Karen Marshall

New York photographer Karen Marshall documents American social issues. Since studying photography in the photo/film department at Hampshire College in the 1970s, she has worked on still narratives about the cultural landscape of the United States. Her long-term projects focus on the social and psychological lives of her subjects within the American landscape, most examining the coming of age of young people. She often directs her camera at family life, including her Pennsylvania Dutch in-laws' clan, part of a series entitled ‘Pennsylvania In-Laws.' In her documentary journey through American culture, Marshall has witnessed the struggling identity of a group of Navajo Indians and the demise of their earth-based culture in ‘Caretakers of the Earth: Navajo Resistance and Relocation.’ Her work often reflects a narrative that extends over many years. Her recently completed, ‘Between Girls: A Passage To Womanhood', draws upon traditional photographs, book design software, and video and audio. In this project, Marshall articulates the coming of age of a group of urban middle class teenagers, following them from high school into adulthood twenty-four years later. She is the recipient of artist fellowships and sponsorships through the New York Foundation for the Arts, as well as grants and support from private foundations. Her work has been widely exhibited and is part of several collections. Her photographs have been published in the United States and abroad. Marshall lectures frequently and is a committed mentor. In addition to teaching at The Maine Media Workshops, she is a seminar leader in the full-time Documentary Photography and Photojournalism program at The International Center of Photography, is an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) at New York University, and has taught in China and Latin America. As a freelance photographer, her work spans many genres. Marshall has worked for editorial, corporate and advertising clients, and photographed special events. As a portfolio and editorial consultant she uses her keen editing skills to assist others on their book, corporate and fine art projects.