The inspiration for my current work comes from my immediate world: my home, my garden, and the woods nearby.

I have always been intrigued by how things ‘look’ and how what is mirrored back with my camera is rarely a literal interpretation. More recently I have been enjoying the surprises and mysterious happenstances of making images using pinhole cameras, some of which I fabricate myself. In a fast-paced high tech age, there’s a certain beauty in the simplicity of this ‘equipment’. Conversely, I do sometimes use a scanner as a tool in my photography. Many of my images are printed on artists’ watercolor papers, using some of the oldest historical photographic processes known. These prints, including my camera-less photograms on silver gelatin paper, are very much about the work of the hand and each one is unique.


Dianna Rust first began her journey with photography when she was given a camera at the age of 11. Although her early British university studies led her to obtaining a degree in Russian and Soviet Studies, and to living for a year in Moscow (1973-74), she turned to studying photography in 1980. By this time she had moved from London, England, to the United States. Although initially self-taught, she has taken a variety of photography and art courses, such as at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Mass, The School at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Mass, the Maine Photographic (now Media) Workshops, Rockport, Maine, and at the University of Maine.

Dianna’s work has evolved from making a photojournalistic essay of the 1981 4th of July celebration in Lincoln, Massachusetts, where she was then living, to very personal fine art imagery. This later work incorporates various printing processes, from toned silver prints, using minerals and metals such as selenium, copper, gold, or combinations of these, to historical processes, such as palladium, platinum, cyanotype, or salt printing.

Dianna presently lives and works in Rockland, Maine

Selected Exhibitions

2019 Group Show, Mixed Media: Jonathan Frost Gallery, Rockland, Maine
2016 Light Sensitive 2016: Art Intersection, Gilbert, Arizona
2015 Salt, Silver & Sun: Group show of historic processes
PhoPa Gallery, Portland, Maine
2014 1/1: Unique Photographic Prints: Solo Show
Jonathan Frost Gallery, Rockland, Maine
2013 9th Alternative Processes Competition
Soho Photo Gallery, New York City, New York
2013 Botanicals: Juried show. Main gallery and online gallery.
Kiernan Gallery, Lexington, Virginia
2013 Light Sensitive 2013
Art Intersection, Gilbert, Arizona
2013 Photography Now: National Juried Show
South Shore Art Center, Cohasset, Massachusetts
2012 Light Sensitive 2012
Art Intersection, Gilbert, Arizona
2011 Statewide Multi-Disciplinary Virtual Juried Showcase
Maine Art Scene: Maine Arts & Culture Online Magazine
2010 Photographing Maine: Ten Years Later
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine
2009 Obscura
Aarhus Gallery, Belfast, Maine
2009 Photo-Alternative: the Past as Future
Berea Arts Council, Berea, Kentucky
2009 Just Look at Yourself
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine
2008 Inside-Outside
Joint Installation with filmmaker Walter Ungerer
Brattleboro Museum of Art, Brattleboro, Vermont
2008 Portals: Art and Spirit
Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, Maine
2007 Body Parts
Center for Maine Contemporary Art
June Fitzpatrick Gallery at MECA, Portland, Maine
2007 Visual Edge 3: Handcrafted
Juried Exhibition of Photographic Works on Hand-Applied Emulsions
Viewpoint Photographic Art Center, Sacramento, California
2006 “Inside-Outside”
Joint Installation with filmmaker Walter Ungerer
Plugged In Fest III, Juried Show, Space Gallery, Portland, Maine
2004 “Recent and New Work”, Solo Show
Francis Colburn Gallery, University of Vermont,
Burlington, Vermont
2001 “New England Photographers ’01”
Juried Show, Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham, MA
2000 “Expressions”: New Works from the Allston Arts District
Group Show, Mixed Media, The Gallery at the Federal Reserve Bank, Boston, MA.
1999 “Persistent Inspirations”: Group Show, Mixed Media
Brickbottom Gallery, Somerville, MA.
1998 “Captured Moments: Four Takes”: Group Photography Show
Gibbs Gallery, Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, MA
1996 “Contemporary Art and Medicine”: Group Show, Mixed Media
International Images Gallery, Sewickley, PA
1995 “Recent Portraits & New Work”: Solo Show
The Gallery at the West Newton Cinema, Newton, MA
1994 “Portraits”: Solo Show
The Gallery at the Lincoln Library, Lincoln, MA
1990 DeCordova Museum juried photography show, in conjunction with DeCordova Museum Exhibition “Odyssey: The Art of Photography at National Geographic”,
The Gallery at the Lincoln Library, Lincoln, MA
1986 “Houses from the South”: Solo Show
The Gallery at the Lincoln Library, Lincoln, MA
1984 “Recent Work – Extracts”: Solo Show
The Gallery at the Lincoln Library, Lincoln, MA
1983 Juried Art Show, Faculty and Students
DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
1982 “4th of July, Lincoln, 1981”: Solo Show
The Gallery at the Lincoln Library, Lincoln, MA