Deborah Ann Dawson


BFA Salt Alumni

Major: Photography

Graduation Year: 2018

Artist Statement:

Through photography and film I document social landscapes and ways of life that speak to the character of unique places such as Maine. The Maritimes are of particular interest due to the dynamic environment and way of life that appears to be near a turning point of change.


Deb Dawson is an editorial photographer and videographer based in Portland, Maine. Topics of interest include social landscapes and stories told from the coast and far reaches of Maine.

Deb learned the vision and craft of photography at the Maine Photographic Workshops in 1991. This provided the foundation to continue a life of exploring archaeological photography in Carthage, Tunisia during summers while continuing to earn a B.F.A. at the University of Southern Maine. Combining photographic craft with the broader perspective of fine art and illustration allowed Deb to find a career in graphic design.

In 2018 it was time to return to the realm of documentary photography. Salt Institute for Documentary Studies provided the perfect environment to find one’s narrative voice and apply it to photography and short film.

It is with this new voice and vision in short film that Deb can continue to explore and present the stories of the maritime world and beyond.