bio: Black Ant • Photographic
Black Ant • Photographic is the working studio
of photographer Jeff Caplan.
Jeff has been creating compelling images with his
camera for over 30 years. Born and raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, his early work was often against
the backdrop of the historic Mill City.
In the early 90’s Jeff further developed his photographic skill set by delving in to advanced black & white printing techniques and alternative processes through the fine
art photography program at The Art Institute of Boston.
Eternally inspired by Lowell’s native son Jack Kerouac,
Jeff set out on numerous cross country road trips trying
to capture a visual record of books like The Dharma
Bums, The Subterraneans and of course On the Road.
Even though the time period was the mid 1990’s the images appear to be snapped from an earlier day.
The subject matter of that work ranged from kitsch, americana, roadside oddities and various studies of
the unlimited offerings of beauty that can be seen
when traveling across the United States.
Once a resident of Los Angeles, CA as well as Portland, ME, Jeff has returned to the Merrimack river and the
brick and mortar of Lowell, Massachusetts. He brings
with him a diverse collection of experiences and images from the west and east coasts, as well as a renewed passion for the landscape of his youth.
Jeff lives and works in a digital world, but is a
traditionalist at heart. Still shooting and developing film.
He stays involved with a local darkroom collective at Western Avenue Studios where he also resides.
His work has been seen at:
The Boot Mill Museum, Lowell, MA 2018-2019 “Lowell’s Urbanscape: A Legacy of Newcomers”
The Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA 2018 “24th Annual Juried Members' Exhibition”
Uncharted Gallery, Lowell, MA 2018
”The Town and the City”
LTC, Lowell, MA 2017 “Vast, Mad, Striving”
The Lowell Cemetery, Lowell MA 2017 “Monuments, Memorials and Memories: Images of Lowell Cemetery”
Uncharted Gallery, Lowell, MA 2015
The Loading Dock Gallery at Western Avenue Studios, Lowell, MA 2014
The Brush Gallery, Lowell, MA 2013
Merrimack College, North Andover MA, 2001
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