Visual Arts

Artists Seen: Donald Blank

by / Jan. 25, 2017 12am EST

Donald Blank is a photographer. Born in Buffalo, he studied art in the mid-to-late 1960s at the University at Buffalo, where his professors included Donald Blumberg. Blank recalls, “I was heavily involved in the anti-war and civil rights movements of the 1960s. Inspired by [this activism], I began to photograph Buffalo, a city emblematic of the nation’s urban issues. Seeing an interesting subject, I would surprise them, quickly focusing and composing [my shots].” Several decades later, he revisited images he shot during this period for exhibitions at the Queen City Gallery in 2013 and the Buffalo History Museum in 2016. For more information on his work, visit

Artists Seen: Photographs of Artists in the 21st Century is an ongoing project by photographer David Moog in partnership with the Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State. Moog has set out to make portraits of every self-identified working artist and arts professional in Western New York. To be included in the project, call David Moog directly at 716-472-6721 or contact the center at 716-878-4131. Artists working in all media are welcome; visit for more information.