Artist Demo: Process, Practice, and Non-Silver Photographic Thinking with Cynthia Katz

November 15, 2023

Join us on November 15th for an Artist Demo with visual artist Cynthia Katz, who will lead a slide presentation on her work, including time to look at materials and Q & A. A trained photographer and photographic educator, her work focuses on cyanotypes, one of photography’s earliest forms, dating back to the 1840’s. Cynthia was introduced to photography and recycling by her dad in the 1960’s, and in her quest toward sustainability, she rescues materials destined for the compost pile or recycling bin in her process-oriented pieces. Katz will address how materials, gardening, mining her failures, and drinking tea all align in her current practice.

Image: Cynthia Katz, Slow Arc, 2022, cyanotypes on tea paper

More about Cynthia:

I have been around photographs and photography my whole life: my father was a NYC freelance advertising photographer. He handed me my first camera, a used Nikon F, for my eighteenth birthday, later gave me his first camera, a Rolleiflex, when I was in grad school, and since, has passed on his 8 × 10 Deardorff, which needs more action! I thought I would be a fiber artist, but a Photo 1 course in college changed my direction. Coming full circle, stitching and fiber materials are now a part of my photographic practice.

I am a Boston area artist and consultant. My work has been shown regionally and nationally, is published in journals, books, and blogs, including Manifest’s International Photography Annual 3, The Danforth Museum, profiled in, and is housed in private collections. I have a BFA in Photography from the University of New Hampshire and an MFA in Photography from Bennington College. A career educator teaching students of varied ages at different institutions, including the Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), Wellesley College, The Griffin Museum of Photography, and Concord Academy, I also work privately with clients helping them with portfolio development for admission to college, art school, and graduate school. My studio is at The Umbrella Arts Center in Concord, MA.