American, b. 1944
Lives and works in San Francisco, California
Celebrated photographer Linda Connor has had a long and distinguished career in photography and has traveled extensively to produce her work to places such as India, Turkey, Peru, Iceland, and Southeast Asia. Her work has been the subject of several monographs including: On the Music of the Spheres (Library Fellows of the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1996); Luminance (Woodrose, 1994); and Spiral Journey (Columbia College, 1990). A compendium of her work, Odyssey: The Photographs of Linda Connor (Chronicle Books, 2008) includes over thirty years of photographs and was accompanied by a nationally traveling exhibition.
Created during her recent travels in Italy, Linda Connor’s newest photographic works—dark, glistening images printed on aluminum via a process called sublimation—capture details of Jacopo de’ Barbari’s enormous, ink-stained woodblock, Bird’s Eye View of Venice circa 1500, a spectacular achievement of Renaissance printmaking that rendered the streets and canals of the Italian city with extraordinary exactitude. In Connor’s sublimation prints, galleons are seen frozen in the black waters surrounding the island, while a trio of smaller works focuses on the map’s zephyrs, wind-gods with angelic faces whose gales once animated the scene.
A recipient of, among other awards, the National Endowment for the Arts grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship, Connor was given the Society of Photographic Education’s Honored Educator Award in 2005. She has had solo exhibitions at the de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA (1977); National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C. (1992); San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA (1993); and the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, IL (1994). Her work can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, IL; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX; National Museum of American Art, Washington, D.C.; and Victoria & Albert Museum, London, U.K.