Lynn Davis (photographer)

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Lynn Davis
Born 1944 (age 72–73)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Nationality American
Known for Photography
Spouse(s) Rudy Wurlitzer

Lynn Davis is an American photographer known for her large-scale black-and-white photographs which are widely collected publicly and privately and are internationally exhibited.


Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1944 she studied at University of Colorado between 1962–1964, and at the University of Minnesota from 1964–1966. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1970, and in 1974 she began her career as an apprentice to Berenice Abbott.[1]

Davis' first exhibition hung at the International Center of Photography (New York City) in 1979,[2] alongside her close friend Robert Mapplethorpe.[3] After her first trip to Greenland in 1986 she gave up photographing the human form, shifting her lens toward the monumental landscapes and cultural/architectural icons for which she is renowned.

Lynn Davis is represented by Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York, and the Galerie Karsten Greve in Europe. She lives in Hudson, New York with her husband, writer Rudy Wurlitzer.

Her prints appear in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, among others. In 1999 the J. Paul Getty Museum held an exhibition of Davis' prints, and a solo show, Africa, was held at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson in 1999.


Books showcasing Davis' work include:

Her work also appears in the following publications (non-comprehensive list):

  • El Silencio, pages 70–78 (Matador, Issue K, 2008)
  • An Eye for the Sacred, pages 56–63, 94 and 97 (Shambhala Sun, January 2008)
  • An Artist’s Portrayal of China, page 31 (Northeast Antique & Auction, 2003)
  • The Questing Eye, pages 74–77 (House & Garden, 2003)
  • Abitareverona Magazine, No. 3 (2002)
  • Along the Silk Route, pages 51–57 (Portfolio: China, Shambhala Sun, September 2002)
  • Reportage dal Mondo dei Sogni, page 53 (Denis Curti; Vivi Milano, Belle Arti, September 2002)
  • Linee di Ghiaccio (Tempo Libero, September 2002)
  • John Kane: Gehlek Rinpoche Likes It That Way, pages 45–50 (Shambhala Sun, July 2002)
  • Ice Memory, pages 30–37 (Elizabeth Kolbert; New Yorker, January 2002)
  • Les Line, page 124 (Audubon, March–April 2002)
  • Dal Sudan alla Groenlandia a Caccia di Architetture Naturale, page 9 (Francesca Memeo; La Stampa, 2002)
  • Body Icons, page 32 (Athens, Greece, Photographic Center of Skopelos, 1998)
  • Aperture, Moments of Grace Spirit in the American Landscape, page 3 (New York, Aperture (magazine), 1998)
  • Sea Change: The Seascape in Contemporary Photography, page 25 (James Hamilton-Peterson and Trudy Wilner Stack; Tucson, AZ: Center for Creative Photography, 1998)
  • Water Proof (Lisbon, Portugal : Centro Cultural de Belém, 1998)


  • Academy Award in Art from the American Academy of Arts and Letters [4]
  • Creative Artist Public Service Program Grant [5]


  1. ^ Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza hosts Lynn Davis' ~ Iceberg and Ancient Persia | Art Knowledge News
  2. ^, martin weise //. "db artmag - all the news on Deutsche Bank Art / db artmag - alle Infos zur Kunst der Deutschen Bank". Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  3. ^ McKenna, Kristine (1995-03-12). "ART : Camera-Ready, Not Shy : Photographers Maureen Lambray and Lynn Davis share a love for tackling challenging, physically arduous subjects.". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved 2017-03-11. 
  4. ^ American Academy of Arts and Letters - 2005 Art Awards Press Release
  5. ^ Lynn Davis on artnet

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