Dede Hatch

My photographs are my personal souvenirs of the social, natural, architectural and canine landscapes, seen with an appreciation for light and curious composition. Finding order in an otherwise chaotic world gives me satisfaction and a sense of calm. Making jewelry delights me. Located in the historic calendar clock factory building.




Dede Hatch Photography, 201 Dey Street, Suite 217, Ithaca, NY 14850


From downtown Ithaca, head north on N. Cayuga Street, turn left on Tompkins Street, turn right on Auburn Street. A block ahead of you is a triangular park and on the other side of the park is a large white building. As you face the building, enter on the left side (Dey Street). Look for Art Trail sign.

If heading south on Rt.13, continue past Ithaca High school and turn LEFT onto Dey St. at the light. Go 2 blocks. Large white building on your left. Look for Art Trail sign.

If heading north on Rt. 13, go past The Science Center and turn RIGHT at the Dey St. light. Go 2 blocks. Large white building on your left. Look for Art Trail sign.


I have been a photographer my whole life, starting on the playground of my elementary school in Alexandria VA.  At sixteen I had my first exhibit, in Concord MA. Today, I try to achieve a balance between my art, and my commercial assignments which often involve environmental portraits of people in the educational, medical and business community.  With my personal work, I enjoy finding beauty in the ordinary and for me such beauty can be as simple as a gesture or line or quality of light.  This happens in my garden, it happens with architectural subjects, or on the streets of a new city. Pretty much anywhere. I take what is in front of me, look carefully, make some choices, and collect what I see into the rectangle of the camera’s viewfinder.  The satisfaction I gain from this process is my true  reward.  The resulting photograph is my souvenir of the moment.

Over the years I have exhibited my photographs throughout the region in group and solo shows.  My work can be found in numerous collections including the Johnson Art Museum at Cornell University. I am grateful to have received grants from the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County and Light Work at Syracuse University. In 2004 I was honored to be chosen as the  Ithaca Festival Artist. From 1995-2007 I served on the board of the Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts. Published works are numerous, most notably in 2011 a small collection of my photographs plus poems by Frank Robinson, called Soft Applause for the Day.

A few years ago, I followed through on a long held desire to create jewelry with my photographs.  My Close to the Heart™ photo-necklaces came to be, followed by a line of earrings utilizing stones from Cayuga Lake. These I call Ithaca Rocks ™. 

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