“Exposed” Artist Profile: Linda Connor

Linda Connor

Linda Connor’s work is on view at the ICA in the exhibition Exposed: Today’s Photography/Yesterday’s Technology thru Sept 19, 2010.

Linda Connor has led a creative life devoted to photography. With her large format camera, she has traveled to Africa, Southeast Asia, Nepal, India, Turkey, Mexico, Tibet, the American Southwest, and Europe exploring sites that evoke mystery and spirituality. Her luminous and iconic photographs reflect her own fascination with culturally sacred sites and landscapes. According to Connor, the essence of her work is to suggest the indescribable.

She uses a distinctive technique: a large-format view camera which gives her photographs a very fine sense of detail. Her prints are created by direct contact of the 8×10-inch negative on printing-out paper. She exposes the negatives in her garden using nothing more technologically advanced than sunlight. Finally, Connor tones the prints with gold chloride. Due to the remarkable tonal range of the printing out paper, her prints have a very distinctive look: dark, yet with a distinct luminosity.

Connor studied with renowned American photographers Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind at the Rhode Island School of Design and the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology respectively. She went on to a distinguished teaching career at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she has taught undergraduate and graduate students since 1969. Her work has been exhibited widely in the United States and abroad and has been published in numerous books, journals, and catalogues. Her photographs are held in major museum collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She has been supported by Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, among other recognitions for fine-art photography and education.