DCP Speaker Series: Dornith Doherty and Lupita Murillo Tinnen

DCP and the TPS are proud to present an evening of inspiring lectures by two talented photographers: Dornith Doherty and Lupita Murillo Tinnen, former graduate school mentor and student respectively.

This event was held August 20, 2015. Click here to see what events are happening now!

DCP and the Texas Photographic Society are proud to present an evening of inspiring lectures by two talented photographers: Dornith Doherty and Lupita Murillo Tinnen, former graduate school mentor and student respectively. Dornith and Lupita share a deep and meaningful creative connection; yet, their photographic work is visually and conceptually quite disparate. They each will speak about their current projects and also address their teacher/student relationship in a subsequent Q&A panel session.

Dornith Doherty will present and discuss her current project, Archiving Eden. Since 2008 she’s worked in an ongoing collaboration with renowned biologists at the most comprehensive international seed banks in the world. In this era of climate change and declining biodiversity, by collecting, researching seed biology, and storing seeds in secure vaults, seed banks play a vital role in ensuring the survival of genetic diversity in wild and agricultural species.


Utilizing the archives’ on-site x-ray equipment that is routinely used for viability assessments of accessioned seeds, Dornith documents and subsequently collages images of the seeds and tissue samples stored in these crucial collections. The amazing visual power of magnified x-ray images, which springs from the technology’s ability to record what is invisible to the human eye, illuminate the complex philosophical, anthropological, and ecological issues surrounding the role of science and human agency in relation to gene banking, but also of the poetic questions about life and time on a macro and micro scale.

Dornith, a 2012 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, was born in Houston and received a B.A. cum laude from Rice University and a MFA in Photography from Yale University. She is currently the Distinguished Research Professor of Art at the University of North Texas. She has also received grants from the Fulbright Foundation, the Japan Foundation, the Society for Contemporary Photography, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the United States Department of the Interior.

Doherty’s work has been featured in exhibitions at museums in 6 countries and part of over a dozen permanent collections. Her photos have been featured by numerous publications including Photo-eye, Oxford Literary Journal, Wired Magazine, I Love Texas Photo, Elizabeth Avedon, SPOT and American Photo Index.


Lupita Murillo Tinnen will be presenting her recent work, Immigrant Laborers, a documentary record of the many hardworking immigrants who are usually relegated to the status of ‘non-belonging other’ and not as an equal. Instead of marginalizing the laborer by depicting them in their work environment, or in a uniform, they are dressed in their chosen attire and collaborate in the decisions regarding their portrayal. As an artist, her aim is to expose the laborers as more than a simple statistic; instead, there is a face for the viewer to meet and encounter as an equal.


Lupita is currently a Professor of Photography and Humanities at Collin College and the faculty advisor for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) council #4780. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. She holds an MFA in photography from the University of North Texas and a BA in photography from Texas A&M Commerce. Tinnen serves as treasurer on the National Board of Directors for the Society for Photographic Education and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Photographic Society. As a practicing artist, her work deals primarily with cultural and personal issues stemming from her background as a first generation Mexican American. Her work has been exhibited widely throughout the US.

This speaker series is presented in collaboration with:


The Texas Photographic Society is a non-profit organization that celebrates the photographic arts, inspires the creative development of its members, and provides opportunities to engage with diverse audiences.

TPS is delighted to be celebrating over thirty years of providing programs and services for photographers and their audiences across the country. While “Texas” is in the name, TPS sustains an active international membership representing ten countries and forty four states.