Linda Connor Biography

Linda Connor




Photographer Linda Connor was born November 18, 1944, in New York City. By age seventeen Connor was working in photography, inspired by the social realism and spiritual and religious works of such artsts as Julia Margaret Cameron, Walker Evans, and Frederick Sommer. This led to her enrollment at the Rhode Island School of Design where she studied under Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, earning her BFA in 1967. This was followed by an MFA from the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology, 1969. Her first exhibition took place in the Vision and Expression group show at George Eastman House in 1968.

From 1969 Connor's career has been divided between her personal art and teaching. Following graduation from the Institute of Design she took a position at the San Francisco Art Institue, where she is currently a professor of photography for undergraduate and graduate students. Her art career took her to several countries where she documented landscapes and the religious and cultural practices of the people she met. She published two volumes of her photographs: Spiral Journey, with images of Asia, Africa, Australia, and the Americas taken from 1967 to 1990, and Odyssey: Photographs by Linda Connor, a collection of large format view camera images published by Chronical Books in 2008. Among her most well known images are her photos of the petroglyphs of the American West, as well as a 2006 series of photos of the Olson House (of Andrew Wyeth "Christina's World" fame), considered by some to be among the most unique images of the oft-captured structure. Connor was a member of Ansel Adams' "Friends of Photography" nonprofit organization from 1985 to 1999 and a board member until it formally ended in 2002.

Connor continues to live, work, and teach in the San Francisco Bay Area.

1976: National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Grant
1979: Guggenheim Fellowship
1986: Photographer of the Year, Peer Awards, Friends of Photography, Carmel, CA
1988: National Endowment for the Arts, Individual Grant; Charles Pratt Award
1994: National Endowment for the Arts, Travel Grant
1997: Seventh Annual LifeWork Award, Falkirk Cultural Center
1998: Best Book of the Year, 21st: A Contemporary Photography Journal, for On the Music of the Spheres
2001, 2002: Flintridge Foundation for Visual Arts
2005: Honored Educator, Society of Photographic Educators

Selected collections:
Art Institute of Chicago (IL); Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona; Canadian Center for Photography, (Can.); David C. and Sara Jean Ruttenberg; Honolulu Academy of Art (HI); High Msuem of Art, Atlanta (GA); International Museum of Photography, George Eastman House (N); J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles (CA); Museum of Fine Artsm Houston (TX); Museum of Modern Art (NY); National Gallery of Canada; National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence (RI); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA); Stanford Art Museum (CA); Vassar College of Art Gallery (NY): Victoria and Albert Museum, (Eng.); Yale Art Museum, New Haven (CT); Yidiz University, Istanbul (Turk.); Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MN); New Mexico State University Art Gallery; San Jose Museum of Art (CA); Seattle Museum of Art (WA), among others.

Connor's extensive exhibition history can be found at Clark Gallery.