Biography

I think of my work
as an homage to the
endless ability of
the environment to
create its own
arresting art forms.

 

 

 

 

 

Over the course of her career, KAREN JORDAN has developed an original approach to the photographic medium as an art form. Her dramatic, abstract – yet unmanipulated (and uncropped) - large-scale landscapes sometime appear to have been painted, rather than photographed. She frequently finds inspiration for her work from being near or on water, and many of her images reflect her nautical bent.

KAREN grew up in West Virginia where she won her first photo competition when she was 8-years-old. She studied photography and digital imaging at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, D.C. She holds a degree from the University of Illinois and attended Columbia University’s graduate Program in the Arts. Before committing to her passion for photography full-time, she worked at NBC-TV News in New York, was a press secretary to a congressman on Capitol Hill and handled shareholder relations for a major corporation in Washington, D.C.

She has exhibited her art in solo and group shows in New York, San Francisco, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. In juried competition she has received juror’s awards for her documentary portraits in black-and-white, her color landscapes and her digitally manipulated images. She has been a guest lecturer at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in Washington, DC, and has juried collegiate photography competition.

Her work has been selected for a forthcoming book on the history of color photography from the autochrome to the digital age. Scheduled for publication in 2007 (Carlton Books, London), the study will cover every major technical and artistic development in color photography of the last 100 years. She is a two-award Nominee in the 2006 International Color Awards Masters Cup in the Abstract category. She was an award winner in 2005 in the international Black and White Spider (photographic) Competition, and appears in its 2005 calendar, as well. Her work is included in a number of important corporate and private collections in Washington, New York, Florida, Maryland, Virginia, California, and elsewhere.