209 Women: Karen Knorr to exhibit her portrait of Diane Abbott.

209 Women

14 December 2018 – 14 February 2019

Portcullis House, Westminster

Karen Knorr will be exhibiting her portrait of Diane Abbott in ‘209 Women’. One hundred years after women first gained the right to sit in Parliament as MPs, the Speaker’s Advisory Committee on Works of Art will host the ‘209 Women’ exhibition from 14 December 2018 to 14 February 2019. Unveiled in time for the anniversary of the first election where some women could cast a vote, the exhibition includes portraits of female MPs, all photographed by female photographers in an all-female initiative.

‘209 Women’ marks this significant moment in history whilst also highlighting the ongoing need for further gender equality across society. A collective of women photographers from all across the UK formed, volunteering their time to make and mark history, celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage and championing the visibility of women, particularly in environments that are still largely male-dominated.

Karen Knorr awarded Honorary Fellowship by The Royal Photographic Society

Six leading photographic artists have been awarded Honorary Fellowships of the RPS

Edmund Clark; Mat Collishaw; Professor Karen Knorr; Sarah Moon; Zanele Muholi; and Vanessa Winship. Each photographer is recognised by the Society for their intimate connection with the science or fine art of photography.

Nan Goldin, Vanessa Winship, Juno Calypso, Mat Collishaw, Sarah Moon, and Brett Rogers  as well as prominent directors, educators, curators, writers, publishers, producers, and scientists, are some of the exceptional figures from the photography world who will be honoured at The Royal Photographic Society’s Awards this year. Regarded as most prestigious and comprehensive international photography awards, 2018 marks the 140th anniversary of the awards, established in 1878. Spanning the fields of art, science, education, film, and publishing, the 18 awards will be presented on 29th November at the Royal Society in London and once more celebrate an array of luminaries for their contribution to photography.

Karen Knorr nominated for the eighth edition of the Prix Pictet.

Karen Knorr has been nominated for the eighth edition of the Prix Pictet, the world’s leading prize for photography and sustainability.

Entry to the prize is solely by nomination. Karen Knorr was nominated for the series Monogatari, 2012-2017.

Created in 2008, the Prix Pictet was founded with the aim of uncovering outstanding photography applied to confront the most pressing social and environmental challenges of today. For ten years, Prix Pictet has been inviting photographers and artists to tackle multi-faceted themes on the topic of sustainability. During its first decade, some 4,200 photographers have presented over 28,000 images to the jury. Each cycle of the award includes a major international tour of the works shortlisted by the jury. To date there have been 92 exhibitions in 40 cities across the world.

Another Way of Telling: Photography by Anna Fox and Karen Knorr tours to Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing

Another Way of Telling: Photographs by Anna Fox & Karen Knorr

December 8 – January 6
Three Shadows Photography Art Centre, Beijing
Curated by Xu Hao

 Another Way of Telling: Photographs by Anna Fox and Karen Knorr” showcases almost 100 works from the rich, dynamic careers of two of Britain’s leading documentary photographers. Here, acerbic wit is brought to sharp social commentary on subjects that are seen through two highly individual perspectives that wrap the photographers’ penetrating insight into the issues of our times in a warm dose of humour. The exhibition includes selections from representative themes in each of their work, as well entire series which function like photo essays exploring topics like class, working environments, and self-awareness. Here we have Anna Fox’s Work Stations, and Basingstoke, in contrast with Karen Knorr’s Belgravia about the gulf in class attitudes, and Punks which documented the first generation of the punk music movement with Olivier Richon in the UK in the mid-1970s.

Karen Knorr at Paris Photo 2018

Karen Knorr Exhibits and Participates at Paris Photo 2018 with Augusta EdwardsStand D37 and Path Elles X Paris Photo

 November 8–11, 2018
Grand Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill
75008 Paris
Karen Knorr will be showing black and white 1980’s work including Country Life, a series she made in 1983-1985, in a presentation by Augusta Edwards Fine Art at stand D37. Karen Knorr’s work from Belgravia will appear in PATHS ELLES X PARIS PHOTO, selected historical and contemporary examples of women in photography curated by Fannie Escoulen. 

Karen Knorr, together with a group of artists and photographers, will join Marie Docher with the reading of #LaPartDesFemmes: A manifesto for equal opportunity in photography during conversations organised and presented by Fannie Escoulen at Paris Photo on November 8 at 14:15.


Karen Knorr Nominated for The Ooshot Award

Karen Knorr nominated for the first prize dedicated to commissioned photography

Karen Knorr is honoured to be counted amongst the three nominated photographers by Stéphane Magnan (Director, Les Filles du Calvaire Gallery, Paris) for the Ooshot Award, the first prize dedicated to commissioned photography. The Ooshot Award  was created by the visual content platform Ooshot. The Ooshot Award wishes to reward authors and artists whose visions are successfully used by brands, companies and institutions.

The Ooshot Award will reward a photographic commissioned work done by a professional photographer on behalf of a client. It concerns all the sectors where images are called upon to serve a communication objective: corporate, institutional, community, industry…, whatever its field of application: fashion, advertising, beauty, still life, culinary, reportage/documentary, portrait, etc. The prize only excludes press photography.

Fast Forward 2: Women in Photography at LagosPhoto Festival

The fifth international research workshop in a series funded
by the Leverhulme Trust to be held 28–29 October in Lagos, Nigeria

Azu Nwagbogu and Charlotte Langhorst at LagosPhoto, Professor Anna Fox and Maria Kapajeva, from the University for the Creative Arts (UCA, UK), have organised the fifth research workshop for the Fast Forward 2 International Networks project, which will be held at LagosPhoto Festival. This next workshop, at this rapidly growing international photography festival, includes established and early career professionals from the fields of photography, curation, and writing to discuss new perspectives on women in photography in West Africa and the wider African continent as well as representation of women in new photographic practices.

Invited guests and presenters will discuss issues and ideas and share information valuable for future projects with the aim of advocating for women photographers to be better recognised and discussed in the world of photography.

Beyond Documentary at the Museum of London

Beyond Documentary: Experimental Photography in London 1976-2006
Museum of London

Three prints from the series Gentlemen currently on show as part of a free display of recent acquisitions from a recent three-year collecting project.

Interview with Karen Knorr available to view online

Since the 1970s, photographers have increasingly asked questions about the nature of the medium and the role of the photographer in the construction of the image. Women artists have been particularly active in this, as photography provides a way of working distinct from the traditionally masculine art forms of painting and sculpture.