Photography is Lee Dunkel’s chosen medium for creating art. Lauded by critics for its uncompromising consistency and startling beauty, her photography references nature through a shimmering black-and-white palette. She characteristically explores a geographical location over a long period of time, often years, allowing her to capture subtle changes in the landscape.
Dunkel began her photographic education at Daytona Beach Community College (now Daytona State College). She took workshops under well-known photographers John Sexton and George Tice to learn the fine art of printmaking using the classic gelatin silver printing process. She has never changed her commitment to the labor-intensive method of processing film in the darkroom, even in the wake of digital photography. Dunkel uses Ansel Adams' well-known zone system when she is photographing, but once inside the darkroom, absolutes are of less concern to her, and she allows herself to experiment. The darkroom work involves a vast number of test prints to accomplish final pieces that she finds artistically satisfying.
Dunkel has created ten portfolios between 1985 and 2010. She has been honored with solo exhibitions of her work since the late 1980s and has been the recipient of several grants for her work, including two Florida Individual Fellowship grants. Her work can be found in corporate and private collections. She lives in Ormond Beach, Florida.