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Program Meeting | Speaker Kathryn Kolb on Design and Composition in Photography

Kathryn discusses her work in the context of how design works in photography as well as other two-dimensional arts, including examples of other photographs and paintings.

Kathryn Kolb’s pioneering work in the genre of landscape photography is rooted in realism but ventures far into the realm of abstract design. Her precise compositions, unusual angles, and harmonious palettes recall contemporary abstract painting, yet her image-making process is simple and straightforward, with no manipulations – the final image appears just as it was seen in the viewfinder.

Kathryn is a naturalist as well as a photographer, and she formed her distinctive vision from the subtle but rich architecture of the Southeast, from remote wilderness to her own back yard. Her complex designs with strong lighting exude a sense of dramatic calm, transcendence, and connection to the natural world.

Having begun her career in photojournalism, Kathryn’s early work appeared in many publications, ranging from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Southline newspapers to magazines such as Smithsonian, Rolling Stone, People, Nature Conservancy, and Orion.

Her fine-art photography has been widely exhibited, including solo shows in Georgia at Fernbank Museum of Natural History, State Botanical Gardens of Georgia, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and Thomas Deans Fine Art and in Asheville, NC, at Haen Gallery. Her work is included in the collections of the Georgia Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, The Wilderness Society, the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Goizueta Business School, Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Conservancy, King & Spalding LLP, City of Atlanta, Southern Company, Piedmont Hospital, Emory Children’s Clinic, Calloway Gardens, and many others.
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  • Antoinette S.

    I loved Kathryn's talk she covered several very interesting topics that really made you think about photography in a different way. I never thought about photography in a mathematical sense so it added a new dimension to consider when viewing your subject through the lens. Her talk was very informative and enjoyable.

    October 2, 2013

  • Roy G.

    Very knowledgeable and inspiring speaker. How many of us can explain our photography vision?

    1 · October 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    excellent; very creative mind

    October 1, 2013

  • Mary

    Great speaker/great photography. Inspiring. Disappointed that someone ran into my car and didn't claim responsibility for their accident though. Makes me sad as I enjoyed this event but that type of thing put a damper on the evening!

    October 1, 2013

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