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Lauren Henkin

Biography 

Born in Washington, D.C., in 1974, award-winning, internationally shown photographer Lauren Henkin grew up in Maryland. In 1996, after graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, she moved home to Maryland and began working as an architect. During the next 10 years, she worked as the public programs manager for the Corcoran Gallery of Art, a book designer, and a creative director.

Although much of her photographic knowledge is self-taught, Henkin has furthered her fine arts education by studying under photographers Chan Chao, Gordon Hutchings, Tyler Boley, Raymond Meeks, and George Tice.

She states, "The questions I am most concerned with when photographing are: What are the things that last? What, if anything is permanent? How are the things that we value or leave behind reflections of who we are? A big part of what I do is provide a formal medium for valuing and studying informal subjects — to pay homage to things we see everyday: toys we leave on the floor, dresses hanging in a closet, or trees growing beside dumpsters. The fun for me in taking pictures is when I am able to look closer, recognize the beauty that is present everywhere, and share that vision with others."

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