Tabitha Soren in the early '90s
|Born||Tabitha Lee Sornberger
August 19, 1967
San Antonio, Texas
Early life and education
Soren was born in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from New York University (NYU) with a B.A. in Journalism and Politics. She later studied photography at California College of the Arts and Stanford University.
As a 19-year-old college student at NYU, Soren appeared in the 1987 music video for "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party)" by the Beastie Boys. At the age of 23, she was the face of MTV's Choose or Lose campaign, which focused on encouraging young adults to vote. She interviewed Hillary Clinton, Anita Hill and Yasser Arafat, among others. She is mentioned in the 1998 film American History X, and also did a cameo in the movie The Cable Guy as herself. Clips of her interviews with Tupac Shakur were included in the 2003 documentary film Tupac: Resurrection.
After a career in television news, Soren spent a year studying art and photography at Stanford. Over the past ten years, her projects have been published in The New York Times Magazine, Canteen, Vanity Fair, McSweeney’s, Sports Illustrated and New York, among others. Public collections include the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art, Oakland Museum of Art, in California, the New Orleans Museum of Art, Pier 24 Photography, Transformer Station in Ohio and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in Louisiana.
In 2012, her show, “Running”, appeared at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art. A three-year-long project shot in 15 states, including Mexico and Canada, “Running” featured dramatically lit, isolated individuals running in everyday settings.
In 2015, Soren’s show, "Fantasy Life," debuted at the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles, CA and traveled to the Bay Area. The exhibition showcased images of 21 baseball players selected for the Oakland A’s 2002 draft class, whom Soren followed for thirteen years until they were out of baseball. Later in 2015, Soren revealed “Panic Beach”, a photographic series of rugged, powerful waves along coastlines all over the world.
Her most recent series, “Surface Tension”, is about the struggle to adapt to technological domination. All of the images are shot on an 8” x 10” view camera on film. She is represented by the Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles.
Soren married author Michael Lewis in 1997; they have three children: Quinn, Dixie, and Walker.
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