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Dale Niles

Dale's photography combines her own unique vision and perspective to realize beauty in a momentary flash of light or the tiniest detail of our everyday life and surroundings. Her work captures light, tones, objects and people in a moment only her talented eye sees and then allows the viewers to join her in her vision. A favorite quote of hers by Dorothea Lange is “A camera is a tool for learning how to see without a camera.” 

Born in Norfolk, Virginia, Niles’ formative years were spent with her family living in small, southern towns in Virginia and North Carolina. Inspired by the heritage of these locales, neighbors, and friends, she developed deep-seated southern roots that richly inform her photography practice with visual storytelling. Niles celebrates the diverseness of the human spirit, appreciating those qualities that make us delightfully unique, yet connected in many ways, particularly through shared experiences and preserved visual memories.

Niles majored in sociology at Lenoir Rhyne College in Hickory, North Carolina. While exploring opportunities in her chosen field, she pursued her artistic interests, ultimately discovering that photography was her passion. The medium offers Niles a wide berth of options for technique, subject matter, and her creative process.
Dale has been represented by Dogwood Gallery for over 10 years. Her prints are held in many private collections as well the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia (MOCA GA) and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. A selection of her work is currently exhibited at Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida. She was selected for Photolucida’s Critical Mass Top 200, Ones to Watch , the Fence, an exhibition at Hartsfield International Airport, and she won the Virginia Twinam Purchase Award.

Featured publications include: Light and Shadow Magazine, SouthxSoutheast Magazine, Shots, Lenscratch, The HAND Magazine, AllAboutPhoto, Southern Woman Magazine,The Edge of Humanity Magazine and Oxford American.

Her book, What Lies With: the Eclectic Collections of Andrea Noel  received recognition from Elizabeth Avedon as best photography book of 2021.


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