Joyce Tenneson

American, ​1945–​present

Tenneson is celebrated for her portraits of women that critics have called haunting, mysterious, and otherworldly. She goes beneath the surface of her subjects to reveal their inner essence. Tenneson has a distinctive style which is immediately recognizable –​ enigmatic and sensual images with a mythical quality.

Having grown up in a convent environment, Tenneson was inspired by the symbolism, rituals and the unconscious. Her photographs speak to the fragility of life, its poignant beauty, and its pain. The images are deeply affecting, evoking forgotten memories.

Tenneson’s mystical and painterly works have received many awards throughout her career, presented in more than 100 exhibitions worldwide, and published in numerous major publications such as Time, Vogue, Life, Newsweek, and The New York Time Magazine, among others.