Karen Knorr at Desert Isle Pics / London Art Fair


In conversation with Shephen Bull for Desert Isle Pics

Saturday, January 21st, 11am – 12pm

Which eight photographs would you take with you to a desert island? Karen will reveal her eight desert island choices and discuss how they reflect her life and career with regular Desert Island Pics host Stephen Bull. More details and tickets information are here.

Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street
London N1 0QH

New work from ‘Metamorphoses’ at Miami Pulse

Karen Knorr at Miami Pulse
Danziger Gallery  Dec 1-4, 2016
4601 Collins Avenue Miami Beach, FL, USA

Karen Knorr will be showing new work from ‘Metamorphoses’ at the Danziger Gallery.
Booth A-203

PULSE Contemporary Art Fair in Miami returns to Indian Beach Park at 46th Street and Collins Avenue. The fair will open on Thursday, December 1st with a Private Preview Brunch, 10am – 1pm, to welcome VIP guests and press for first access to new work.

Sean O’Hagan’s review of ‘Gentlemen’ book at The Observer

The Observer / The Guardian, October 31 2016
Sean O’ Hagan
Gentlemen by Karen Knorr review – eminently clubbable
“It is this conceptually driven play of image and words that makes Gentlemen such a mischievous meditation on the sanctity – and absurdity – of these male institutions and the people that inhabit them. The portraits and the texts are not what they initially seem, the former being art-directed by Knorr to be both “natural” and revealing, the latter being constructed from parliamentary speeches of the time, as well as quotations from contemporary news reports. The end result is a kind of visual and linguistic mimicry that echoes, sometimes directly, sometimes obliquely, the language, values and beliefs of the English aristocracy. Among them is the belief in primogeniture – the right by law of the firstborn son rather than daughter to inherit the parent’s estate. Being born male, then, is, as Knorr suggests, the first privilege from which all others flow.”

You can read the full text HERE

‘Gentlemen’ Book Signing during Paris Photo

Recently published by Stanley/Barker book Gentlemen will be launched and signed by Karen Knorr

at Eric Franck / Augusta Edwards Booth (C34) 
Paris Photo, Grand Palais
on Thursday, November 10th, at 3:30pm

Yvon Lambert bookshop
108 rue Vieille du Temple 75003 Paris
on Saturday, November 12th, from 6:30-7:30pm

The selection of the prints from this series will be exhibited at Eric Franck / Augusta Edwards (Booth C34).

Karen Knorr with Tasveer at Paris Photo

Tasveer Arts at Paris Photo 
10-13 November
Booth B03

This year at Paris Photo, Tasveer will present a selection of artworks that explore the history of creative photographic manipulation in India and highlight the fusion of photography and painting traditions. Alongside a selection of Manorath paintings, Tasveer will show work by Jyoti Bhatt, Karen Knorr, Flor Garduño and Waswo X. Waswo, which examines the transformative nature of the photographic medium.

Gentlemen book by Stanley/Barker

Karen Knorr’s Gentlemen, published this September by STANLEY/BARKER in collaboration with Eric Franck Fine Art, takes us inside the hallowed halls of the most venerable private gentlemen’s clubs of 1980s London, and considers the patriarchal values of the English upper classes with beautifully precise photographs and texts constructed out of speeches of parliament and the news at that time.

The complete series of 26 images and texts investigate the values that ally these classes to conservative aristocratic values where primogeniture (the right by law of the rstborn son to inherit his parent’s estate, in preference to daughters) is still an issue. Until the early 1970’s a married women still needed her husband’s endorsement for any household purchases. Whilst women now have full property rights, they still remain under-represented in key positions of governance and in nancial and academic worlds. It is still a boys club in which some women are honorary members.

More details and pre-order is here

Karen Knorr at symposium in Braga

KAREN KNORR at the symposium “RETHINKING PHOTOGRAPHY: Can Photography Make a Change?”


“Rethinking Photography” aims to give space for the discovery of ideas that define the contemporary thought, through the presence of artists from several territories of photography. Artists, historians and curators review the place of photography nowadays and, through their speeches, we will get to know the cultural and scientific practices that help us to think about the current representations of photography and the restraints in our roads to happiness. This multi- disciplinary gathering will explore topics ranging from the impact of technology in our lives, to documentary projects on the new ways of life in the pursuit of happiness, going through the autobiographical projects, all questioning the power of photography in contemporary times.
Panel: Brian Griffin, Karen Knorr, Neal Slavin Teresa Siza, Luiz Carlos Felizardo. Moderador: Rodrigo Orrantia

Karen Knorr at Photo London

May 19- 22
Somerset House 

Karen Knorr’s work can be viewed at

Eric Franck (Booth B4)
Danziger Gallery (Booth C4)
Filles du Calvaire (Booth C9)

Photo London was created to give London an international photography event befitting the city’s status as a global cultural capital. Founded in 2015, it has already established itself as a world-class photography fair and as a catalyst for London’s dynamic photography community. From the capital’s major museums, to its auction houses, galleries large and small, right into the burgeoning creative communities in the East End and South London, Photo London harnesses the city’s outstanding creative talent and brings the world’s leading photographers, curators, exhibitors, dealers and the public to celebrate photography, the medium of our time.


Karen Knorr is part of ‘The Unbearable Lightness: The 1980s’

The Unbearable Lightness: The 1980s 

Photography, Film February 24 February – 23 May  2016 

Photography Gallery, FORUM-1, Pompidou Centre, Paris

Heterogeneous, elusive, painful, fantastical, still too close, as light-hearted as they were serious, the Eighties were full of contrasts and paradoxes. With films and photographs from its collections, the Centre Pompidou cast a fresh eye on this decade in an exhibition featuring over 20 artists and some 60 works in a completely new circuit. 

From Florence Paradeis to Jean-Paul Goude, and from Karen Knorr to Présence Panchounette by way of Martin Parr and Pierre and Gilles, the works selected mostly express criticism of culture and society through various strategies, such as irony, realistic or imaginative staging, pastiche, subverted sets and odes to artifice. The history of Eighties photography somewhat eludes comprehension even today.