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Jan Goff-LaFontaine is a photographer and author whose ongoing work is dedicated to bringing awareness and healing through art. Using 35 mm and medium format cameras, she focuses her attention on people, spending hours to capture a moment, then returns to her darkroom to make her large black and white prints. She handcrafts each of her sensitive portraits to offer viewers a glimpse into the essence of her subjects.

Jan’s work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States in numerous solo and group shows, and is included in many private and public collections. Her work with Vietnam veterans was released as a book titled Reflections—Between the Lines: The Healing of the Vietnam Generation in 2000. Her current work, Out of the Shadows, is on a national tour through 2007, and was the genesis for Women in Shadow and Light: Journeys from Abuse to Healing.

Jan loves teaching others the art and techniques of photography as well. She is on the faculty of Peninsula Art School in Wisconsin and teaches privately from her home studio in California. She accepts freelance assignments, and her distinctive style is sought after for everything from CD covers to annual reports. She also enjoys creating unique and beautiful portraits for individuals and families.

Artist Statement                              About the Butterfly Picture


2006 Help of Door County (WI) honors Jan for her work to assist abused women. *SEE PRESS RELEASE*
1993 Parade Magazine Annual Photography Contest Winner


Peninsula Arts Association—Individual Artist Award Grants for Out of the Shadows—2002 and 2003
Wisconsin Arts Board Community Collaboration Grant for Out of the Shadows—2003
Lisa A. Cudahy Community Health Grant for Out of the Shadows—2004


The Dairy Barn Art Museum, Ohio—juried exhibit
Smithsonian Institution—Permanent Archives
National Vietnam Veteran’s Museum, Chicago
Texas Tech University, Vietnam Archive
Francis Hardy Museum, Wisconsin—juried exhibits
Sutter Gallery, San Francisco, California
Washington Gallery of Photography – Bethesda, MD.

Out of the Shadows exhibits in 2003 and 2004:

Omega Institute’s Women and Power Conference
William Fairfield Art Museum
Wisconsin Coalition Against Domestic Violence Annual Convention
Door County Auditorium exhibit and performance
Barnsite Gallery exhibit and performance


Women in Shadow and Light: Journeys from Abuse to Healing
Reflections—Between the Lines: The Healing of the Vietnam Generation

Articles about me and my work have been published in these publications:

Avanti greeting cards
Parade Magazine
Sun Magazine
Doubletake Magazine
Door County Advocate
Mainstream Magazine
Santa Cruz Sentinel newspaper
Resorter Reporter newspaper
Peninsula Pulse newspaper

Freelance projects

CD covers and inserts
Photography for non-profit organizations
HELP Annual Report
Vietnam Veterans of America newsletter
Diabetic Youth Foundation
Women’s Overseas Service League


Peninsula Art School, field and darkroom classes—1998 to current
Rocky Mountain School of Photography
—workshops throughout U.S.
Diabetic Youth Foundation
—teacher, staff photographer






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