Biography

Born in Pennsylvania, Deborah Whitehouse (1951-2015) began her career as a documentary filmmaker under Richard Leacock and D.A. Pennebacker, subsequently launching her own film and photographic career in Alaska.  As an artist, she was best known for her still photography and murals.  She took documentary style photographs of people – candidly engaged in their daily activities.  She studied color printing at the International Center of Photography in New York and later taught there. Whitehouse created a fine art photo essay entitled “Saturday Night “over the period of 13 years, exploring the subcultures of nightlife in America.  In 1994, she and her husband Jack married and moved to Atlanta, where she continued creating her own photographic works while teaching at the Creative Circus.  Her “Olympic Fountain” fine art series of photographs inspired the large public art photomural Spirit of Atlanta, a 70-foot mural, which greeted 250,000 passengers a day at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Selections from the series were featured in the show Fountains: Splash and Spectacle at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York.  Her work has also appeared in Art in America, Art Papers, American Photo, Photomagazine (Germany) and Public Art Review as well as at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and on National PBS. Her work is included in numerous corporate and private collections including the Sir Elton John Photography Collection and MOCA GA.  In 2003 Deborah and her husband moved to San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.  She continued creating photographic murals, and purchased Moonrise, a health and beauty products store in 2010, five years prior to her death in 2015.

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