Work Rest and Play: travelling exhibition

Work Rest and Play : British Photography from the 1960s to Today

Curated by Brett Rogers 

Three Shadows Gallery in Xiamen from 20 August to 10 October 2016

Karen Knorr is showing images from  Gentlemen , a series photographed in 1981- 1983  in exclusive gentlemen’s clubs in Saint James’s London.

Essay by Lucy Soutter can be read here.


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 ENCONTROS DA IMAGEM /International Photography Festival




The International Photography Festival ENCONTROS DA IMAGEM returns to the city of Braga to focus on the affective dimension, during a time of tremendous changes and upheavals. Alongside the current technological impulse that questions the limits of the visible, in which the image casts us to even further away places, to where the world is revealed through its most hidden and unexpected aspects, it seemed like the appropriate moment to promote an edition dedicated to the discovery of the other, appealing to the sentimental turn and to the simple and discreet quest for Happiness. 

Punks in Milano, Italy

Punk in Britain 

11 June – 28 August, 2016

Galleria Carla Sozzani

10 Corso Como, 20154 Milano, Italy

A selection of works from Punks (Karen Knorr and Olivier Richon) will be appearing in an exhibition marking the 40th anniversary of the British punk movement. The other artists included are: Simon Barker, Dennis Morris, Jamie Reid, Shiela Rock and  Ray Stevenson. More info is here.

Karen’s work at Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego

Beauty and the Beast: The Animal in Photography 

28, May 2016 – 9 Oct, 2016

Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA)

1649 El Prado San Diego, CA 92101, USA

Karen Knorr’s  work is exhibited in Beauty and the Beast in which an examination of animals in photography in celebration of the San Diego Zoo Centennial. Showcasing a diverse range of photographers, including  Pieter Hugo, July Blackmon and Tom Chambers ,the exhibition highlights the many ways animals are featured from portraits to supporting subjects.  Exhibition presented in English and Spanish. More info is here.

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: British Style 1970- 1980s at Multi Media Art Museum, Moscow

Karen Knorr British Style 1970- 1980s  

Multi Media Art Museum
ul. Ostozhenka, 16, Moscow, Russia, 119034

March 10 – May 8, 2016

Curated by Olga Sviblova

For the 11th Moscow Photobiennale ,Karen Knorr will be showing her 1980’s work for the first time in Russia. The solo exhibition will focus on Knorr’s early black and white work with text about London life in the 1980’s . The exhibition includies the series :Belgravia 1979- 1981 photographed in homes in Knightsbridge ,Gentlemen 1981- 1983 photographed in Saint James’ in exclusive gentlemens’ clubs and Ladies , a recent series made in 2011 using image and text which portrays international socialites, actresses and businesswomen photographed in Home House in Central London.
More details are here