Working within the documentary tradition, I make photographs that acknowledging the limits of photographic representation. My images create an expanded sense of authorship and accountability in which all parties (including the viewer) are complicit in the representational act as a false, and yet, ultimately, satisfying and seductive construct. My images do not tell the “truth” but are honest about their inherent shortcomings, and thus reclaim these failures (exoticism, ambiguity, fetishization) as sympathetic equivalents to more forcefully convey the complexity and instability of the lives, places and moments they depict. In this way, my work, acknowledges the failure of representation to ever be able to communicate the other.



2014, University of California, Irvine, MFA, Department of Art

2001, New York University, BA, Gallatin School of Individualized Study


SOLO   EXHIBITIONS:                        

2017, Fulcrum of Malice, Tracey Morgan Gallery, Asheville, NC

2017, The Great Divide by Stacy Kranitz and Zoe Strauss, Lightfield Festival, Hudson, NY

2015, As it Was Give(n) to Me, Diffusion, Cardiff International Festival of Photography, Wales, UK

2015, From the Study on Post Pubescent Manhood, Little Big Man Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2014, Once Entangled With it, No Other Place Seems Possible, Gallery Protocol, Gainesville, FL

2014, As it Was Give(n) to Me, Room Gallery, University of California, Irvine, CA

2010, Blood Sport, New Orleans Festival of Photography, New Orleans, LA


GROUP   EXHIBITIONS:                      

2018, Record/Off Record, Northern Kentucky University, Fotofocus Biennial, Highland Heights, KY

2018, Southbound, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC

2017, Fake, Galerie Bohai, Hannover, Germany

2016, You, Me, Us and Them, W.C. Bradley Co. Museum, Columbus, GA

2016, Familiar Difference, curated by Inocents, These Days Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2015, Dirt, Jancar Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2015, Role Play, Colorado Photographic Arts Center, Denver, Colorado

2015, Women Photographers on the South and Appalachia, Tipton Gallery, ETSU, Johnson City, TN

2014, In Your Face, New Image Art, Los Angeles, CA

2014, Louisiana, The Multi-Media Museum Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia

2013, Recent Perspectives on Portraiture, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

2012, New Country: Ruralism in Contemporary Art, Claypool-Young Gallery, Morehead, KY

2011, Narrative / Identity, AC Institute, New York, NY

2010, In Light of Recent Events, Lions Gallery, Miami, FL


GRANTS AND  AWARDS                  

2017, Michael P. Smith Fund for Documentary Photography

2015, Time Magazine Instagram Photographer of the Year

2013, Editorial Photographer Education Grant, American Photographic Arts

2012, Research/Travel Grant, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, University of California, Irvine

2010, Young Photographers Alliance Scholarship Award, Worldstudio AIGA



Museum of Fine Art, Houston

The Do Good Fund, Southern Photography Initiative



2016, Blurring Fantasy and Reality in America’s Poorest Region, Huck

2014, The Fantasy of Objectivity, The Oxford American

2014, The Rape of Appalachia, Reading the Pictures

2013, From the Study on Post-Pubescent Manhood, Reading the Pictures

2013, The Spectacle of Violence, Reading the Pictures