Janelle Lynch is an American artist whose images reveal an inquiry into themes of connection, presence, and transcendence.
Lynch uses an 8×10-inch view camera, which supports an embodied, contemplative working method that exalts the very act of seeing itself. While she photographed exclusively in the landscape for the first two decades of her career, Lynch’s practice has expanded to include portraiture and still life. Her recent work is deeply informed by her training in perceptual drawing and painting.
Lynch’s photographs are in many private and public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the International Center of Photography, New York; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Her photographs have been shown worldwide, including at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; LUMA Westbau, Zurich; the International Gallery of Photography, Dublin; the Shanghai Center of Photography; and Flowers Gallery, London, which represents her work.
She has three monographs published by Radius Books: Los Jardines de México (2010); AIGA award-winning Barcelona (2013), which also features her writings; and Another Way of Looking at Love (2018), which includes an essay by Darius Himes, International Head of Photographs, Christie’s.
In 2019, her series, Another Way of Looking at Love, was shortlisted for the Prix Pictet, the leading award in photography and sustainability. The theme was “hope.” The related exhibition toured several global venues, including in Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Monaco, and Moscow.
Lynch received an MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 1999 where she studied with Stephen Shore. In 2003, she completed the Master Class in Photography, a one-on-one tutorial with Shore at Bard College. From 2015 to 2018, Lynch studied perceptual drawing and painting with Graham Nickson at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture.
She lives in New York City.