From Kenneth Dickerman’s article for The Washington Post:
The best of books, or movies, or music, is always something more than what they purport to be about. Jess Dugan’s book “Look at me like you love me” (MACK, 2022) is no exception.
At first glance, Dugan’s book is a collection of portraits of queer people. But the portraits, so lovingly and softly executed, come together to paint a much larger and more inclusive picture.
Interspersed among the lovingly evocative portraits and occasional self-portrait are what seem to be diary entries touching on memories and thoughts about mortality and love and, well, life. This is where the work breaks from being about anything specific, queerness in this case, and flows into the universal.