Early fascinations with photography and science have inspired Don Dudenbostel throughout his extensive career. As a young student interested in Science, Dudenbostel was always trying to figure out how things worked, taking apart clocks and radios to understand the mechanisms better.
"I've always been curious about things I couldn't see with the naked eye," says Dudenbostel. His curiosity led him to study and experiment with x-rays and ultimately inspired his x-ray photo series. "Through x-ray, I am able to capture the hidden inner beauty of a plant or shell or even a man-made object," says Dudenbostel.
As a student at the University of Tennessee, Dudenbostel exhibited his work in two solo exhibitions and photographed for the college's Beacon newspaper. While on assignment at a police riot in 1969, he photographed a student hiding in the bushes behind a row of police officers. The photograph was later published in Esquire and became one of the magazine's top photos of 1970. His work reached several other national publications, including Newsweek.
After his college years, Dudenbostel got involved with a small group of photographers known as the Tangent Photography Group. Their goal was to broaden their vision as art photographers. As a result of their efforts, they procured numerous group exhibitions in various major cities throughout the southeastern United States.
In 1975, Dudenbostel was extremely fortunate to directly study with Ansel Adams at his home in Yosemite National Park. He continued his education to receive his Tennessee Professional Certification in 1981 and his Master of Photography degree through the Professional Photographers of America in 1985.
He furthered his professional career entering regional and national competitions and received numerous awards, including three Kodak Gallery Awards. Several of his award-winning images were included in international touring exhibitions. His work continues to be exhibited by galleries nationwide.