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. 

India Song exhibition at Amethyst in Chennai with Tasveer Gallery

Karen Knorr: India Song

18 November – 1 December
Mon-Sun, 11am – 7:30pm

The Folly
at Amethyst
Entrance next to Corporation Bank
Whites Road
Royapettah, Chennai 600014

Tasveer and Amethyst are delighted to announce that India Song: Karen Knorr is now on view in Chennai for the first time, until the 1st of December 2015. For Knorr, “The series India Song celebrates the rich visual culture evident in the myths and stories of northern India, blurring the boundaries between reality and illusion. It pays homage to the extraordinary beauty and power of Rajput and Mughal architecture and the hybrid cultures represented in miniature paintings, sculptures, palaces, havelis and mausoleums, and also folk and tribal art.”

Paris Photo: Karen Knorr in conversation with Carole Naggar


Auditorium of musée d’Orsay 

Sunday 15 November 2015 , 11:30am

During the exhibition Who is Afraid of Women Photographers? – celebrating women photographers’ achievements from 1839- 1945 at Musee D’Orsay and The Museum of the Orangeries has invited two international photographers photographers to reflect upon their photographic work in relation to past women photographers work .

Susan Meiselas will be speaking with Carole Naggar on Saturday November14 at 12:00
and Karen Knorr on November 15 at 12:00

New book ‘Belgravia’ published by Stanley/Barker is out!

Published by Stanley/Barker, 2015

Karen Knorr’s Belgravia, describes through images and accompanying quotes, class and power amongst the international and wealthy during the beginning of Thatcherism in London.

Produced between 1979 and 1981 the images are now available for the first time in a beautiful artists monograph. Measuring 35 x 28 cm, printed on heavy stock and housed in a protective transparent jacket, the work describes the ‘everyday’ of a privileged minority, and whilst historically, portraiture of the upper classes has tended to be flattering, the combination of portraits and quotes from the subjects recorded during their sessions, brings Knorr’s work closer to satire.

Limited edition of 1000.

Special edition of 35 (Clamshell Box set with a print).

Book Singing at Grimaldi Gavin gallery, July 16th


16 July 2015, 6 – 8pm

Grimaldi Gavin Gallery

27 Albemarle Street
London W1S 4DW

Karen will be signing copies of her new book India Song, published by Skira. Knorr began her ‘India Song’ series in 2008, after a life-changing trip through Rajasthan. The resulting images take inspiration from the Indian tradition of personifying animals in literature and art, depicting scenarios that are at once otherworldly and surreal. Knorr’s work explores Rajput and Mughal cultural heritage and its contemporary relationship to questions of feminine subjectivity and animality. Please email RSVP@grimaldigavin.com if you would like to attend.

Karen’s work is in ‘Rights of Passage’ curated by Jean Wainwright

Border Line: Rights of Passagecurated by Jean Wainwright
Wednesday 6 May–Friday 8 May, 11–12h

A unique performative publication event. 100 individual art books assembled from 24 signed prints by 24 international artists; each book is made to order and available to purchase. The artists include: Martina Bacigalupo, Roger Ballan, Behrnd Behr, Valerie Belin, Adam Chodzko, Shez Dawood, Ori Gersht, Shaun Gladwell, Glenna Gordon, Mishka Henner, Nina Katchadourian, Steffi Klenz, Martin Kollar, Karen Knorr, Sohei Nishino, Max Pinckers, Charlie Shoemaker, Heidi Specker, Laurie Simmons, Terry Smith, Julian Stallabrass, Daniel Traub, Sue Williamson and Catherine Yass.

Tate Britain BP Spotlight: Karen Knorr with Brett Rogers OBE

The Photographers’ Gallery in collaboration with Tate organises a curator-led tour of Conflict, Time, Photography and BP Spotlight: Karen Knorr at Tate is taking place on Thursday, 12 March from 08.45 up to 12.00.

The morning will consist of a curator-led tour of Conflict, Time, Photography at Tate Modern led by Shoair Mavlian, running from 09.00 – 10.00.Then the tour will take the boat across to Tate Britain, where our Director, Brett Rogers OBE, will take them around BP Spotlight: Karen Knorr from 11.00.

Please contact The Photographers’ Gallery for the further information.