David Jarrett specializes in fine art, travel, and exterior architectural photography. His interest in photography started at the University of Colorado, where he was chief photographer on the Coloradan yearbook for three years. At that time he concentrated on available light, candid photography, scenics, and architectural images.
Upon graduation, Jarrett went into the investment business in New York and dropped photography until the early 1980s when he began doing occasional magazine work for “In Touch,” “Mandate,” “Blue Boy,” “HIM,” “Outing Travelogue,” “Playguy,” and other periodicals including “Out” and “Genre.”
Since 1990 Jarrett has devoted substantially more time to photography with works exhibited in Provincetown, Massachusetts at Jones & Hobbs Gallery (1990), Stellwagen Gallery (1991), Gallery Matrix (two one-man exhibits, 1992 and 1993), and Icon Gallery (1996). In addition, in 1992 his images appeared in group shows in New York at both the Leslie/Lohman Gallery and Ganymede Gallery. In 1993 he exhibited several images at Puchong Gallery and was represented at group shows at Leslie/Lohman in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2008 and 2010. Commercially, hundreds of his color images have been published worldwide in editorial and advertising, and marketed through Getty Images. He was well represented in “New York, the Great Metropolis”, a large photo book on Manhattan.
An illustrated article on Jarrett’s photography appeared in the Spring 2008 Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation Archive quarterly journal entitled “Blink of An Eye: the Photographic Art of David Jarrett.”
Mr. Jarrett was the former chairman of the advisory committee of the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation Gallery in New York, now renamed the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. He has written numerous articles on artists for the Archive journal and many other periodicals.
From David Jarrett’s Personal Diary:
“I photographed Mark Morrisroe in Provincetown MA in 1980, using a Leica M3 film camera. I had not-for-pay sex with Mark Dirt, as Mark Morrisroe then called himself, a few times in August 1980 and again in August 1981, in Provincetown. At that time, we discussed his interest in photography. However, I never realized that there was the possibility he could become a world-famous photographer.
Mark Dirt’s real name was Mark Morrisroe, a photographer who has had several important solo photography exhibits: 1986 + 1988: Pat Hearn Gallery, New York; 1997: The Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles; 1997: Neue Gesellschaft fru Bildende Kunst, Berlin; 2007: ClampArt, New York; 2010-11: Fotomuseum Winterthur, Winterthur, Switzerland; 2011: Artist Space, New York; 2011: ClampArt, New York; 2012: Museum Villa Stuck, Munich, Germany. Several books have been published on Mark Morrisroe.
On 26 August 1980, Mark clearly signed a model release for me as “Mrk Dirt.” In the model release, he did not spell his name as “Mark.” I photographed him in the nude on the beach grass and sand dunes in Provincetown. Most of the photographs that I took of him show an erection.
My personal sex diary notes indicate that Mark was ‘wee nelly’ and had a smooth, slim, swimmer’s build.
The first time we met and had sex was during the second week in August 1980. The last time we met and had sex that summer was during the last week of August 1980. At that time, Mark was temporarily living at 8 Mechanic Street, Apartment #4, in Provincetown. He gave me two addresses in Boston. During the first time we met and had sex, he gave me a contact address of Meg Smith, 143 Mass Avenue, Boston 02115. Phone (617) 266-6519. During the last time we had sex that year, Mark gave me an address in Boston of 29 Park Drive, apartment #B, Boston.
The following year, in Provincetown, we again met and had sex during the last week in August 1981. At that time, I did not record his Boston address.
I did not have any contact with him after that time.”