Dorothy Imagire was born in Japan and lived in Chicago, Guam, Iran, Italy, and Virginia while still a child. Her work reflects the myriad memories she developed growing up, drawing on images of artifacts as well as her own identity. She is a mixed media artist whose exhibitions range from the New Museum and Parsons in New York City to the Long Beach Museum of Art in California and many places in between, including the Houston Center of Photography in Texas. She has won numerous awards for her art since graduating from RISD in 1990 with an MFA in photography.
She says that if she weren't an artist, she would have to have an antique shop. She's an avid collector of vintage appliances such as electric fans, old twin-lens reflex cameras, and analog typewriters. She says that she's always going to flea markets and estate sales to hunt for more everyday artifacts.