Born in Frankfurt in 1954 and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Karen Knorr has exhibited her work extensively including at Tate Britain; The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; San Diego Museum of Photography, California; Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow; Kyoto Modern Museum of Art, Japan; Seoul Museum of Art, Korea; and the Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai. Her work is in prestigious collections such as Tate London, Victoria and Albert Museum, and the United Kingdom Government Art Collection, England; Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris and Centre Georges Pompidou, France; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Folkwang Museum, Essen, Germany; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California; and the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan, among others.Read More
Knorr was awarded the Photography Pilar Citoler Prize in 2010 and she was nominated for the Deutsche Börse in both 2011 and 2012. She also received nominations for the Prix Pictet in 2012 and 2018. As an advocate for women in photography, she was made an Honorary Fellow at the Royal Photographic Society in 2018, as well as Honorary Chair of Women in Photography.
Knorr is an activist as well as an artist, advocating for transnationality, equality and diversity in the art world. She is a Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey, United Kingdom.
Text courtesy Sundaram Tagore Gallery.
American/British photographer Karen Knorr has over the years developed a critical and playful dialogue with photography. From investigating patriarchal values of the English upper classes to the role of animals and their representation in art,...
Karen Knorr was born in Germany to American parents and grew up in Puerto Rico, before studying in Paris and then moving to London. 'Here I was, this Puerto Rican American, and I was trying to understand British culture,' says Knorr over the phone from Washington DC, though she has been based in London since the 1970s. 'I did it through...
Born in Frankfurt, Karen Knorr (currently a Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham, Surrey, UK) was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico and then pursued her education in the United States, the UK, and across Europe, cultivating a dual perspective that would underscore her work. Having started her own 'movement,'...
The trappings of inherited wealth and privilege, alongside the invisible, but strictly defined codes of the British class system, have long provided fertile raw material for photographers.
Photographer Karen Knorr joins Martin Parr for the sixth instalment of 'Sofa Sessions: Conversations with Martin Parr'. They discuss her educational background, approach to the use of text with image and having to become a wildlife photographer.
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