Karen Knorr

German-British-American, 1954–present

Knorr was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico in the 1960s and studied in both Paris and London. Since the 1970s when Knorr settled in England, she began creating works that emerged out of debates in cultural studies that were current in the 1970s about the politics of representation. Her photography developed a critical and playful dialogue with documentary photography using different visual and textual strategies to explore her chosen subject matter – these range from the family and lifestyle to the animal and its representation in the museum context. India Song, 2008–2018, considers men’s space (mardana) and women’s space (zanana) in Mughal and Rajput palace architecture, havelis and mausoleums through large format digital photography.

Knorr is Professor of Photography at the University for the Creative Arts. She is an advocate for women in photography and was made an Honorary Fellow at the Royal Photographic Society in 2018 and honorary chair of Women in Photography at the RPS. Recent exhibitions include New Order at Sprüth Magers London, Book of Beasts at the Getty Center in Los Angeles and the duo exhibition Another Way of Telling with Anna Fox that toured China, her upcoming solo exhibition Migrations at Sundaram Tagore Gallery in Singapore will present a broad spectrum of Knorr’s photographs from the past ten years.