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
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
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.
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)
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