Norm Diamond

After a long career as an interventional radiologist, Norm Diamond is now a full time fine art photographer based in Texas. He has studied with Debbie Fleming Caffery, Sean Kernan, Keith Carter, Arno Minkkinen, Aline Smithson, Susan Burnstine, and, from 2013 to the present, he has been mentored by Cig Harvey. In addition to his teachers, he attributes much of his success in photography to his experiences as a physician. In May of 2017, Daylight Books published a monograph of his series What Is Left Behind - Stories from Estate Sales. Prints from this series have been shown at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, MA, the Houston Center for Photography, as well as multiple galleries.  


STATEMENT - What Is Left Behind - Stories from Estate Sales

Estate Sales have become a common way for people to dispose of their parents’ possessions after they die or move to assisted living facilities. For over a year I went to several hundred estate sales in Dallas, Texas, where I live. In addition to photographing at the sales themselves, I also bought many inexpensive items that I studied later with better lighting and backgrounds in my home studio.

Several themes have emerged from this work. The stark reality of life’s brevity pervades every estate sale, where children’s toys sit a few feet from wheelchairs. Unique personal possessions tell the often poignant stories of people I never knew and could only wonder about. I also discovered knickknacks that offer fascinating commentaries on the culture and politics of the mid-twentieth century. Every weekend at just about every sale, I saw sadness, irony, history, and humor.

The objects at these sales will find a rebirth of sorts in the homes of their new owners, but also hopefully in these photographs. On a personal note, visiting so many estate sales connected me to my past. I thought of the treasured belongings my parents left for my sister and me. My own mortality came into sharper focus. And I could not help but wonder what my estate sale will look like.




MD, Columbia Univ. College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, NY, 1974

BA, Columbia College, New York NY, 1970

Museums and Permanent Collections

1990’s    ‘165 Jewish Children from This School’, Dallas Holocaust Museum, later acquired by Museum of the Shoah, Paris, and Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.

Awards and Honors

Texas Photographic Society, 31st Members Only Show, 2nd Prize, 2018

Texas Photographic Society, 27th International Exhibition, Honorable Mention 2018

Critical Mass Competition, Photolucida, Portland, OR, Finalist, 2015 and 2016

Selected 100 for Review Santa Fe, 2016


2017       What Is Left Behind — Stories from Estate Sales, Daylight Books, published May, 2017

Solo Exhibitions

2018 What Is Left Behind, Cumberland Gallery, Nashville, TN

2017 What Is Left Behind, Afterimage Gallery, Dallas, TX

Selected Group Exhibitions (multiple prints)

Texas Photographic Society, TPS27, Juror: Kate Breakey, Multiple cities, (3 prints), 2018

Currents Exhibition, Ogden Mus. of Southern Art, Juror: R. McCabe, New Orleans, LA, 2017-18 (6


The Book Exhibition, ASmith Gallery, Johnson City, TX (4 prints + book), 2017

What Is Left Behind, Curator: Paula Tognarelli, Griffin Mus. Photog., Winchester, MA, (4 prints), 2016

2016 Keepsakes, Juror: Karen Davis, Davis Orton Gallery, Hudson, NY, (12 prints), 2015

Selected Group Shows

Texas Photographic Society, Members Only Show, Juror: Roy Flukinger, Austin, TX, 2018

24th Juried Exhib’n, Griffin Mus. of Photog, Juror: Richard McCabe, Winchester, MA, 2018

Annual Juried Member Exhib’n, Colorado Photog. Art Ctr, Juror: Paula Tognarelli, Denver, CO, 2018

Art214, Dallas Art Month, Multiple Jurors, Dallas, TX, 2018

Still Lifes, Juror: Aline Smithson, South x Southeast Gallery, Molena, GA, 2018

The Curated Fridge, Fall 2017 Edition

35th Juried Member Exhib’n, Houston Center for Photography, Juror: Rebecca Senf, Houston, TX, 2017

Unbound 6, Juror: Gordon Stettinius, Richmond, VA, 2017

Visual Metric, Juror: Paula Tognarelli, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA, 2017

22nd Juried Exhibition, Griffin Mus. of Photography, Juror: Elizabeth Avedon, Winchester, MA, 2016

Night, Juror: Sean Corcoran, Center for Fine Art Photography, Fort Collins, CO, 2016

PhotoNoir, Juror: Aline Smithson, PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT, 2016

33rd Juried Member Exhib’n, Houston Center for Photography; Juror: Russell Lord, 2016

Forgotten, Juror: Blue Mitchell, ASmith Gallery, Johnson City, TX 2014

Selected Press (What Is Left Behind)

Atlanta Journal Constitution, 2017

Madame Figaro, Beau Livre L’homme objets, June 23, 2017

Texas Monthly, 2017

Dallas Morning News, 2017

L’oeil de la Photographie, 2017

Lenscratch, May 8, 2017

New Republic, 2017

Hyperallergic, 2017

CityLab (The Atlantic), 2017

International Business Times, 2017

Artists Talks

Photostock 2017, Harbor Springs, MI, 2017

Maine Media Bookstore, Rockport, ME, 2017

Interabang Books, Dallas, TX, 2017

ASmith Gallery, Johnson City, TX, 2017

Afterimage Gallery, Dallas, TX, 2017