Dennis Reed has organized exhibitions of work by artists as varied as Arthur Dove, Emerson Woelffer, Doug Harvey, Gustav Stickley, Richard Pettibone, June Harwood, Edmond Teske, and filmmakers James and John Whitney. He is best known for the catalogue and exhibition, Japanese Photography in America, 1920-1940, which was shown at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the Corcoran Gallery, Washington, DC, and the Oakland Museum, Oakland California, among other venues. He co-authored Pictorialism in California: Photographs, 1900-1940 for the Getty Museum and The Huntington. He has written essays on artists and photographers, including, Hy Hirsh, Robert Hansen, and Benjamen Chinn, to name a few. His essay The Wind Came from the East: Asian American Photography, 1850-1965, was published in Stanford University's Asian American Art: A History, 1850-1975. Most recently he wrote Sweet and Sour: The Photographs of Charles Wong, published in 2010. He has design numerous gallery and museum publications. His personal collection of art and photography has been shown at the de Young Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, The Huntington, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery, the Oakland Museum, and other venues. Reed also creates art and photographs, though he rarely exhibits. He is currently Dean of Arts at Los Angeles Valley College and the Chair of the Photographic Arts Council at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.