Keith James Duggan was born and raised in New York where he earned an art degree at The University of Buffalo and nurtured his love of camera and light. He spent his early years designing lighting for theatre, which eventually lead him to becoming the Director of Photography for American Movie Classics stand ups with Nick Clooney.
In the late 90’s, Duggan relocated to Los Angeles where he has lensed 41 features, dozens of studio shows, several national commercials, and over 20 music videos. It was through these projects that he developed his basic theory of light. Position, Quality and Intensity. A light source holds each of these values, and he believes by choosing these values correctly that alone will create a beautiful image.
It was his passion for light that The Food Network saw in Duggan and in 2010 he began changing the look of the network. From his first show, The Next Food Network Star, he has been called on to light design restaurants and kitchens for celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Rachael Ray, Guy Fieri, Alton Brown, Giada De Laurentiis, and Brian Malarkey, to name a few.
To continue to expand his knowledge of light, Duggan was looking for a hand held solution for light control. He discovered and began working with Ryan Hisey of Synthe-FX to aid in the development of Luminair. From this and his continued desire to control light on set, he created a technology that has lead to several patents for his work. The technology was so groundbreaking that is was featured in the May 2016 issues of ICG.
Most recently, Duggan’s lighting credits include Black Ink Crew New York, Back Ink Crew Chicago, Dance Showdown, HGTV Star, Dance Off Juniors, BeachBody Promos,.. just to name a few.