Cate Dingley is an artist based in Brooklyn, New York and Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2018, Dingley was selected by Magenta Flash Forward as one of the 100 international emerging photographers and in 2017, she was listed by TIME as one of the 34 female photographers to follow. Her current focus is Ezy Ryders, a long-term project about the black motorcycle club culture in New York City, exhibited as wheat pastes in Brooklyn and The Bronx with funding from the Brooklyn Arts Council in July 2016. Dingley has been featured in solo and group exhibitions across the U.S. and her work been recognized by American Photography and the Center for Documentary Studies. In 2017 she had the honor of co-curating Donna Ferrato’s retrospective “American Woman: 40 Years” which opened in Cortona, Italy, and she also curated “Rear Windows,” a contemporary documentary photography show at the Invisible Dog Gallery, Brooklyn in 2015. Past editorial clients include The New York Times Magazine, Bloomberg Business, and The Wall Street Journal. Dingley studied visual arts and art history at Wells College, graduating with a BA in fine art, art history, and French in 2011. In 2014 she completed the International Center of Photography’s documentary photography program, with support from the Lisette Model Foundation.
I’ve always been drawn to people who live their lives-apart; those who lead a passionate, unusual, or transgressive existence on the edge of visible society. Their defiant independence—whether it’s innate, cultivated or forced upon them—is why I'm a photographer.
I’m particularly attracted to subcultures that are hidden in plain sight, traces of history thought long gone, and groups that live by a code of tradition and ritual. Through a respectful approach to the people I photograph—usually with the intimate and collaborative spirit of portraiture—I strive to collect moments of surprise, oddity, and honesty.