Photographer MJ Sharp is an artist and educator based in Durham, North Carolina. She was a visiting Fulbright Scholar at the University of Exeter, UK, for the 2021/2022 academic year pursuing the art/science collaboration Our Disappearing Darkness and Recreating True Night. She was a Lecturing Fellow at The Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University from 2012 — 2022. She served on the Faculty Advisory Committee of the Nasher Museum of Art and was also a founding member of the Duke Faculty Union.


Her artwork is included in the collections of The Akron Art Museum, The Asheville Museum of Art, The North Carolina Museum of Art, The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, The Ackland Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Henry-Copeland Art Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and The Cassilhaus Collection. Poet and art critic Chris Vitiello's review of the Light Cache show is a comprehensive introduction to her work. A behind-the-scenes look at the Scotland Investor "Yumi" show at Cassilhaus is here.


In her past she worked closely with writers and reporters on both short and longform journalism stories as the staff photographer and photography editor at the Independent in Durham for most of the 1990’s.  During much of that time she also freelanced regionally for The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, PBS’s Frontline, The Columbia Journalism Review, and The Ford Foundation, among others.

Greeting Tillie Dog one night upon returning to the farm, Cornwall, UK

MJ Sharp





P.O. Box 3061
Durham, NC, 27715 USA


To join the email show announcement list:








Articles, videos, and reviews (see full show archive here)


Faculty unionizing article in the Washington Post, February 2019


Artist conversations video from opening reception of Eureka!


Blue Greenberg: Collecting for Love, Not Speculation, review of Medici Schmedici: Demystifying the Artist/Collector Bond, Craven Allen Gallery, 2015


Durham Photographer MJ Sharp Embraces the Uncertainty, Matt Goad, News & Observer, February, 2015


PhotoVision probes 175 years of photographic developments and anxieties, review of PhotoVision: Selections from a Decade of Collecting, Brian Howe, Indyweek, September, 2014


Two Centuries in Five Rooms, Chris Vitiello's review of Light Sensitive at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, 2013


What the Negative Saw: M.J. Sharp's Long-Exposure Photographs at Durham's Craven Allen Gallery Chris Vitiello's review of Light Cache


MJ Sharp: The Night Had Become My Habitat, a short film by Emma Gilmore-Cronin & Debbie Ripley, 2012


Profile in Duke Magazine by Bridget Booher , 2011


2011/2012 Light Cache show at Craven Allen Gallery in the news

Independent Weekly

Duke Chronicle

Daylight Magazine


Southern Photography

Durham Herald Sun


Visions of Night  / interview (in French)


The Yumi Show at Cassilhaus Gallery / Cassilhaus fundraiser for the CSA Scotland project


La Nuit, No.9  / interview (in French and English)