Born in Minnesota in 1944, Lynn Davis is a renowned photographer known for her large-scale works of a variety of subjects including nude portraits, natural landscapes, and architecture. She received a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1970 and apprenticed with Berenice Abbott in the summer of 1974.
Her photographs take us on a spiritual global journey. She focuses on the purity of form contained within the artificial frame of her format. Extremely sensitive to spatial relationships, Davis’s photographs address the interplay between positive and negative space, giving equal importance to both. Rarely is there a clue as to the scale of her subjects.
She has had over sixty solo exhibitions and has work in numerous museum collections. She has photographed in forty-eight countries, including Egypt, Yemen, Burma, Cambodia, Russia, Kazakhstan, China, Ethiopia, Sudan, Mali, Iran, Greenland, and most recently Greece and Brazil. In 2005, Davis received an Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Her Artist’s Books include: Space Project (2009), Illumination (2007), American Monument (2004), Monument (1999), Wonders of the African World (1999), and Bodywork (1994). Davis lives and works in Hudson, New York and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Lynn Davis’ work is installed in treatment rooms at Rockefeller University Hospital.