Laura J. Padgett is a lens based visual artist who also works in the field of architecture and art history. Throughout the years she has combined these areas in her work as artist, docent and writer. It is this balance between the practical and theoretical sides of the art historical coin that has served her when preparing exhibitions and when writing or speaking about art, photography and architecture.

Laura J. Padgett's Artistic philosophy

My work is about my relationship to the world. I use the camera to find and record things. My method has developed over the years, the images I create becoming more and more dense with time. This density is produced through means that are intrinsic to the camera and the medium of photography. Reflections, transparency and shadows become tactile; windows become barriers, holding the viewer off while creating another visual layer; these layers mesh into complex images that tell stories. Sometimes I add short phrases or sentences to augment the stories the photographs tell. My work makes things visible that are often overlooked. It has nothing to do with tricks, yet everything to do with perception.

Born in Cambridge, Massachussetts, USA
1991-94 MA in Art History and Aesthetics,
Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe-University, Frankfurt am Main
1983-85 Film and Photography studies with Peter Kubelka
and Herbert Schöwbel, Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main
1976-80 BFA in Painting, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
    Selected Solo Exhibitions,
2015 Confined Space, Heussenstammgalerie, Frankfurt am Main
2014 MONUMENT, Künstlerfahnenfestival, Eppingen
2012 Standardeinstellung, Neuer Kunstverein Gießen
2011 frames of reference, Galerie Martina Detterer, Frankfurt
2008 Holding onto things, Galerie Seitz und Partner, Berlin
seeing things, The Pharos Trust, Nicosia, Cyprus (catalogue)
2006 slow motion, Odakule Art Gallery, Istanbul
2005 inside-out, Gallery Seitz & Partner, Berlin
2004 vorübergehende Ortschaften, Gallery Martina Detterer, Frankfurt am Main
2003 improbabilities, Gallery Seitz & Partner, Berlin
    conversation pieces, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main (catalogue)
2001 morning glories, AusstellungsHalle Schulstrasse 1A, Frankfurt am Main
1999 marginalia, Goethe Institute, Warsaw
an enlightened Moment, The Herzogin Anna Amalia Library, Weimar
Foto / Text Work, KunstRaum - Klaus Hinrichs, Trier
1998 systematic renewal, dirty windows, Berlin
1999 common occurrences, KunstRaum - Klaus Hinrichs, Trier
    Selected Group Exhibitions and Film Screenings,
2015 Still, das Stillleben in der zeitgenössische Fotografie, Niederösterreich Gesellschaft für Kunst und Kultur, museumORTH, Schlossplatz 1, 2304 Orth an der Donau; Baden, Haus der Kunst, u.a.
2014 Alle Tage Wieder – Let Them Swing! zur Aktualität der Filme Von Margaret Raspé , Kino Arsenal, Berlin und Weltkulturen Museum, Frankfurt am Main
2013 Give me Five!, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
No Men's Land , Neuer Kunstverein Aschaffenburg
Eine Winter-Reise , Galerie Seitz & Partner, Berlin
Am Anfang war das Wort, QuadrART Dornbirn, Austria
2012 Speaking of Reality, with Marianna Christofides,
The Artspace, Düsseldorf
wie gemalt, Kunstmuseum Ahlen
himmelüber, Römer9, Frankfurt am Main
Personal Choice, curated by Peter Weiermair, Ausstellungshalle 1A, Frankfurt am Main
kleine Formate, Gallery Martina Detterer, Frankfurt am Main
2011 Luis Camnitzer's: The Last Book (contribution), New York Public Library, Aguilar Branch
doubleclick: reloaded!, Gallery Seitz & Partner, Berlin
2010 Upstairs, Presse und Informationsamt, Frankfurt am Main
wie gemalt, Kunsthalle Erfurt
2009 OBERFIN, Oberfinanzdirektion, Frankfurt am Main
Books, Books, Books, Nothing but Books,
Ursula Blickle Foundation, Kraichtal (catalogue)

kleine Formate, Gallery Martina Detterer, Frankfurt am Main
2008 Pharos=10, The Powerstation - Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Nicosia
A Book for a Lifetime, Artspace and the Goethe Zentrum, Nicosia, Cyprus
Arch/Scapes, Swiss Architecture Museum, Basel
2007 beyond transparency, Gallery Seitz & Partner, Berlin Frühmoderne Bücherwelten, Franckesche Foundation,
Halle / Saale
documenta Plattform, in conjunction with
the architectural journal Archplus
kleine Formate, Gallery Martina Detterer, Frankfurt am Main
2006 Heaven, London Biennale - with the Hessian Cultural Foundation
Preview Show (Lightcone), centre Georges Pompidou, Paris
2005 Reel to Real, Film Program "Wohnen / Living ", Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Frankfurt am Main
kleine Formate, Gallery Martina Detterer, Frankfurt am Main
2004 Relating to Photography, Highlights from Private Collections, Fotografie Forum International, Frankfurt am Main
Querschnitt_Sezione Tranversale, GAS Art Gallery, Turin
D 'Aprés, GAS Art Gallery, Turin (catalogue)
kleine Formate, Gallery Martina Detterer, Frankfurt am Main
2002 Desire, Galleria d 'Arte Moderna, Bologna
2001 Desire, Ursula Blickle Stiftung (catalogue)
Recovered and Restored Film Festival, Cineteca di Bologna
2000 Zweite Heimat (Second Home), Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (catalogue)
baggage, exhibiton with Joanna Jones, The Gallery, Falmouth College of Art, Falmouth, UK
1999 Focus Trier, City Museum Simeonstift, Trier
pleasure principle, (props), Kunstamt Kreuzberg / Bethanien, Berlin
Die Liebe zu den Dingen (The Love of Objects), Cinema Arsenal, Berlin
1997 foto text text foto, Frankfurter Kunstverein and Photo Museum Winterthur, Switzerland
Essential Byproducts, Haus am Luetzowplatz, Berlin
1996 Prospect 96 - Photography in Contemporary Art, Frankfurter Kunstverein (catalogue)
foto text text foto, Museum of Modern Art, Bozen / Bolzano, Austria (catalogue)
1994 Kunst in Frankfurt, Schirn Kunsthalle w/ the Museum of Modern Art, Frankfurt am Main (catalogue)
1992 Listen im Portikus, Portikus, Frankfurt am Main (catalogue)
Viper Film Festival, Bern, Switzerland
43rd Film/Video Festival, Montecatini Terme, Italy
1991 37th International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen
1990 Women's Films of the Eighties, Goethe Institut, Melbourne and Sydney
1989 35th International Short Film Festival, Oberhausen
Art in Frankfurt - 150 Years of Photography, Frankfurter Kunstverein (catalogue)
    Teaching Positions,
2010-present Lecturer in Photography and Art History,
University of Applied Sciences, Wiesbaden
2003-07 Lecturer in Photography and Film Theory / Criticism,
Academy of Art and Design, Offenbach
2005 Lecturer in Analog and Digital Film Edting,
University of Paderborn
2000/02 Lecturer in Photography Theory and Criticism, Academy of Art, Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz
1994-99 Lecturer in Architectural Photography,
Bauhaus University, Weimar
1990-92 Lecturer in Art Theory and Criticism, Academy of Art and Design, Offenbach
    Grants and Residencies,
2013 Artists' Contacts Residency in Lebanon from the Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen, Stuttgart
2008 Dover Arts Development Photography Residency, Dover, UK
2004 Residency in Burgdorf, Switzerland
2001-02 Residency in London from the Hessian Cultural Foundation
1996-97 Residency at the Kuenstlerhaus Schloss Balmoral, Bad Ems
1978 Ford Foundation Grant in Painting