A Note on Myself & the Work

I first began photographing as a third-year undergraduate at Fordham University at Lincoln Center, NYC in 2004. After graduating, I began working at Black & White on White in SoHo (now located in Bushwick) as a black-and-white darkroom printer. I continued working at BWonW and as an independent printer for the next 12 years before transitioning to digital color photography and full-time teaching in 2018. During that time I was able to work with such artists as LaToya Ruby Frazier, Mark Steinmetz, Dayanita Singh, Katherine Hubbard, Tod Papageorge, Susan Lipper, Justine Kurland, David Benjamin Sherry, Larry Clark, Trisha Donnelly, Jim Goldberg, and Ralph Gibson among many others. I continued working as a printer while I received my MFA at Yale, graduating in 2010. In 2011 I began working as an adjunct professor at Drew University in Madison, NJ  and am currently an Assistant Teaching Professor of Art. Examples of my courses include all levels of Photography, Documentary Practice-a video-based course, Digital Imaging, and a writing seminar for first-semester freshmen on horror films' reflections and critiques of American society.  I currently live in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY with my partner Brian and our dog Stella, where I also tend to a community garden I started in 2021.


The work on this site represents concise edits of more expansive projects. I have numerous in-progress and completed projects not displayed on this site. The counts I give below reflect current edits I have made for book form; edits for exhibitions and this site are necessarily variable and, typically, smaller. 

The photographs in Auguries are all made in-camera--what you see is happening in a single exposure with no digital compositing from other frames.  A unique exhibition of 20 images on lightboxes from Auguries  is on view through mid-2024 at the East and West Dining Concourse in Grand Central, NYC. 

The majority of the work from Freddie was made from 2008 - 2018. The entire project currently consists of 86 photographs.

The majority of the work from The Sundial was made from 2014 - 2018. The entire project currently consists of 40 images. 



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Rory Mulligan (b. 1984, New York) received his MFA in Photography from Yale University and is Assistant Teaching Professor of Art at Drew University in Madison, NJ. Mulligan’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Light Work. Mulligan’s work has been published by J&L Books, Blind Spot, MATTE, Soft Copy and the New York Times Magazine, among others. His writing has appeared in two Aperture books (The Photographer’s Playbook and Photo No-No’s). Mulligan has been an artist-in-residence at Light Work (Syracuse, NY) and LMCC’s Art Residency Program on Governor’s Island. He has lectured at Sarah Lawrence College, Yale University, Princeton University, School of the Art Institute Chicago, and the International Center of Photography, among many others. 

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