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Kathleen Thormod Carr is a fine art photographer, author and teacher. She received her B.F.A. (cum laude) in Photography from Ohio University in 1970. She then studied photography with Minor White at his home in Arlington, Massachusetts. Minor's work had a strong influence on Kathleen's visual perception and approach to photography. She subsequently worked for Aperture, a fine photography quarterly and book publisher. After spending seven years at the Findhorn Community in Scotland, creating audio-visual programs, multi-media shows, publicity materials and books (including The Findhorn Garden, Harper & Row, 1975, Faces of Findhorn, Harper & Row, 1980, and The Findhorn Family Cookbook, by Kay Lynne Sherman, Shambhala, 1981), Kathleen was staff photographer for the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. She started and owns Carr Classics a fine photography card company that showcases her Big Sur photography.

In 1988 she moved to Sebastopol, California and has participated in ARTrails, the Sonoma County Open Studios program for 17 years through 2005, www.artrails.org. When awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Regional Fellowship in 1991, she further explored handcoloring black and white photography. Her fine art work has been widely exhibited at galleries and museums, and purchased for the Polaroid collection, the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and other private collections. She is represented by the Kailua Village Artists Gallery and several other galleries on the Big Island, Hawaii. Her work is also published as fine art posters by Editions Limited.

Kathleen continues to pursue her own photographic work, most recently with digital infrared, Photoshop techniques, handcoloring, and underwater video and stills of wild dolphins and whales. Her recently released DVD, Whale Journey: Connecting with the Humpback Whales, contains stunning footage, and is available through Amazon and her estore. She is known for her outstanding work with Polaroid image and emulsion transfer photography, SX-70 manipulations and archival pigment digital printing. She also teaches workshops in all of these processes, and was a Polaroid creative uses consultant for many years. Since 2001 she had been dividing her time between Sebastopol and the Big Island of Hawaii, and moved to the Big Island of Hawaii in 2006.

Kathleen's photographs have been published internationally in numerous books and periodicals, including PhotoVision (featured artist), Outdoor Photographer (featured artist), National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Esquire and Decor (featured artist). Her last book, Polaroid Manipulations: A Complete Visual Guide to Creating SX-70, Transfer, and Digital Prints (Amphoto Books, September 2002), is a companion volume to Polaroid Transfers: A Complete Visual Guide to Creating Image and Emulsion Transfers (Amphoto Books, 1997), which has sold over 30,000 copies. Both books provide illustrated procedures and many dynamic examples of creative techniques by the author and over twenty transfer artists. An earlier book (with co-author Dorothy Maclean) To Honor the Earth: Reflections on Living in Harmony with Nature, (HarperSanFrancisco, 1991, Spanish and Japanese, 1997) features her color landscape and nature photography from around the world.

Kathleen takes a fresh look at the world around her and translates her vision and felt experience into her photographic work. Whatever photographic medium she works in, her photography speaks to the viewer on emotional and spiritual levels. In her own words, "Over the years I've used a variety of photographic techniques to express my vision in a more subjective rather than literal style. I've been working with the feminine form in nature as a way to explore and anchor the Divine Feminine in my imagery. I care deeply about nature, and hope that my photography will inspire people to honor the earth and all who live upon it."


"Kathleen's pictures, with their multiple layers of image and meaning, are also exquisite evocations of life, nature, and the human form. Suble qualities of light and tonal nuance charm the psyche. Often her pictures are ethereal journeys to places of beauty. She may take us on a walk through her neighborhood, a hike into the woods, or on a distant voyage. Her pictures are intimate interactions, quiet conversations shared."

     --Jim Alinder, author, gallery owner and internationally respected photograpy authority