Douglas Biklen

Biklen first developed an interest in photography as a child, using a Kodak Brownie camera, and later progressed to 35 mm single lens reflex cameras. He was an avid photographer while a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa during the 1960s. In the 1970s and ’80s he pursued his interest in visual arts by becoming involved in film. In 1988 he was executive producer of an award-winning documentary Regular Lives that aired nationally on PBS. Subsequently he was Educational Advisor to the HBO documentaries Educating Peter (Academy Award winner for best short documentary, 1992) and Graduating Peter (2003).

It was not until the 1990s that he returned to Medium Format photography, using a Hasselblad. His most recent work has been produced using Nikon cameras. He studied color photo techniques with Alison Shaw at the Maine Photographic Workshops and digital scanning and image preparation for printing at Light Work/Community Darkrooms at Syracuse University.

Besides his photography, Biklen is internationally known for his research on autism-Biklen co-produced the Academy Award nominated CNN/State of the Art film Autism Is A World (2004), is producer and director (with Rossetti) of the award winning film My Classic Life as an Artist: A Portrait of Larry Bissonnette (2004) and is producer (with Wurzburg) of the roadtrip film Wretches and Jabberers (2010).   He is author of more than a dozen books, including Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone (NYU Press, 2005).

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