil de la Photographie, LINK
2014 – Alec Dawson, Nobody Claps Anymore, Editor’s Pick, LensCulture, LINK
2014 – Erotismo e tensione drammatica, Inside Art Magazine, article by Virginia Marchione LINK
2014 – Alec Dawson’s Nude Overlays, Erotica, Juxtapoz Magazine, LINK
2014 – Alec Dawson: Nobody Claps Anymore, BETA developments in photography, Issue #10by Ballarat International Foto Festival, LINK
2014 – Alec Dawson’s ‘Nobody Claps Anymore’ Photographs Take Us Into A Cinematic World, Interview by Moray Mair, Mutant Space, LINK
2014 – Alec Dawson: Nocturna, L’Oeil de la Photographie, LINK
2014 – Alec Dawson: Nobody Claps Anymore, L’Oeil de la Photographie, article by Alison Stieven-Taylor LINK
2014 – Artist Profile: Alec Dawson, The Argus LINK
2014 – “Nobody Claps Anymore” by Alec Dawson, The Photographer’s Room LINK
2014 – Behind the Camera: Alec Dawson, Interview, InFocus Australasia, Issue #13 April 2014 LINK
2013 – Alec Dawson – Tableaux (suite), Scoptophilia (blog) LINK
2012 – Alec Dawson – Lost in thoughts, Scoptophilia (blog) LINK
2012 – Kristy meets Alec Dawson, Pedro TV LINK
2009 – The Sinful Art of Alec Dawson, Seattle Sinner, Issue 82 LINK

Talks / Courses

2016 – The Language of Photography with Alec Dawson, Digital Photography 251, MiraCosta College, San Diego
2015 – The Language of Photography with Alec Dawson, San Diego Photography Collective, San Diego
2015 – El Lenguaje de Fotografía con Alec Dawson, Preparatoria, Ibero-American University, México
2015 – El Desnudo: Clásico y Contemporáneo en la Fotografía de 1840 a la Fecha, Circo Volador: Centro de Arte y Cultura, México
2014 – Art Nude Workshop, Albury/Wodonga Photography Club, Wodonga VIC, Mayday Hills Asylum, Beechworth, Australia
2014 – Tableaux Workshop, Albury/Wodonga Photography Club, Chiltern, Australia
2014 – The Language of Photography with Alec Dawson, Albury/Wodonga Photography Club, Wodonga, Australia
2014 – The Art Nude: Classic & Contemporary Art Nude Photography since 1840, Albury/Wodonga Photography Club, Wodonga, Australia
2014 – The Language of Photography with Alec Dawson, Head On Photo Festival, The ArtHouse Hotel, Sydney, Australia
2014 – The Art Nude: Classic & Contemporary Art Nude Photography since 1840, Sydney Photography Club, Studio 1A, Sydney, Australia
2013 – The Language of Photographs, Sydney Photography Club, Sydney Mechanics School of the Arts, Sydney, Australia
2013 – Portraiture Development & The Art Nude, 6 week course at TAP Gallery, Sydney, Australia
2013 – The Art Nude: Classic & Contemporary Art Nude Photography since 1840, TAP Gallery, Sydney, Australia


2014 – Show Time! …What’s Involved in Putting On Your First Exhbition, Contributor, InFocus Australasia, Issue #21 December 2014 LINK

Photographic Initiatives 

Street Story Project – Founder / Director: The Street Story Project (www.StreetStory.co) is a website to for homeless people to share their photographic narratives.  An online venue and vehicle for the homeless to be self expressed.  Founded January 2016.

Photography Festival / Installation Work / Volunteer Work

2016 – Medium Festival, Volunteer, San Diego, California
2014 – Installed: Sudarios by Erika Diettes, Head On Photo Festival, St Canice Church, Sydney, Australia
2014 – Installed: Head On Portrait Prize, Head On Photo Festival, Paddington Reservoir, Sydney, Australia
2014 – Installed: i-Street, Ben Lowy mobile photographs, Head On Photo Festival, Paddington Reservoir, Sydney, Australia
2014 – Installed: Chris Rainier National Geographic photographs, Head On Photo Festival, Paddington Reservoir, Sydney, Australia
2014 – Installed: Chen Wei photographs, Head On Photo Festival, QVB, Sydney, Australia


1999 University of California, Berkeley – B.S. Civil Engineering
2012 Australian Centre for Photography: Portraiture Development, Proof-Process-Scan, B&W Printing